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, 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. 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’ 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 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.


Sponsor Update – Tandems East and Cadence!

Tandems East has signed on as a merchandise sponsor, offering prizes for all but the elite categories. Tandems East is a specialty tandem shop located in Pittsgrove, NJ, offering Burley, Bike Friday, Seven, Cannondale, DaVinci, Calfee, Bushnell, Co-Motion, KHS, Terry, Rans, Kidz Tandems, as well as a full-range of parts and services!

Cadence Cycling & Multisport Center of NYC will be on-hand with BMC CX02 Demo Bikes Powered by SRAM, as well as Pedro’s equiped mechanics running our pit. Stop by and test ride a bike or use one in your event! Cadence will also offer a range of prizes for all categories, including Lactate Threshold testing at their state-of-the-art facilities in NYC and Philadelphia.

Rounding A Corner

Guest BBQ Chef: Hell’s Kitchen’s Matt Sigel

Staten CX is please to announce that Hell’s Kitchen alum Matt Sigel (Season 4) will be manning the BBQ pit.

Read a great interview with Matt on Yumsugar here.

Matt is a feisty competitor. According to Reality TV World:

Matt Sigel made Gordon Ramsay throw-up the first time they met; sliced off the tip of his own finger; served the best risotto in Hell’s Kitchen history; asked to switch teams after feuding with another chef; went completely bananas on all of the other contestants; and made numerous blunders while cooking.

Anyone who knows ‘cross knows that this is our kind of guy! It sounds like my first ‘cross race.

“Matt is like Full Metal Jacket” “I should be in Vegas right now”

Making the Race: Staten ‘Cross

by Christophe Jammet

There had been a ton of talking within NYCX community about putting our own race on. Everyone was into the idea, but actually following through is a completely different story. There were just so many variables to consider. Where would we have it? Would we get permission from the Parks department? Was there enough interest? Was there a date left in the ‘cross season that didn’t conflict with a big, established race?

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