The Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships (SSCXWC) event on Sunday was much more interesting than my Front Page recap was able to convey.
I came across an excellent report by Johnathon Allen of Bicycling Magazine’s “This Just In” blog. Here’s one of his many great passages:
Uni-cogged competitors were barraged with silly-string, smoke bombs, and cheap pilsner as they charged around a race course that required them to pedal through a wall of bubbles and dodge the spinning blades of a mini-golf-course-style windmill in addition to the typically grueling run-ups, road sections, and mud-pits. What riders lacked in gear-ratios they more than made up for in creativity. The start line featured a couple hundred riders dressed as Vikings, wookies, cowboys and school girl nuns in red lace teddies. Hot Pink Spiderman dueled it out with Gene Simmons Gothic Guy while a dude dressed as Pippi Longstocking skipped through the obstacles while humming the Sound of Music.
Allen also has photos of the action and more fun recollections of the day in his story.
Speaking of photos, if you haven’t become a regular view of PDXCross.com, you should. The photos are amazing. Check out their shots from the SSCXWC qualifying time trials on Saturday (through Forest Park) and the main event on Sunday.