StatenCX 2.0 is Coming…

Will you be ready?

November 29, 2009.

More Staten.

More Cross.

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Recent Video from StatenCX HQ

Hey Everyone,

StatenCX 2009 is in the planning stages- so mark your calendars.  Geniuses at work, really…

CJ’s Recap

  • Staten CX- the best DFL


    It’s taken a good long while, but i think i needed some time to reflect on the race.

    Staten CX ripped through NYC on November 30th. Jed, myself, and John put everything into this race and it paid off. I’ve never been prouder to be part of something like this. This whole event speaks volumes about the New York ‘Cross scene, my friends, and the people that came together to make this race the awesome new nyc tradition that it will surely become.

    I’m wary of taking too much credit for putting this race on (and that’s rare coming from me,) but this race happened because of my friends and the greater cycling community here. this race was everyone’s baby. We had incredible sponsors, fantastic press coverage, amazing volunteers (i owe you all big time…), fantastic music, great food, a killer course, awesome photos, and great racers all come together for a good cause.

    putting this race on made me realize that if you really like what you’re doing, you can do great things. it doesn’t feel like work. you want to do it. we did so much work for this, but it didnt feel like a chore. Weeks after the race, i’m left with a feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction, and i want to do it again (and we will).

    I’m going to pull a move usually reserved by hip-hop grammy winners- time for long winded thank you’s (its’ a long list)


    jed got the idea of putting on a cross race. we’ve been partners in this through and through. putting this race on together also made us close friends. i’m totally pumped to put more races on with him next year.

    John Cutler

    the lone ranger in the full CRCA kit and (kind of) matching 14-year-old-girl rollerblade helmet, john jumped in to help the cause out of nowhere. he’s was responsible for getting us a ton of sponsors, including the FREE belgian wafels (more on that later), and also getting the race course equipment to staten island.

    The Sponsors

    Honest Tea showed up and supplied their great beverages.

    Schaller & Weber Provided sustenance in the form of amazing sausages.

    Wellshire Farms accosted us with 25 lbs of delicious, dry-rubbed bacon (drool).

    Thomas Degeest, owner of Wafels & Dinges, sent some waffle men over to give out free waffles.

    The waffles were free thanks two two great sponsors: Visitflanders.us (thanks Elke!), and Velo Classic tours (visit belgium! ride the cobbles!). Visitflanders and Velo classic also came to the race and added some belgian culture to our race village.

    Chef Matt Sigel made sure the brats and bacon were nice and hot.

    Kendra dropped furious beats and put on a euro-trash techno party in between races.

    Cadence sent their team of crack mechanics (complete with Fu-manchu mustachio) to make sure the bikes survived the epic course conditions. they also came with 6 BMC demo bikes, which allowed for a ton of people (like Lisa Force!) to try out cross for the first time.

    thanks to their bikes, a ton of people are going to buy a bike next season and race cross!

    Claudette Lajam from orthochick.net made sure the ladies were taken care of and put in for Ladies-only primes. Robert Dvorin was another great sponsor and put in for additional Food and i believe some primes.

    Jan from Sportique sent me a ton of great chamois cream and embrocation to give out as prizes.

    Andrew crooks from NYC Velo donated a ton of great schwag to the prize list, as did Tandems east and Toga! john’s friend Gus was a huge help and brought over Myles’ Step ins and barriers all the way from Southampton. Myles did us a big favor by lending us his cross course equipment- a buttload of step ins and a pair of barriers.


    The best thing i took away from this race was the affirmation that i’ve got the best friends in the world. they all helped in so many ways- whether it was gathering Step-ins in wet 35 degree rain after the race, getting the word out about the race, bringing in bacon sponsors, etc. So, i owe a beer and one (1) lewd act to each of the following people:

    Kendra- DJ extrardinaire/Trophy assistant/podium girl

    Kyle Peepo- He’s Prussian, you know
    Evie – sandbagging step-in-gatherer
    Patrick littlefield- announcer/wino
    Jason Gay- bacon intermediary- also did the write up for velo news
    Rich bravo, Hott sam, Beth Renaud, Tony Slokar, Jed’s Parents, brian gatens- (course setup)

    Austin Horse, Evan Chalfin, Bret Vaughan- HUGE. course breakdown
    Heidi Reijm- registration ALL STAR.
    Lindsay Paluska and corinne Karmiel- podium girls, etc
    Alan Atwood- officiating and facilitating USA cycling permit stuff. also helped with course logistics
    Patrick wilder- PDX transplant! helped design the course- added some PDX flava’
    Josh Creem- donated a sweet cyclosportif winner’s jersey (which roger aspholm now owns- obviously)
    the paparazzi: Maria Q (sweet video!), Anthony Skorochod, Liam Quigley, Kevin Dillard, david Chomowicz, Claudette Lajam, Jerry Kapkow, Eloy Anzola, and Harry Zernike
    Colin Prensky- sandbagger extraordinaire
    Lauren Zucker- for lending me her crazy Yellow Pickup Truck
    The CRCA (notably Mike Green, Ken Harris, “Evil” Matt Howard)- for backing the event- this race was as much a CRCA event as it was an NYC event!

    I want to thank the racers that showed up- we had over DOUBLE the pre-reg of any race that day in the north-east- 119 pre-reg’ed and a bunch more same-day. you guys braved the elements and came out to race in perfect, miserable Belgian weather. you made the race fun and duked it out on the course. Nice job to everyone- Especially to those who tried ‘cross for the first time- what a day to try it! you experienced ‘cross at its best and worst: the mud, the wind, the rain, the cold, the people cheering, the food, the music, and the attitude. The whole scene is what its all about. As Barry Wicks said- anyone can put on a ‘cross race. But for it to be fun, you’ve got to embrace the right atmosphere. We had just that on November 30th, and it was thanks to all of the people i mentioned above

    and a BIG thank you to the NYC Parks department- Sarah Frazier, Sandra Fernandez, Vincent, and Laurie. the parks department was a HUGE help, and this race could not have happened without their support. their willingness to help and their level of accommodation was astounding. From the entire new york cyclocross community- THANK YOU!

    As for my race, well there’s not way to sugar coat it: i came in DFL in my own race! DFL! I know. apparently 2 hrs of sleep has an effect on my performance. instead of coming in 3rd to last, i came in dead last. and of course colin prensky had to win the damn thing…. Next time i’m putting that guy into the tape…

    By the way, i love how different his blogging is from my own. He reports from the front of the pack, I report from the middle/back. He waxes poetic on the spirit of competition and winning, i make fart/bacon/poop jokes. i think it’s awfully complimentary…

    Putting this race on was a great experience through and through- i made some great contacts, new friends in the cycling scene, and i was able to spend time in a borough that i had barely visited! Staten Island is a mythical, elusive, and funny place. it was the perfect setting for our race, and hopefully will be for years to come.

    As for next year, watch out. We’ve got big plans. cool stuff is on the way. i think you’re goin to like it…

Full Court (Liberal) Press

The New York Times posted an article and short video on ‘cross in NYC this morning.

To an outsider, waking up at 5AM and braving 20 degree wind chills to practice “getting on your bike, getting off your bike, and running up stairs” might seem a little, ah, weird. But don’t knock it until you try it (or watch it up close). Trust us, people do a lot weirder things on bikes. Wait till next year when we bring Bike Jousting to NYC.

And from the Staten Island Advance, another article. Phew. The glitter. The glamor.


119 Riders Preregistered! Hot Damn!

119We’ve had 119 racers preregister for Sunday’s race. Incredible!

Race-day registration is available. Plan to be at the venue a good hour before your race to give yourself enough time to register, maybe ride the course, and complete your archaic stretching and warm up routine.

Register for more than one race. Once you dip your toes in the lush, muddy waters of ‘cross you’ll want more. We understand. Cat 4 riders can race both the C and B fields. If you’re over 35 you could technically race the C field, the B field, AND the B Masters field. Do it. Push yourself. We’ll feed you.

3/4 and Elite Women at 12 Noon! We’re combining the our women’s fields and giving them a primetime slot at noon. The crowd will be warmed up and all the C and B men will be cheering you on.

Waffles and The Grill will get cranking by 11AM. Free. Free. Free. If you’re racing early, don’t overdose on Cliff bars and your antiseptic tangerine recovery shake. The REAL RECOVERY MEAL is just an hour away. We’ll also have hot chocolate, coffee, and vegetarian options.

Bring lightly used toys to donate to the SIUH Burn Center in memory of Fire Lt. Robert Ryan Jr.

Thomas DeGeest

On Waffles And Cycling

Thomas DeGeest

by Thomas DeGeest (Wafels and Dinges)

Here’s a word from the waffle guy on the importance of cycling in the waffle-world, and vice versa.

Cycling is one of my fondest memories of my growing up in Belgium. Just like waffles, cycling came in many flavors back in those days. I loved biking to school every day (mostly in the rain of course), my family had a tradition of watching the great classics in the spring (on TV), the Tour in the summer and the cyclocross races in the fall…always accompanied by coffee and cake on a Sunday afternoon.

But my best memories of cycling certainly come from the typical Belgian “kermiskoers”. Every village in Belgium had its annual street fair with as typical ingredients the bumpercars, the shooting stand, the rollercoaster and of course…the cycling race which would always swing by the street fair and around the church tower before heading for a loop through the local fields and cobblestone paths from the Roman days.

And a “kermiskoers” would not be a real one unless there were waffles being served, preferably with powdered sugar and whipped cream. In my mind, waffles are unmistakably married with cycling races, they are both part of the Belgian folklore, where local kids devour waffles, where the farmers take a day of to watch the race while chewing away on their cigars, where romances are born on the bumpercar track.

I really hope one day I can translate this feeling into a store…wouldn’t that be great: a cyclocross themed waffle store in the middle of Manhattan. Not sure if a lot of people would get the link, but certainly a direction I am thinking.

Avoid Race-Day Madness. Preregister Now!

Preregistration closes on Thanksgiving day at noon! So to avoid the throngs waiting to register on Sunday morning (and the $5 race-day registration fee) scoot on over to Bike Reg and do your thing. Mountain bikes without bar-ends are fine, and one day licenses will be available if you don’t have a USCF license.

Listing all the reasons you should race on Sunday would take a whole blog, but let me summarize:

Awesome Course
Awesome Park
Free Food
Great Prizes
For Charity

You dig?

Giving Life

VisitFlanders.US, Wafels and Dinges, and Velo Classic Tours! Waffle Heaven!

Sometimes the stars align. You get the hole shot, you float atop mud while others fall face first, and you beat the teenager half your age and half your size. ‘Cross is typically void of such good luck but on November 30th, 2008 that will change.

Staten CX is witnessing an epic confluence of sport, food, and charitable giving. Everyone’s a winner. No joke. It all started with a shot-in-the-dark call. And now behold … Free Belgian Waffles.

Giving Life

VisitFlanders.us, the official site of the Tourist Office for Flanders, Belgium in US, along with famous NYC waffle vendor Wafels and Dinges will be serving up FREE WAFFLES from 11AM until supplies run out. VisitFlanders.us will also be giving away CHOCOLATE if you sign up on their wonderful email newsletter. The idea is that waffles bring out racers and spectators which in turn help us donate more money to I Challenge Myself (ICM). So by racing, eating, and cheering you’re doing a good post-Thanksgiving gluttony deed!

Thomas DeGeest from W&D is a huge cycling fan and is very excited to participate. Remember, in Belgium ‘cross is like NASCAR but with better beer, better food, and an actual sporting activity taking place.

Sharing the VisitFlander.us’ tent will be Velo Classic Tours, the only U.S. tour operator offering trips to the Spring Classics in Belgium. Peter Easton from Velo Classic Tours along with Elke van Bree from VisitFlanders.us will be on hand to talk cycling in Flanders.

If you refer to this graph, you’ll notice that calories burned by 200 racers (140,000) will be nicely offset by consumption of 140 waffles (assuming you heap every possible topping on your waffle).

CaloriesSometimes there is such thing as a free lunch! We’re extremely grateful for the addition of these three sponsors and look forward to throngs of well fed spectators and racers.