Category Archives: Events
The 2015 Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships in Victoria
Words by Dylan VanWeelden, photos by Dylan VanWeelden and Ryan Richardson
The Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships (SSCXWC) was created in the vision of a giant cultural rubber band snapping in the face of the serious UCI cross racing scene. Trainers, embrocation and skinsuits are nowhere to be found at SSCXWC. The barrier height rule was tossed to the birds and replaced with barriers hosting flames intended to burn your shins. For those that have witnessed the spectacle you know of the past Tequilla Shortcuts, Foam Pit, Thunderdome, Junk Yard Jumps and endless Feats of Strength.
The ninth edition of the dumbest race known to Neanderthals just came down on the polite town of Victoria, BC. Racers follow no rules and live on their own regard, dressed to the nines and leaving sobriety at the door. The only rule is each winner must get a tattoo adorning the SSCXWC theme. This year Mical Dyck and Adam Craig took home the honors with world champion tattoos and golden speedos.
The Portland Collective brought in a dowry of joints as a sacrificial lamb to the riders in hopes to bring it back to PDX for the ten year anniversary. At the finish line racers were rewarded with doobies and the crowd burst into a cloud of smoke. Apparently everyone got so stoned they forgot what was going on and Portland won the bid. Lesson learned is bribes always work.
We sent our partners in crime out to try and stay sober enough to document the debauchery. Here’s a collection of images from eyes of Dylan VanWeelden and Ryan Richardson. Follow more shenanigans on Instagram @dylanvanweelden and @singletrack_media_works.
Please join Mission Workshop, Andrew Low and Dustin Klein for an evening of bicycle talk!
Andrew started Low Bicycles, a small manufacturer of high quality, handmade aluminum racing frames, located in San Francisco, CA in 2010. Hear about his history, his take on aluminum, and questions from the crowd. Introduction by Dustin Klein, of Cadence Collection.
6pm Doors open
7pm Talk starts
Close when the beer’s gone
Broadcasted live on TheRadavist.com Starting at 7PM PST.
Hosted at Mission Workshop San Francisco
541 Valencia St. SF, CA
Hit up [email protected] for entry.
GSC’s first Sunday Social Event: Saddle Workshop for Women
Words by Jen Abercrombie and photos by Crystal Haggard
I was having a cup of coffee with Kyle Kelley when he suggested I host a series of women’s events at Golden Saddle Cyclery. He wanted women to take over the shop for a night, no men allowed. I could do whatever I wanted, but it should be as much of a party as it was about products. With that in mind, I christened it “Sunday Social”, to be held on Sunday nights after the shop is closed. GSC is more than just my local bike shop. It feels like a clubhouse for me. Since it first opened I’ve spent a lot of hours there tipping back beers, talking bikes, and dishing dirt. I wanted other women to feel as welcome there as I did. (more…)
Live in LA? Ride mountain bikes? What are you doing this Saturday? Hopefully this! The Mt Wilson Bicycling Association Fall Membership Drive is happening, so you should attend. All the information can be found at the MWBA Facebook event page.
Ten years, ten hills, ten attempts at proving yourself to your peers that you’re a fast mofo. Or just an excuse to wake up at 6:30am on a Sunday to ride bikes up the steepest hills in Los Angeles with a bunch of like-minded individuals. I’ve heard of this event before. Year after year, it’s organized by Matt Ruscigno, an ex-BMXr from the NorthEast, which is where the S&M bikes reference comes from: “Feel My Legs I’m a Racer…”
The human condition of putting oneself through excruciating pain for personal betterment is something that Matt taps into with Feel My Legs. You don’t have to win the day’s ten climbs to feel a sense of accomplishment. In fact, for many of the racers, just making it up Fargo Street (the steepest residential street in California) was enough.
My morning began with coffee and a scone. Ok, two scones. Then I hopped on my touring bike, loaded up my camera equipment and went to the start of the event. I could only tag along for the first five climbs but I pretty good grasp on the event…
If you’re in the Philadelphia-area this weekend and looking for something to do, make sure you swing by the Philly Bike Expo! Tickets are still available online and on-site tomorrow. Head to Philly Bike Expo for more information.
Los Angeles ladies, listen up. A few women organized a killer event at Golden Saddle Cyclery centered around trying out saddles:
“It’s our first Sunday Social, a series of Women’s events at GSC. For our first event we want to address something that is near and dear to a female cyclist’s heart…or slightly south of there: The Saddle. Too hard, too soft, too wide, too narrow, or just plain wrong, it’s tough to find your perfect match. Come to the shop and check out popular saddles for women and find your perfect perch. We’ll have a variety of saddles to sit on and try out on trainers. We’ll also show you how to measure your sitbones so you know where to start. Bring your bike if you want, but it’s not required. Rosemary Sindt from from Highway 2, distributor of Brooks and Fizik saddles, will be sharing her expertise. This all-women event will be hosted by Jen Abercrombie. No dudes allowed. Refreshments will be served. PLEASE RSVP so we can get a head count. See you there!”
RSVP and see more information at the event’s Facebook.
The European Cycle Messenger Championships have landed in Copenhagen next year and if you’re a bike messenger, you can get a jump on the early bird registration now. Head over to the ECMC website for more information.
Wolfpack Hustle: Austin Finale Crit
Words and photos by Chris Lee
A group of 30 or so men straddled their bikes as they looked around for their teammates in coordinating outfits. All of the sudden a voice rang out over the large amplifiers near the opening of the smoothly paved racing track.
“Men’s track please come to the staging area!”
This was the beginning of the last race that would close out the Unified Title Series, hosted by Wolfpack Hustle, and the season for fixed gear criterium racing around the world.
Austin, Texas hosted the finale race at The Driveway, a paved race track normally used for cars and kart racing, this past weekend. While it’s usually used for motor sports, The Driveway does see it’s fair share of bicycles as Holland Racing, an Austin based business that organizes and facilitates bicycle races, hosts a weekly crit series every Thursday during road season. So with the Unified Title prize on the line, this crit drew racers from all over the US and it’s territories, from New York and California to Puerto Rico. (more…)
Our friends at Portland Design Works really know how to party! If you’re in the Seattle area and want to help out, then head to PDW for more info.