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Cyclocross Season off to a stinging start...
by Christine
posted October 12, 2014 at 12:12pm

literally, as i almost died at the opening race of the season in China. Necklace i got from the China RaceOrganization Click HERE on PelotonPost to read all about it, as well as the rest of my bizarre exciting adventures there. The article includes L...more

Cyclocross is just around the corner...
by Christine
posted August 25, 2014 at 4:30pm

OK, well in my case it's on the other side of the WORLD as my first race is next weekend in CHINA!Ninove crit by Yves Schollaert Yes, you read that correctly.  I'm heading over to China with my good friend Ellen van Loy and Jonas is coming as o...more

May is National Bike Month
by Pretty Tough
posted May 1, 2014 at 8:54pm

National Bike Month is probably not a Hallmark event. For those of us that are cyclists, that’s too bad! If oil prices continue to climb, however, every month might become Bike Month. Despite what  temperatures may indicate (we&rsquo...more

Interviews, advertisements and finally...new cyclocross kit!
by Christine
posted November 23, 2013 at 8:40am

Finally after a long while, my hip problem was diagnosed. That meant both a relief for me but also Hasselt by Bart Knopsmany hard workouts with the therapist to get my body back in fighting shape. The last couple of weeks I've had some heavy sessions...more

Today I gutted myself...
by Christine
posted October 6, 2013 at 9:35am

to finish the motorpacing workout that Amy Dombroski never got to complete two days ago.   Even though I can only dream of having the talent that Amy had, I rode faster today behind that scooter than I had ever ridden.   By the end, I ...more

Cyclocross Season is FINALLY here...
by Christine
posted October 3, 2013 at 9:19am

and i am not feeling ready. Hate when that happens! The STEVENS bikes are finally put together and are absolutely DREAM MACHINES!! I never imagined riding a cross bike could feel like this.  It also helps that they are spruced up with 3T parts and C...more

Cycling: Onto road season - First up is Tour of Cyprus
by Christine
posted March 15, 2013 at 7:13pm

It has been a busy February and there are now six races left on my calendar.  To read about my adventures in the events, click HERE. It will take you to my published article on CYCLOCROSS Magazine. The article is aptly called, "Bring on the cookies a...more

Racing, Photo Shoots, and Interviews
by Christine
posted January 28, 2013 at 5:49pm

Rucphen by Dirk BruylantMy last two races were definitely an ice-skating experience! It is rare we race on ice in a cyclocross race but last weekend we had two ice-riddled events in a row.  Int'l CX Rucphen in Holland was held between a beautiful frozen ...more

Snow in Belgium - finally!
by Christine
posted January 15, 2013 at 7:50pm

It has been a very trying month with my collection of injuries on top of one another, especially when they timed themselves to hit just before the Christmas season of racing here in Belgium.  With 7 races in 14 days, there was no time for returning my fi...more

Latest Article in CYCLOCROSS Magazine
by Christine
posted November 23, 2012 at 5:25pm

Here is my last article in CYCLOCROSS Magazine. The magazine is now available in digital format - click HERE to check out a free preview!  If you are happy with what you see and want to read more, click HERE to subscribe. ...more

by Christine
posted September 10, 2012 at 7:21am

I am about to start yet another season of cyclocross, but first wanted to do a shout-out to  PROBAR, my energy bar sponsor for SEVEN YEARS.  All the accomplishments i have made as a pro cyclist in those years - all the wins as well as World...more

Stories from my last races of cross season
by Christine
posted March 6, 2012 at 6:54pm

Since last i posted in January, i have raced a couple of World Cups where i finished 26th and 34th (Liévin, FR and Hoogerheide, NL respectively) and a handful of other races mainly with results in the teens.BUT more interestingly, here are links to...more

GVA Essen cyclocross race
by Christine
posted December 17, 2011 at 4:47pm

I am just back from GVA Essen - our first real mud race of the season! I finished 13th - again, i suppose its not so bad considering yet another lackluster start. must work on this somehow...Anyway, since i have to get ready for the Namen World Cup tomorr...more

Alison Starnes is happiest on her bike
by Alison M. Starnes Blog
posted November 9, 2011 at 3:14pm

If someone tells you not to touch something, what do you do? Well, you want to reach out and touch. If it is a red button with a “do not push” warning sign, or an immaculate Ferrari in a show room with a big sign that says “kindly refrain from tou...more

by Christine
posted August 26, 2011 at 8:58pm

CYCLOCROSS MAGAZINE NOW HAS A DIGITAL VERSION AVAILABLE– especially for those who live outside USA or on their computers! Order NOW to get a 12 month subscription PLUS back issues 8-12, for the PROMOTIONAL PRICE of $20 USD (in Euros this comes out to ...more

Alison Starnes just took a week off her bike. Hold your applause.
by Alison M. Starnes Blog
posted July 4, 2011 at 11:40am

I just took a week off my bike.  Yes, please hold your applause.  Hold your gasps of shock and disbelief.  I just did it.  I don’t know how I did it, but I did it.  Wholeheartedly and completely.  Disbarring a broken pelvis, I couldn’t tell you ...more

Where am I?
by Alison M. Starnes Blog
posted June 25, 2011 at 6:40pm

Where am I again?  Oh yeah, Georgia.  Atlanta? No. Augusta?  That’s right. Am I stage racing, again? No, its just Nationals, but it sure feels like another stage race.  Pass the yogurt covered pretzels, bread and butter pickles, and electrolyte, Pl...more

Offseason cycling tales
by Christine
posted June 1, 2011 at 8:10pm

courtesy of Peter MeereSorry it's taken me a while to update my blog. I've been busy with training, going to the gym, random writing projects, training camp, and other time-heavy activities. (The published story BABOCO Team training camp should be publish...more

Too school for cool.
by Alison M. Starnes Blog
posted March 31, 2011 at 10:18am

Who like peanut butter? A hundred hands immediately started waving in the air. I realized I was getting nervous. Who likes bikes? More hands. I went on a school visit today to the Redland’s  Montessori school.   I didn’t know what I was getting ...more

Christine "Peanut" Vardaros: Offseason Blues
by Christine
posted March 6, 2011 at 12:29pm

OK, well not exactly feeling blue but it is strange to be off the bike for so long.  I don't think it would be as strange if, with the bike, i also abandoned everything that  comes along with it - the routine, habits and lifestyle.Last night, Jonas call...more

Season is FINALLY Over - part of me wishes it would go on, the other part is relieved the pain is over
by Christine
posted March 2, 2011 at 10:49am

Part of me wishes it would go on, the other part cannot be any more relieved that the pain is over. Some - or maybe many - people think it was silly of me to race with hip pain but now that i have been off the bike for a week with continued hip pain, seem...more

Two Jobs Rolled into One Weekend: Cyclo-Cross and a Speaking Engagement
by Christine
posted December 10, 2010 at 11:09am

by Danny ZelckKoksijde World Cup earned its fame through its extensive sand sections that take the riders up, down and through the sand dunes on Belgium’s coast. But this year they changed the course so it could exactly match how they plan to run it for...more

Gearing up for CYCLO-CROSS
by Christine
posted September 7, 2010 at 12:27pm

As of a few weeks ago I started racing on the road again to get my speedwork in for cyclo-cross season.  Motorpacing only gets me so far.  It also helps to get the racing rhythm dialed in, get my pre-race routine down and prepare my body for the pressu...more

Marianne Vos article on CYCLOCROSS Magazine
by Christine
posted August 28, 2010 at 3:48pm

My Article on Marianne Vos is now online at CX Magazine: http://www.cxmagazine.com/marianne-vos-focus-olympic-track-2012#more-13381Its' title is: Marianne Vos to Focus on Olympic Track 2012 As for me, my first cross race is 26 September. Photos of the new...more

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