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If you haven't noticed, cross is coming! Fall is in the air, the 'aroma' of tubular glue is wafting from basements and garages across the land, and it's time to buckle down and get ready to rip!

I've been getting questions lately about preparation for new riders, which are timely, as I'm focusing more on CX this year than ever before. In this post I cover fundamentals and a few key areas: dismounts and mounts, run-ups and run-downs, bike handling, and power. For each, I provide some suggestions for what to incorporate into your routine, and complimentary actions that are probably not obvious, but helpful.

The name of the game is building a strong foundation of skill and stength that can be iteratively built upon each season thorugh small adaptations to daily and weekly routines. In other words, it's a practical guide to improvement.
Happy to address any obvious omissions, answer any questions!

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I've wanted to write about yoga's benefits for cyclists for years. Finally, a VeloNews FastTalk podcast on heat acclimatization inspired me to put thoughts to keyboard, which grew into a broader piece about how yoga can help us cycle more comfortably, longer, safer, and if we care to, faster. I hope this inspires at least one of you to give yoga a try, be it hot, cool, or something in between!

A week of firsts: first time cycling in the Carolinas, first time riding 7 days straight in training camp format, first time riding my new gravel race bike with disc brakes and oval chainrings. So many lessons, 11, in fact! Brodie Bikes, Absolute Black, Giro Cycling, Woven Precision Handbuilts, Compass Cycle, Kogel Bearings, Silca, Mad Alchemy, Xact Nutrition, Vega, Cycling the Carolinas Training Camp Cycling Tips http://teknecycling.com/down-south-old-dogs-new-tricks/

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"Looking back on the 2016 cyclocross season, I can honestly say I am excited about winter, spring, summer, and next fall. I'm usually tired and feeling a real need for down time at the end of November, so my change in perspective has come as a surprise; and I love it!" Giro Woven Precision Handbuilts Silca Absolute Black Kogel Bearings Vega Re:Form Body Clinic

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"It’s so greasy, I narrowly steer around a crash as we descent the snaking section through trees before we sweep back around to climb again. Derrick St John is ahead of me as we exit the pits, crashes, gets back on and goes hard. I’m doing ok where I am, but I’m already feeling the effort, and we’ve only done what, 90 seconds? Jeezuz."
Woven Precision Handbuilts Giro Mad Alchemy Silca Absolute Black Kogel Bearings Re:Form Body Clinic Vega Kogel Bearings Brodie Bikes

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"What would a thriving cycling scene in my region look like?.... Our niche is the drop bar bikes on dirt roads and trails end of the spectrum, and that’s what we’re happy to contribute." Double Cross Gravel grinder All-road Velo tout terrain Tekne Cycle Club Canadian Cycling Cyclocross bikes Adventure ride Club Ride Grow Cycling Fundraiser Rwanda Velo Project Cycling Community Mobivelo Gatineau Park

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To strive is to learn. I've been thinking a lot about how to improve in cyclocross over the last 6 months, and the answers I've landed on are not about intervals or better equipment. I've been talking through my conclusions with friends for a while, and feel I've put together a useful How to many of you will learn at least a thing or two from. Please don't hesitate to be part of the conversation; I want to see us ALL grow as cyclocross racers! How to Race Cyclocross Better

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Eastern Ontario's first CX race of the season featured exciting racing! I was stoked to sucessfully race tubeless tires for the first time, and put in my best race I can remember. I couldn't ask for more! *Compass Tires, Steilacoom, Woven Precision Handbuilts, Giro, Mad Alchemy, Kogel Bearings, SIlca Velo, Absolute Black8.

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"Through the technical sections I am doing well, but Osmond has the edge on the run-ups. I just can’t go as fast on my feet. He’s gapped me over the top of the right-hander run-up, and it takes the balance of the lap to close back onto him. I can see that I have more power to work with on the wide open sections, but he’s got me on strength-to-weight." Woven Precision Handbuilts, Giro, Mad Alchemy, Absolute Black, Kogel Bearings, Silca
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