Rapha Cyclocross 2014

Cyclocross is a sport that seems chaotic from the outside yet makes perfect sense to anyone who dares give it a try. Few other disciplines will force riders down perilous descents at breakneck speeds, then take them on snail-paced trudges across muddy fields. This winter, Rapha’s Theatres of Cross series of photo essays will examine key cross race locations when they aren’t dressed for the pageantry of race day. For racers and spectators, the Rapha Super Cross series returns, with races in Europe, Japan, Australia and the U.S.A. And racing in Rapha colours for a fourth season will be U.S. national champion, Jeremy Powers. We’ll follow Jeremy with race reports and interviews throughout the season.

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Theatres of Cross

Introduction

Professional cyclocross is intense, the action so intimate that spectators can all but smell the toil, hear the thumping heartbeats and taste the adrenalin. It is, in some ways, the struggle of life in microcosm, the drama ebbing and flowing, the plot thickening as the athletic actors race past, carrying their hopes and fears at full speed. An exhibition of Theatres of Cross photography will be shown in Rapha Cycle Clubs. View the gallery »

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Theatres of Cross: Roubaix

It used to be that the famous Vélodrome Roubaix only truly came alive for one day a year, when the gladiators of the Queen of the Classics arrived – caked…

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Theatres of Cross: Nobeyama

Resting at an altitude of 1,345m, a couple of hours west of Tokyo in the Nagano prefecture, Nobeyama lies almost exactly at the midpoint of Japan’s main island, Honshu. At…

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Theatres of Cross: Koksijde

At the northern edge of Koksijde’s cyclocross course, the other side of a stretch of the N396, is a military barracks behind tall wire fencing. From the road you can…

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Super Cross Sydney Report

What makes a great sequel? Is it a simple case of bigger is better, or is it something less tangible? Is it a deepening of the story, the characters, or…

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Rapha Super Cross Wrap-up

The final round of the UK Rapha Super Cross series took place on Saturday 25th October at London’s Alexandra Palace, with a full day of racing that saw novices and…

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Rapha Super Cross Munich

Last Sunday the inaugural Super Cross on the European Continent took place in Munich with the support from one of the oldest cycling clubs in the city, RC “Die Schwalben”…

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Rapha Super Cross Gloucester

This week in the New England Fall has become known as North American Cyclocross’ Holy Week. With the Providence Cyclocross festival in Rhode Island and the quirky, but well attended…

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Theatres of Cross: Gloucester

Gloucester, Massachusetts, is home to one of North America’s most prestigious cross races, the Gran Prix of Gloucester, which this year becomes Rapha Super Cross Gloucester. Held over the course…

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Theatres of Cross

Professional cyclocross is intense, the action so intimate that spectators can all but smell the toil, hear the thumping heartbeats and taste the adrenalin. It is, in some ways, the struggle of life in microcosm, the drama ebbing and flowing, the plot thickening as the athletic actors race past, carrying their hopes and fears at full speed. An exhibition of Theatres of Cross photography will be shown in Rapha Cycle Clubs.

Read on »

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