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Product Round Up: CX & Winter Gear

Product Round Up: CX & Winter Gear

By now, we’re well into cyclocross season and some are starting to see snow hit the ground. If you’re like a lot of our team, no one is ready to take their riding inside or you’re gearing up for colder (and hopefully more muddy) cross racing.

Our PDF editors and contributors have pulled together products that they can’t “cross without” and some of their favorite winter gear.


Floyd’s of Leadville Isolate SoftGels | $160

Caitlin Dumas | Senior Editor

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Recovery is important at all times of the year, but for me, recovering during cyclocross season is paramount. When I’m doing two-day race weekends, with weekends back to back, and having a sedentary job where my soreness just sets in throughout the day, I have to be on top of my recovery. If I don’t, training rides throughout the week start to suffer.

Using Floyd’s Isolate CBD SoftGels gives me an easy, simple way help my recovery during CX season. I’m not an overly particular or structured athlete, so I’m always on the lookout for products I can easily add into my everyday life. The CBD SoftGels became just that. The anti-inflammatory benefits of the natural, organic CBD hemp oil that Floyd’s uses keeps my sore legs and body in check. It also helps reduce muscle strain and dehydration during training.

Peppermint Long Sleeve Mist Skin Suit | $217

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Lori Nedescu | Senior Nutrition Editor

I’m all about wearing skinsuits for their comfort and function. This stylish new design by Canadian based women’s cycling brand PEPPERMINT is my outfit of choice for cross. The fit is ultra comfortable and long sleeves make it ideal for chilly races (and protecting skin from frequent cross crashes). 

 Photo courtesy of SKS - Germany

Photo courtesy of SKS - Germany

Donna Tozer | CX Racer & Writer

My first cyclocross season was bone dry. My second was extremely muddy. It only took one race for me to discover the value of the SKS X-Blade II seat post fender, which uses a quick release seat post mount for easy on and off.

On muddy courses, this fender protects my backside from spray during the pre-ride because there is nothing worse than being cold and muddy an hour before the start of a race. This lightweight fender is vital in keeping me drier, warmer and more comfortable when course conditions are sloppy.

I have found this to be useful not only during cyclocross season but as a daily commuter. It provides me with an option when weather conditions are unfavorable. The quick release attachment allows me to use it on multiple bikes. It stores conveniently in a gear bag for travel and cleans up easily.

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Lori Nedescu  | Senior Nutrition Editor

Cross races mean getting covered in sand, caked in mud and smeared with grass. I understand getting dirty is part of the action, but I don’t want my face and especially eyes getting gritty while racing. Enter the SL-1x, this pair of high-performance sunglasses has extra large lenses that not only look super flashy on but protect more of my face from sun and grime. The interchangeable lenses are also ideal for customizing to fit the weather & sunlight conditions. 

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Caitlin Dumas |  Senior Editor 

It’s nearly impossible to make it through cyclocross season and winter riding without there being some form of wet riding. Whether you’re scaling a muddy hill or the most recent snow hasn’t entirely dried yet, my go-to bar tape for this is Blackburn’s Cinch Tape. Here’s why:

  1. It’s specifically designed with a non-slip surface that’s perfect for even the muddiest of races.

  2. I love their color selection. As a designer, I’m fairly particular about the aesthetic of my bike.

  3. II did a whole season of long gravel grinds this year. At the beginning of the season, I was game planning on how to handle hours on gravel while I was still getting full strength back in my arm after surgery. The gel-backed Cinch Tape was a great addition to my handlebars for my gravel riding. It's enough padding to ease the impact on my wrist with not so much padding I feel disconnected from the bike.

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Addie Levinsky | Managing Editor

Some staples never change as the temperatures drop and while arm/knee warmers are a must-have for every cyclist who have any hopes of riding through the winter. There are some that make riding a more pleasant (and toasty) experience than others.

The Castelli Nano Flex+ arm and knee warmers are a grade above most. I personally detest wearing more clothing than necessary to race ‘cross (read: a skinsuit and nothing else), but sometimes the elements leave no choice. The Nano Flex+ are not only water-resistant and breathable to keep you warm and comfortable, but the fabric is extra stretchy and both feature double-sided silicone grippers. This means you can run, jump, hop, dismount, remount, and suffer without the worry of flailing fabric. Keep your limbs warm and your teeth gritted with the Nano Flex line from Castelli!

 Photo courtesy of The Stick

Photo courtesy of The Stick

Donna Tozer | CX Racer & Writer

Race weekends can be taxing on the body. I frequently find myself getting up before sunrise and driving between 60 and 90 minutes to a race venue in order to pre-ride the course, then sitting around until my race begins. After putting in a 40 to 60 minute all out effort, I return to my car and drive home.

Carrying a yoga mat and/or a foam roller in my car isn’t practical. Stretching isn’t something I want to take the time out for after a long day. The stick muscle massager is quick and easy to use.

Think of it as a “toothbrush for your muscles.” It is light weight and portable, easily fitting into my gear bag.

Taking care of my muscles (whether, stretching or rolling) is an important component of injury prevention. That’s why the stick always comes along with me on race days.

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Lori Nedescu  | Senior Nutrition Editor

Personally, cross season is a huge change of pace for me. Typically, I’m training for long road races. Cross kicks my butt into gear with its dynamic movements, high intensity and short duration. To help my body handle this, I turn to supplementing with Beta Alanine, a non-essential amino acid that has been well studied for its ability to regulate muscle pH and fight fatigue. I reach for KLEAN Athlete’s due to the companies high quality and NSF certification.

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