It’s cyclocross season, and to show our love and appreciation for Bill Schieken of In the Crosshairs and his new book Skills, Drills and Bellyaches featuring Jeremy Powers (which we got to preview at Interbike), we’re collaborating on this little collection to introduce the Cyclismas fans to Bill’s genius #SVENNESS videos. We like to call it #CYCLISMASVENNESS. We’re starting at the very beginning of the series so you can get the whole backstory and get to know the cast of characters. Hope you enjoy. ~ Lesli
Hey there Cyclismasses! Bill, here, from In The Crosshairs, to introduce a little video series we produce. It’s called #SVENNESS and in it we break down the week’s Euro-pro cyclocross races to give you some play-by-play of key moments. We also know that many #SVENNESS viewers are racers, too, so we sprinkle in some tips and techniques to help you in your own cyclocross battles. In a nutshell, #SVENNESS is a mix of ESPN’s Primetime (that was a show about a ball sport, cycling friends) and VH1’s Pop Up Video.
Sounds great, Bill, but why is it called SVENNESS? Good question. It’s named after arguably the best cyclocross racer of our time, Sven Nys. To my ears, when the broadcasters on Sporza pronounce his name it sounds like Svenness. He has one of those names that you must always say the first and last together. At least it sounds better that way. So #SVENNESS became this way of describing the sublime in cyclocross. Clinical tactics, a beautiful pass, when done masterfully, it was #SVENNESS.
Oh, here’s a fun takeaway for you: the series could easily have been called “A moment of Sven” or even “Everything Sven,” but #SVENNESS, for whatever reason, stuck. I think we made the right call.
Thanks for watching.
Episode 2.13 of #SVENNESS takes a look at the UCI Cyclocross World Cup race that took place December 26, 2013, at Heusden-Zolder. This race features the return of former two-time elite cyclocross world champion Zdeněk Štybar. The race is in the red from the start with Štybar, LvdH, Marcel Miesen, Rob Peeters, and Philipp Walsleben pushing the pace. Ep 2.13 focuses on a crazy start, the ongoing tops vs. drops debate, and the tactic of “go.” No mud, no sand, a tough run-up, a killer descent and some super high-speed racing. The only thing this racing is a Sven vs. Niels battle. But it’s nice to bring in some other characters for a week.
#SVENNESS is presented by Skills, Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer available at www.cyclocrossbook.com and CrossVegas, America’s largest cyclocross race, which takes place September 10, 2014, under the lights in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Please help support #SVENNESS by picking up the latest SVENNESS t-shirt. Check out the design at www.svenness.com.
Footage for this episode via Sporza: sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/veldrijden
Man I Need // Exercise (white label version)~Jagwar Ma: https://soundcloud.com/jagwar-ma/man-i-need-white-label-version
I Got Skills~Mozes and the Firstborn: https://soundcloud.com/mozes-and-the-firstborn/i-got-skills-mozes-and-the
See It My Way~Mikal Cronin: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/mcii/id601409150
Snakedog~together PANGEA: https://soundcloud.com/togetherpangea/snakedog
Soothing Me So~Victory Is Music: https://soundcloud.com/victoryismusic/soothing-me-so
Thanks for watching.
SVENNESS and the #SVENNESS hashtag are © 2014 William Schieken and CXHairs LLC