It's autumn, which means for some nerdy bike racers, it's cyclocross season
. Cyclocross is an off-road cycling discipline characterized by short, hard, intense racing
that requires skilled bike handling, running through mud
or sand, and quickly dismounting, carrying, and remounting your bike to navigate obstacles
. After all, sometimes, carrying your bike
is just faster than riding it
In Europe, cyclocross draws huge crowds despite terrible weather
, but it remains a niche sport in the United States
, though with increasing popularity
- perhaps it's because it's one of the few sports where rank amateurs
can closely mingle with (and race the same courses as) top professionals
With the 2013 UCI Cyclocross World Championships
to be held in Louisville, Kentucky
, its popularity and domestic appeal is expected to continue rising.
posted by entropone
on Nov 8, 2010 -
Captain of Irish World Cup squad Keane sent home
This is big
news here in Ireland. He's our best player - he keeps the team together on the pitch. But after some incidents in the past couple of days, and some prima donna style behaviour (something he's always been known for), he's been told to feck off.
I think the manager did the right thing, but I can't help thinking that our chances of getting out of our group have been diminished...
posted by tomcosgrave
on May 23, 2002 -