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    Old School Cyclocross.

    I haven't done a CX race in 10 years, but I spotted this YouTube video from the stone age.

    laugh if you want, but I did some races that you had to go through a foot of water.
    That was nuttin'







    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9_Fs1QtsOY&feature=
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    Nothing available today comes even close to that in difficulty.
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    Beautiful!

    that creek crossing reminds me of an mtb race I did in the '80's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cs1
    Nothing available today comes even close to that in difficulty.
    Ah, but I beg to differ. In the front pages of the latest issue of Velonews, there is a 2-page phot from this years 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross cyclo-cross race held in the Yorkshire Dales in the UK. The image in Velonews, similar to the one below, shows a line of competitors ascending the runup from hell using a fence line for support as they run (walk?) this very steep and very long hill. Looking at the course description from the event website, it indicates a course length of 61kms (38 miles) with 28kms of improved roads, 33kms off-road, and 6-8kms of un-rideable surfaces, and 1524m (5000 feet) of total climbing.

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    That is great. I especially love the "go over a creek and then have to climb over a stone wall" part of the course. LOL LOL

    If that was shot in the 1950's there is a better than even chance that many of them are no longer alive. But they seemed to be having a great time same as we would today.

    I wonder if someone will watch a video made this year 60 years from now and be talking about bike racing also. I'd like to think so.

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    The running start of that race looked great. I haven't ever seen a start like that.
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    Iron Cross
    Not as nasty, but effin hard:

    http://ironcrossrace.blogspot.com/

    it was a killer

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    That is incredibly cool! That makes racing today look easy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ms6073
    Ah, but I beg to differ. In the front pages of the latest issue of Velonews, there is a 2-page phot from this years 3 Peaks Cyclo-Cross cyclo-cross race held in the Yorkshire Dales in the UK. The image in Velonews, similar to the one below, shows a line of competitors ascending the runup from hell using a fence line for support as they run (walk?) this very steep and very long hill. Looking at the course description from the event website, it indicates a course length of 61kms (38 miles) with 28kms of improved roads, 33kms off-road, and 6-8kms of un-rideable surfaces, and 1524m (5000 feet) of total climbing.

    You're correct. Maybe I should change it to "nothing I've seen in the US is that difficult." That gives me a little weasel room.

    Seriously, most races I've seen have been on relatively flat ground with those annoying man made barriers that MTB guys just bunny hop over. Nothing in the OP video could be bunny hopped.
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    It seems like most US races follow the same format, they have to be tight, have off camber, include a sandpit, and there is relatively few real variance between races. It'd be cool if promoters could stray from the format a little and put on something like that here.

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    Long NM CX Race

    http://nmes.wordpress.com/events/san...dirty-century/ (the 2011 date will be set soon)

    Well, it's not advertized as such, but it's a great race. A few miles of singletrack, a 5.3"step" section, a few miles of pavement, and the rest is hardpack to sandy dirt roads through some of the most beautiful terrain in the southwest.

    Many mtbs, a few cxers, and you could even do it on road tires. Not a "gravel grinder" but there's plenty of varied surface compositions on the two track. And, yes, it has the altitude feature.

    Snow, rain, or beautiful blue sky sunny day, from 30 to 70 degrees possible.

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    I like the part where they're just chucking their bikes into the creek.

    The commentary is good too -- the guy knows all these guys, including the driver for the brewery who looks like he needs a pint or two to get through the mud slog.

    Though the video is titled "1950 Cyclocross," I believe the commentator says it was shot circa 1960.

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    Found another good video of World Cup Women's CX.



    from Web Petitesreines on Vimeo.





    http://www.cxmagazine.com/video-worl...-in-aigle-2010
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    Quote Originally Posted by cs1
    You're correct. Maybe I should change it to "nothing I've seen in the US is that difficult." That gives me a little weasel room.

    Iron CX.....

    And I thought it was funny at the guys just chucking bikes into the creek.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 88 rex
    Iron CX.....

    And I thought it was funny at the guys just chucking bikes into the creek.
    I'm running out of weasel room sayings and emoticons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wvucyclist
    It seems like most US races follow the same format, they have to be tight, have off camber, include a sandpit, and there is relatively few real variance between races. It'd be cool if promoters could stray from the format a little and put on something like that here.

    Traditionalists would be up in arms at the thought of courses based around traditional courses.

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    Some guys here have a little series of races called VPCX. Translated from Finnish, it means "Wrong Trails Cyclocross". Here's a lap by one of them:

    from Raparperi McCyclist on Vimeo.



    The term "dumbcycling" is also used. My interpretations is "cycling where it is not really smart", or "cycling just for the heck of it"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by spudbiker
    Iron Cross
    Not as nasty, but effin hard:

    http://ironcrossrace.blogspot.com/

    it was a killer
    A Three Peaks winner has also won the Iron Cross. Apparently on one of the Iron CX stiffer climbs ,the name escapes me, he was running up the hill with his bike shouldered where everybody else was walking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by max hammer
    I like the part where they're just chucking their bikes into the creek.

    The commentary is good too -- the guy knows all these guys, including the driver for the brewery who looks like he needs a pint or two to get through the mud slog.

    Though the video is titled "1950 Cyclocross," I believe the commentator says it was shot circa 1960.
    I think it is 1960+ too, one of the cars you see in the video was not around in 1950.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadBoyNY
    I think it is 1960+ too, one of the cars you see in the video was not around in 1950.
    Maybe this goes with that recent viral video of someone with a cell phone in the days of old.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TiIrpEMbQ2M

    Who knows ...maybe the 1950 cyclocross video is a video from the future....it's what we'll all be doing in 2050

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    Quote Originally Posted by BadBoyNY
    A Three Peaks winner has also won the Iron Cross. Apparently on one of the Iron CX stiffer climbs ,the name escapes me, he was running up the hill with his bike shouldered where everybody else was walking.

    Wigwam powerline climb (crawl/hell/suffering). I think that guy was a marathon runner as well.

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