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New Exclusive First Look: SRAM eTap 12 Speed Cyclocross Groupset CX1

Here’s an exclusive first look at the new SRAM CX1 eTap 12 Speed Wireless Electronic Groupset with a Clutch Mech courtesy of our follower @sven1793.

Also note the new Quarq Power Cranks

Images @cyclocrosss / @sven1793New Exclusive First Look: SRAM eTap 12 Speed Cyclocross Groupset CX1 Full Clutch Groupset New Exclusive First Look: SRAM eTap 12 Speed Cyclocross Groupset CX1 Chainset

Chainset, 46t Narrow Wide ring and Quarq Power Meter
New Exclusive First Look: SRAM eTap 12 Speed Cyclocross Groupset CX1 Rear Clutch Mech
New Clutch Rear Derailleur

More information to follow….

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Breaking: Wout Van Aert leaves Sniper Cycling Unilaterally Terminating Contract

News broke overnight that Wout Van Aert has left his current team Sniper Cycling.

Branded as Crelan Charles for Cyclocross an official team statement reads Van Aert has decided to Unilaterally Terminate his Contract.

It was previously reported Van Aert was unhappy with the team management and Van Aert has already signed for Lotto NL Jumbo as of 2020.

We expect Van Aert to continue racing Cyclocross this winter most probably as a ‘private rider’ with individual sponsors, or for his new road team – this may or may not be Lotto NL Jumbo for 2019

A full statement from the team can be read below:

Wout van Aert has unilaterally terminated his contract with Sniper Cycling on Monday evening September 17 2018. This decision came despite the fact that the team management tried to unblock the situation last week, e.g. by offering him an improved contract for 2019.

Van Aert did not accept this proposal and has opted to terminate his contract unilaterally with immediate effect. The team management regrets that decision.

This matter is now in the hands of our counselors. No further comment will be made in the meantime.

However, as pointed out repeatedly, we wish to clarify that we will be a ProContinental cycling team in 2019 regardless.

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Results and Highlights: Brico Cross Geraardsbergen 2018

The Muur Van Geraardsbergen played host to the opening European CX Race of the season today in sunny, fast conditions.

Highlights:

Elite Men – Coming soon

Elite Women – Coming soon

Junior and U23 – Click Here – via Cycling Games YouTube

Results and Report:

All images © Yefrifotos – a full gallery can be found here

Elite Men

Tim Merlier
Tim Merlier led the field off the start
Wout van Aert
But it was World Champion Wout van Aert who took the lead building a gap of over 30 seconds
Wout van Aert Broken Rear Mech
Until disaster struck when a crash caused his rear mech hanger to break!
Van der Haar and Van Aert
And was passed by Lars van der Haar
Lars Van der Haar wins Brico Cross Geraardsbergen 2018
And it was Lars van der Haar who held on to take the win from Van Aert

Elite Men Result

Elite Women

Eva Lechner wins Brico Cross Geraardsbergen 2018
Eva Lechner led from start to finish to take the Elite Womens race victory

Elite Women Result

U23 Men

Maik van der Heijden wins Brico Cross Geraardsbergen 2018
Dutchman Maik van der Heijden took the win in the U23 race

U23 Result

Junior

Pim Ronhaar wins Brico Cross Geraardsbergen 2018
Pim Ronhaar took an expected win in the Junior Category

Junior Result

U17

U17 Result

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Review: GripGrab Raptor Gloves

Wout Van Aert, Marianne Vos, Tom Pidcock… All multiple World Champions and all with something in common. The GripGrab Raptor gloves have been around for a few years now and have enjoyed plenty of success – we thought it would be good to see why so many athletes are opting for the Raptor Gloves in Cyclocross.

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Photo: GripGrab / @naimawieczorreck

 

GripGrab, based in the cold climate of Denmark, clearly know how to make a warm glove and this was immediately evident in near freezing temperatures endured during testing, but these are a race glove so although warmth is key for Cyclocross we were confident these could be worn in races all year round, so have focused more on the specific details of the design.

As you’d expect with Grip in the company name, the grip on our muddy handlebars was exceptional, thanks to rubber printing on the palm, fingers and thumb making sure your fingers don’t slip off the bars or levers which was summed up by the brands motto ‘Never lose your Grip’. Hidden from the outside, the InsideGrip™ technology features silicon grips located inside the glove which are claimed to improve friction between glove and palm, making the glove work like a second skin with an unprecedented grip. The fingertips incorporate the same approach and ensures grip to the brake levers and gear shifters.

We too were impressed with the breathability, with the slip-in cuff allowing easy removal at the end of a muddy race, whilst the breathable softshell back allowed air to reach our hands even during high intensity races, yet the windproof design preventing that horrible feeling of wind rushing through your hands.

With ourselves located in the U.K, the typical British Winter provided us with some ideal rainy test conditions. Although the glove is not fully waterproof, we were impressed by how dry our hands kept, and linking back to the impressive warmth avoided us suffering from any cold hands during testing.

Finally a few nice additional features such as the sweat wiper and no padding again show why the Raptor Glove is tailored to suit Cyclocross Racers. We were also a fan of the Touch Screen Compatibility – allowing us to get some photos whilst still keeping our hands warm and dry!

 

More information at https://www.gripgrab.com/products/raptor-1

 

GripGrab Raptor Cyclocross Glove Review
Product Testing
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News: Belgium announce team for Cyclocross World Championships

Following the recent announcement of the US team for Limburg2018 CX World Championships, it was the turn of the Belgians who today announced their 28 rider strong team for the event in Valkenburg next week.

The key talking point is the decision from Belgian coach Sven Vanthourenhout to not select last years Bronze Medalist Kevin Pauwels. Pauwels hasn’t been in the thick of the action in recent weeks and has struggled form wise depsite still currently sitting 6th in the World Rankings – another topic for debate with UCI Rules stating a country must select their highest 3 ranked riders inside the top 50 of the ranking and Pauwels currently being the 3rd highest Belgian, however with Aerts set to move above him this week after finishing third yesterday in Nommay it looks like Pauwels will be missing from the start line next sunday…

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New Year, New Tech, Teams and More!

The New Years Day DVV Trophy round in Baal today was the first opportunity to see the new colours, bikes, buses and more in the Cyclocross Field…

Here we run you through all the changes and what you can expect to see in 2018:

Firstly Mathieu Van der Poel and his Beobank-Corendon team now have a new name, kit, bike and sponsor! Circus Casinos have replaced Beobank, with the team now known as Corendon-Circus. The new sponsor only meant one thing a new jersey, as seen below.

Along with a new title sponsor, Circus, Canyon Bicycles also joined as bike sponsor, replacing Stevens after a lengthy deal. The team will be riding the new Canyon Inflite CF SLX, with more details found here

Van Der Poel Canyon Inflite CF SLX

Mathieu and his team were also spotted wearing the new Lazer Bullet Aerohelmet, replacing the ever-popular Lazer Z1 – it looks like aerohelmets in cross are here to stay!

Also spotted rocking the new lids were Kevin Pauwels and his Marlux teammates, seemingly switching to the aero design from longtime sponsor eKoi. The main thing you would have noticed however is the new jersey for team Marlux-Bingoal, with Bingoal replacing Napoleon-Games as title sponsor

The super successful development team Lares-Doltcini also sees change, with Callant replacing Doltcini as title sponsor.

There was no change for World Champ Wout Van Aert, however it is rumoured Stevens could be replacing Felt as bike sponsor from 1st March, with riders reportedly unhappy with the current Felt Bikes. Van Aert’s teammates do see change however, with the Crelan Charles team changing kit to a more ‘striking’ green design!

There we no apparent changes for Vastgoedservice-Pauwels Sauzen, however a new team bus awaited the riders today in Baal! Would you like to see some team bus and truck tours next year?!

Team IKO-Beobank also had a new team bus – with Lotto Soudal reportedly gifting them this beast of a truck for the riders to use for the remainder of the season and beyond after the previous bus caught fire!

Photo credit: Radio2be

 

Sanne Cant remained on Stevens Bikes today, however new teammate Ceylin Alvarado was sporting the new Canyon

Talking of transfers, the Womens Scene has seen a lot of change. Firstly Helen Wyman will now be riding for new team/project Xypex-Verge Sport and will be riding KindHuman Bikes, after losing backing from long term partner Kona

Fellow Brit Nikki Brammeier also starts her own CX ‘project’ and will be another rider on Canyon Bikes as part of the Mudiita Canyon setup.

2016 World Champion Thalita de Jong also has a new team, moving from Lares Waowdeals to Experza-Footlogix for 2018 and is rumoured to be making her CX comeback next weekend in Lueven.

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The Secret behind Wout Van Aerts tyre collection – a quick chat with Dugast

World Champion Wout Van Aert is known to have a wide range of tubular tyres for a variety of conditions… remember back to #Bieles2017 where Wout used an old Green Michelin Mud tread on a Dugast carcass?

Yesterday in Zolder many of you eagle eyed viewers spotted an interesting tread pattern used by Wout, on what was an extremely fast and dry course compared to the used Mud of Zolder, our friends at Dugast let us into the story behind this interesting tyre choice from Van Aert…

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@Cyclocrosss: So what was the combination Wout used today?

Dugast: “This is actually a Barum tread that we have glued on our casing on demand of Niels Albert.
Barum used to be a Czech producer of tubular tyres back in the eighties.
It is a pretty similar thing as the green Michelin treads: we can put these treads on a Dugast casing as long as the customer sends us the tread – and the tread needs to be in a good condition, which is not always the case after conserving it over 30 years”

This tread, more similar to a moto-cross style tread allowed a fast, yet grippy tyre, with good clearance for any mud picked up along the way, was it the perfect combination for today?

“As a rider Niels Albert was always trying many different treads and he is doing the same now for Wout as his team manager.
It could be a good choice for this course, but with today’s conditions. The tread would perform better when it is 100% dry.”

Do you do custom tubulars often, and for the general public?

“We did have lots of interest after last years worlds,  We do this for every customer. Before we had the rhino tubulars we were producing a lot of these tubulars with Michelin tread on our casing. But since the rhino, we get much less requests to do this.”

You can supply your own tread to order custom tubulars on request for €50* by contacting A.Dugast