Have always been a cyclocross fan since the first seasons of Behind the Barriers with Jeremy Powers. The culture, the strategy, and the intensity that goes into each training season, culminating with a weekend of races is very similar to cross country racing. And anything can happen from one weekend to the next. It’s the closest we’ll get to european cycling culture on US soil, aside from hosting the world championships. The cold weather alway seems to bring out the most devoted individuals, and only the toughest come out in front at the end. I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to head out to Hartford to see the fastest cx racers in the country compete for the national championship in what was leading up to be a week of spontaneous trail conditions.