25 September 2010

There is no accounting for taste, or Cyclocross

Really horrible gear & really cool gear at Interbike

First the good - Cyclocross season is fully upon us
The US Gran Prix of Cyclocross begins today in Wisconsin. For cyclocross news I like reading Cycling Dirt - race schedules, videos, reports & news. Cycling Dirt is the source for livestream online today of the race in Wisconsin. Or Cyclocross Magazine. If you prefer one big compilation of everything cyclocross just pop up The Cyclocross News every morning with your morning coffee.
Cross Vegas
2010 CrossVegas: Francis Mourey’s winning LaPierre cyclocross bike
Mourey came to the U.S. from France, for a two week stay, to specifically target the Cross Vegas cyclcocrosss race. Yet the Americans still got most of the coverage before and during the race. Including the beer being thrown by a spectator at Ryan Trebon during the final lap. Oh ya ... and the French guy won the race.  Don't worry Starcrossed Cyclocross got a good interview with Mourey last week in Redmond, Washington.  Or CyclePhotos.co.uk ebook of Francis Mourey.

2010 Cross Vegas Top 10 results -

1 Francis Mourey (Fra) Francaise Des Jeux 0:59:30
2 James Driscoll (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com

3 Gerben De Knegt (Ned) Rabobank - Giant Off Road Team 0:00:01
4 Ryan Trebon (USA) Kona

5 Christian Heule (Swi) Champion System LBS 0:00:02
6 Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike

7 Jeremy Powers (USA) Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com 0:00:03
8 Lars Van Der Haar (Ned) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 0:00:04
9 Geoff Kabush (Can) Team Maxxis-Rocky Mountain 0:00:08
10 Adam Craig (USA) Rabobank-Giant Off-Road Team 0:00:10

Now the bad - Interbike at it's worst
A laugh and a shake of my head. Who would buy or wear this stuff?
The coverage from Interbike was pretty bad this year. The report from the Cross Vegas race was even worse, but reports and film are trickling in. There are a couple of sites worth looking at: sometimes pictures are worth a thousand words and that might be true for Interbike. For a visual summary, Competitive Cyclist compiled a pretty good flickr page of photos of the new bike equipment on display at Interbike 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Interbike Interviews: this interview is going into my file of Worst Interviews ever. A definite do not in the journalist world. DO NOT drink so much the night before that you ask an Italian cyclist a convoluted question in incomplete sentences in American slang - Competitive Cyclist's Alessandro Petacchi Interview at Interbike 2010