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Tag: Cyclocross

Back in the Belgian Chain Gang

0 By on Friday January 17 2014 in Exclusives, Racing, The Cyclo X Files

Wandering through yet another airport terminal, I was surreptitiously struck by just how quiet it was around me. While quite a few people were bustling along either on the powered treadmill-like walkway or naturally with foot on ground, there was no din. It was perfectly… More ›

Bryksy Cross W Polsce

1 By on Sunday January 5 2014 in Exclusives, Racing, The Cyclo X Files

After I had gathered my wits about me, waking at about 4 or 5am after a few hours’ sleep, I was able to think about the race that lay ahead in Gosciécin. I had seen some footage from the previous year which featured riders clapping… More ›

Sicko-cross

2 By on Saturday March 9 2013 in Exclusives, Racing, The Cyclo X Files

A few months ago, while in the depths of the Belgian winter, I was offered a small ray of sunlight from the other side of the world. It was more the prospect of a glimmer of sunshine and warmth, something to distract me at a… More ›

Kiwis of the Worlds

2 By on Friday February 22 2013 in Exclusives, Racing, The Cyclo X Files

The second week of my time in Kentucky saw the arrival of the rest of the Australasian, and so too the entire southern hemisphere, cyclocross contingent. This consisted of 7 people, with five nationalities represented – Genevieve Whitson, Kiwi racer based in Scotland and her… More ›

Murry Chrossmas

3 By on Friday January 4 2013 in Exclusives, Racing, The Cyclo X Files

Merry belated Christmas everyone, and Happy New Year. I don’t have all that much more energy for celebrations at the moment, as the last couple of weeks have been quite different to any of my life until this point. For a start Christmas was cold… More ›

Mud, Sand and Gears

6 By on Wednesday November 28 2012 in Exclusives, Racing, The Cyclo X Files

The last two weekends have featured some of the coolest and most unique races of the Belgian cyclocross season. After getting sick for a couple more days following Hamme-Zogge I eventually started to feel better, and by the end of the week was able to… More ›

Modder of Fact

3 By on Saturday October 27 2012 in Exclusives, Racing, The Cyclo X Files

After the broiled cess pit of a bog that was Laarne a fortnight ago, I thought I’d encountered some of the worst that Belgium’s rain on recently harvested cornfields could produce. The following week I had a painful but exciting frolic around the NZ pasturescape… More ›

Modder of God

3 By on Friday October 12 2012 in Exclusives, Racing, The Cyclo X Files

Last weekend I had my first taste of real Belgian mud, or modder as it is called here. I was encouraged to enter the race by my friend and local ex-pat-to-Belgian convert Darryn Medhurst. It was just down the road from his house, and he’d… More ›

Hoboken Bonobo Bro

3 By on Wednesday September 26 2012 in Exclusives, Racing, The Cyclo X Files

After my awesome virginal experience with the professionals last weekend, I let my fledgling ambitions of fandom take a back seat and once again found myself staring at the rear ends of what was this time a massive field in the B grade at Hoboken.… More ›