Stephen Hyde

2017 USA Cycling Cyclo-cross National Champion
2017 Pan-American Cyclocross Champion
2017 Sho-Air USCUP-CX Overall Series Champion

Checking In: Worlds and Maldegem

Checking In: Worlds and Maldegem

The days leading up to the Cyclocross World Championships in Bieles, Luxembourg, were filled with constant adjustments and readjustments to the plan. With a hotel full of USAC riders and staff, including our own Cannondale p/b Cyclocrossworld.com riders and staff, there was buzz all the time. “When do we go to the course?” “What is […]

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Why I’ve Been Away

Why I’ve Been Away

Some of you may have noticed that I took a bit of a break from writing. (Well, from blog writing anyway). By a “bit of a break,” I mean over a year off. First, let me thank everyone who reached out and encouraged me to continue writing. I’ve used the blog format mostly as a […]

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Cross Ain’t Over Yet

Cross Ain’t Over Yet

Coming home from racing in Europe is different for different people. For some, it’s a relief and a blessing to be home. For others, it’s just part of the next trip over. For me, it was mixed. On the one hand, I was excited to see my friends and be with my family over the […]

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American Renner

It’s all a bit surreal still. I’m standing by my bike doing my final nervous stretches before getting called to the line on Sunday with the likes of Bart Wellens, Sven Nys, Klaas Vantornout and Lars Van Der Haar: guys that, until two weeks ago, I considered fiction. I mean, these guys live in some […]

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Belgium

When I woke up this morning, I had my usual coffee and breakfast. I checked my emails and searched Facebook for any interesting developments in my friends’ lives. Around 10 AM, Ronny knocked on my apartment door. He’d come over so I could showed him the brand new apartment where I’m staying this month. We […]

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Progress Report

It’s been a year now since a knee injury stopped me in my tracks. My first UCI cross win this year came pretty early on, and it helped calm all the nerves I had built up inside my mind. The mind of an athlete can be a weird and terrifying place, especially when things start […]

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A Letter to Mark

Dear Mark, Hey. It’s been a while since we last talked; four years and some change. I was thinking about you this morning on my training ride and thought I would write you a letter. Oh yeah: training. Remember how you used to tell me that whatever I did, no matter what, that I shouldn’t […]

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Cyclocross

I’ve been waiting for the ‘cross season to start since the last season ended. For what ever reason, I have really grown to love this cold, dirty, miserable sport; The sport that makes me rethink my motivations daily and push my self to new levels of pain and somehow mental comfort. For a kid who […]

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Risk/Reward

Sometimes, I’m not sure that bike racing is exactly the life for me. It’s very up and down. One day, you are winning and traveling and the road is your friend. All things are on the up; the food tastes good, the rides are amazing and your friends are the best. Other times, your guts […]

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Thoughts on Blogs

Over the last few years of traveling, racing and general adventuring, the thought of writing a blog or diary has come up from time to time. Me? “Who wants to hear about the dumb stuff I do?” Well, after reading the list of blogs and web sites I look at on a daily basis, I […]

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