Cyclocross

6 Last Minute Christmas Presents for your Cyclist

By | Cyclocross, Mountain Bikes, Recreational Cycling, Road Riding, Women's Cycling | 2 Comments

Okay, we are down to the last 6 days before Christmas.  Actually that is only 5 cycling shopping days because I know you are shopping local and the bike shops are closed on Sundays.  So, make your final list and check it twice because here is a list of items your cyclist would love to have under the tree or in the stocking:

1. Blinkies:
Cat-eye, Serfas, CygoLite, NiteRider, or Planet Bike – front or back it does not matter, but your cyclists can always use an extra light. If the light is not rechargeable, throw in a pack of AA or AAA batteries.

serfas rear blinky

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Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Campaign: Give to a Good Cause

By | Cyclocross, Mountain Bikes, Racing, Road Riding, Triathlons, Women's Cycling | 4 Comments

Safer Streets Giving Tues FBBike Walk Mississippi, our bicycle and pedestrian advocacy nonprofit, has been working on a new campaign for a while now to increase awareness and safety for bicyclists in Mississippi, and the group is ready to launch their effort statewide. Bike Walk Mississippi is trying to raise $5,000 by the end of the year so they can take this campaign to the next level and start producing a series of statewide PSAs, similar to those of the People for Bikes campaign, including viral videos, posters, postcards and radio spots. Representatives for the campaign will seek out advertising space and will be printing and distributing “I Share the Road” bumper stickers, Mississippi bike law pocket guides and educational materials to people free of charge throughout the state.

What Is the “I Share the Road” Campaign?

The “I Share the Road” campaign is a two-pronged effort to target motorist to change the perception they have of bicyclists on the road and to encourage mutual respect between motorists and cyclists. The campaign is a reminder that people who ride bikes are also someone’s daughters and sons, husbands and wives, mothers and fathers. Your support of this campaign will launch a statewide education and awareness effort for sharing Mississippi’s roads. Please help Bike Walk Mississippi produce and distribute these resources. Support increased bicycle and pedestrian safety in Mississippi by donating online at IShareTheRoadMS. Read More

The Mud, the Muck and the Craziness: Cyclocross Emerges in Mississippi

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Wendi Garrison running through a sand pit in her first CX race

Wendi Garrison running through a sand pit in her first CX race

2013 saw cyclocross infecting Mississippi in a big way. Wes McWhorter, the founder and race director of The Delta States Grand Prix of Cyclocross, said, “…once you get into cyclocross, you’ll be hooked for life!” This year cyclocross is back and bigger than ever.

In fact, the Tri-County Mountain Bike Association will host a two-day cyclocross festival the weekend of December 6 at the Ridgeland Mountain Bike Trails off of Giles Lane in Ridgeland.

What is cyclocross? Here is an overview of cyclocross provided by Wes:

Cyclocross 101
The sport of cyclocross or CX is believed to have originated in Europe in the early 1900s. Its similarity to steeplechase is no coincidence, as early races were contested over farmland, hedgerows, muddy roads and other reasonably nonnavigable parcours. Riders were often forced to dismount their bikes and run with them on their shoulders or push them along as they battled the natural and man-made obstacles. And so it is today. The bikes may be lighter and the outfits flashier, but the mud and muck and general craziness that define cyclocross remain alive and well. Read More

Welcome to Crooked Letter Cycling – Mississippi’s Cycling Resource!

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CLC_logoEveryone knows that Mississippi is the home of the Natchez Trace Parkway, a great place to ride. But do you know where and when to pedal to the blues in the Delta, to play bike polo in the state capitol, to mountain bike in the Pine Belt, to meander the Mississippi Coastal Heritage Trail, to travel the Longleaf in South Mississippi, to tour the Tanglefoot in North Mississippi?

Now you do.

You’ve found the one-stop resource for everything cycling-related in the Hospitality state! Crooked Letter Cycling is where you’ll discover where to ride in Mississippi, from the Mississippi River to the Alabama state line, from the Tennessee border to the sunny Gulf Coast. Find out about every cycling opportunity in and near the Magnolia state, right here.

I’m proud to be a part. Cycling is my passion. Read More

Support Your Local Bike Shops

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I will be the first to admit I have purchased cycling-related items from internet companies.  Sometimes, the internet is the only place to get an item such as discontinued items no longer available to order or specialty items only sold online.  It is very tempting to purchase most items from the internet – heck, you can find just about anything much cheaper on the internet. However, in most cases, the cyclist can and should buy from a local bike shop.

Why should a cyclist support a local bike shop? Read More

 

Saturday and Sunday December 6-7: Ridgleland, MS: Delta States Grand Prix of Cyclocross: https://www.facebook.com/events/720890001319375/

 

Sunday December 14th: New Orleans, LA: Delta States Grand Prix of Cyclocross: https://www.facebook.com/DeltaStatesGrandPrix?fref=ts