CYCLOCROSS! The 24 Hour Comic Book (aka The Little Golden Book of Cross)

Update – 10.15.2010

Thanks everyone! I’m really thrilled at the feedback I’ve gotten on the comic, and I never expected that this many people would ever see it. All the kind words I’ve gotten really mean a lot.

What I’ve got here is really a rough draft, and there’s more to come! But how can you find out when I have new stuff? I’m glad you asked.

I set up a new Twitter account and Facebook page that you can follow if you’d like to get updates on the comic. You can also subscribe to my blog’s RSS feed or get an email subscription (the subscription button is in the sidebar).

– Slonie

Last weekend, I “participated” (on my own) in an event called 24 Hour Comic Book Day. What that means is, from noon on Saturday to noon on Sunday, I drew a 24-page comic book. Well, actually, I started at like 2pm and finished at 2am, and mine is only 22 pages, and I didn’t do it all at once or stay up all night. In fact, I slept, watched a movie (The Social Network is pretty good!), ate some good food, drank some good drinks, and rode my bike from place to place. Fun! (The pages were drawn and photographed in different locations, hence the color difference on the “scans”)

But here it is! It’s about my favorite time of year… I’m a bit embarrassed about most of the drawings in here! I hope you like it anyway. Perhaps soon I will clean it up a bit (okay, a lot) and print it!

Please leave a comment if you enjoyed it or want to tell me what’s wrong! Or email me! slonie AT

Since you made it down to the bottom, and are reading this online instead of on paper, here’s a few links mentioned in the comic:
Blackbird SF’s Raw Pre-War Cyclocross – Historical Burliness!

Cyclocross Magazine – A Good Starting Point!

Cyclo-Cross Training & Technique – Martin Eadon’s video. With Awesome Music.

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81 Responses to CYCLOCROSS! The 24 Hour Comic Book (aka The Little Golden Book of Cross)

  1. ben weir says:

    nice comic! i actually learned a lot

    • Slonie says:

      Hey Ben, glad you liked it! I often find myself explaining cyclocross to people “from the top”, so a lot of the script came easily when I wrote this. It’s (almost) all true!

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  3. David says:

    Nice work! Sums things up quite nicely….especially the post race beer or cupcake!

    • Slonie says:

      Thanks David! Nothing like drawing from personal experience, right? When I revisit this I am going to do an expanded section on pre-, intra-, and post-race “nutrition” that ought to be good for a laugh.

  4. scott crosby says:

    lee, this is a work of genius!

  5. Stevil says:

    You forgot the part about riding your bike to the race.

    • Slonie says:

      Damn, that’d be a good thing to encourage, Stevil. Definitely in for the next version. But me? I’m lucky enough to make it to the starting line with a number on with the aid of motor vehicles. If I rode to the race, well, I’d never make it to the race. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

      Inspiration for “not making it to the race”:

  6. Very impressed. Will share.

  7. Chris says:

    Most important part: “Do not bring your vuvuzela. I will take it.”

    Great comic, well done!

    • Slonie says:

      Thanks Chris! There were a few Vuvuzelas at Cross Vegas, and despite protestations from one of my teammates, I felt that a zero-tolerance policy needed to be promoted, lest they become any more popular…

  8. Bernd says:

    real nice work. that is what the sport needs. in Europe we are to conservative, I think. you should bring the book to the book store!

    • Slonie says:

      Thank you very much, Bernd! Cyclocross has a bit of a different flavor here, I think (even though lots of Americans want it to taste Belgian!). I’m really happy to hear that people over there dig the comic!

      As soon as I redraw and expand it a bit… Prints for sure!

  9. sarah says:

    i really hope you do print these. i imagine keeping one in my pocket at all times, particularly during family events. it would be so efficient!

  10. VeloDoc says:

    I would buy it and keep it on my coffee table from Sept thru February!!

  11. Daisuke says:

    Great work. I helped Brian make the Cyclocross Meeting on the Japan side. I’m promoting heavily on cross in Japan. Is it okay to download these images and use on my blog? Will of course lead readers this way.

  12. Jackie says:

    This was so cool. I showed it to my kids who wondered what exactly it is I do every Sunday….thanks so much!

  13. Jonathan says:

    Might even try! Thanks.

  14. Andrew says:

    Love it! very funny, entertaining and informative! Makes me even more psyched to race this weekend.

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  16. melissa says:

    love it!
    we totally need a pdf; you forgot the most annoying this about cx is having to explain it to everyone!
    i may even be inspired to make cupcakes for Sunday!! 😉

  17. lancejohnson says:

    An instant classic…

  18. dot says:

    I like it! Like it!

  19. John Elkin says:

    Fantastic. I’ll send curious friends to this – easier than trying to explain it!

  20. chris says:

    This is great. I am just starting out, and the tips, “links”, etc. are all very helpful. I did discover a spelling mistake though – its Eadon, not Eaton. Found the videos anyway, so helpful.

    • Slonie says:

      Hi Chris,
      I’m glad it’s been of help to you!

      Regarding Eadon, darn, I need to fix that! At least I have the correct link on this blog post, which won’t work on a paper copy…

  21. Robert Rowe says:

    Very cool!
    I just moved into a cyclocross-rich city, and it’s everywhere! I do need to get out to watch a few races and experience this stuff!

  22. Awesome job! I would love to have it as a good ole fashion xeroxed ‘zine to hand out to my customers (bike shop).


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  24. lllooouuu says:

    Great CX 101 book to read, who not like to see the pictures than read the text ! “easier than trying to explain it!”

    NICE tip ! pg13

  25. John K says:

    I used to be Tecate guy now I’m muffin guy, good stuff, pin-pointed some of the things I was curious about. See you on the course

  26. Your Mom says:

    This is great! Thanks for sharing it with me. I am sooooooooo uniniated in the wonderful ways of the wheeled world that you inhabit! Great art and educational too. Keep these comics coming!

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  28. jonas l says:

    Really great comic. Would be perfect as an pdf

  29. Jeremy says:

    This was awesome. Thanks for sharing. Now to go share it with all of the people that keep giving me confused looks as I try to describe a cross race for them…

  30. Rich says:

    Great stuff…Although I believe you are missing an integral part, that often times happens somewhere between showing up and go race. That would be “Carbo Unloading” otherwise spot -on.

  31. Brian says:

    Great job. I love it!

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  33. Ken says:

    Very cool. Nice work. I love the beginning with the different types of riders “coming together in a magical place we call cyclocross”. I’d love to see more on this – what happens when the different types of cross riders race together. I personally come out of my hibernation tank every September. My least favorite part of cross is dealings with way-too-serious road racers who yell at you if you don’t ride how they want you to. Although one of my favorite things about cross is kicking those guys’ butts (who ride bikes worth more than my car) in a cross race.

    • Slonie says:

      Right on, Ken! I’m glad you like it! I know a few hibernation tank guys out here, as well as “both” other kinds of riders too. I specialize in ‘cross myself, but that’s just because I’m a mediocre MTB racer and an inexperienced road racer, more than anything… Ha! I love CX though…

      Since I’m continuing to refine the comic, I’ll probably try to expand that section… After all, that’s the only part of it that really followed the format of a narrative comic!

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  35. Sara says:

    This is just splendid! I was an art student when I was younger, and I illustrated children’s books (one of ’em even got published). Would you be willing to let me re-draw your ideas and clean up the typeface a little bit? It would make a great project for this ex-artist to play around with a bit, and I really do think you’ve created something unusually special! The artwork concept and text are already perfect.

  36. Kronda says:

    This is most excellent.

  37. helen says:

    Really cool. 🙂

  38. s.m. says:

    i don’t race cyclocross, but my bf does… i found this book hilarious! good job! sometimes the rough sketches are the best drafts

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  40. B says:

    Can you explain what it means to collect/wave dollars at the top of hills?

    • Slonie says:

      As far as I know, the origin of dollar grabs comes from dollar primes, which are actual cash bonuses given to racers crossing the line first on certain laps of a circuit race. Of course like all things in ‘cross, it’s a bit more diabolical, because usually the spectators will place the dollar grabs off of the line, so that certain disaster must be risked in order to collect the money. Not that I’d know anything about that…

      Put another way, getting a dollar grab in a race makes you feel like a hero no matter how well your race is going. And it helps out with your entry fee!

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  42. Parke says:

    Good, good fun!
    I say keep it raw and sketchy, just like cyclocross – why polish it up?

    Also, I humbly suggest this link to Cross Results – I don’t have any affiliation or anything, so it’s not like I’m self promoting. I just find that peiople who are just getting into the sport can enjoy tracking their progress and improvements, and pick out who to mark at the races.

    • Slonie says:

      Hi Parke,

      Thanks for the feedback! I know people like the original, but I just can’t live without redrawing at least a little bit of it… Of course, I also said I’d like to be done with it before the end of the season, and that certainly hasn’t happened yet. As for crossresults, I love that site. I’ll definitely add it to the list of links.

  43. Jason says:

    Great comic! Very motivating to try cross next year when road season is done! Thanks for the jump!

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  45. Stevil says:

    If it was possible, I’m now dumber than I was ten minutes ago.

  46. I had to come re-read my favorite comic ever now that it’s cross season.

  47. E.F.E. says:

    Totally awesome. Love it! Can’t wait to see more.

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    • Slonie says:

      Thanks too! By now, the third installment of the redrawn version should be winging its way to newsstands in Cyclocross Magazine! I think I might start posting up the previously-published pages…

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  52. good stuff! Well done! Super entertaining!

  53. Mickey says:

    Well thanks to you I can no longer say I don’t know what cyclocross is all about. BTW the comic is perfect… and all yours. I wouldn’t change a thing!

  54. echo says:

    This is great!! I came across this from a link on twitter and was immediately thrilled because I just a comic about cycling. Love it, and congrats on getting into cyclocross mag! My partner reads it so I wonder if he has read your stuff already! And, cyclocross rocks! Can’t wait for the upcoming season!

    • Slonie says:

      Thanks Echo! Glad you liked it, and hopefully you can check out the back issues of CXM with the comic in them. Now that I’ve been in the magazine for eight (going on nine) issues, I think I really should get going on republishing the redrawn comic, as it’s a lot more polished than the 24-hour original! Stay tuned…

      • echo says:

        That’s great!!! Hey, congrats. That’s just so cool. I’m sure they are stashed somewhere, I’m gonna look for them! 😀

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  56. Cru Jones says:

    I was referred to this comic as an intro to cross before i dive in this season. I was a bit unsure until the final page where you suggest watching “Rad.” Rad is the greatest love story ever told, and if knowing it front to back will help me with CX, I am confident I will win my first race. Good stuff.

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