Wednesday, November 2, 2011


Thanks for coming out this year peoples. We had beautiful weather for every practice, I don't think we could have asked for much more. Hopefully everyone took something away from the practices. The season's not quite over yet, see everyone at Cap City, OVCX and NEOCX races!

Also, thanks for coming early to set up and staying late to tear down. The help really made it easy for me to show up week after week.

Keep an eye out for weekend and/or off season practices. We're clear to use the space whenever we want, so we can do stuff whenever if there's enough interest to set up a course or do some skills stuff instead.

Good luck with the rest of your seasons, keep it jerk free.


Tuesday, November 1, 2011

LAST DITCHCROSS 2011 - Tuesday November 1, 2011

Last ditchcross of the year. We've only got a little bit of sunlight left, but let's use as much as we've got. I'll be out there at 4:30 to set up. Be ready to go by 5:15-5:30.

See ya out there!


Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Tuesday, October 25, 2011 - Practice is Happening

Practice is happening tonight.
Spencer will be there for setup, around 4:30-5:00 show up to help if you can.
Kevin will take the gear after teardown.
Stick around to help please to help as always.

Bring your:

  1. Helmets
  2. Bike
  3. spare tubes
  4. multi tools
  5. Lights
  6. Fitness
  7. Skill
  8. Smile
  9. Upgrades
  10. A-Game, B-Game and C-Game

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

DITCHCROSS IS ON FOR Tuesday Oct. 18, 2011

It looks rainy. Practice will be ON. Come help set up. Ditchcross begins at 530.


Thursday, October 13, 2011

October 13 - Skills Practice - Wyman Woods

Sorry I didn’t post anything up….sooner

Informal Skills practice tonight at Wyman Woods.
We’ll work on starts and some other skills.
about an hour of your time ;
6p to 7p
bring lights - dark at 7 now.


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

October 11, 2011, Practice Photos

The Daylight is fading fast. Cross practices are getting shorter, however everyone is getting faster. Many new faces.

There has been an improvement in turnout this year.  

The no-jerk rule has been supported.

We are all still having fun, keep it weird.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011


Dtichcross is going to start at/or around 5:30. Come early to help set up or stay late to help tear down.


Monday, October 3, 2011

October 4, 2011 practiceCX

Looks like tomorrow is Tuesday. Guess that means???? It's practice time. Ya'll know the drill. Get there, practice those lines, and get faster.

The only minor change this week will be the starting time. We're going to roll back the start to 5:30pm EST to beat the sunset. Tomorrow is going to be a nice do so we'll use every bit of the light we have to practice. I'll be there by 4:30 to set up.

If you don't help set up, please help tear down so we can all finish up and drink beer quicker.

Once again, we'll be at the crossditch behind Jesse Owen's Memorial Stadium.


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Skills Practice on Thurs 28 - I can't make it

sorry I had to move around my schedule for personal reasons and I won't be able to make it to Wyman Woods on Thursday.

If anyone is interested, I suggest you hit up the park and practice and hone those skills.
If you are racing both days, I would suggest not too much hard effort, but focus on skills, trees, turns, barriers, mounts, remounts, off-camber, etc.


RE: Tues Sept 27 Practice

great job and hats off to Spencer and crew for setting up another sweet, hill climbing twist-fest for practice. I'd say easily this practice space is one of the best places we've found and seems to provide more than enough challenges for everyone.

You might have noticed (or maybe not?) the courses getting harder each week, this is on purpose and for good reason. All those short-steep hill climbs, longer laps, off camber hill climbs, wide sweeping fast turns, will all come in handy at some point this race season. When you encounter hills or anything else thrown at you during practice, come race time - you can reach into your deck of cards, pull them out, throw them down behind you and show Cleveland your wake.

It seems many of you are really starting to find your groove, cornering, trusting your tires and pedaling power. Some impressive efforts from a bunch of you last night. It was nice to see a cross section of riders out there giving it their all and working through their own challenges. Thank you to the ladies for also showing up and getting involved in cross.

I'd guess there was about 35-40 or so of you that braved the sprinkles to come out and show your mettle. Everyone stayed around into dusk for 4-more laps of fun, then put in the effort to assist in tearing down the course.

I did see some new faces out there. If you need help, with anything please don't hesitate to reach out to me, Mason, Tim Sholl or Layne. We would all gladly help where we can.

So why don't you put it all together and come out this weekend to race?

Gear Fest in Dayton Saturday

John Bryan on Sunday

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Tonight's practice IS ON!

The rain doesn't look too bad. Only 30% chance through 9pm. We'll be good to go.

See ya out there.


Monday, September 26, 2011

Tuesday September 27, 2011 'Cross Practice

Will be over behind Jesse Owen's Memorial Stadium around 4:30/4:45 to set up. Practice starts at 6:15. Be ready. We've lost a lot of day light.

See you tomorrow night.


Monday, September 19, 2011

September 20, 2011 - DrainageCX

Another week, another practice.

Yes, yes, yes practice is going to be taking place over at the drainage ditch behind Jesse Owen's Memorial Stadium. Kevin and Allan will be there to set up around 4:45pm. Expect races to start 15 minutes after 6pm. When it's all said and done, stick around and help pull flags out of the ground.

We're knee deep in 'cross season so step it up. Ask questions if you have them. Work on handling those bikes, dismounts and remounts. Lay off the brakes. While it may feel good to go full throttle, remember that it's practice. Work on your lines. Don't hesitate to go back and try new lines (be careful of riders though).

I won't be there, but I hope everyone has a good time. See ya next week!


Sunday, September 18, 2011

CBus - Skills - Some Thoughts and Re-posts

Cross Peeps: here are a few reposts from last year and some other observations, but relevant.

I wrote this up last year, regarding dismount techniques. I thought I would repost a link since there were some questions last week about the proper ways to dismount.

Remember, like Spencer said, practice isn't always about going 100mph. Spend some time re-riding or going back over and over certain sections of the course each week at practice, finding a faster or better line through the areas you are finding difficult. It's important to know, there is always a better way and faster line through those flags and around corners. If someone is putting distance on you during practice, it might not be that they are more fit, it might just be they are picking better lines through the turns and around corners. Just because you are pedaling, doesn't mean you stop thinking. Remember what I said last week, just because the person in front of you is riding that line, doesn't mean it's the best or fastest line. Think, pedal, think, pedal and oh yea, breathe. Again, remember, your goal should be riding each lap faster and faster as you choose better lines and find the fastest way to get through the course and figure out where to pass, where to 'rest', where to enter and exit challenging sections. Think and pedal. Trust those tires.

Try taking a lap in a harder gear, I see quite a bit of spinning, which is fine, but there is also nothing wrong with trying for a lap or two, to push a harder gear. Push your butt back on that saddle and push a harder gear, you might surprise yourself with your power output. Again, this is what practice is about.

Last thought - Thursday at skills practice we worked on getting everyone around some tight turns (trees). I would suggest trying bending those elbows and lowering your chest some into the tight turns. Load up the front of the bike with your weight and then find the balance point of your body weight by shifting your weight back on the saddle. You'll have to experiment, but Professor Sholl and I saw noticeable improvement in the folks that were lowering their chest and bending their elbows around some trees. 

October 2 is the first CapCity Cross Race at John Bryan state park, are you ready? You can also pre-register if you wish.

A quick video of some folks going through the barriers and the sand pit last year during the Thursday Skills practice.:.:

Monday, September 12, 2011

Ditchcross - Tuesday September 13, 2011


I'm here to inform you Columbus 'crossers that practice will be taking place tomorrow night over at the ditch behind Jesse Owens Stadium.

As always, I'll be there at 4:45/5 to start setting up. If you have ideas or want to assist in setting up please come early (before 6) as we're usually done setting up. We'll race at 6:15. There will be longer races and shorter breaks since we're losing time.

**Don't forget your helmet**

(Mud pits are fun, ask Blake when you see him)

Also, the forecast is calling for scattered showers/thunderstorms around 6-9pm tomorrow night. If the weather looks nice enough, we'll be there. If not I'll post here, the 'cross group and facebook. Keep checking back for details.

Lastly, I'll be out of town Tuesday September 20, 2011. I'll need someone to take up the roll of setting the course up and transporting the equipment. Contact me (Spencer) if you can do it. Thanks!

Let's hope the rain holds off so we can practice tomorrow night!


Sunday, September 11, 2011

Skills Practice - Wyman Woods - Thurs. Sept 15

more notice this time.
I’ll be over at Wyman Woods again this Thursday, Sept 15 from 6p to 7p.
For all those ‘beginner’ or ‘intermediate' folks:
If you need help with skills, now is the time, show up and let’s see what we can do about working on your weakness’s. Racing in Ohio has begun. What do you need help with?

There is also a sandpit at Wyman, if you have never ridden through sand I can try to help. There are lots of trees and off camber.  How about some lessons on trusting your tires and picking lines and driving your bike really fast.

see you Tues and Thurs!


Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Thursday Skills - SEPT 8 - Wyman Woods - 6:00p

CBUS CX Peeps:
I have some time tomorrow at 6:00 pm to teach some skills or one on one stuff with anyone who's interested, until about 7:00 pm.
I won't have time to bring my barriers, but we can work on mounts, dismounts, and some cornering technique around trees and such.
These skill sessions seemed to work out quite a bit for a few folks last year, if you are new to cx this year or were new last year or would just like to learn how to drive your cx bike faster.

I'll wait around till 6:15 or so, if no one shows up, I will leave.

MAP Location to Wyman Woods


Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Tuesday Night drainagecross Practice - 6 of September Edition

Cbus 'crossers,

Come out to the ditch tonight to spin those tired legs from the first weekend of 'cross racing. I know everyone's sore from racing against Cleveland or the treacherous fire roads and horse trampled descents of Frankenbike, but that's no excuse to take a break just quite yet. You're just building your base and you need some more to put on top.

As always, I'll be over to the drainage ditch around 4:45/5pm to set up. Hot laps begin a 6:15pm and will go through dusk. We're losing valuable daylight, so expect shorter breaks between races.

Also, I'll be keeping an eye on the weather. It looks like it should be good, but I'll update if any flash floods, hurricanes, tornados or earthquakes. We are in a drainage ditch; expect to get wet tonight.

See you soon,


Monday, August 29, 2011

Cross Practice - Tuesday August 30, 2011 - DITCHCROSS


Just letting everyone know that 'cross practice is happening over in the ditch tomorrow night. I'll be there at 4:45/5 to set up and, as always, races start at 6:15 or so. We're going to try and run mock races a bit longer this week as 'cross season is finally upon us this weekend.


A few things to note;

1. BRING YOUR FREAKIN' HELMET. While practice isn't sanctioned, you still need a helmet. If you don't have one, let me or any of us know and we'll get you one to borrow.
2. Don't park in OSU lots. Permits are completely necessary for parking in their lots and they will tow your car if you don't have a permit.

See everyone tomorrow night.


Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Saturday August 27, 2011 - Lobdell Hot Laps

Looks like Kyle and J.d. will be getting together on Saturday for some hot laps at Lobdell. I hear it's going to start at 11am and go for a few hours. I haven't heard whether or not there will be much set up, but show up a little early to see if any help is needed. I hear Kyle has a pretty demanding course ready.


Come have some fun. Test those early season 'cross legs.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Cross Practice - Tuesday August 23, 2011 - DrainageCross


Just a heads up, we're heading out to the OSU drainage ditch again for another edition of 'cross practice. As always, I'll be showing up at 4:45 to set up, feel free to join. We'll start mock races around 6:15 and go until sunset.


Can't wait to get out there again!


Saturday, August 20, 2011

Photos from CrossGate #1

Thank Allan Sommer for these awesome photos!


Friday, August 19, 2011

Poll for Lobdell

Since the one over to the left isn't working, and I can figure it out, I used free polling site. I'll keep the voting going on until next 'cross practice then a decision will be made.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Small, but awesome turn out last night. Thanks to everyone that showed up early and help set up a super tough practice course. It seems like everyone's pretty excited for 'cross season. Also, thanks for sticking around and picking up flags!

Can't wait to get out again next week! Stay tuned for info!


Monday, August 15, 2011

Tomorrow Night! 8.16.2011 First Cross practice 2011


It's on for tomorrow night (8.16.2011). Practice will be held on Fred Taylor Dr. just behind the Jesse Owens Stadium off of Lane Ave.

Come around 4:45/5pm(16:45/17:00pm) to help set up. Mock races start about an hour later. Come out if you feel comfortable and are ready to have some fun.


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

2011 Columbus Cross Practice begins 8-16-2011

Cyclocrossers of the greater 614 area code unite!

Practice for the 2011 season is set to begin on August 16, 2011 behind the the Value City Arena/Jesse Owen's baseball stadium. We plan on starting at 6pm EST! So if you're available to help set up, please be there by 4:45/5pm. I'll have the gear, you just need to show up and help make a fun course.

There are some changes this year, so listen closely. . .

For starters practice is going to be free and there will be NO USA Cycling license required to ride the mock races. What I'm saying is; RIDE AT YOUR OWN RISK. We're hoping to be more friendly towards new and beginner racers. You local pros shouldn't be discouraged from coming as we'll have the same set up as last year; two different races starting 30 seconds apart.

Secondly, keep a close eye on the blog as the practice venue is going to change week by week. We are planning on keeping these practices as close to the center of the city as possible. Worthington was a great venue, but more localized venue(s) will allow more time to race and tear down before the fall sun sets.

Last, but not least, the practice sessions and mock races will be 100% jerk free. The Cbus 'cross practice crew reserves the right to relegate or ban anyone acting like jerks. These practices are for learning purposes, we don't need to teach anyone to be a jerk.

Keep an eye on the blog Columbus!

The season is slowly sneaking up on us. Hope to see everyone in two weeks time!


Tuesday, July 26, 2011

2011 Practices

Fellow Cyclocrossers:
we are working on getting organized for 2011.
If you have an interests in helping organize or setting up practices, please post up a message.
We can always use the help -
sometimes it feels good to give back to the sport.

CBUS Practice Crew