A Tribute to Amy D.

By: Brandon Oct 3

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A year ago the world of cycling lost a young and talented rider. Fortunately, a Foundation was created in her name so her legacy can live on. The Amy D Foundation exists in her honor to "encourage and support young women through cycling, inspiring the celebration of healthy challenge and empowering the confident pursuit of lofty dreams."

A bit more about Amy:

Amy Alison Dombroski passed tragically at age 26 while training abroad in Belgium. She was a versatile cyclist with U23 National Championship titles in road, mountain, and cyclocross. Still early in her career, she was considered by many in the sport to be a rising talent and serious contender at world-class cycling events.

In her short but full life, Amy touched the hearts of communities in the United States and Europe. Amy had a passion for life that transcended the sport of cycling; she loved to share this passion with the friends and family that surrounded her. She also had an uncanny ability to transform challenges she faced in her own life into intense positive focus. The tattoo of a lighting bolt that Amy bore on her wrist served as a remembrance of her mother’s tragic death, and provided her a daily source of motivation.

In support of the Amy D. Foundation, we've created a new sock design. $4 from every pair of socks sold in the month of October will be donated to The Foundation to support their cause. Keep an eye on the site for those socks to land soon!

The Amy D. Foundation has also created a race program supporting Erica Zaveta for the 2014/15 season. You can also find Erica's blog here.

photos by Gavin Gould, words by Brandon Elliott

 

Jeremy Powers' CrossVegas Focus Mares

By: Brandon Sep 14

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We wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't cover our current National Champion's bike, and Powers was proud to chat about his bike. The custom-painted Mares CX of Jeremy Powers was one of the nicest custom jobs I've seen in quite some time. In my brief chat with Jeremy, he was clearly excited about the work Focus has put into the finish, and obviously proud to sport the stars and bars.

Hanging off of the Mares frame was SRAM's Force CX1 group that we've reviewed favorably so far, with the exception of using a SRAM Red crankset.

Zipp provides the rolling stock in the form of their 303 Firecrest disc wheels, as well as the Service Course cockpit. Crank Brothers Candy 11 pedals were on the bike in Vegas, though it appears Powers has something a bit new to remount to.

A major change for Powers was moving to FMB tires, a change which we obviously condone. With treads ranging from file to mud, Powers will have a complete quiver on race days.

Powers managed a very solid 3rd place at CrossVegas against an exceptionally strong field. After taking more than his fair share of pulls and attacks on the front, he crossed the line only seconds behind the #1 and #2 ranked riders in the world. One hell of a start to the season if we say so.

Big thanks to Tom Hopper for letting us borrow the champ's bike for a bit and Powers for being the consummate professional in walking us through the bike and the special graphics he was so ecstatic to be representing.

photos and words by Brandon Elliott

 

Sven Nys' CrossVegas Trek Boone

By: Brandon Sep 14

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Next up from CrossVegas is the Trek Boone of Sven Nys, our eventual winner. The current Belgian National Champion, a title that at some point may just need to be made permanently his, was aboard a custom-painted Trek Boone Canti, adorned with Dura-Ace 9070 Di2. Sven shows his Euroness by continuing on with cantilever brakes and was still putting power down through the pro-only 46t 9000 chainring.

Bontrager supplied the carbon tubular wheels, Dugast Typhoon tires provided the grip.

We would expect nothing short of perfection from a bike piloted by one of the most talented CX racers in history, and this one did not disappoint. Finished to show-quality, Sven's Boone would be just as comfortable in a display case as between the course tape.

Thank you to Trek Collective and Matt Shriver for letting me shoot this bike!

photos and words by Brandon Elliott

 

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