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 2.9 we travel to Jaarmarktcross Niel in Belgium. This race is part of the Soudal Classics and has been won by Sven Nys four times prior to this year’s event. Would this race mark his fifth victory at Niel? The course was extremely wet and we focus on mud riding, a tricky off-camber section, and isolated displays of strength and power that makes all the difference in this race. This race also features a breakout performance by 19-year-old Wout van Aert who is right at home mixing it up with big boys.
As always, #SVENNESS is presented by Skills Drills and Bellyaches: A Cyclocross Primer. The perfect gift for you or that buddy who always says “maybe next season I’ll try ‘cross.” To find out more and to purchase, go to www.cyclocrossbook.com. Also, check out our shirts, socks, gloves and waterbottles at www.crosshairscycling.com/shop.
Footage is via Sporza: http://www.sporza.be/cm/sporza/wielrennen/veldrijden
Music in this episode is:
Elastic Heart~Sia ft The Weeknd & Diplo: https://soundcloud.com/diplo/sia-ft-the-weeknd-diplo
Riptide~Vance Joy (FlicFlac Edit): https://soundcloud.com/flicflac/vance-joy-riptide-flicflac
Heresy Baby~Paul Conrad: https://soundcloud.com/dangervillage/paul-conrad-heresy-baby-2
Don’t Wait~Mapei: https://soundcloud.com/mapei/dont-wait
Thanks for watching.