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2010 Verge New England Championship Series

2010 Verge New England Championship Series 300x225   2010 Verge New England Championship SeriesThe 2010 Verge New England Championship Series has been modified. Adam Myerson of Cycle-Smart received feedback that the races were too many that it left some of the riders haggard, trying to attend to all of the races in the series. This year, Myerson reduced the number of races amking it a win-win situation for the riders and the organizers as well.

Myerson stated that the reason behind the reduction was to allow flexibility which the riders crave, wider coverage to include different regions in New England and to help making the contest flow go smoothly. “I want to ease that burden of having too many races for people to do all of them, and let the bigger races have the freedom to operate outside the Series. I also want to ease the burden on Verge, and on our staff. This frees up those bigger weekends, and my new race, to…

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Barry Roubaix 2010 Cyclocross

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The Barry-Roubaix race was created by Rick Plite in 2009. The event is a spring gravel road race which has grown in proportion ever since it started. From 262 riders, participants increased to a number of 654 for 2010. Plite shares how he came up with the idea of the race, “Many people enjoy gravel road rides to mix it up a bit from the grind of road or mountain biking. Most of us would rather ride our bike on a snow packed dirt road than slushy paved roads with traffic. The increasing popularity of cyclocross bikes also makes for a perfect match.”

This year’s race which covered 80% gravel roads began with morning lows in the 20s. By the time the race was underway, the temperature only rose to 34 degrees accompanied by a 15 mph wind from the southeast. Soon sunny skies were upon the riders but the temperature…

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Crosslight CSix2 2010 Cyclocross Frame

crosslight csix2 2010 cyclocross frame   Crosslight CSix2 2010 Cyclocross Frame

Kinesis and Upgrade Bikes came together for the Crosslight CSix2 2010 Cyclocross Frame, which is the first all carbon cyclocross frame from the two companies. Apart of Upgrades Advanced Development Program, the collaboration between the two will build off the CSix2 which first released in 2008 – 2009 season, which was rode by Jody Crawforth. Breaking down the Crosslight CSix2 2010 Cyclocross Frame, which uses a carbon monocoque front triangle and carbon rear triangle taken from the first CSix, and adding a new fork specifically designed for the frame.

The Crosslight CSix2 2010 Cyclocross Frame has a somewhat oval shape top tube to resist lateral flexing and comfort, wishbone seatstays, and chainstays for power transfer. For a more sleek look, the cables are run along the top tube, and rear gear cable route helps combat against mud affecting shifting and overall performance. Lastly, the Zero…

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Marianne Vos Gets Championship at Tabor

marianne vos gets championship at tabor   Marianne Vos Gets Championship at Tabor

Marianne Vos pedaled her way to a clear-cut victory at the 2010 Cyclocross World Championship at Tabor to earn her third worlds title. The Dutch cyclist managed to get an early lead past Hanka Kupfernagel of Germany and compatriot Daphny Van Den Brand (the UCI World Cup winner) to secure the victory. Kupfernagel and Van Den Brand finished second and third, respectively.

The frozen course at Tabor proved to be no hindrance to Vos, as she flew past her opponents and found herself racing solo for most of the race. Kupfernagel similarly enjoyed a strong finish, while Van Den Brand had to fight off attacks from behind to hold on to the third spot.

Katerina Nash was actually the favorite to win the event, but was unfortunately involved in a pileup while going through the first corner. She put on a valiant effort to move up the peloton,…

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UCI Says No to Studs and Spikes

uci says no to studs and spikes   UCI Says No to Studs and Spikes

The UCI has issued rules this year against the use of studded tires for cyclocross competitions. Reports say that UCI had decided to put these regulations into place after rumors circulated about cyclocross star Sven Nys using new Dugast tires with embedded metal spikes, called the ‘Diabolo’.

The new UCI regulations (1.3.018) specifically state that “For the cyclocross bicycle… the tire shall not exceed 35mm and it may not incorporate any form of spike or stud.”

News reports from Belga said that the Dugast spiked tires had been tested by Sven Nys in icy conditions in The Netherlands, and that the ‘Diabolo’ tires had performed extremely well with excellent grip. The Belgian cyclist himself had reportedly proclaimed the tires as “phenomenally good” after the tests.

The UCI ban comes into effect in time for the approaching Cyclocross World Championships in Tabor, Czech Republic.   The event will be held on an…

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USA Bids to Host Cyclocross World

usa bids to host cyclocross world   USA Bids to Host Cyclocross World

The Cyclocross World Championships may be held on American soil for the first time ever — if things work out the way that the team behind the U.S. Gran Prix are hoping it would. Joan Hanscom, the USGP director, confirms that she and Bruce Fina (executive director of USGP) has submitted a bid to UCI to host the event for 2013.

USGP is currently waiting for the official decision from the UCI, but things are already looking bright for the American organization’s hosting bid, if comments from UCI ‘cross coordinator Peter van den Abelee are to be considered.

Abelee said in an interview with the Belgian press that Louisville is currently in the top position for hosting the prestigious event. Hanscom adds that the UCI has already done a site visit, and they are pretty much encouraged by Abelee’s words. This would be the first time that the ‘Cross…

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Niels Albert Takes Superprestige Cyclocross Series Lead

niels albert takes superprestige cyclocross series lead   Niels Albert Takes Superprestige Cyclocross Series Lead

World champion ‘cross rider Niels Albert, of Belgium, took the lead today of the Superprestige Cyclocross series. His lead came about after winning the sixth round, after going head to head with Zdenek Stybar. The two men broke apart from the pack in the mud-filled race in Diegem, Belgium. Kevin Pauwels took third. Sven Nys, series leader, struggled early on in the race, and was eventually withdrawn due to mechanical difficulties. American rider Jonathan Page took 15th. Albert took the lead of the series with 84 points, and behind him are Stybar with 81 points, and Nys with 71. The Superprestige series will continue with the next round on February 7th, 2010, in Zonhoven, Belgium.

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