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Craig Richey rides a Ridley to UCI World Cup

“Craig is one of Canada’s rising stars of cyclocross”—Renner Custom CX Team

Canadian cyclocross racer Craig Richey

Canadian cyclocross rider Craig Richey rides a Ridley X-Fire. Photo: Leif Keithley.

Keep an eye on Canadian cyclocross rider Craig Richey. The British Columbia-based pro has finished in top positions in UCI events in his first few years as a full-time athlete. Now he’s gunning for February’s 2013 Cyclo-cross World Championships in Louisville, Kentucky. Victoria-area bike shop Oak Bay Bicycles has been behind him all the way and built up a Ridley X-Fire for the 2012/2013 season.

Last season Craig split his season between North America and Europe. He finished in the top 100 UCI rankings, and as the top-ranked Canadian at the 2011 UCI World Championships.

Says Richey, “For 2012 I capped my CX season at a maximum of 25 races and tried to do around 30 days of racing over the summer, and that seemed about right.  2013 is going to be my third year and fourth cross season as a ‘full time’ athlete and I have learned that developing into a top level endurance athlete takes time.”

His goals for 2013 are to win at least two UCI races and to finish in the top two at Cross Nationals. “I am going to adjust my preparation over the summer to include more crit racing which should better prepare me for the pack racing style of North American cross.”

On racing technology, Richey sees some big changes.

“Less than two years ago the UCI approved the use of disc brakes for cyclocross and that sparked the biggest technological change the sport has ever experienced. Initially disc brake options were pretty limited but this season they have really progressed to that point that for the 2013 season they will likely be fairly standard.

“Ridley is on the forefront of pushing cyclocross technology and I look forward to racing on disc-equipment Ridleys next season.”

In his race to the Worlds, Richey joins fellow Victoria resident and 3-time Canada Cup champion Mical Dyck, who has been known to run 20 PSI tires on her Ridley X-Fire.

Craig Richey’s 2012/2013 set-up:

Frame/Fork: 2012 Ridley X-Fire
Group: Shimano CX-70/Ultegra with 11-28T cassette and SRAM Shorty Ultimate Brakes
Wheels: ZED CrossRock CX – 38m Carbon Tubulars with 20/24 spoke count. 1250grams
Tires: Challenge Limus and Fango/Grifo
Cockpit: Ritchey WCS
Pedals: Time Atac XS Carbon

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