Welcome to the Party

This weekend I attended a party and a bike race broke out. Okay it was actually billed as a bike race, but I've been to this annual event and it always feels more like a party to me...a crazy, muddy, inappropriate dress up party. One of those parties where you never know what to expect, like a Bruce Willis movie. This party had no thieves posing as terrorists, no coke snortin' douche bags, no … [Read more...]

The Asher Grand Prix

Most of the cyclocross events we cover are a part of the Arkansas Super-Prestige Cyclocross Series, always great events with many familiar faces. This past weekend brought us the 2nd annual Western Hills Cyclocross race, a great venue organized by passionate and talented course designers, we didn't attend. Instead we showed up a day early to film the Asher Grand Prix, an event utilizing the same … [Read more...]

There is no way you can prepare for this…

...seems to be my motto. In the inspired words of Brittney Spears, "Oops, I did it again." You may have read my article from last week on the grand mudfest formally known as the 2014 Attila the Hun Mountain Bike Race. I had made certain promises to myself, and more importantly most of my friends in the cycling community, that I would participate in Attila having no idea that it would become a … [Read more...]

Sinking into a Landfill

There are few things that suck the momentum from your tires like landfill grass. Cedarglades Park, built around the Garland County Landfill near Hot Springs is a beautiful area, but the biggest surprise to a cyclist is the wheel grabbing grass on top of the soft dirt. Between the obstacle of the ground itself and the sadistic nature of the course, Cedarglades Cyclocross Race is considered one of … [Read more...]

Run What You Brung

The cold air burning my lungs, the exertion burning my legs, and the sound of cowbells and cheers burning my ears could only mean that I did not chicken out on my commitment to try a cyclocross race. The Arkansas Super-Prestige Series Night Race, the first cyclocross of the season for Central Arkansas, fell on a holiday celebrated by remembering those who have passed from our lives. In honor of … [Read more...]

Suiting Up

For some time now I've been a spectator and appreciator of cyclocross. It is sometimes like watching an intricate dance, the rider and the bike in a complex pas de deux, smooth and practiced. Sometimes it is more like watching a wrestling match, the bike and rider fighting each other for control, occasionally ending with the bike pinning the rider to the ground. As a person who thinks she knows … [Read more...]

A Proper Introduction to the Series

The forecast called for rain and cooler temperatures. Considering the fickle nature of Arkansas Fall weather, you never know what to expect for the Super-Prestige Cyclocross Series. To start the series off this year, the weather was optimum. I followed the drift* of Razorback fans from Little Rock to Fayetteville for the Smoke-N-Suds Cyclocross event sponsored by De Pijp Cyclocross Federation. I … [Read more...]

Well Ring My Bell

Cowbell that is. Cyclocross. Do it wrong, and it'll be the coldest, muddiest, most painful hour of your life. Do it right, and it'll be the coldest, muddiest, most painful hour of your life. It'll also be the most fun you'll have on your bike all year. Cold, mud, and pain are non-negotiable. —BikeSnobNYC That's right the 2014 Arkansas Super-Prestige Cyclocross Series is about to begin and … [Read more...]

Smoke-N-Suds 2013

Cyclocross races are always worth the trip, whether just across town or halfway across the state, I'm never disappointed by the action of one of my favorite spectator sports on two wheels. We began writing about cyclocross two years ago but of course, the history of the sport goes back a little farther. Historical accounts say cyclocross or cyclo-cross or cx started back in 1901, the … [Read more...]

The Battle for Western Hills

The bikes slowly arrived at the defunct golf course, many caked in mud and grass from the night before, their owners still dragging a bit from the skirmishes held at Interstate Park. Things seemed quiet, like an army campsite the day after engaging the enemy, infantry cleaning up equipment in preparation of joining the fight again, the only difference is each soldier would be going to war alone. … [Read more...]