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Cyclocross

Velo Cruz Ride Lends Hand to Homeless Garden Project

October 14, 2011
Riding my bike through China was a wonderful and sometimes harrowing adventure. During my three weeks exploring the southwest part of the country and Tibet, I learned how to dodge an urban maze of cargo bikes, motor scooters, cars and trucks, all while staying upright on my bicycle.

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Santa Cruz Racers Gear Up for Cyclocross National Championships

November 12, 2010
While some may indulge in second helpings of pumpkin pie over the holidays, more than two dozen Santa Cruz County cyclists will be staying in shape to compete at the USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships in Bend, Ore., on Dec. 8-12.

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Veterans and Newbies Alike Gear up for Cyclocross Race Season

September 11, 2009
Livia Peras plans to take the plunge this fall and try a sport that has intrigued her for years. She now has the bicycle, the fitness and the desire to try cyclocross, a type of bicycle racing that combines skills used by road and mountain bike riders.

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Area cyclo-crossers storm Portland

December 11, 2003

Santa Cruz County Sentinel

By KAREN KEFAUVER

Larry Hibbard has a handsome collection of silver and bronze medals from racing cyclo-cross at the national level, but the gold has been elusive. The 45-year-old Santa Cruz resident is determined to pedal to victory this weekend at the National Cyclo-Cross Championships in Portland, Ore.

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In the Cross Fire: Santa Cruz has become a hotbed for cyclo-cross bike racing

October 10, 2002

Santa Cruz County Sentinel

By KAREN KEFAUVER

Mud bogs, sand pits, fallen logs and even torrential downpours are assets in a cyclo-cross race.

Cyclo-cross is the only form of bicycling which requires the rider to leap on and off the bike, carry it up steep hills, lift it over barricades, then jump back on -- all at breakneck speed.

One misstep can mean a painful mistake: crashing into a barricade, being trampled by fellow riders or getting a flat tire.

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Bearing their cross: Cyclo-cross plenty friendly to the first-timer giving it a go

October 9, 2003

Santa Cruz County Sentinel

By KAREN KEFAUVER

Goldiberry Skeel was not discouraged by falling off her bike and losing a shoe at her first cyclo-cross race. The Santa Cruz native took the mishaps in stride as part of her debut in the Surf City Cyclo-Cross series last year at the Watsonville Fairgrounds.

After years of cheering from the sidelines and with nearly no race experience, Skeel plunged into cyclo-cross.

"It's such a supportive environment, I decided it was time to try it," said Skeel, 24.

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U.S. Women Head to Italy for Cyclo-cross Worlds

Ann Grande has no fear. The Kona/Kenwood racer will face the toughest international competition in less than a month at the World Cyclo-cross Championships in Monopoli, Italy.
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Velo News Cycling Journal
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Crazy for Cross

Christine Vardaros finds cyclo-cross races thrilling in even the toughest conditions: "What I love most is really, really bumpy terrain and bitterly cold weather.
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Getting Serious

Velo Bella riders don't just want to win - they want to have fun and look good doing it.
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Ready, Set, 'Cross!

The first time I saw a cyclo-cross race it was pouring rain on a chilly December afternoon in northern California.

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