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Keep Cyclocross Weird – A Roadie’s POV

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Naked Women’s Racing Cyclocross Team as Alice in Wonderland, Schoolyard CX.

I admit it. I’m completely jealous of Cyclocross.

Us uptight roadie types don’t hear much laughter at our races. The only heckling we get is from fellow racers if we don’t hold our line. The weirdness of cross speaks to the athlete in me that also wants to have fun. Too much time spent concentrating on power to weight ratios does that to a person.

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Amanda Bye, NWR co-captain

I asked Amanda Bye, Cx co-captain for Naked Women’s Racing Cyclocross team, her opinion about a cross staple; heckling. I imagine good-natured heckling would be like throwing fuel on the burning metabolic fire, helping take it up a notch.

Here’s the gospel according to Amanda: “Heckling in good fun should never interfere in someone’s race (throwing beer, shots, donuts, crossing course tape, etc) and should not be demeaning or mean. It also helps to know your audience. Some people love being heckled (case in point -me), others get their feelings hurt. So, as in all of life – – know your audience”.

Ok, so there’s at least two of us that think the right kind of heckling has its place at CX races. What’s the right kind?

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Emily Zinn, NWR Cx co-captain as Jesse Mile High Urban Cx Chaos

Beginner sampling of mild, good-natured heckles as heard by Emily Zinn and Amanda Bye:

“C’mon it is early season but not THAT early season, get on your bike.”

“If you are going to walk your bike that much, get a leash for it.”

“Maybe in war nobody gets left behind, but this is cyclocross!”

“The only way you manage to hold off racers is by blowing snot rockets!”

“The only time you’ve ever been called fast was by your prom date!”

“Maybe you could swim through the mud and call it a triathlon. Then you could be dead last and still win.”

Have a good one to add? Let us know. But remember the rules: The art of heckling is to be funny without being mean.  And as cyclocross pro Adam Myerson said in an interview with Bicycling magazine, “One, don’t be a d**k. Two, “business at the front, party in the back”. Give the people racing the respect of racing”.

I’m all for respect. And for keeping cross weird.

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Kate Williams is a roadie for Naked Women’s Racing. Feel free to let her know how much faster her Grandma can ride.

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US Open 10/14

Megan Carrington 1st MW 40+
Joan Orgeldinger 1st MW 50+
Katie Arehart-Rose 2nd SW4
Amanda Bye 14th SW3
Gayle Connell 8th SW3
Bridgette Enarson 5th SW4
Melissa Westergard 14th SW4
Emily Zinn 13th SW3

Cyclo X Interlocken 10/7

Amanda Bye SW3 10th
Megan Carrington SWOpen 3rd
Leigh Holland Rivet SW5 10th
Joan Orgeldinger MW40+ 1st
Magui Martinez Pena SW4 20th
Katie Arehart Rose SW4 1st
Emily Zinn SW3 11th

Primalpalooza 10/1

Lori Antolec SW3 8th
Michelle Barton MW50+ 4th
Nicole Braddock SW4 12th
Amanda Bye SW3 10th
Gayle Connell SW3 3rd
Joan Orgeldinger SW Open 10th
Kate Pavlik SW 3 6th
Magui Martinez Pena SW4 11th
Leigh Holland Rivet SW5 10th
Lisa Matlock Strong SSW 2nd
Emily Zinn SW3 11th

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A Colorado Women’s Cycling Project, Naked Women’s Racing was founded November, 2010 by three competitive cyclists passionate about women’s racing and simply getting more women on bikes. The team has grown to include 100+ women in all categories of competitive cycling. The team competes in cyclocross, mountain biking, road and track. In 2012, the team incorporated a club to foster women who are cycling enthusiasts and thinking of trying out racing. Though we support the beginning racer, we’ve won several state and national team and individual titles. Naked Juice is our title sponsor. If you drink good and do good, you’ll feel good. It’s really that simple. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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