Read this book: ‘Endure—Ballet in the Mud’

Cyclocross season has begun, and what better way to get in the mood than a book about the National Championships? For those who participated in or witnessed the 2013 USA Cyclocross Nationals in Verona, Wisconsin, you’ll remember it was a four-day adventure that Mother Nature tried her best to tilt in her favor.

“Endure: Ballet in the Mud” is a limited-edition, 108-page book produced by several Wisconsinites. More than 300 epic cyclocross action was captured by noted photographers Peter DiAntoni, Darren Hauck, Jeffrey Phelps and Bicycle Times contributor Dave Schlabowske, who asked me, a Wisconsin native, to write the words. I interviewed several top ‘cross racers, including Katie Compton, Tim Johnson, Don Myrah and Kaitie Antonneau.

Photo: Peter DiAntoni

Photo: Peter DiAntoni

And when I say ‘epic’—a word I’ve been scolded about using on this page—I’m not just reaching into my hipster dictionary. The races were an incredible feast for the eyes, with nearly all four seasons whipped into a frenzy on the course prepared by race organizer Tom Schuler and his crew.

Photo: Peter DiAntoni

Photo: Peter DiAntoni

Proceeds from the $36 book go to the Wisconsin Bike Federation, which published the book in Milwaukee, and which exists to make cycling accessible for everyone in the Badger State. I’m proud of the book we produced, and this lithographed, case-bound hardcover book immortalizes those who endured the Wisconsin weather and crossed the line in triumph, regardless of their placing, at the 2013 USA Cyclocross Nationals last January in Verona. A fine addition to every cyclocross aficionado’s bookshelf!

Get yours here.

 

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