Just in time for the holidays, the Semi-Tough Cycling Club has teamed up with our good buddies at Yeah You Ride! to bring you “The Mosquiton”, one of the freshest cycling caps we ever could have imagined. Designed in collaboration with graphic designer Tom Futrell and proudly manufactured in the USA by Rothera Cycling, these limited edition caps are a sure bet to bump up your style – on and off the bike.
Our good friends at Yeah You Ride! blew up the internet the other day with this sweet video of the Masters & SS race at Round 4 of the Delta States Grand Prix of Cyclocross in Ridgeland, Mississippi. If you are interested in seeing what ‘cross is all about, this footage from the beautiful Ridgeland course is a great place to start. If you already know how awesome ‘cross is, this short video will get you stoked to keep CX’ing.
Thanks to some sweet course adjustments and extensions by our pal Micheal Boedigheimer (@landsoftly) from Yeah You Ride!, we have a really challenging and technical new section of our NOLA CX practice course at City Park. For anyone interested in getting out to see the course and hit some practice, the Strava segment is below.
The best way to get involved in NOLA CX is to show up to one of our practices: Women’s practice is Sunday at 7:30am (Note that the course is open for all, but please give the women space to handle their business), and our open skills practice and training race is Thursday afternoon – practice at 5:30, race at 6:30.
Also getting kicked off for the fall is one of our favorites – “Daddy Day Cross” – Sunday’s at 9am. Bring your bike, bring the kids with their bikes… and bring the donuts. Totally unstructured fun for all – open course for laps, and we make sure someone is always minding the little ones, mainly so they don’t eat all the donuts.
The best way to stay up on all the news is to join the NOLA CX Facebook group.
Join the Semi-Tough Cycling Club and Yeah You Ride! on October 12, 2014, at City Park for the first cyclocross race of the season in the New Orleans area. SWAMPLOCROSS! is an unsanctioned cyclocross race, generously sponsored by PBR, Bicycle Micheal’s, RAW Republic, Pizza Delicious, Pagoda Cafe and more!
The City Park Single Track is the site for fast and frenetic CX action. Tight technical turns; fast, forested sweepers; wide open grasslands; narrow lagoon bridges; wild rooted runs; and muddy ditches – its all in the mix. This course is so wild, it ain’t even legal cyclocross – it’s SWAMPLOCROSS!
In addition to the race, there will be free food and drink to celebrate the NOLA cycling community’s support for the Pablove Foundation and their annual Pablove Across America ride. We will have breakfast tacos from Pagoda Cafe, donuts from Blue Dot Donuts, iced coffee, and adult beverages from PBR.
Top this all off with a multi-sonic syllabus from our own DJ Sir Cheerio, stir in the sounds of heckling and cowbells, and you have all the makings of a legit Sunday morning throw down.
A, B and Women’s race categories.
$10 entry fee, $5 for additional races if you qualify. (Women can choose to race in the A’s or B’s additionally. Top 3 in B’s can race in the A’s)
Fundraiser for Nola Angola and City Park Single Track Trail maintenance
Beer and food!
All bikes welcome. Costumes and bribes encouraged
Tunes provided by Sir Cheerio!
Spectating is always free! Bring your clever heckles.
Schedule: 9am – Women (5 Laps)
9:45 – B race (5 Laps)
10:30 – A race (8 Laps)
To pre-register, please fill out our simple Google Reg Form. No pre-payment required. All entry fees paid on race day.
On June 22, 2014, its full steam ahead on the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain, as Yeah You Ride and the Semi-Tough Cycling Club bring you the Harbor Master Criterium presented by Massey’s Professional Outfitters. There will be seven categorized races (including dedicated womens, juniors and masters races) with cash and other prizes, including multiple in-race primes.
The race will be held at the scenic South Shore Harbor Marina, and there will be plenty of exciting and competitive racing, as well as fun for racers and families alike – bike expo, food trucks, music, and merch giveaways. There will also be plenty of kids activities, including a kids fun-race sponsored by the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.
Registration is open through USA Cycling, and there will be a special perk for pre-registration from our media sponsors at Peloton Magazine that we will be dropping details on soon. Stay tuned, and be sure to register early so you don’t miss out on it.
I went knowing that I would be dropped. Honestly, I expected to be miserable and get shelled. I was headed out to ride as fast as I could (maybe even faster than I could) with a bunch of Cat 1 and 2 racers at the newly restarted Wednesday Night Worlds (wNOLAw). My friend, and local cycling legend, Kenny Bellau runs the ride, and seeing as how he has showed the STCC much love and support, I figured I would return the favor – as painful it might be to my legs and my lungs.
I went expecting to feel out of place, maybe even unwanted by some, but I knew I’d have Kenny’s blessing to sit in for as long as I could, so I gathered my nerves and headed out the door. When I arrived out at the lakefront start location, I saw a mass of uber-fit men and women who looked fast, riding bikes that looked even faster. Kenny introduced us all to one of the other “new” riders in the group – a Cat 1 racer from Holland with some kind of #europro name that sounded like it was straight from the pro peloton. I think my heart rate was close to red-lining before we even started.
But as the ride got going, where I expected to find steely cold racers and personal disappointment, to my pleasant surprise, I found just the opposite. The mentorship and encouragement on the ride was tremendous. Seasoned guys were dropping back through the group to offer pointers to less experienced riders. At one point Kenny was up ahead of me patting a fellow STCC rider on the back, and telling him how well he was doing. I had a guy ride up beside me as I was struggling who told me how good I looked, and offered me some quality advice about cornering and about where to position myself in the pack. I felt welcomed by the group, and more importantly, felt worthy of riding with them. Continue reading A Semi-Tough View of Wednesday Night Worlds
Prior to 2012, the organized cycling scene in New Orleans essentially consisted of clubs on either end of the cycling spectrum. The New Orleans Bicycle Club has been a powerhouse in competitive cycling for years, and is a club with a long and distinguished history. They were, and still are, focused almost exclusively on bicycle racing, and on providing opportunities for developing young racers. On the opposite end of the spectrum are the Crescent City Cyclists, who had established themselves since the mid-70s as a much more laid back cycling group. Their focus is on low-key recreational touring and they lead leisurely country rides, mostly on the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain.
Having ridden with both groups somewhat extensively in the years since rediscovering my youthful love of cycling, I can say without a doubt that both are exceptionally well conceived and operated, and that I have enjoyed the opportunity to ride with them. But when I would ride with either group, I couldn’t help but feel that I didn’t quite fit in. I wanted to ride on country roads, and I loved touring, but I also wanted to ride fast, and I wanted to challenge myself to get faster. But, when I rode with the racers, I just wasn’t tough enough. I was getting shattered; finding myself wanting to be riding 2 or 3 mph slower, riding alone off the back, and thinking about that country road again. Continue reading The Making of the Semi-Tough Cycling Club
Rouge Roubaix 2013 was when the Semi-Tough Cycling Club went from being just a few guys who went on group rides together, to a bona-fide cycling club with a diverse group of riders, many of whom wanted to race. Since the 2013 Rouge, much had changed at the STCC, and it was with great anticipation that the club awaited the start of the 2014 race. For starters, we were now an official USA Cycling Club, with two affiliated race teams – Rouler Racing, our unofficial “A-team”, and Semi-Tough Racing. We also had come to the 2014 race with loftier goals, and a we thought we’d planned a training and racing strategy achieve them. Some had goals of winning, others just to better their times from last year. But all had a sense of optimistic expectation going into the race, and we were pumped to ride hard.
Excitement was in the air from jump on the morning of the race. Team strategy had been discussed the night before over Mediterranean food. Bikes had been cleaned and tuned at the Rouler work stand. Motivational photo montages set to “Chariots of Fire” had been viewed. All that was left on the morning of the race was to gather for photos, and hear some inspirational final thoughts as delivered by Matt Kyte. Continue reading The STCC Blows Up the 2014 Rouge Roubaix