Monday, December 17, 2012
Saturday, December 15, 2012
Monday, December 10, 2012
Saturday, December 8, 2012
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Monday, December 3, 2012
There is a minor error in the race flyer. All women's categories will be raced at 10am.
Friday, November 30, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Results and updated series points are posted to the right.
The series moves to Bentonville next Sunday, December 2. Be there! We've got a new promoter in the series, Phat Tire Bike Shop, let's show them what's what!
There is a special event planned for December 9, in addition to the cyclocross races.
Saturday, November 24, 2012
Wednesday, November 21, 2012
This year The Burn is at Boyle Park, site of last year's Jingle Cross. It will be interesting to see how the course races in dry conditions!
Forecast calls for clear cool weather under sunny skies. Sorry Joe :(
The schedule is familiar:
11AM Women, Masters, Fours, Juniors
with a kid's race following the Open.
Get you some!
Monday, November 19, 2012
We've received well over 800 signatures so far. Thank you to everyone for showing support for making Little Rock a more bike- and pedestrian-friendly place! Please pass the petition along to anyone else who may share our interest in safer streets, because 1,000 signatures is a reachable goal with your help.
Also, please join us tomorrow night (Tuesday, Nov. 20) when we present the signatures and comments to the Little Rock City Board of Directors at their regular meeting at 6:00 p.m. Bring your helmet for some visual impact! The Board meeting room is on the second floor of City Hall at the NW corner of Broadway and Markham (directly across Broadway from Robinson Auditorium). If you would like to speak then plan to arrive a few minutes early to fill out a comment request form.
And finally, we would like to encourage you to join or renew your membership in Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas: http://www.bicycleadvocacy.com/membership.html Your support is crucial as the organization continues to work via initiatives like this one to improve conditions for people who ride throughout central Arkansas.
Thanks again! Tim McKuin President, Bicycle Advocacy of Central Arkansas
Friday, November 16, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Or perhaps you'd prefer to race your crossbike? Gearhead Outfitters has you covered up in Jonesboro, at Craighead Forest Park.
Either way, you are guaranteed some good, hard racing.
The Arkansas Super-Prestige resumes on the 25th, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, with the third annual Turkey Burn revving up at Boyle Park in Little Rock.
P.S. Bpost Bank Trophy Hasselt on Saturday morning and Superprestige Gavere on Sunday morning, you can probably find live streams at cyclingfans.com
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
|Photo courtesy ArkansasOutside.com|
Luckily, Joe put a great writeup, with photos, on ArkansasOutside.com
Updated results and points tallies are now up!
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
Wednesday, November 7, 2012
See the links off to your right. Please contact steve at arkansascyclocross dott com if you see anything fishy. We do our best to get it right the first time, but we're only human.
See you in Russellville!
Monday, November 5, 2012
Women, Masters, Fours, and Juniors start at 11am, Open race at noon.
Sunday, November 4, 2012
My body is wrecked.
We'll try our best to get results out soon. I have a feeling the points races will intensify. Have a great week, and we will see you in Russellville.
P.S. Arkansas Outside has their day one coverage HERE. Hottinger's the lucky one in the animated GIF.
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Plus a great photoset: http://cyclephotos.co.uk/2012/11/bpost-trofee-2-koppenbergcross/
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
Saturday, October 27, 2012
For details, see the links to the right under "Other dates of interest".
Get you some!
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Please find series roster and points tallies after two races, off to the right. Note that in Race 1 (ASP Night Race), anyone in Masters, Fours, or Juniors who wasn't in the top three automatically was awarded 11 points.
If you find any discrepancies please contact steve at arkansascyclocross dott com.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
On Saturday night, you might recall that the city never did get those softball lights turned on. (There's some bureaucratic/technologic soap opera behind it, details of which I'm not even aware.) People were great sports about it, and it certainly was a fantastic evening of high spirits and fast racing, but it made scoring the races incredibly difficult. In the Masters, Fours, and Juniors classes, it was impossible to place racers with any degree of certainty beyond the top three places. The USAC official, the race director, and the ASP secretary have all agreed that the most equitable solution is to award 11 ASP points (what you normally get for 4th place) to all remaining racers in those classes. If you actually earned those 11 points, please accept our apologies.
No problem with the lights on Sunday, but we did see a lot of flats. It's tempting to say, "Well, that's just cross," but it bummed me out and surprised me, since we had similar conditions but nowhere near as many flats last year. My take is that (1) the overnight rainfall was truly exceptional and (2) greasy mud on top of sharp rock = high risk of flatting. As far as the merits of tubular vs tubeless vs tubes vs mud tread vs file tread vs low pressure vs high pressure blah blah blah, you can discuss amongst yourselves. Those of us who put on the race have agreed, we will reroute certain sections of the course if faced with similar conditions in the future.
After all that excitement and drama, the series takes a couple weekends off. The avid among you might be travelling to Tulsa, Memphis, or OKC during that time. But absolutely make sure to be at the double weekend of racing in Fayetteville, November 3 and 4, presented by De Pijp.
Results for the ASP Night Race are linkable to the right. Reservoir results and series points totals coming more toward the weekend.
There's a huge cash purse, which attracts a lot of elite talent, and also makes the amateur divisions very hotly contested.
Monday, October 15, 2012
Sunday, October 14, 2012
Friday, October 12, 2012
You can see over half the Reservoir course from the big covered pavilion at the top of the hill, which is also where registration and refreshments are located, right next to the start/finish stretch.
There will also be a bike-wash station.
It wouldn't hurt to bring your rain boots and umbrella. Be prepared and have fun.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
ASP Night Race presented by CARVE
Kanis Park, Little Rock
4:30pm Registration opens, course open for practice
6:30pm Kid's race
7:00pm Women, Masters (40+), Juniors (18-), Fours
Two Light and Motion lights to be raffled away!
Reservoir Cross presented by The Community Bicyclist
Reservoir Park, Little Rock
9:30am Registration opens, course open for practice
11:00am Women, Masters (40+), Juniors (18-), Fours
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Monday, October 8, 2012
Friday, October 5, 2012
Season-opener is in just over a week. This will be fun.
Monday, October 1, 2012
Friday, September 28, 2012
Monday, September 24, 2012
Sunday, September 23, 2012
I tried patching a latex tube with latex for the first time today. Latex tubes are cool because they are lighter and less prone to pinch-flatting that butyl tubes. But they are expensive and kind of finicky, and I never had luck patching them with normal patches.
|Puncture came from a slashed tire sidewall, I think. It was a sudden loud POP.|
|Two layers of tube for patch. Cleaned mating surfaces with acetone then applied rubber cement.|
|Et voila. So far so good.|
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Sunday, September 9, 2012
Thursday, September 6, 2012
I just wanted to give you a heads up if you want to get the word out. Ruts n Guts is set up for October the 19, 20 and 21st. It’s a 3 day weekend race with $23,000 In payouts. We are also adding an Omnium this year as well. Lots of cool give aways and even giving away 2 kids bikes a night for 14 and under. So spread the word and I will get you a flyer asap. You can also see the details at RutsandGuts.com
I've heard great things about this event. Minimal drive time (Tulsa) for some great racing. Top-notch talent was out there last year, including Steve Tilford, Chris Drummond, and Bryan Fawley, and it should be even better this year. Solid fields in all categories.
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
All skill levels are welcome. This is the place to learn, practice, and perfect cyclocross-specific skills such as:
Here's a nice video clip from last year:
Monday, September 3, 2012
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Thursday, August 30, 2012
USAC-sanctioning means that all ASP racers must hold a USAC license, which you can either pay for annually ($60) or race-by-race ("one-day", $10 per event). I can see all of you reaching for your slide rules; an annual license pays for itself after six races.
When you purchase an annual license, you have to choose the blue pill (Road/Track/CX) or red pill (Mountain Bike/CX), or you can pay an extra $30 and get both pills (Road/Track/Mountain Bike/CX). No matter which you choose, you still get CX!
When you first purchase a license, whether annual or one-day, you are assigned to CX category 4. If you're the ambitious sort and want some day to upgrade to cat 3, you'll want an annual license because (1) your race results accumulate and are tracked by your license number and (2) you can't upgrade to cat 3 without an annual license. On the other hand, there are many people who happily do a few races per year on one-day licenses, and that's cool too.
Clear as mud? Awesome. Let's race.
[PS: Road cat 2 or MTB cat 1 racers can automatically request an upgrade to CX cat 3. http://www.usacycling.org/forms/USAC_rulebook-1.pdf]
Friday, August 24, 2012
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
It's put on by Highroller Cyclery and runs Thursday evenings. Looks like the first one in on September 6, but check their Facebook page to make sure. A practice session like this is the best way to get prepared for cross season!
Get you some!
Thursday, August 16, 2012
The dreaded burp has not been a problem (knock on wood). But I did manage to pinch-flat this morning, bottoming out on a stream crossing at 35psi. The sealant did its darndest, but no dice. The only time I've pinch-flatted a tubular was on a similar deal. (Now I get to test Hutchinson's tubeless repair kit.)
I really like the Mud 2 as an all-around tire. Great grip, rolls pretty nice on pavement. I haven't tested it in real slop yet.
Bottom line: There is no single fool-proof tire setup. And the Natural State is rough on tires.
P.S. We welcome Leborne Coaching as the final co-sponsor of the 2012 Arkansas Super-Prestige. They can help you get ready for cross season!
P.P.S. We're sorry that you get an error message if you don't type "www." before "arkansascyclocross.com". The cross monkeys are working on it.
Monday, August 13, 2012
Here's a video of Thomas Frishknecht sprinting to silver on flat bars in the 1997 world championships.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
Arkansas Cycling & Fitness, CARVE, Chainwheel, The Community Bicyclist, Phat Tire Bike Shop, Spokes, and Leborne Coaching. Thanks to their generous support, the ASP will be awarding
Open payout: $150 / 130 / 120 / 110 / 100 / 90
Women's payout: $150 / 130 / 120
Cyclocross ("CX", "cross") is a 30- to 60-minute bicycle race covering a roughly one-mile closed circuit of mixed terrain including pavement, grass, gravel, and dirt. Racers are forced to dismount and portage their bikes over a variety of hurdles, log-piles, or steep ravines, earning the sport its reputation as "the steeplechase of cycling." Because of its unique challenges and spectator-friendly nature, cross is the fastest growing form of bike racing in the U.S.
The ASP season opens with a weekend of racing in Little Rock. On Saturday, October 13, the ASP Night Race takes over Kanis Park for fast and exciting racing under the lights, followed on Sunday with Reservoir Cross, over a tough, hilly, rocky circuit in Reservoir Park. The entire season is listed below.
Bookmark www.arkansascyclocross.com for the latest ASP news, a complete set of series rules, and ongoing coverage of the races.
|Oct 13||Little Rock||ASP Night Race||CARVE|
|Oct 14||Little Rock||Reservoir Cross||The Community Bicyclist|
|Nov 3||Fayetteville||Highroller's Cyclocross Adventure||Highroller Cyclery|
|Nov 4||Fayetteville||De Pijp's Smoke & Suds||De Pijp Cycling Team|
|Nov 11||Russellville||Old Post Cyclocross||Poppa Wheelies|
|Nov 25||Little Rock||Turkey Burn||CARVE|
|Dec 2||Bentonville||Phat Tire Cyclocross||Phat Tire Bike Shop|
|Dec 9||Little Rock||Series Closer||CARVE|
Thursday, August 2, 2012
These hot months are a great time to get low- to moderate-intensity mileage done. The better your tanline in September, the better your performance in December. Carry plenty of water and salt. Wear a cabbage-leaf under your helmet to keep your head cool and sunburn-free. Be happy in the swelter.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Thursday, June 28, 2012
|NoTubes "29er" rim strip|
|The Mud 2 measures 34mm wide, |
even though it is listed at 30mm
Here are some numbers for you gram counters, weighed on our digital kitchen scale:
Velocity A23 rim 450g
Cloth rim tape 17g
NoTubes "29er" rim strip 61g
Michelin Mud 2 tire 332g
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Saturday, June 16, 2012
There's been a slight juggling of dates for this fall's cyclocross season. The opening weekend of the Arkansas Super-Prestige will be October 13 & 14 with the Night Race followed by Reservoir Cross. If you were there last year, you know it will be pretty flippin' cool whether you're racing or watching. There will be prizes, merchandise, and $800 up for grabs. Watch this space for more details.
Showdown at Sundown/Ruts n Guts
The opening weekend was moved up a week to allow Arkansans to race in Tulsa the following weekend. They offer quite a bit of cash, so it attracts really good racers from a wide area, which in turn attracts large fields across all categories. Highly recommended.
A lot of people coming to CX from mountain biking are interested in going tubeless. In the next month or so, I'll be trying out a set-up with:
1) Velocity A23 rims
2) Stan's No-tubes rim strips
3) Michelin Mud 2 tires
and I'll be reporting on my experiences.
My oh my how time has flown. The AMBCS season is in full swing, the temps are hitting the 90s, and le Tour starts in a couple weeks, which means that fall is coming!
Sunday, May 20, 2012
Friday, April 27, 2012
Things I'm sort of meh about:
1. The new disc brake CX bikes
2. CX at Sea Otter
3. Sven Nys being all coy about whether he'll race Worlds in Louisville
Things I'm totally stoked on:
1. Riding the mountain bike
2. Riding the road bike
3. Our mild spring
Just a reminder, things are slowly percolating toward this fall's CX season. We've got some dates lined up (look to your right) and the series calendar and rules and prizes are all shaping up.
You don't need a cross bike to race cross...but now's a good time to shop for a cross bike, when people are still trying to fund their summer bike stuff by selling off cross stuff.
One more thing I'm stoked on is this photo of Merckx racing CX. [He didn't need a cross bike; just slapped some knobbies on his road bike. These days you're lucky if you can squeeze 27mm slicks under your road bike.]
Saturday, February 11, 2012
If you missed it, the World Championship race was a Belgian clinic in riding sand. Utter domination on an unprecedented scale. If you like baby-blue skinsuits, you'll enjoy watching the race in its entirety, which someone uploaded to youtube.
Meanwhile, dates, times, and places are starting to fall into place for the next Arkansan cyclocross season. If you, or someone you know, is even vaguely interesting in putting on a cross race next season, we highly recommend getting in touch with the ASP cognoscenti, by either commenting on this post or by posting to the Arkansas Super-Prestige facebook page.
It might not seem like it, but fall is coming! Spring classics, then the Giro, Tour, and Vuelta, and before you know it, the leaves are starting to drop. Don't let cross sneak up on you this year!
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Don't forget that the World Championships is on Sunday. Check cyclingfans.com for details on how to watch online. It'll be sweet.
Dates and plans for next season are already in the works. Watch this space for details and news. Just remember, road racing and mountain bike racing (and triathlons, 10Ks, kayaking, etc etc) are great CX training. Stay stoked, keep riding your bike, and have a great winter, spring, and summer.
But don't forget that fall will be here before you know it. Be prepared!
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
The final race was awesome. Super-sneaky course, great weather, top-notch venue, exciting racing.
Results, ASP class winners, etc, to come, but for now, check out this
A Fond Farewell [for now!] to Cyclocross
Thursday, January 12, 2012
|Are you Hillcrest enough? Do you jog with your dog?|
$20 reg fee
More details HERE.
Contrary to previous reports, series trophies will not be presented at Vino's, but at the site of the race directly following completion of the noon race. Vino's will, however, provide their customary provisions on-site at Allsopp.
Thank you Vino's for supporting cyclocross!
The weather forecast calls for dry, downright balmy conditions, so expect much faster course conditions than last time.
Without getting too weepy about it, we at arkansascyclocross.com have been incredibly pleased with this year's racing, and with the response we've gotten from our readers. And just so you know, the cross monkeys are already hard at work on next season's calendar, to make it even better: more racer-friendly, spectator-friendly, competitive, and exciting. Stay tuned.
Saturday, January 7, 2012
Thursday, January 5, 2012
More details still to come but the race schedule remains:
11:00am Women, Masters, Fours, Juniors
Have a great weekend!
Your 2011 USA Cycling license has expired. Renew now and avoid a $10 one-day license fee at the New Year Barrier race. For those of you who have been holding off on getting the annual license, now is the time to commit. Whether you choose a Road or Mountain license, you will have authorization to race cross.
Tuesday, January 3, 2012
People have been clamoring for details on the January 15 race. Trusted sources say (1) it will take place at Allsopp Park in the heart of Little Rock, (2) women, masters, juniors, and fours will race at 11am, (3) the open race starts at noon, and (4) race and series awards will be presented at Vino's (a 5-minute drive down Cantrell, on 7th and Chester) at 1:30pm. [Correction: Awards will be presented at Allsopp Park, right after the noon race.]
When these and other details get confirmed, we will post them here ASAP.