Registration for Southern Cross now open

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Southern Cross presented Maxxis Tires is not your average cross race. As the opener for the American Ultra Cross Championships, the SX is in the same vein as the the Three Peaks USA, Iron Cross, the Hilly Billy Roubaix, Barry Roubaix, Crusher in the Tushar and the Gravel Grovel. The course will open with a “traditional” cross course with twists, turns, run-ups and barriers. Then, participants will head out on a 50-mile loop of dirt and paved roads featuring mountain top vistas, challenging climbs and gorgeous views of tumbling creeks. Finally the course finishes with another ‘cross course with features that the UCI would not approve of like the vineyard “wall”! Optional “hand-ups” are available at this point in the form of cheap beer or a flask… you decide what it takes.

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Still not sure what this Southern Cross presented by Maxxis Tires is all about? Check out some of my coverage of a past edition of Southern Cross and see why cyclists from all genres of the sport are flocking to mountains of North Georgia in February. Roadies, mountain bikers, cross racers and triathletes are all loving this event and you will too.

You’ll start and finish at the Montaluce Winery, which is a gorgeous venue for a bike race, a glass of wine on the patio or a wedding. There will be many spectator-friendly locations on the CX course and the wine tasting room will be open all day to entertain your non-racing friends and family. As a racer, you can also expect one very challenging course, a generous post race meal, a great after race party, a t-shirt we’re sure you’ll want to wear, plus cash & prizes for podium finishers and prize drawings for everyone. Check the 55nine Performance website for details or register today.

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Pittsburgh’s Dirty Dozen turns Dirty 30

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For three decades, Pittsburgh’s strongest (and craziest) riders have been racing up the steepest streets in a city where a “hill” doesn’t count unless it’s more than a 20% grade, and the steepest climbs a world-record 38%.

We’ve tackled the Dirty Dozen before, but this year will be special, as founder Danny Chew (the Million Mile Man) celebrates the 30th anniversary of the first edition in 1983.

Can’t make it this year, or just don’t think you’re crazy enough? You can watch a live stream over at cyclingfusion.com.

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Raleigh unveils limited-edition SSCXWC frame

Heading to Philly for the mayhem that is to be the Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships? Grab one of these super-limited-edition Raleigh frames for just $667 (because it’s better than evil). Steel, disc brakes, rack mounts… it’s got all the goodies.

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The racing will be held December 7 and 8 in conjunction with the Bilenky Junkyard Cross. Registration is filling up fast and closes this Sunday, December 1, at 5 p.m. There are NO walk-up, day-of, begging or bribing registrations, so act fast!

See you in Philly!

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Coming soon: ‘The Armstrong Lie’ documentary

In 2009, during Armstrong’s comeback to pro cycling and the Tour de Frame, filmmaker Alex Gibney was hired to record the story. But what he later learned, the story was more fiction than fact, as Armstrong’s confessions of cheating unveiled a web of lies and deceptions.

Gibney felt like Armstrong owed him and explanation for lying to his face (along with countless others) so he re-started his film project, and sits down with Armstrong himself to dissect one of the most extraordinary narratives in the history of sports.

From the brief trailer, seen here, it is almost too weird to believe—Armstrong talking about how “we haven’t heard the whole story”. It reminds me of O.J. Simpson and his disturbing “If I Did It” book. Is Armstrong telling the truth this time around? Does it matter?

Watch and see for yourself, then head to theaters for the full release November 8.

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