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Flis and Cooke score podiums

Well, it’s a fact. Cross is not coming, cross is here, as Utah’s P-Town Cyclocross Series kicked off the the 2017 season with a race at Rock Canyon Park in Provo. The grass bowl was wet and soggy, and although the A race started in 90+ heat, thunder clouds, wind, and rain rolled in for the last few laps, which made it feel a lot more like a real cross…

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Dirty Kanza 2017

The Grandaddy of all Gravel Grinders, the legendary Dirty Kanza 200, is in the books for a couple of overtrained and underpaid X-Men. On a dare, Steve Briley talked Thomas Cooke into signing up for the 2017 edition of the DK200. Steve will deny this and insist it was the other way around. Let’s just agree that moments after signing up online back in February for a race that sold…

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X-Men History: 1997 Gila

20 years ago, I wrote an entry fee check, scribbled my signature on a USCF standard athlete release form, licked a stamp, and mailed it all off to Silver City, New Mexico to secure a spot in the annual Tour of the Gila stage race. We didn’t have Bikereg.com or any sort of online way to learn about races, let along register for them. The allure of Gila was mostly word…

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Thin Air 2017 Group Ride

As part of this year’s Thin Air Festival here in Park City, the X-Men will lend a hand leading a group ride on Friday, April 7th. Meet at Park City Bike Demos between 8:00 am and 8:45 am, as we will be wheels-up at 9:00 am sharp for a leisurely spin around some of Park City’s favorite roadie terrain. Remember, “cycling is the new golf,” unless you are Donald Trump,…

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2016 Mid Season Report Card

As I write this post, the 2016 / 2017 cyclocross season is about halfway through to the culmination of USA Cycling’s National Championships, scheduled for early January 2017, in Hartford, Connecticut. The local P-Town Cyclocross series has wrapped up, with the final event happening on October 25th. There have been a few road trips out of state, and a few bike fees have been reluctantly paid to the major airlines…

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2016 East Coast Update

Here is an update from our East Coast team, written by Tom Horrocks You’ve no doubt seen the hash tag #crossiscoming across all forms of social media as excitement builds for the coming season. In fact, we’ve been stoking the #crossiscoming fire too as we swelter through the hazy, hot and humid days of summer here in New England with gravel and road rides. Soon enough though, cool, crisp mornings…

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Climb Aboard The Island Hopper

2016 is here, and we are a little behind the 8-ball in terms of getting new club kits ordered. We are breaking from the tradition of our horizontal stripes, because frankly, a lot of clubs and teams seem to be copying it this year. So when stripes are hot, we are already on to the next one. Here is our 2016 team kit, Magnum P.I. “Island Hopper” themed team threads. Ordering…

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X-Men East Coast CX Kickoff

This report comes in from our East Coast team captain, Tom Horrocks: The New England Cyclocross season kicked off Sept. 13 at the Riverfront Park CX in Hartford, Conn., which is to be the site of the 2017 USA Cycling National Cyclocross Championships. Racers were presented with a fast, moist course, soaked from overnight rain. Squadra Flying Tigers presented by Jamis Bicycles, were in force with riders Tom Horrocks and Andrew Borden…

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2015 Masters Road Nationals

September 11, 2015: For the second consecutive year, Ogden, Utah was the host city for USA Cycling’s Masters National Championship Road events. Just like last year, the road race started and finished at Snowbasin Resort in Huntsville, Utah. And for the second consecutive year, the X-Men’s very own Thomas Cooke earned a podium spot in the 45-49 age group, improving on last year’s 5th place finish and moving up to…

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2015 CRU5HER REPORT

With 4 previous attempts at T. Burke Swindlehurst’s masterpiece event of pain, misery, grace, and triumph under my belt, my goal for this year’s Crusher in the Tushar had nothing to do with beating anyone except myself. To understand this, I’ll give you a recap of my 4 previous Crushers: 1. 2011. The first year. Nobody knew what to expect. I raced the 40-49 age group and surprised myself by…

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