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Cycling in Big Bear offers a workout with views
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I had done the planning and organizing for this at the insistence of a couple of friends, who ultimately had to back out of the ride for reasons beyond their control, but I am really happy, and more than that- satisfied- by what came of this day. I'll get to that later.....
I had gotten word a couple of days ahead of the ride that Robert, a local gravel/rando rider, was free to go and "would I like to drive down with him?" Plans were laid to leave at 6:30am to get to the meet-up point in Amana by 8:00am when the ride was to start. The trip was smooth, and as we approached the designated spot, I felt that we would be the first ones there and would be waiting to see the few riders that might show up roll in. I knew about a few commitments to come, but you know how that can go. I wasn't expecting more than six riders in total.
Rolling out of town.....finally!Well, imagine my surprise when I saw the little grassy lot lined with cars and cyclists buzzing about! There were ten there and one more would show up just as we were about to pull out to leave. 13 riders in all?!! I was flabbergasted.
Yes, it was called the Geezer Ride", and most of the assembled riders were qualified to bear that moniker. There were a few "youginz", and we even were graced by the attendance of Dee, the lone female to show up for the ride. She wasn't backing down from the challenge set to her by her friend, Ed, and that even though she had only been riding since April of this year and never had done a gravel ride. Well, that was pretty cool, I thought, and so we had a great group. Two were on fat bikes, just for good measure!
I led the assembled horde out on the bike path, which petered out on our side of the road, then picked back up on the opposite side. I got my wires crossed here and missed the road out of town that I wanted to take. I stopped and my bewildered mind had trouble reading the smart phone map I was looking at. Finally my brain turned on and we made a backtrack and were on our way......finally! Up a long, gentle climb by the golf course and back up to our first gravel road. There we had our first stop to gather up stragglers.
The first B Maintenance road was coming up soon, and I wanted to stop there to give a fair warning to those less experienced with these dirt roads. A trio of barking dogs came out from an adjacent farm and while they were barking vigorously, it was obvious that they were a bit befuddled at seeing thirteen cyclists in a bunch. We pulled out and started our dirt road descent, leaving the puzzled canines behind.
The bottom of the first B Road descent. This was where Wally & George took some T.I.V10 photos in the Spring.
Climbing back up the other side. R.J.Fry taking images up ahead, and....
......he gets me with Ed (L) and David (R). (Image by R.J. Fry)
"Hero Gravel" and spectacular Fall color in the trees. A theme throughout the ride.
We gathered back up again at the top of the B Maintenance road climb, then it was a twisty, roller filled ride and descent down to our most Northwestern point on the loop. During the descent I was out front. Coming down a sweeping right hander I saw two hawks take fight from the right side of the ditch. The trailing one screams as I pass underneath. Then I take a left, get some speed up, and the next thing I know a bunch of turkeys run up out of the ditch on my left. One looks like it is on a collision course with my front wheel, but mercifully switches directions before impacting me. Thanks birdy! That would have been a nasty crash!
Not far East up the road from there was to be another stop, and one of the highlights, in my opinion, of the ride. Swedenborg Church. My hope was that the giant maples out in the church's lawn would be in their full Fall glory. I was not disappointed!
In a stroke of fortune, we discovered that there was a porta-jon around the backside of the church, which we made use of. After everyone was ready, we set off for the barren fields Eastward. At least the wind was mostly at our back. Our first mile was Northward, and it was here that a driver of a car behind us displayed their displeasure with us by revving their engine and speeding away. We all shook our heads and carried onward into the wind for the moment. A turn Eastward then gave us a decent tailwind and it was immediately beneficial.
Any bike can be a gravel bike.
Barren fields, grey skies, and a hint of Winter in the air. Then we finally get back to the trees!This long, straight stretch was a bit of a let down after the constant sensory input of the twisty roads, hills, and spectacular Fall colors. We were pretty strung out along here. Finally some of the guys up front pulled up and waited on the rest at a point where the road went to chip seal. Hmm.......I found this odd. Apparently another mistake on the maps! Oh well, at least it was only a mile, and I figured it may be a nice respite for some of the lesser experienced "gravel-ists".
Then after the gathering up of riders again, we made a Southward turn into some rollers that featured short but steep ups. As the main bunch of us approached one of these, a Dodge Ram truck came over the top of the hill just in front of us at full song. Fishtailing and spewing dust and rocks, we estimated that it flew by us at 70mph! Whatever its speed, it was way too fast and we were fortunate that all of us were on the right side of the road going up that hill.
After this we arrived at our next left hander and gathering up all to see if we had all escaped the madness of that truck's passing, we rolled back into the pretty, winding gravel roads. It was a spectacular set of roads that led us down to the Iowa River Valley and our next stop to gather up the tribe again.
Looking up back the road we descended down to our gathering up point. Less than 10 miles to go!Here we waited and gave instruction as to the next bit of roads we would be taking. The plan was to go back up a bit to catch a B Road and then a gentle descent back into town. However; I offered the stragglers an option to take the road straight back to town if they chose to. They did not sound like they would bite on "Plan B", so we took off again to go up, over, and back down again.
Knapp Creek Road was an awesome, gentle climb with spectacular views.
We decided to stop to give some more directions to the riders strung out behind us, but only 10 of us showed up! Where did the other three go? We sent three riders back down the hill twice to look, but after twenty minutes, we figured they must have taken the short route back to town after all. This was troubling to me. I didn't like it at all.
"Rock Ends". It means a good helping of dirt is dead ahead!The B Road proved to be a really fun one to ride.
The final miles were mostly down hill or flat to town. We eventually all got back with about 37-ish miles in, well......all but the three missing riders! Where could they be? I was worrying more as the time went on. Meanwhile, gear was removed from tired bodies and bikes were racked up for transportation back home. Many thanks and hand shakes. A decision by Robert and I to go for some lunch was enjoined by Marty, who asked to follw along wherever we went.
The first stop was Millstream Brewing Company, where a good pitcher of "Backroad Stout" was consumed. Whilst we were relaxing outside the brewery, we suddenly saw a welcomed sight. The three missing riders appeared up the street and were riding straight towards us!
A smiling Dee crests one of those "unflat parts" and lives to tell about it! Image by R.J. FryI was so relieved to see that they made it, and hear that they had not had any serious trouble. Apparently, they missed a turn, but somehow managed to ride most of the rest of the course and come in with a few "bonus miles". We asked them to join us and they sat and had a beverage and we laughed and chatted for awhile in the now bright light of the Sun under blue skies.
Eventually, Ed, Michael, and Dee took their leave of us and Marty, Robert, and I went to the Colony Inn and had a great family style German dinner. Pie and ice cream ended our dining experience there and eventually we all set off for home after what I would have to describe as a stellar day out on the bike with good people.
We were especially proud of our newest riding friend, Dee, who despite the hated hills made an end to the course successfully and now is well on her way to becoming "one of us". (<===HA!) Welcome to the "dark side", Dee! I hope you find many more miles of smiles on your bicycle wherever you decide to ride! Just keep on pedalin'!
THANKS: To all who showed up to this ride, thank you! I was blown away that you all came and some from hundreds of miles away. To Wally & George for the inspiration for, and naming of, The Geezer Ride. You were missed and you will come to ride this route someday! To Robert Fry for the ride to and from, the images, and the excellent company on this trip.
At London Cyclist we love to receive your requests for topics to be featured – and when we covered casual commuter shoes for women, on request, we were soon flooded with requests for a mens equivalent.
Riding clipped in allows you to utilize more of your muscle with every pedal stroke, waste less energy, and it cuts down the chances of your foot slipping in the wet. However, traditional road shoes are tricky to walk in, and traditional mountain bike shoes don’t tend to blend with your outfit.
There are a range of commuter focused clip in compatible shoes that are designed to engage with pedals via MTB cleats, but still look like normal shoes when you’ve locked your bike.
Below are some of our favourite men’s commuter friendly, clipless pedal friendly shoes. If you know any additional options we haven’t mentioned here, please do post them in the comments for others to find.DZR – Purp, $95 & H20, $175
We were limited talking about DZR in the women’s post, but for men they make a wide variety of shoes for “life on and off the bike”.
The casual, pump style shoes start from $95 for the ‘Purp’ no laces slip on, and go right up to $175 for the ‘H20’ which is treated with a clever waterproof membrane.
On all their urban bike shoes, DZR use a full length nylon midsole which promises stiffness for riding, whilst still being flexible when walking, whilst rubber soles offer optimum grip and a co-molded power plate allows you to really work the pedals.Shimano MT44 Mountain Bike/Leisure Cycling SPD Shoes – £57
These MTB specific shoes are ideal as a multi-purpose option – unlike more casual looking DZR options, they are designed for proper off-road adventures, and use a dual density EVA (Ethylene vinyl acetate) sole.
EVA is not as stiff as the carbon on expensive cycling shoes, bit it’s easier to walk in, making it a great compromise for those after decent power transfer on the bike and comfort off it. The sole is made from a dual compound rubber and is fit for trekking should you be walking the off-road way between the shops and the office.
Breathable synthetic leather panels are durable, shouldn’t cause your feet to swelter, and will look smart enough during the day, too.Specialized Cadet – £65
This great shoe came up in our women’s post, too – and Specialized haven’t left the man uncatered for with the Cadet. These clip into your pedals as normal SPDs, but they also provide plenty of cushioning and stability, even being fit for a trip the gym (we don’t recommend the treadmill).
A breathable mesh upper removes chance of overheating, and you still get all the great Specialized Body Geometry offerings – footbeds to improve comfort and pedaling efficiency, and a sole stiffness index rating of 4 with an EVA midsole.
You can get these in a strikingly bright blue, or black for a more formal look.Giro Republic Road Cycling Shoes – £124.48
These are the ultimate in stylish. The Giro Republic SPDs use a two bolt system, despite being called a ‘road shoe’. An EVA molded footbed is used, and these provide medium arch support for your feet, too – and they’ve got an anti-bacterial treatment, too, to keep your tootsies smelling fresh.
The sole is made from injected nylon, making it more akin to a solely cycling focused shoe, but you do get replaceable high traction walking pads to keep you pottering about in comfort.
The laces are of course non-slip, so you needn’t worry about any embarrassing chain catching situations, and these come in black, or ‘lead’ (otherwise known as grey).
When a person (like you) visits our website to look at all of the bike crap we make, you see other things we put on there designed to keep you entertained. For example, you can look at pictures of and read words from all the people that work here on our blog. In the Surly Mothership, we have people that do sales, customer service, marketing, supply-chain-something-or-other and product design. That may sound like everything required to keep the machines of capitalism hurtling towards our eventual self-wrought destruction but in this world of pushing global consumerism, there are a lot of other people and crap involved.
While I was at Interbike, I was surprised to find out there were a lot of people that were surprised to find out we are not a stand-alone entity, but the troubled child of parent company Quality Bicycle Products. My response to the surprise of these people was always along the self-depreciating lines of “Surely you don’t think a group of idiots like us could pull this off alone?!” And while most people reacted to my humor the same way a dog would react to being shown a card trick, it’s funny because it’s true. There are a lot of really smart people that work at Surly (or at least a lot of know-it-alls), but there is another team of people that support us who are also pretty smart, probably smarter than us. I thought I’d write about those people because I once heard someone say "corporations are people." As I said ealier, the people of Surly make up our sales, marketing, product design, supply chain and management teams but there is a virtual army of others that watch over us like patient parents with sociopathic children, ever vigilant, waiting to yank the leash when they see us get too close to the stove or try to kill the family dog. Here are a few of those people. It is by no means a comprehensive list, but if it weren’t for these people, God help us….
We sell bikes. Somehow those bikes we sell need to actually get to the people who buy them. How does that happen you ask? I have not a clue, but the people in the warehouse do. They’re the ones that get our stuff out to you. While there are too many people that have a hand in physically getting things into and out of the door to name all of them, at the helm of the ship are people like Don, Kim, Kopish, Zeigle, Tanner and KK, the people of Bike Builder, Wheels, the list goes on. The warehouse is vast and requires a lot of people to keep a lumbering juggernaut, such as it is, lumbering towards the fulfillment of it’s capitalist desires. See how blurry that forklift is in the photo?! Dude be gettin' after that hyperspace money.
We also have a whole team of legal and compliance people. As far as I know, their main job is to keep us all from getting arrested, but I think they also make sure our products comply with all of the rules set forth by the CPSC and god knows who else, so that everyone stays nice and safe all the time. They think people should wear life preservers around on the street, just in case. The Electric Law Wizard rides in a helmet to stay safe and comply with local and state ordinances relating to bicycle safety.
Have you ever wondered how we magically transport all of our bikes to the demos we put on? Me too! Well, it’s these dudes: Darren Bromeier and Ron, two of the main QBP events people. Shepherded by a Sasquatch hunter named Manderson, they’re the ones that look after our bikes and transport the goods to their end destination. Near or far, these guys put in massive work days so people can test out our bicycles, so you should be especially appreciative of them. You can tell they work really hard because they are both so sweaty in these photos I took without them knowing.
In a lonely, dark corner of the building, there’s a giant team of IT people that do things like keep our website running and – I think – fly the space shuttle. Everyone knows computers are hard, so you can be damn sure none of us are responsible for keeping our web presence and e-commerce robots chugging towards profitability. Take for example Kris, he emails me my password every time I need to log into our website to write a blog, or Jordan, who has repeatedly told me how to turn off my computer because I don’t know how to do that either.
We also have the benefit of a large HR department so when we get mad at each other, or get generally hosed by life, we can go to HR and complain to them and they'll take the time to listen. It's pretty nice of them. They're also a photogenic bunch. You might recognize the person in the photo below from one of the ads we ran in Bust magazine a while ago. It's Beth and she's cool because when I started working here she explained to me what "Health Insurance" does. Before I started working here, my approach to health and wellness was to just let the person driving the ambulance decide whether I needed to see a doctor or a mortician. Beth very patiently explained to me that I don't have to do that anymore. I always try to imagine my Surly co-workers in the HR role, something that requires sensitivity and tact. I just don't see that going well, so thanks HR – for wiping away the tears.
Among the many other Surly helpers are our softgoods team of Beckie and Lindsay. They make sure our softgoods are both soft and good. We have come a long way from the days of only making the 1x1 frame. We have a lot of different products and a lot of projects in the hopper and these two help bring all of that into the world for you, our customers. Here's a photo of one of them looking like they're about to be hit by a car wearing a Surly hoodie.
It’s a small representation of the actual hundreds of people that have a hand in making Surly bikes a thing instead of just an idea, but they’re all important in their own ways because we really couldn’t do it all ourselves. Seriously, every time I attempt to complete even the most basic of tasks, I fail regardless of what it might be. Imagine if I was trying to ship a pallet of bikes to your bike shop… I'd probably get caught and suffocate in the giant plastic wrap machine thingy. It'd be a horror show – guts everwhere. Everywhere. So you can see, we're pretty lucky to have so many people like this backing us up.
Now go ride yer damn bike someplace.
Here introducing my another great homie Jack (The third place of KOZ mountain climbing race and the first place of Breakyrbones alleycat race) and his Dosnoventa Monte Carlo from Trackr! The first Monte Carlo frameset in the country and I’m proud to say that this is the build with great tastes!
Photos by Y.C Tang
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Blackburn Tech Mag 1 Trainer: Test Intro- by Guitar Ted
Shorter days, longer nights, jobs, family duties, “honey-do” lists, or whatever it is that is eating up your time can really put a binder on time on the bike at this time of the year. Most likely a combination of several of these factors, and the weather, is going to really knock your fitness gains from the Summer months backward. One way to get a quick, effective fitness boost despite weather, time, or lifestyle constrictions is to employ the use of a simple indoor trainer device like this Blackburn Tech Mag 1.
It isn’t the only way to skin the cat, but it is something that many cyclists have utilized to great effect during the Winter months to stay in shape or to build fitness for the following season. The Tech Mag 1 is aimed at those cyclists who want to employ a trainer device, but are on a tighter budget, maybe, or just want a trainer option to slot into their other plans that won’t bust the bank account, but be an effective tool. The Tech Mag 1 isn’t a feature rich device, but it claims to have the versatility and functionality to get the job done effectively. Let’s see what Blackburn says about it:
• No assembly required
• Single optimized resistance setting for no-fuss operation
• Compact, lightweight and foldable design
• Rubber feet micro adjust for extra stability
• Bike installation is simple and works with wheel sizes between 26”x 1” and 29”x2.3”
• Tapered cones fit most dropouts
• Steel quick release skewer included
It is pretty common these days for bicycles to come with either plastic quick release nuts or other, oddly shaped quick release ends. Blackburn’s Tech Mag 1 won’t work with those types of quick release ends, but a steel skewer is supplied that you can swap out your quick release skewer with and that will solve that potential issue. With that issue resolved a cyclist can mount up the Tech Mag 1 with their bicycle in a matter of minutes. From out of the box to riding the trainer took about 5 minutes for me to accomplish. Easy-peasy.
The Tech Mag 1 is easy to adjust so that your tire is centered on the resistance roller. Then the jamb wing nuts can be tightened against the inside of the trainer legs to hold the adjustment tightly. This will allow for you to ride the trainer aggressively during your work outs without fear of your bike coming out of the tapered cones that squeeze against the quick release.
The resistance unit is easy to adjust and will work within a wide range of wheel sizes. It should be mentioned that you will want to use a worn, or lower budget tire, as the roller and associated pressure from the trainer on the tire will prematurely wear the tire’s tread. You definitely do not want to use your expensive new treads on any trainer that contacts the tire to develop resistance. I’ll be finding a suitable tire soon to replace the nicer one seen here in the images for this post.
The simplicity of being able to mount a bike for a trainer session and then quickly remove the bike and fold up the Tech Mag 1 for out of the way storage is a nice feature. It should help promote more use of this trainer and help keep the bike and trainer out of the way when I don’t need to use the set up. I’ll be trying to keep a regularly scheduled workout going for the next few weeks and then I will return with a Final Review to let you know how the Tech Mag 1 holds up and how it could help in maintaining fitness throughout the “dark days” of Winter.
Note: Blackburn Designs sent over the Tech Mag 1 trainer for test/review at no charge to Twenty Nine Inches. We are not being paid nor bribed for this review and we will strive to give you our honst thoughts and opinions throughout.
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Proud to do the first post of Taiwan for Lockedcog! Here introducing a little bit about my homie MOMO (The second place of KOZ mountain climbing race few months earlier) and his stoked bike A2 from NABIIS with the stickerbomb style that I always love it!! He’s probably one of the few riders in Taiwan who can easily conquer many steep hills with his track bike! Off the bike, he’s becoming a talented photographer as well! I am proud to have him on the team and on this first post! Check some great photos on his Instagram!
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Lars van der Haar won the first round of the men's cyclocross World Cup on home soil in the Netherlands on Sunday. Photo: Dan Seaton
Lars van der Haar (Giant-Shimano) opened his World Cup title defense on Sunday with a dominating solo victory at the series opener in Valkenburg, the Netherlands.
Van der Haar got away from Kevin Pauwels as the Sunweb-Napoleon Games rider slid out on a bumpy descent, and that was all the advantage the Dutch champion needed.
He added to his advantage with each go-round, and raced into bell lap with a lead of more than a minute over a six-man chase containing Telenet-Fidea teammates Tom Meeusen, Corne Van Kessel and Thijs Van Amerongen; Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus); and Sunweb teammates Pauwels and Klaas Vantornout.
Grinning as he punched the air, van der Haar took the first World Cup victory of the season with a half-minute in hand over the pursuit. Pauwels proved best of the rest, attacking late in the final lap for second. Van Kessel followed for third.
“After the first lap I just felt like I could win today. It just went perfect,” said van der Haar. “I didn’t expect to be this early alone, because Kevin Pauwels was really strong.
“I really came for the podium. I tried to get that pressure off a little bit, but after the first lap I felt I could win, and then I went full for the win.
“I’ve raced here now four times and I’ve won four times, so that’s pretty good.”
U.S. champion Jeremy Powers (Rapha-Focus) hit the line ninth at 1:10.Hot day, fast start
It was a hot day, and riders were hitting the pits not for bikes, but for beverages.
Francis Mourey (FDJ.fr) and Jonathan Page (Fuji-Spy) were off and running with first-lap mechanicals as van der Haar quickly took command.
Meeusen and Pauwels worked their way up to him and it was a three-man group off the front, with Mourey and Gianni Vermeersch (Sunweb) chasing.
With seven to go van der Haar was on point and fighting to open a gap. Behind, German champion Walsleben caught Mourey and Vermeersch early in the lap.
A lap further along the lead trio still had a solid 15-second advantage over Walsleben, who had moved ahead of the other chasers.
Again van der Haar tried to ride away from his companions. But Pauwels stuck close, with Meeusen a few bike lengths behind, as Walsleben worked his way forward. Belgian champion Sven Nys (Crelan-AA Drink) was in a group of six a few seconds behind.
Pauwels soon rejoined van der Haar, but Meeusen was having trouble making the junction, chasing some six seconds back.Pauwels crashes, van der Haar attacks
And then Pauwels slid out on a bumpy descent and van der Haar gave it the gas.
Heading into five laps to go van der Haar was all alone, with an 11-second gap over Meeusen and Pauwels. Walsleben was 21 seconds down in fourth and closing.
After his miscue Pauwels found it hard to stick with Meeusen, who had moved into sole possession of second.
With four to go, van der Haar remained alone, 26 seconds ahead of Meeusen and Pauwels, who had regained his composure, with Walsleben at 31 seconds. Vantornout and Nys were at 45 seconds.
Three to go saw van der Haar with a 41-second gap over Meeusen and Pauwels. Vantornout was moving up to Walsleben as behind, Nys was off the bike and struggling with a jammed chain. He would later abandon the race.
And soon it was a four-man battle for second.
With two to go van der Haar led the quartet by more than a minute, and a second chase — Telenet teammates Van Kessel and Van Amerongen — was closing in on the first. Powers and Vermeersch were just behind.
Going into the final lap van der Haar was untouchable. Vantornout tried to escape the now-six-man chase on the run-up, and then Van Kessel attacked on the flats, splitting the group in two.
Pauwels was next to go, charging out of a corner and onto the flyover. Van Kessel followed.Two amazing performances
Ahead, van der Haar celebrated with a grin and an air-punch as he crossed the line alone. Pauwels’ late attack was good enough for the runner-up spot at 26 seconds, while Van Kessel hung on for third at 34 seconds.
“I was hearing a lot [about the gaps] and I really wanted to make a half a minute quick, and I got that, then it was 40 seconds. Then I was still riding a really hard pace, but trying not to kill myself, and then it still was going up,” he said. “So then I knew this was going to be good, so I was trying to do my pace and then, if needed, I could do a little punch more, but that wasn’t needed anymore.
“The last three laps were amazing, especially the last two laps I was really enjoying. Even the last lap I was even getting some goose bumps, it was really so beautiful, all the people cheering you so loud. It was amazing.”
Van Kessel, who had hoped for a top-10 finish, said it was “amazing” to finish on the podium.
“Before the race I expected top 10, and all the race I did between six and eight, and in the last lap the group in front of me didn’t ride any more. I could close the gap to place two, I think,” he said. “Tom Meeusen gave a sign to me that when I close the gap I have to go directly, and I tried and only Kevin passed me the last half lap or something.
“Normally I’m not [good in the heat] but we could drink in the race, and every lap you could drink I did, and I take a bottle of water on me to cool me down. And if I didn’t do that, then it was too hot for me.”Powers pushes harder
The U.S. champion likewise had hoped for a top-10 finish, and he got one.
“It was good. It was hot for sure, but it was a good race for me,” said Powers. “I knew this was a good track and when it didn’t rain the last couple of days I thought, you know, it’ll be a little muddy, but generally speaking it’s going to be a good race for me. I’m in good form.
“It’s definitely eight more hard minutes than I’m used to, but I think that over here [in Europe] I can push harder because there’s more guys at the same level. It didn’t really affect me, I felt like maybe I was flat with three to go, I felt like I needed to take a break and I left off a little bit. But everyone seemed like they did.
“Generally, I’m happy with how it went because top 10 is what my goal was and I achieved that. It’s a great stone from here to step through. It’s a good place to start from with the beginning of the season with what I’m shooting for.”
The second round of the World Cup will be November 22 in Koksijde, Belgium.
Editor’s note: Dan Seaton contributed to this report.
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An early fall left Katie Compton more than a minute down on the race leaders, but it didn't keep her from winning the first World Cup of the season. Photo: Dan Seaton
Defending champion Katie Compton (Trek Cyclocross Collective) had to get her World Cup campaign started the hard way on Sunday, coming from behind to win the first race of the 2014-15 UCI series in the Netherlands.
Compton needed a bike change early on after dumping her machine on the drive side, but bounced back to take the World Cup opener in Valkenburg by just 13 seconds over Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team).
Sophie De Boer (Kalas-NNOF) rounded out the podium in third at 25 seconds.
“I got stuck in traffic and then I got stuck behind someone on one of those steep uphills and they came to a stop and I was in the middle and I stopped and then I couldn’t unclip. And then I fell on the derailleur side and then I had to run to the pit,” she said.
“It was just one of those stupid things where, when you’re going up steep stuff and someone stops in front of you, there’s not much you can do.”
But Compton didn’t panic. She got back to business and set about reeling in riders.
“I knew this course wears on some people and I knew I’ve got a good finish, so I was just patient and tried to time trial it,” she said.
“This course is so hard that if you go too deep at times, you just can’t recover, so I just made sure that on the steep run-up and on the steep hills I went hard, but not so hard that I couldn’t recover and do it again.
“It was a hard effort today for sure. I don’t think I’ve dug that deep in a long time.”
Wyman was content with her ride, which she called “more than okay.”
“I felt really good at the beginning of the season since I’ve come back from America, and I thought I could do well here. It’s a really hard course and it’s hot, but you’re just sweating the whole time, it’s really humid heat, so it’s okay. I got an average start, but managed to work through pretty quick and then Katie was nowhere to be seen and I was thinking, ‘Seriously, what do I do now? There’s no one driving the race forward, what do I do?’
“I tried to break as many people as I could. I was starting to crack people and then she came past and then you’ve got a carrot to follow so I tried to follow her.”
De Boer was also looking for a wheel while trying not to overcook herself. After a good start she slipped past Wyman, but didn’t feel confident about staying out front.
“I was riding alone in the front, but immediately I felt I needed to take it a bit slower because my legs were okay, but I didn’t feel in top shape. So [I thought] I need to be careful and not over-push myself,” she said.
On the last two laps she was riding with Nikki Harris and Sanne Cant, and took advantage of a technical section to make her move.
“In the last two laps it was just with Nikki and Sanne and I knew I just had to pass them in the technical sections, because especially Sanne is a very technical rider. And I could, and then something happened with her chain, I don’t know, and Nikki dropped, so then it was in the last half lap I just thought I needed to keep going, don’t make any mistakes.
“But it was really hard, especially with the warmth. I really had to give like 120, maybe 150 percent today.”
Not far behind, Compton’s American compatriot, Elle Anderson (Kalas-NNOF) finished fifth, a career best for her in a World Cup cyclocross race.
“It was a really really awesome course. It just reminds me why I’m here in Europe this year … to race the most challenging courses out there, and this one was so hard. Every second you had to think about the obstacle coming next, but I just had a lot of fun,” said Anderson.
“It’s really different, it’s a whole different story than the racing in the U.S. It’s so demanding, and I just had a great time.”
Asked whether she was focused on earning a spot on the U.S. worlds team, Anderson conceded that she thought of it out on the course, but added: “Regardless of the place, I made up some spots in the last lap or two, and just what was important for me today was to never give up and to just keep riding as hard a race as I possibly could. And I think the fact that I really pushed myself the last two laps makes me really happy.”
Editor’s note: Dan Seaton contributed to this report.
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