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Getting ready for the Ronde Van Vlaanderen

1970-tour-6-tappa-Merckx-inGetting ready for the Ronde Van Vlaanderen

The legend talking about the best race of the year.  See the link above.

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Thank you Challenge Tires!

Stoked to have Challenge on board with Top Natchez Racing this season for gravel and road racing tires! We have always raced their tubular and open tubular tires for cyclocross and truly enjoy the performance that they provide. They are extremely supple, durable, and well handling. Looking forward to racing on them this season for Almanzo100 and the MCF road season. Thanks!
Check out their offerings at http://www.challengetech.it/
The latex tubes are a must as well!


All Set for MN State CX Championship

Got out for a quick preride this afternoon.  The course was in good shape.  Fun and tough.  It is a little different from the last few years but still takes in to account the aspects that make this a tough venue….stair runup, sand pit, & some power sections.   Since the high temp will be 0ºF I think this figured in to the design.  Most of the course is plowed besides for the sandpit.  Leading up to the stairs is different by approaching from the other side.  Its a fairly difficult climb to ride that leaves you gassed going into the stairs.  Little sketch here and there as there are sections with straight up ice so keep it nice and smooth.  Hoping for a good turn out as TNR is looking to defend in the Clydesdale (200 lb.) division.

In the age group races on Sunday, conditions will be challenging as well with a warmer temp of 13º and up to 4″ of fresh snow.  Oh yeah!


Sculpture CX this Sunday!

Looking forward to racing a course that I haven’t been able to in the past….Sculpture Cross in Franconia, MN.  This should be a great event as Oliver from L’ETOILE DU NORD knows what he is doing.  Thanks to all others for making this happen!  Looking forward to checking out some sculptures.

Event flyer:  http://www.mcf.net///misc/2013/Cyclocross/sculpture2013.pdf

Sculpture Garden:  http://www.franconia.org/sculpture


TNR Levis Training Weekend

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Great weekend of riding at Levis.  Trails were great and the rain wasn’t too bad…little cold but at least a beer cooler wasn’t needed.  Best trails around.

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Wirth CX Recap

Top Natchez scores a Top 10 finish in Men’s cat 3/4 by Brian Kozicki along with a strong showing by Bill Dick with a 23rd place finish. Aaron Collins rounded out the Top Natchez team with a 44th place, and although still a ways from a podium is a marked improvement over previous races.

Theo Wirth Recap By Brian Kozicki

Great day of racing with awesome weather. After preriding the night before I was concerned with the difficulty / safety of the course. I was afraid of the water drainage ruts on the downhill and uphill but they were filled in better and more predictable. The stairs were hard as ever but the several training runs up them helped. Also it was really nice to race on the freshly cut MORC trails. So thankful to have so many nice trails in town. The course was spectacular in every regard and was a nicely ran event. Thank you for all of your efforts for putting on a killer event. Ended up racing the first race of the day (Masters 35+ 3/4) which ran along with the 3/4. Didn’t get enough I guess so I also did the 35+ open race later in the day. My back is shot and have some sore joints but well worth it. Much thanks to SKinnyski as well for always representing what’s great with the outdoors and our community.

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Onboard Footage from Aaron Collins(Cat 3/4 Race)

Action Shots by SkinnySki


Excited for Theo CX

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Did a quick preride tonight.  Yeah, that’s the line you want….followed by the nasty stair runup.   That is followed by the new singletrack.  Very tough course.  Should be fun.


CX Bottoms Style

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Prefect afternoon for some MN river bottoms.   Rode the full length from Mendota to Bloomington Ferry.  Excellent out there.  Get some!


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Nice Thursday eve group ride

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TNR Winter Jacket (Prof Jacket Windblock Winter)

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TNR winter jacket option. The Winter Windblock cycling vest is rather light and specially developed to provide protection against extreme cold. The three layers of the Windblock fabric, fleece, membrane and polyester fabric, each have their own specific functionality with this winter vest. The fleece fabric on the inside of the vest maintains the ideal heat. The outer durable polyester layer insulates optimally and the membrane interlayer ensures that the perspiration and condensation is removed quickly and efficiently. Finished with three easily accessible rear pockets and a long lockable zipper.
http://www.bioracer.com/en/team/202/prof-jacket-windblock-winter-


TNR Jersey #2 PHA Short Sleeve

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The sporty designed PHA Short Sleeve Jersey bicycle jersey has a trendy look. The shirt is manufactured from ecological Ecoknit textile, created from recycled materials. Making the ecologically responsible Bioracer shirt functional and soft. As added environmental aspect the sides of the shirt have leak proof waste pockets with a magnet fastening. Furthermore there are also three ergonomically situated back pockets. Available in black with blue or orange stripes or in white with a bordeaux red/orange stripe design.
http://www.bioracer.com/en/collection/4/pha-short-sleeve-jersey


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TNR Jersey #1 Race Proven

Race Proven (frt view)Race Proven Jersey (back view)Race Proven Jersey.  Because of its extreme aerodynamic design the Race Proven Jersey short sleeved summer shirt is extremely tight fitting. This tight fit supports your muscles so that an aerodynamic cycling position is more comfortable and can therefore be maintained for longer. The optimum ventilating “Four Way Stretch” Micro-Fibre fabric manufactured shirt is equipped with three anatomically positioned back pockets and finished with a long qualitative zipper. The half-length sleeves also give the wearer of this Race Proven shirt a very professional appearance. After being tested in detail under the extreme circumstances in the Tour de France of 2011 this shirt is one of the most competitive from the Bioracer team collection.
http://www.bioracer.com/en/collection/191/race-proven-jersey-short-sleeves


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Dirty

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MN State CX this weekend!!!

Putting it down


Koppenberg Cross 1-Nov-12


check out the classic footage in the beginning at least


Nice Fall afternoon riding

So, yeah, rode some unsanctioned stuff which was fun. Cleared some trail to make next time better. I have heard about the Brownie Lake upgrade but I have been skeptical. Looks like MPLS will be doing it up proper. Improvements for the XC skiing, better bike path, and some sanctioned mtb/cx riding. Nice one


Plzen (République Tchèque) elite dames

2ème Manche de CDM cyclo-cross 2012/2013 from Petitesreines on Vimeo.


TABOR World Cup #1. Awesome riding by Compton, Antonneau, J-Pow, and Pauwels


Next Race: Afton Avalanche…..aka Freewheel Frolic

Ah oh!  Look out.  Fairly full on TNR representation this Sunday at Afton Alps for the first of the MNMTB series.


Classic Paris Roubaix

This one is worth watching.