Elle Anderson (Strava/SRAM) joins us for a great conversation on episode 12 of Crosshairs Radio. Elle grew up with dreams of being a downhill skier, but after spending her childhood years chasing that dream, she gave it up and eventually found the bike. First just for fun and later as a way to fulfill her competitive drive. Elle quickly rose through the ranks of American Cyclocross, with a string of UCI wins, finishing on the podium at Nationals and getting a ride on a Belgian team last season.
A hard, frustrating season left her a bit burnt out at the end of last season. But after a healthy break from the bike she is ready to rock for the remainder of this season and really excited about her new one-woman team and a chance to race again in Europe, this time on her own terms.
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For Episode 11 we talk to Jake Wells and Dan Timmerman of the NOTUBES Elite Cyclocross Team. The conversation touches on both riders cycling careers from starting on MTBs and eventually finding their way to cyclocross.
We also spend some time talking about finding the balance between life and racing. Dan Timmerman has taken a couple hiatuses from racing, the second time to go off into the woods with his wife, build a yurt to live in, and teach primitive skills. Not to be outdone, Wells was racing as a pro while also holding down a career as a carpenter.
Truly two blue collar racers with great stories.
For those of you who like a classic cyclocross debate, we don't talk about cantis vs. discs, but we do spend some time talking about tubeless technology and how it compares to tubulars.
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For Episode 10 of Crosshairs Radio we welcome Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com's Stephen Hyde, who is coming off a breakthrough weekend at the Derby City Cup in Louisville, Kentucky. Stephen not only won his first UCI C1 race but he also beat Jeremy Powers in a two-man battle both days of the weekend.
Stephen Hyde joined us from Pensacola, Florida, the place he grew up and started his life on the bike by putting in thousands of hours on a BMX bike. He has an interesting journey from BMX street and flatland competition to professional cyclocross racer. We touch on most of it in this hour long episode.
The story about how Stephen won a spot on the J.A.M. Fund team is one not to miss. As well as his breakdown of how he won the Louisville weekend. Hyde is a smart racer who analyzes not only his strengths and weaknesses but those of his opponents, too. He gives some great insight into the tactical game behind winning at cyclocrossm and maybe even life.
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Ben Frederick is a professional bike racer whose name outside of the Mid-Atlantic region may not be one you know. But you may soon. At the time we recorded this podcast he was ranked 15th in the ProCX standings, finished fourth at Charm City, third and fifth at DCCX and has moved up to 150th in the UCI world rankings.
Ben had dreams of being a pro road racer and now is refocusing those dreams to cyclocross. He has started his own team, Beyond CX, and has a great story.
This is a long episode. But I think you'll like it. We cover a lot of ground and for anybody with dreams of glory in professional cyclocross, I think it's a really nice look into what it looks like on the way up. Ben has fought through some substantial setbacks but continues to strive for the top tier of cyclocross. By the time we're done talking, you'll no longer ask the question: Who is Ben Frederick.
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