We were lucky enough to catch the “For the Love of Mud” premiere in Austin, Texas this past weekend during USA Cycling Cyclo-cross Nationals week and it was well worth it. We had the added privilege to sit through the show with the man who wrote, shot and edited the film over a one and a half year period, Mr. Benedict Campbell. To hear comments and back-story from the man himself before and after the showing was an extra bonus. It’s definitely a film that connects with beginners and professionals alike – even if you’ve never done a cx race, the imagery and history of the sport is fascinating. Everyone can identify with what is becoming the fastest growing cycling sport in the US.
Definitely a future cycling cult classic film!
USA Cycling 2015 Cyclo-Cross National Championships t-shirts are now available at the EC online store. T-shirts will ship on January 7th, or you can pick your goods up at the Endurance Conspiracy / USA Cycling Official Merchandise Booth at the event next week.
We’re excited to announce that for the second year in a row, EC will be the official merchandise sponsor for the 2015 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Championships in Austin, Texas. The event will be held January 7-11, 2015 at Zilker Park in Austin. Nationals were last held at Zilker Park back in 1078. Apparel will be available online, as well as, at the event.
If you’re planning on heading down to the event I recommend checking out the extensive survival guide written up by the gang at the Radavist here. It’ll give you a run down of the best bike shops, restaurants, coffee shops, bars and all of the events going on during race week.
I thought it would be interesting to ask our EC readers to pick 3 songs (any genre) that you feel most accurately represent you or your persona. Make your case as to why also.
Now, reducing your life down to just three songs is a tough chore by any stretch. So many amazing songs and artists to pick from…what artists are worthy of making a top 3 life defining list of tunes? Obviously, you have your current mixes of favorites, but can you really neglect your favorites from the past? Songs that helped define major life choices or events you endured?
I decided, that my top 3 personally defining songs would, like most of you I presume, coincide with significant life moments…for the most part. I say for the most part, because the first song is the outlier. This song makes the list because it is the one song I always play. I connect with it on every level. To me, it is one of those “perfect” songs that couldn’t be improved upon or covered – it is perfect just as it is, and I never tire of it. Additionally, I know all of my brothers feel the same about it, so it is a bond the four of us share as well. Song #1, The Talking Heads, Naive Melody (This Must be the Place) off of their Speaking In Tongues Album.
Song #2 connects me again with my brothers, and the loss of my Dad, which I guess you could say is a theme here as well. The final verse really connects with my life as a husband and father as well, so lots to pull from on this one. The simplicity of it as well – just a couple of guitars, makes it that much more intimate. Murder in the City by the Avett Brothers – my ballad for the list. I prefer the live version from their Live Vol. 3 Album. Scott Avett changes a couple of words to account for the birth of his daughter that really resonate with me.
The first two songs are “must haves” on this list for me…at least at this point in my life. As I come down to the third and final song, I’m torn. How can I possibly choose one from my lengthy list of favorite songs and artists. While giving props to all of my other favorites and all that they mean to me, I’ve gotta go with a tune that never fails to get me in the right frame of mind – one that speaks to me and keeps me on track so to speak. If you asked me tomorrow, or in 10 minutes for that matter, I may pick another song altogether, but after playing this one just a few minutes ago, how could I not put it on my top 3. So, Song #3, Xavier Rudd – Follow the Sun.
Woke up with a bit of a shock today hearing about the loss of Steve Hed. At one point or another throughout the DeBoom brother’s racing career we were both sponsored by Hed Cycling. What a warm and brilliant guy – and always welcoming. Truly one of the good guys. You’ll be missed Steve, and our hearts go out to the Hed Family and the Hed Cycling organization. Rest in Peace Steve.
The festival runs on Jan. 30th and 31st, 2015 on the Big Island of Hawaii. The Kona Surf Film Festival showcases independent short and feature films from established and emerging surf filmmakers from around the globe. Here’s art from the past 5 years – if you’re ever in the neighborhood, the festival is well worth a long weekend on the island.