Heckle Hall Of Fame

Ever wonder what spectators are yelling at you as you ride the course? Let us introduce you to the heckle.  Sometimes funny, sometimes crude, but whether you love them or hate them, all the time ‘cross! Just remember when in doubt heckles are a somewhat perverse form of encouragement and should be more cheer then jeer.

Post in the comments below your favorite heckles you’ve either heard, given yourself, or received while deep in the pain cave. As always, please keep it clean, bleep out any foul language (we’d prefer if you didn’t use any at all), nothing rider or team specific, and only heckles (don’t comment that you “really like that one”), and above all else… keep it fun. We here at the CCC reserve the right to delete any posts that don’t belong and will block users who frequently break the rules above.

We’ll give The Bonebell credit for this idea, but its up to you the riders to fill in the rest.

For all you newbies… check out the Cyclocross Heckling primer written by our friends at PSIMET Custom Wheels.

  1. Sean
    09/18/2010 at 1:17 pm

    You’re getting lapped by a junior….


  2. 09/18/2010 at 2:21 pm

    You ride like you drink decaf.


  3. Rich Kryszak
    09/18/2010 at 2:47 pm

    Heard last year yelled at someone chasing me….come on get him. My grandmother rides faster than you do.


  4. Kevin
    09/18/2010 at 4:06 pm

    Are you lost dude?


  5. 09/18/2010 at 7:33 pm

    They already started the next race!


  6. Lee
    09/19/2010 at 5:54 am

    Yelled at me while racing last year:
    “That’s a really nice bike…..so why are you riding so slow?”


  7. Mike
    09/19/2010 at 8:17 pm

    Is Capo (apparel brand) Italian for slow?


  8. chicagocrosscup
    09/20/2010 at 9:09 am

    You’re doing it wrong!


  9. Mike Norman
    09/20/2010 at 9:30 am

    Those are some pretty “Pro” shoes for someone that’s riding so slow…

    I didn’t realize the goal was to ride a slow as possible – I think you’re winning!


  10. Mike Davis
    09/20/2010 at 1:02 pm

    while wearing my GoPro helmet cam “You’ve got something on your helmet”

    “You’re racing like your on a road bike, go faster!”

    “You’re getting beat by a girl” – of course I am.

    “You’re getting beat by a mountain bike, you can’t let that happen” – and I didn’t


  11. Martin Michalowicz
  12. 09/20/2010 at 4:38 pm

    “Throw some more money at your bike to make it go faster!” Yelled at a 4A rider on carbon tubulars.


  13. 09/20/2010 at 4:42 pm

    “It’s Hemme ‘lite’!”


  14. 09/20/2010 at 4:42 pm

    “You are slow enough to grab all these handups – take advantage!”


  15. 09/21/2010 at 10:49 am

    You are riding your bicycle in such a manner as to suggest that you do not, indeed, know how to ride a bicycle.


  16. jason
    09/21/2010 at 11:02 am

    “come on! churn that butter, churn it!!”


  17. J
    09/21/2010 at 11:05 am

    “You’re in an underachieving PhD program and will never graduate!”


  18. J
    09/21/2010 at 11:07 am

    Referencing what looked like a 4 man TTT near the back of the 3s pack: “You guys are just like Verdigris, but slow!”


  19. J
    09/21/2010 at 11:08 am

    “How many sheep did you need to kill to make that uniform?”


  20. Alan
    09/21/2010 at 12:15 pm

    “It’s great that you can make those fast Sram components go so slow.”


  21. Alan
    09/21/2010 at 12:15 pm

    “Almost…almost…almost a $#@#$%$ track stand!”


  22. 09/21/2010 at 12:21 pm

    “You’re getting beaten by a man wearing a rear-view mirror!” (To the 50+ men at J-Park)


    • Mike Davis
      09/21/2010 at 3:17 pm

      “You make fun of those guys, but hes still BEATING you!”


  23. Lil V
    09/21/2010 at 4:38 pm

    “Taking first just like Contador does”
    Overheard after my brother (in 1st) got passed by 2nd after he dropped his chain.


  24. Matt
    09/21/2010 at 5:27 pm

    Flat bars in front of you! (can be repeated for extra effect)


  25. 09/21/2010 at 8:03 pm

    Your mother rides Scattante.


  26. Mike
    09/21/2010 at 9:42 pm

    Don’t worry, you’re not last… you’re like third from last!


  27. cmac
    09/22/2010 at 2:47 am

    c’mon this can’t be that hard you’ve been sitting down practically the whole time!


  28. Slow1
    09/22/2010 at 2:14 pm

    Yelled to me..If there was a prize for fastest dismount, you would win….but there isn’t…..ride harder!


  29. Alan
    09/22/2010 at 4:53 pm

    Brian :Your mother rides Scattante.

    …and so do you!


  30. JoshK
    09/22/2010 at 8:00 pm

    “I think you are in first…twenty first”

    “You know this is bike race, right?”


  31. Natalie
    09/23/2010 at 8:41 am

    Is this your recovery day?


  32. Stiggity
    09/23/2010 at 9:03 pm

    Demasiado chorizo, mas petrol, mas piernas


  33. debWI
    09/24/2010 at 12:59 pm

    As rider was slowly stepping over a barrier:
    “It’s only a race, don’t bother to hurry.”

    “The bike has to go over(the barrier) too ya know.”


  34. Michael Young
    09/25/2010 at 11:28 am

    Grandma called, she wants her legs back.


  35. Bryan
    09/26/2010 at 5:22 pm

    yelled at a hippster who hadn’t shaved or groomed in a month, “the small village in your beard wants you to ride faster!”

    “you may be wearing wool, and your bike may match your socks that match your jersey, but your still losing”


  36. Natalie
    09/26/2010 at 8:07 pm

    Overheard at USGP Planet Bike, shouted to a guy racing in his VeloNews kit: “Here’s the scoop! That guy’s about to pass you!”


    • Hayes
      09/28/2010 at 9:14 am

      Same rider: Breaking news, you’re riding too slow!


  37. Natalie
    09/26/2010 at 8:09 pm

    I was heckling a guy from My Wife Inc. at USGP Madison:

    “Your wife says go faster!” He smiled.

    On the next lap: “Your wife wants her money back!” He laughed as he remounted.

    After the race he came up to tell me my heckles had amused him. “But actually, I’m the only guy on the team who’s single.”

    My reply: “Maybe if you raced faster you could get a girlfriend!”


  38. Blayne
    09/26/2010 at 11:40 pm

    “You look like a very earnest young man”


  39. Jackie
    09/27/2010 at 2:50 pm

    “Way to go slow!”


  40. Jackie
    09/27/2010 at 2:53 pm

    Yelled to an Elite woman in 2nd place by a very nice spectator:

    “Come on, you’re closing the gap on her!”

    Her reply:

    “You’re lying”


  41. Bryan
    10/04/2010 at 7:30 am

    yelled at a guy riding next to me wearing a wind breaker. “Nice wind breaker IZOD, not even the juniors were that bundled up!”


  42. jroth
    10/04/2010 at 10:47 am

    Faster? Dude, I already puked.


  43. 10/04/2010 at 2:13 pm

    You’re riding slow enough to hear my play by play commentary!


    • Carlo_Felice
      10/04/2010 at 2:36 pm

      “I shave my legs better than you do!”


  44. paul
    10/04/2010 at 3:44 pm

    You must be off the front? Oh wait….


  45. Jacob
    10/04/2010 at 8:02 pm

    GET SOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  46. Jacob
    10/04/2010 at 8:04 pm

    “Eat a donut, it’s carbo-loading!”


  47. j cain
    10/06/2010 at 4:44 pm

    yelled at me: “You’re getting beat by a guy in cargo shorts!”

    yelled at the guy behind me: “The guy is front of you is wearing a bandana. You’re getting beat by a guy who thinks he’s a f**king pirate!”


  48. 10/07/2010 at 2:17 pm

    You’re getting beat by a guy with only ONE CRANK ARM!


  49. 10/07/2010 at 4:27 pm

    Don’t quit – just puke!


  50. debWI
    10/10/2010 at 3:59 pm

    “your feet have to be ON the pedals to make it go”


  51. 10/11/2010 at 3:35 pm

    “There is only one Junior ahead of you this lap”

    “The record will show you ran down the hill”

    “I’m hitting on your girlfriend”

    elviscx 101010


  52. Mike Davis
    10/13/2010 at 9:18 am

    “It only hurts because you suck!”


  53. Bo
    10/16/2010 at 9:33 pm

    “Get him some hammer pants!”


  54. 10/17/2010 at 4:05 pm

    Carpentersville rhythm section today: “You would do better with your eyes closed!”


  55. thw
    10/17/2010 at 7:22 pm

    [mother with child crossed the course, then…]

    “You just got passed by a stroller!”


  56. Natalie
    10/18/2010 at 3:30 pm

    Hey, there’s a guy up there walking. I think you can beat him!


  57. 10/18/2010 at 4:40 pm

    “you are no mike sheer”


  58. 10/24/2010 at 5:48 pm

    “you can’t win, so eat a donut hole!” on top of heckler hill today


  59. Roy Hobbs
    10/25/2010 at 6:17 pm

    Said to a team rider behind me by his fellow team member…”you are getting beat by a guy wearing a performance bike jersey.” Even though they were refering to my jersey I thought it was funny.


  60. Nathan S
    10/25/2010 at 10:53 pm

    At Sunset Park when the Police motorcade rolled up:

    “The Police are here to give SLOW tickets. YOU’RE GETTING ONE!”


  61. 10/29/2010 at 7:39 pm

    Yelled by a rider who heckled himself: “I hate when I get chicked” (as he was getting beaten by a girl)


  62. Tamara
    10/31/2010 at 10:00 pm

    On Halloween: “You’re being beaten by a reanimated corpse!”


  63. Natalie
    10/31/2010 at 10:04 pm

    Yelled at a guy in a generic superhero costume: “What’s your super power? Super slow?”


  64. Magnum
    11/01/2010 at 11:16 am

    Your mustache is falling off! (even tho it was a real mustache. I was laughing and wondering for half a lap if they knew it was real)


    • Mike Davis
      11/09/2010 at 1:35 pm

      Heard at the start of 4B at Woodstock
      “Oh! It was a real mustache…”


  65. Dan
    11/01/2010 at 11:17 am

    yelled at Magnum PI: “shorter shorts would make you go faster!”


  66. Matt
    11/03/2010 at 9:50 am

    Hey! Next week why don’t you dress up in a 4a’s costume sandbagger! (Yelled at the winner of the 4b’s race)


  67. ejenyedy@comcast.net
    11/04/2010 at 9:35 am

    Jason, at the start of the Campton race was addressing the Halloween costumes for call-ups. He said, “It appears that people dressed like they are Pro CX racers is the most popular costume”. The comment got a good chuckle from the start line.


  68. Andre
    11/04/2010 at 10:47 am

    What’s it feel like to be the best of the worst? (Yelled at the leader of the 4b’s race)


  69. 11/08/2010 at 11:35 am

    Yelled at me during the run-up at Woodstock: “What weighs more: you or the bike?”


  70. Nicole
    11/08/2010 at 7:31 pm

    Overheard during 4As at Woodstock: “Your bike says Redline, but somehow I think you’re not there.”


  71. zac
    11/09/2010 at 1:12 pm

    Do exactly what your doing… Only 30% faster


  72. 6tor
    11/12/2010 at 4:16 pm

    wow you are the first one i saw falling that way…you are a mess


  73. katie
    11/14/2010 at 8:31 pm

    “i’m gonna sic my 10-year old on you” (…maybe they grow em faster in WI?;)


  74. debWI
    11/15/2010 at 2:15 pm

    at the sand pit….”this isn’t a beach party”


  75. Tom
    11/15/2010 at 4:30 pm

    The leader have one lap to go, so that means you have what?….3 laps?


  76. Matt
    11/16/2010 at 12:15 pm

    i’m a UK citizen and a friend hollered:

    “you are so slow, this is why we won the war”…


  77. 11/16/2010 at 5:27 pm

    The best one I’ve heard so far chanted by tons of people at the sandpit:




  78. Michael Catano
    11/16/2010 at 6:34 pm

    My favorite from this weekend (in regards to a certain team’s graphic design choices): “$5000 bikes… $5 kit.”


  79. JPHCross
    11/19/2010 at 9:43 am

    Rad Racing GP near Seattle famous for the 80m long Knapp Time run-up. “This is a run-up not a walk-up!”


  80. Derek Brown
    11/19/2010 at 8:13 pm

    Even with all those gears you can’t beat that guy leading on the single speed?


  81. 11/21/2010 at 7:43 pm

    Hammy can Hop in reference to me being overweight but still managing to bunny hop the 4X4’s at Northbrook.


  82. Drew
    11/22/2010 at 10:15 am

    You are like a Ben Folds song: long, slow, and sad.


  83. SuperGirl
    11/22/2010 at 10:20 am

    “You were fast this morning, what happened”
    Super Mario’s Girlfriend to Super Mario


  84. Jim G
    11/22/2010 at 8:16 pm

    In the 4a at Northbrook “Youre getting beat by a kid who doesn’t even have his drivers license yet.”


  85. Andy D
    11/30/2010 at 10:22 pm

    “There’s a glacier in front of you…and it’s pulling away.”


  86. Lynne Arrigoni
    12/06/2010 at 9:18 am

    I was having a little trouble getting around a tree at Montrose so I put my hand on it and pushed myself around it so I wouldn’t have to dismount. A GUY FROM MY OWN TEAM YELLED, “Quit hugging trees and race!”


  87. VeloDoc
    12/06/2010 at 1:17 pm

    You’re getting beat by SMOKERS!!!


  88. kevin clark
    01/05/2011 at 5:23 pm

    I just remembered that Kevin Klug commented on my “trials” moves on the podium boxes at Indian Lakes by informing me “that’s one way to get on the podium.”

    Can we get a handup HOF soon? I also recalled one I received this year that is sure to win.


  89. hellbelly
    05/04/2011 at 8:31 am

    Nice form there, sweetcheeks…hurry up your friends are already at the beer tent.


  90. 05/25/2011 at 7:28 pm

    best non heckle heckle.

    our teamate comes across the line and says to the official “am i done?” the official looks at her and says “are you still racing?” it was the best non intended heckle ever!


  91. 08/17/2011 at 6:17 pm

    Definitely from the Cutting Crew: Lap 1: don’t worry the guy behind you doesn’t have a bike. Lap 2: Oh #%#$, I think he is catching you.


  92. Paul
    10/03/2011 at 9:51 am

    At the Hopkins Park flyover… “People in wheelchairs go up stairs faster than you!”


  93. Ol' Dirty Biker
    10/03/2011 at 12:24 pm


    It was so good, it took me a few months to figure it out:

    “Mouthbreather: Someone who is ignorant to the social courtesies of public movement. consequently, they stifle the mobility of thinking humans by becoming an obstacle which must be negotiated. they can be identified by their despondent facial expressions and wide-open mouths.”


  94. Mrs. PSIMET
    10/16/2011 at 8:45 pm

    Best one heard at Carpentersville by XXX, “Please get off the course there is a race in progress.”


  95. 10/17/2011 at 4:51 pm

    To a Masters racer: “I didn’t know you guys have to warm up; I thought you just get hot flashes.”


  96. Greg Duncan
    10/18/2011 at 9:38 pm

    kid to Dad “How did he get so far back so fast?”


  97. Mudbunny
    10/22/2011 at 8:45 pm

    Dont be a loser. Pass that guy and make him the loser!


  98. 10/30/2011 at 6:39 pm

    You are getting beat by Rob Curtis. Said that to at least 2 people today.


  99. pickles
    10/31/2011 at 8:08 pm

    Told to me by random spectator “if you were not 5#’s overweight you would be faster!”, how mean was that?


  100. 11/02/2011 at 10:17 am

    I thought you wore your big girl panties today!

    Not EVERY lap is the parade lap!


  101. 07/27/2012 at 11:54 pm

    “I’m in a wheelchair and I can move faster than that!”


  102. Joe
    08/10/2012 at 10:07 am

    “Get to the pits! Your bike needs a rider change!”

    After two flat tires and a broken chain (all in the same race). A racer who will remain unnamed had his wife yell; “I didnt come all the way out here to watch you suck!!!!!”


  103. Christian
    08/26/2012 at 5:47 pm

    Right before Relay Cross Cat 4’s: “Your name is on the jersey, you better f-ing win.”
    During the Cat 4 Relay Cross race: “Don’t slow down you don’t have that much of a lead.”


  104. 10/04/2012 at 10:16 am

    Overheard to a guy on an All-City singlespeed:

    “Better hurry up, your bike is two places ahead of you!”


  105. 10/07/2012 at 9:30 pm

    Overheard at Dan Ryan Woods on 10/7/12:

    “You look like you are on the Rob Curtis diet plan”

    “Woohoo! You make those barriers look more like cow gates”


  106. 10/29/2012 at 8:08 am

    “I’m Panda hunting” heard at the Campton Cross race yesterday.


  107. 11/05/2012 at 4:50 pm

    “There’s a 12 year old girl ahead of you, why are you so slow?” – A 12 year old girl yelled this at me during the 4A race at Woodstock at the run up


  108. Ferret llama
    11/07/2012 at 1:11 pm

    You move like pond water!


  109. 11/13/2012 at 12:17 pm

    Go Karl


  110. 11/27/2012 at 10:28 am

    “All of your excuses are ahead of you, you’re going to have to ride faster to get one”


  111. Bill
    12/03/2012 at 3:37 pm

    A young kid at Montrose harbor…. ” Go Daddy….” then to me ” Go poopy baby face…. my dad is beating you….” classic…


  112. Peter
    12/31/2012 at 12:43 pm

    This isn’t a coffee shop ride move up!!!


  113. Keith
    01/05/2013 at 3:08 pm

    Wife: You need to finish the race there will be help for you at the end
    Also: Your 80 plus year old mother rides faster then you

    Mother& Daughter: Dont let that old guy beat you, Mother: Your dad is an old guy


  114. Keith
    01/05/2013 at 3:23 pm

    Good job Honey your still on the bike
    They havent had to call an ambulance for you yet
    I think my wife was having way to good of time with the heckling


  115. 01/06/2013 at 7:23 pm

    From the Photographers
    “Thanks for letting me use the slow shutter speed”


  116. John Ramsay
    01/06/2013 at 7:54 pm

    So i am a senior in high school, and i ride a mountain bike in the New England cat 4 races, i was winning a race by about thirty seconds and i hear as i am hopping the barrier, “can i go to prom with you?”


  117. Heather Maher
    01/07/2013 at 4:23 pm

    (As I was going through a sand-pit) Hey, singlespeeder! Did you know your Pompino means “Blowjob” in Italian?


  118. Manny
    10/01/2013 at 7:48 am

    Yelled at me on the first race this year, (Take off the visor on your helmet so you can see where your going !!!)


  119. eric price
    10/09/2013 at 11:09 am

    Yelled this at my buddy once. “Good cadence, but your still in 7th.”


    • chicagocrosscup
      10/09/2013 at 11:34 am

      We see what you did their.


  120. Tito Bandito
    10/14/2013 at 10:21 am

    At Dan Ryan Woods, just before the double barriers, someone yelled “ENTERTAIN ME!”


  121. 10/15/2013 at 5:26 pm

    To the Masters: “Hurry up and ride home already! There’s a Matlock/Perry Mason/Murder She Wrote marathon in ten minutes!”

    To the Juniors: “If you don’t go harder, there won’t be a Christmas/Hanukkah this year!”

    To the Elite Men’s race: “If you go harder, I’ll bake you cookies/go out with you!”

    Yelled at me in the Women’s Cat 4 race by the announcers: “Valerie: proof that no matter how heavy your bike is, you can still have fun.” By my friends: “Hey Valerie, when are you going to treat yourself to a REAL cross bike?”


  122. Tom
    10/22/2013 at 5:28 am

    Yelled at me after I crashed, “You’re supposed to go over the barriers, not through them”


  123. Johnnie
    11/20/2013 at 9:47 pm

    At Campton Cross: “Wow. Disc brakes DO work. Look how slow that guy is!”


  124. 11/25/2013 at 12:52 pm

    I have a bushy grey beard. Last year at Providence someone yelled through a PA “Galdalf! They Shall Not Pass!!!” I nearly fell off the bike I laughed so hard. I’ve bumped much younger racers from behind and said “Don’t let your friends see you get beat by a fat old man.” They are suitably motivated.


  125. Jen
    12/13/2013 at 2:21 pm

    I remember my first heckle at my first cross race – while nervously hanging onto the wheels of my two other teammates: “Finish your coffee and break up the clutch, ladies!”

    Overhead to a guy riding a bamboo bike “You gonna recycle that thing?”

    And my most helpful heckle: “just pedal faster!” Thanks.


  126. John D.
    10/02/2014 at 4:06 pm

    Hollered at me during the 4/5 race at Caldwell Woods: ‘Your mustache says you’re faster than that ! ”
    I had to chuckle at that one. Good heckle.


  127. Adam Frelin
    10/09/2014 at 2:47 pm

    After a hard crash into barriers last year a heckler shouted “you’re a disappointment to Jesus!!!”
    My favorite so far.


  128. Turkey
    11/03/2014 at 4:14 pm

    Said to the man in the turkey costume by a small child
    “I want to eat you after the race!”


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