2016 & 2017 UCI Cyclocross Masters World Championships Comes to San Jose, CA

MastersJerseyAt a spectacular venue at Lake Cunningham Park in San Jose, CA, Murphy Mack and SuperPro Racing in conjunction with USA Cycling will be hosting the UCI’s Masters Cyclocross World Championships this January. The event, to start on January 22, 2016 will be the fourth time in a bit over two years the venue will see cyclocross racers.

San Jose’s Lake Cunningham Park, just 10 miles from San Jose International Airport (SJC), first featured cyclocross racing on December 14, 2013, with the “San Jose Supcat presented by Cyclocross Magazine” race, and will feature a warm-up event on December 12 as part of the SuperPro cyclocross series…

Full Story: 2016 & 2017 UCI Cyclocross Masters World Championships Comes to San Jose, CA

Bethlehem Cup: NYCROSS.com Series Final race

bethlehem cupThe NYCROSS.com Series wrapped up Sunday with the Bethlehem Cup at Elm Ave Park in Delmar. This is another great venue that the guys ar NYCROSS have for the Series. It’s fast, it’s grueling, it’s muddy and it’s a great time.

The “really fast old guys”, as you know I like to call the master’s categories, are as fast as ever on this course. The start is at about the 1/2 way point of the lap, on a long-ish, flat stretch of pavement that leads to weaving through the trees and the fields. I actually got off to a good start until we reached the finish line to go into the first full lap. That’s pretty much were I settled in for my typical positioning. I ended up finishing 17th place, -1 lap. I always want to finish on the lead lap, but with this group, that isn’t going to happen all the time.

Thanks to everyone that puts on the NYCROSS.com Series! It’s great to have such a quality Series right here in our backyards.


Saratoga Spa:CX

spa_cxNext to the Uncle Sam Race in Troy, the Saratoga SPA:CX cyclocross race is probably the ‘cross race that I enjoy the most. It’s a fast and also challenging course in Saratoga Spa State Park. It has fields, and sand, and off camber, and mud, and singletrack. It is such a fun course to race on. I feel like I always ride well in Saratoga, and that’s one of the reasons that I look forward to this race every year.

This year, I might have had, my best ride of the ‘cross season at Saratoga. While I still finished way down the line, I did finished on the lead lap, which is always one of my goals going into the race. I rode hard and consistent and felt strong. When it was over, I knew that I had raced as hard as I could. And it was the first ‘cross race this season that I didn’t feel a little discouraged. I finish in 11th place and felt great doing it.

And here is the first lap of the Master’s race…yep, I’m somewhere behind the guy with the camera.

4 Stretches for Cyclists to Increase Flexibility

Here is a great article that I came across on the Training Peaks website. Stretching will increase you flexibility and therefore, help in improving your bike skills. Adding a simple stretching routine won’t take much time out of our busy schedules. This article discusses and shows you 4 challenging stretches that will target the hips, glutes, calves, and hamstrings.


2015 Capital District Bicycle Gala

On Saturday November 14, 2015, our friends at HRRT Cycling Club and Team will holding their 3rd annual Capital District Bicycle Gala at the Edison Club in Rexford, NY. The Gala is to raise funds for the NICA NY High School MTB League and support overall cycling safety in the Capital District. In addition to the Gala, a Specialized Fat Boy Comp is being raffled for $25.00 per ticket or 5 tickets for $100.00. If you have wanted a fat bike, here’s your chance to win one and at the same time, support youth cycling in New York. Tickets for the Gala are $50.00/person and $100.00/couple.

Tickets for the Gala and Fat Boy raffle can be purchased via BikeReg.com at:


3rd Annual Capital District Cycling Gala

Unsafe Roads. Distracted Drivers.

Riders afraid to ride on the Road.

What will make this years Gala different?

Everyone. Everything.

First- The Custom License Plate Frame

EVERY attendee will go home with a frame for their car- reminding the motorist behind you of the life of a cyclist.

Fundraising Effort Redirected

All Proceeds to benefit equally the following missions

1/ NICA NY High School MTB league and Sponsorship of hosting a local race and team

2/ Missions to improve safety of local roads and trails to protect our cycling destinations and improve the quality of offering.

How will this be done?

1/ Share the Road Signs placed roadside- seasonally “May- September” in the areas of Albany, Schenectady, and Saratoga County and beyond. These signs will have a message and will be sponsored by the local cycling community.

2/ MTB Trailheads- Signage with maps placed at Central Park

3/ Repair Stands- installed on the bike path between Schenectady and Albany

4/ Advocacy- Sorting out plans locally to have a voice in the municipalities concerning bike lanes and missions.

The 2015 Gala will focus on keeping our community of cyclists safe and thriving. Youth is key to growing the sport, but also is protecting the safety and structure of what we have. Protecting our roads, bettering our trails and locations to ride.

Our cycling community rocks.

The passion for the bicycle is evident.

Riders help each other.

Parents are seeking bicycle opportunities for their kids.

People want to be involved.

Teams achieve more.

We can make our roads safer.

Will you join us?

Please. It makes a difference to bring forward thinking minds together.

Shop Owners, club leaders, riders, parents and industry partners.

Share your ideas. Spark passion.

Date: Saturday, November 14th, 2015

Time: 7pm- Midnight

Location: Edison Club, Niskayuna

Tickets: $50 pp or $100 couple, presale only

Tickets are available in advance through November or when event reaches capacity. Event will Sell out at 225 capacity.

Live band and DJ,  sure to provide dancing all evening long

Tickets include, open bar Craft Beer from Chatham Brewery, and Wine

“Cocktail” Party Food-  Butlered Hors D’oeuvres, Pasta Station, Garlic Bread, Cheese, Fruits, Veggies, Coffee, Tea, Fabulous Dessert

Keynote Speakers- Jason Cairo- NICA NY League Director, Paul Winkeller- President New York Bicycle Coalition

We will be Raffling off a Specialized Fatboy Comp Size Medium at the Event! Donation from NICA! Value $2200!

Purchase tickets here online, or the night of the event. You DO NOT have to be present to win! Winner drawn at 10:30 pm at the Gala, will post to facebook following!

Huge Silent Auction thanks to our Sponsors!

Silent Auction Items (listed as donated): HRRT Cycling Jersey & Bottle, Strider Bicycle, EMS 2 day Kayak Rental, Gatherer’s Granola, Mona B Bicycle Bag and Scarf, Sigma Buster Lights, GU Basket, 2 Farmers Daughter Entries, Overnight stay for 2 at the Burke View inn East Burke Vermont, 3 Tropper Brinkerhoff Memorial Race Series Entries, Stained Glass Custom Bike Art, P90x2, Huge Selection HRRT branded wearables, 2016 Capital District Tri Club Membership plus Visor and Transition Matt, Smith Helmet and Glasses Combo, Big Cool Basket from Grey Ghost Bicycles, Race Entries to the Williams Lake Race,

Title Sponsor- Mass Mutual/The Affinity Group

License Plate Sponsor- SIS Financial 

Trail Repair Stands Sponsor– Fronhoffer Design & Grey Ghost Bicycles

2015 Sponsors- HRRT, S.I.S. Insurance, New York High School Mountain Biking League, Chatham Brewery, Grey Ghost Bicycles, Fronhoffer Design, Spa City Bicycle Works, Wrenegade Sports, Strider Bicycles, GU, Sigma, Mona B, EMS, Gatherer’s Granola, Capital Region Bicycling Racing Club, NYCROSS, Burke View Inn, Capital District Tri Club, Don Massone, Butts on Bikes Inc, Freemans Bridge Sports, Brian Echer, New York Bicycle Colalition, Mohawk Hudson Cycling Club,Sarah Dzikowicz, Independent Team Beachbody Coach, Pretty Personal Gifts, The Hub, Patriot Multisport, TRT Bicycles

Can’t Attend But want to Make a Difference? Donate to the event through our Donation box. All Companies and Individuals will be recoginzed at the event and online.

The 2013 and 2014 Galas were a HUGE Success! We raised over $6000 for NICA!
More Information: Heather Rizzi @ 518-847-2419

2016 Pro XCT, GRT calendars unveiled – USA Cycling

(Nov. 4, 2015) – USA Cycling announced the 2016 Professional Mountain Bike Cross-Country Tour (Pro XCT) and Professional Mountain Bike Gravity Tour (Pro GRT) calendars on Wednesday.   “We have two world class professional mountain bike calendars in the Pro XCT and Pro GRT, and they will be even better in 2016,” said Micah Rice, USA Cycling Vice President of National Events. “As next year will feature new events and the U.S. Cup Pro Series enters its third year, we look forward to showcasing the best in the world with these two series.”   The nine-race Pro XCT begins March 12, while the seven-race Pro GRT kicks off May 7.

Read the full article here –> 2016 Pro XCT, GRT calendars unveiled – USA Cycling

Wicked Creepy ‘Cross

That was another hard and fast Master’s race. The annual Wicked Creepy ‘Cross cyclocross race was held this past weekend at Willow Park in Bennington, VT. Wicked Creepy’Cross is always held on the last Sunday on October and has a bit of a Halloween theme and feel to it…complete with a costume race. This too, is a pretty fast course each year, with this year being no exception. Complete with fast straits, off camber sections, a run-up with an off camber remount (that I always have difficulty with) and a very steep run-up that is almost a climb. As always, I rode my race. I rode as hard as I could and the best I could technically…which, within my cx abilities, isn’t all that bad. I ended up finishing @-1 lap in 20th place. You might think that that isn’t good, but it’s not last and I’ll take it. It’s #howihammer.

Uncle Sam Cyclocross Gran Prix

That was a hard and very fast weekend of ‘cross racing at NYCROSS.com Uncle Sam Cyclocross Gran Prix. Two days of racing masters cyclocross is how I could spend every weekend if I could. When it comes to cyclocross, results don’t mean too much to me. I just love to race ‘cross. The two days of racing were at Troy’s Prospect Park on October 17 and 18. The masters race is always very fast, but always a good experience. In Saturday’s race, I finished 22nd and on the lead lap, and on Sunday, I finished 19th @-1 lap. The Uncle Sam Cyclocross Gran Prix is my favorite race all year and I always have a great time racing this event…I wouldn’t miss it! It’s #howihammer.

Uncle Sam Cyclocross Gran Prix

Uncle Sam Cyclocross Gran Prix

Cyclocross Continues This Weekend

My cyclocross racing picks up again this weekend, October 17 & 18, with two days in Troy, NY at the NYCROSS.com Series Uncle Sam Cyclocross Gran Prix. This is my favorite ‘cross race all season. If there is one race that I’ll focus on in the fall, it’s this one. It has always been a fun race course, and a very well run race. I have also volunteered last year and this year for course set up. It’s pretty amazing watching the course come together from a completely blank slate. From this point of the season through November, I have a cx race just about every weekend. But I’m most excited about the Uncle Sam Cyclocross Gran Prix…I consider it my “home race”.

The Barriers at the Uncle Sam Cyclocross Gran Prix

NYCROSS.com Uncle Sam Cyclocross Gran Prix

Hammer Nutrition Clear Day: Not Just For Allergy Season

Clear DayI can breath! I’ve been using Hammer Nutrition’s Clear Day since it became available a couple of years ago. I purchased it for spring and early summer allergies, but now I use it on race day too. I take one capsule 30-60 minutes prior to a race and it helps keep my breathing clear for the duration. No more runny nose during racing. No more blowing “snot rockets” during racing. I can breath normal again throughout the race.

“Clear Day’s all-natural blend of olive leaf extract, quercetin, bromelain, and resveratrol has potent antioxidant properties and many other beneficial nourishing effects. Its wide-ranging actions help the body tackle airborne allergies head-on, while also providing natural support to assist the body in reducing allergy discomfort”…Hammer Nutrition

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