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.
In #SVENNESS 2.2 we take a look at the relatively unspectacular course at the GP Albert Van Damme Laarne. But you don’t need an amazing course to have amazing racing. Maybe it was the emotion of Amy Dombroski’s passing and the moment of silence before the race that motivated the Fidea Telenet crew, but they were not going to be denied on this day.
Speaking of Amy D., please support her memorial fund by buying a shirt from our friends at Handlebar Mustache. http://www.hbstache.com/SearchResults.asp?Cat=120
And if you have a moment, check out Skills, Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer at www.cyclocrossbook.com.
Footage for this episode via Vier http://www.vier.be/tags/cyclocross
Additional footage from Sporza http://www.sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/veldrijden
Music by Charlatans UK https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/songs-from-the-other-side/id251664499