I can’t get enough of this race and will absolutely have to make it back to next year’s event in Portland!
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.
It’s a race, not a party. It’s a party, not a race.
It looks like the first day of the SSCXWC weekend was a great warmup for things to come!
The Portland International Raceway marked the end of the 2015 Cross Crusade in Oregon. Many, many thanks to River City Bicycles for carrying us along for each of these races!
By utilizing the Exposure platform, collapsable fender company Ass Savers has started a new platform for sharing photos, beginning with the Red Hook Crit Milano. Head on over to the Ass Savers Journal for the photos and story.
The Last One Standing race in Berlin adopts the rules from a miss-n-out and applies them to a fixed gear crit. 8Bar Bikes was there documenting the day’s events.
All bandit ‘cross races should be as cutty as possible. Looks like a fun time guys! If you’re in the Denver area, don’t miss the next event.
New to racing? Or maybe you’re just one of those people who has a loosely-pinned number that flaps in the wind annoying your fellow racers. Whatever the case may be, check out this video with Taylor Kruse as he walks you through pinning a race number.
… it might just go as planned.