Yes, that D1 stands voor Day 1, because TWO DAYS OF FULL CXSOMENESS!! DCCX still remains (as of this post) the only CX race I’m able to attend in the DC Metro area, because life. This year I was able to share the magic of veldrijden with The Bug which proved to be an amazing experience. She is now a cowbell master. Also, I sense a future Little Belgian in the making. She was already working out how to get her bike up the hills and stairs since she’s not strong enough to lift it (“You can push it, right?”). Sweet #dadlife moment.
It’s worth noting this is the first year DCCX has been a two day event. Saturday had a decent turn out, but I expected to see more people than was there, but figured many were planning on attending the normal Sunday madness. Course layout was the same as previous years, just ran in reverse with a few minor changes. Finish line was placed on the top of the hill coming out of what I’m calling the amphitheater.
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More reasons why I need to be hitting the PDX at least more than never. Stoket voor Jeremy and Julie. Also, CHRIS KING CX TEAM!! I’ll be unstoket if it isn’t called: CKCX. Party deets on the flyer below.
CALLING ALL Y’ALL NINJAS!! LIGHT YO ASS.
Despite my rambling bitchfest post below, I was UNBELIEVABLY proud of my daughter, and I let her know. She conquered a slew of fears (as did I) and felt great doing it. We both couldn’t have been happier. #Dadlife
As I write any post, I see all the counter points to the point I’m trying to make. This is when the paralyzation starts and the writing ends. However, I feel this is important enough to attempt to complete. So, in an attempt to pre-counter the counters, here are some vital points:
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Colnago C60 Italia finished off with Campagnolo’s Super Record EPS gruppo and some throwback ENVE carbon wheels. So yeah, #ItalianDoping.
I’m doing a shit job of keeping up with what’s being released lately, but that’s nothing nieuw. Rapha threw a bunch of fresh products and colorways at us for the Autumn/Winter season, which is also nothing nieuw. Here are some of my standouts.
Simply put, I’m a sucker for shells. I like the cut of the Rapha Hooded Rain Jacket ($390USD). Clothing tailored for cycling will always look better to me in comparison to the boxiness of regular outerwear. Pick: Both. Love Black/Pink, but that Red’s so nice.
The reversible work jacket/shirt seems to be a thing. The Rapha Reversible Jacket ($290USD) combines synthetic down, merino cuffs, and subdued colorways with an urban military aesthetic. Pick: Dark Olive
The Rapha Pro Team Jacket ($330USD) isn’t nieuw to the lineup, but the #ORANJEDOPING colorway is. Pick:
Orange Red. (Duh.)
The themes and subsequent colorways for the Rapha Long Sleeve Country Jersey ($220USD) are rad. Italy, Colombia, and Japan are represented this season. Pick: Colombia, followed closely by Italy.
The Grand Tour Shoes have been one of my favorite shoes I’ve owned, largely in part to Giro’s construction. This combo hasn’t changed for their latest road shoes. The Rapha Pro Team Climber Shoes ($400USD) are built on Giro’s EC90 SLXII sole with a highly perforated synthetic uppper. Pick: White. Always white. Also, maybe Blue. And, possibly Black.
Still dope. Still covet. Still don’t have. The Rapha Long Sleeve Brevet Jersey and Gilet ($310USD) got a new coat of paint for this year’s cold time. Pick: Black
As much as I like cycling gear I don’t always want to look like I’m wearing it, even though it’s all I own. However, there are times when low-key aesthetics simply don’t cut it for visual safety. Combining the two typically produce mixed results.
However, after seeing these pieces at Interbike, I was definitely intrigued. The Chrome Warm Vest & Work Shirt seem to tick off many of those boxes someone living the #bikelife needs.
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Love the design of this kit from the Vanilla/Speedvagen crew.
I could leave it at that, but what’s the purpose of doing this if I’m just going to phone it in? Let’s talk about Eastern design. Let’s talk about kanji characters and the word “Ikkakujyu”. Finally, let’s discuss all of those things while learning Ikkakujyu is the Japanese word voor unicorn which literally means SINGLE HORNED BEAST.
Now we’re talking.
The limited edition, Castelli made Speedvagen National: Japan Jersey ($130USD) is on preorder now until 10/1/14, so get your order in now!
This year, as I prepared for the trip to the hallowed halls of the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, I knew I was under no assumption I was going to cover any bike brands whatsoever. Aside from the ones I covered, of course. Someone as small as me covering Interbike bikes is not unlike waves crashing against a massive cliff having no effect other than failing. Also, splashing. That being said, you can’t spell Interbike without bike, so I at least documented what I saw. Here are observations:
1) There seems to exist a nieuw designation of bike. Free from profiteering, the industry has categorized it: ENDURANCE.
2) Before this moment, the ENDURANCE bike has never existed.
3) For the 2015 model year, the industry mantra while creating their lineup could be summed up with the phrase, “Put a fat bike in it.”
4) It should be noted the above phrase coincides with the perennially grandfathered mantra, “Me too!”
5) Apparently, adventurin’ is de nieuw steez.
6) Also apparently, adventurin’ while carefully crafting a tailored homeless appearance is de nieuw steez. This has been affectionately been labeled: #hobo and/or #hobocyclist. Hashtags are necessary as the #hobocyclist exists solely within Instagram.
7) Side benefit of designation: ENDURANCE and homeless adventure cyclist, is the industry has finally discovered it makes tires larger than 23c.
8) Continued from laatste jaar, but bumped up like Ricardo Ricco in the TDF is the industry mantra, “Put a disc brake on it!” Apparently, people want to do a lot of stopping. And they want the freedom to do all that stopping in as many variable conditions as possible.
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I may be getting worse at covering bike races. What’s truly sad about this is that I only manage to shoot a maximum of 3 races per year. Actually, let me reiterate—I’m getting worse at covering the actual racing. I think it’s a combination of not giving a single fux about covering it and also because I’m not carrying multiple hand cannons to capture all that sweet race action. What I like to cover is the event itself.
Regardless, Cross Vegas proved to be yet another amazing night. Don’t think I’ll ever tire of seeing old internet friends again and meeting a whole bunch of new ones. Twitter cycling is truly an amazing community. The interactions are awkward, exhilarating, and familiar all at the same time.
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