Winter Wonderland at the US Open of Cyclocross - Boulder Cup

The UCI circus came to Boulder this past weekend for the annual US Open of Cyclocross race at our beloved Valmont Bike Park. Unlike the previous few years when Colorado’s summer was sticking around for a few extra months, this year was a bag of mixed fall-like conditions. Saturday was a short sleeve skinsuit kind of day with sunny skies and mild temperatures while Sunday was, well, it was a shit show.

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Qiansen Trophy 2018

Recently I was asked who I most looked up to in the sport. This has always been a hard question for me to answer, because I do not believe one person has the secret sauce to badassary. I also have issues with idolization, but that’s another story. I can start by elaborating the time spent in China this past week to paint a piece of the perspectives I'm working to embrace. Summary: “chill chill chill chill chill” - Slang dictionary master, Eric Brunner

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Pre-Season Training: Give Tabatas a Try

We’re about three weeks out until Dani and I head to China to kick off the cyclocross season at the Qiansen Trophy Cup with an impressive assortment of international racers… gulp! As we charge into mid-August it feels like spring and summer swept by in such a hurry that it’s hard to believe we don’t get to use the hashtag #crossiscoming anymore. Instead we’re stuck with Grant Holicky’s year-round reminder that #crossneverleft…

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Dirty Kanza XL Dream Bike Build

WHAT HAVE I GOTTEN MYSELF INTO?

This is the question I’ve been asking myself the last 5 months after hesitantly accepting Dirty Kanza’s dare, errr, invitation to race the inaugural DKXL – a 350-mile, unsupported version of the already notoriously challenging DK200. As if 200 miles of rocky, hilly gravel roads, extreme temperatures, and howling winds weren’t enough… Somehow, 35 of us were lucky enough to get invited and dumb enough to accept the challenge.

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Land Run 100

Land Run 100 was a prefect example of both the healthiest and masochistic form of peer pressure. I only say this because I signed up believing it will rain, and it may 12 hours to complete. My teammate, Kristen Legan has a season stacked with gravel events and I thought it would be fun to see what hype was all about. Previous years indicated complete torture was inevitable. Let’s call it, spring cleaning and/or rust busting. Having ridden one five hour ride in the past nine months, I figured it would be a ‘hang-on for dear life' situation paired with an eating contest. Wasn’t too far off.

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Welcome to the Bitchn Life

Welcome to Bitchn Grit, a professional cyclocross and gravel team devoted to getting more people on bikes and inspiring riders to always take the dirt option. We're dedicated to pushing boundaries on and off the racecourse, whether its rubbing elbows at UCI 'cross races or tackling hundreds of lonely gravel miles on a hot midwest summer day, we thrive on the challenge.

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Emotional Quotient

Objectivity is something I consider to generally captivate. The thing that allows you to look at a situation, problem, or task in a way that voids emotions in order to construct sound judgement. This does not rule out empathy, which is necessary when working with people. But instead, it is the ability to understand the bigger picture in mind. In fact, I would say that is one of my strengths in my profession.

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Bonds that (apparently) can't be broken

I was very curious to see how an ISP (integrated seat post) and carbon-titanium bonding could handle my very silly riding choices. Aside from its remarkable aesthetic appeal, how affective would it be on harsh terrain? Would it be difficult to pack? Does it handle differently compared to my other titanium CX steeds? Here’s a quick take-away.

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