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SSCXWCPDX Day One: The crazy qualifiers – Photos by Rob Kerr

Posted by on December 4th, 2016 at 8:41 am

Qualifying day at Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships out at Kruger's Farm on Sauvie Island.(Photos by Rob Kerr)

One of the qualifying events was a holeshot competition: All the riders lined up in a mass start and the first person to run over an orange cone would advance.
(Photos by Rob Kerr)

The Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships (SSCXWC) made a triumphant return to Portland yesterday. Hundreds of racers descended on Kruger’s Farm at Sauvie Island for what looked like an epic day of qualifying heats. Race organizers outdid themselves with creative competitions, fun courses, and lots of surprises — including the presence of cyclocross legend Sven Nys, an Olympic mountain biker and multiple World Champion.

After everyone snapped selfies with Sven, they got down to the business (if you can call it that) of competing for a coveted spot in today’s main events. (Organizers announced yesterday that all the women who registered would automatically qualify.)

Here are a few images of the action from photographer Rob Kerr.

No big deal, just a fist-bump with Sven Nys.

No big deal, just a fist-bump with Sven Nys.

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Qualifying day at Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships out at Kruger's Farm on Sauvie Island.(Photos by Rob Kerr)

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For more fun photos, videos, and outtakes from yesterday’s action, browse through #SSCXWC on Instagram.

The action gets underway again today with geared races starting at 9:00 am. Then the women’s Singlespeed Championships are at 1:00 and the men’s race is at 2:00.

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org

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    Teddy December 4, 2016 at 11:43 am

    Looks like a lot of fun and I shall check this out next year. Wonder how many peoples bicycled all the way to Sauvie Island?

    I would love to bicycle through a corn maze someday.

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      dwk December 4, 2016 at 7:39 pm

      I rode out to watch. Beautiful day, fun event and the new pavement on 30 is very nice…..

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    bottom bracket December 4, 2016 at 5:06 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many sexists on bikes in my life!

    🙂

    Just a little joke there.

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      resopmok December 5, 2016 at 7:34 am

      Jokes are a lot better when they’re actually funny.

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        Zimmerman December 5, 2016 at 8:22 am

        They’re way better when you tell them to people with a sense of humor.

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      Hello, Kitty December 5, 2016 at 10:57 am

      Maybe I should have gone… I love sexy bikers!

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        Brian December 5, 2016 at 11:37 am

        You should have. The amount of sexiness was over the top. I had a blast watching the craziness ensue yesterday. The launch ramp into a pond was hilarious to watch.

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          SE Rider December 5, 2016 at 12:24 pm

          And yet in reality (despite all the hand-wringing on here and in other forums) this was a pretty “family friendly” event (by Portland standards).

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            Brian December 5, 2016 at 12:51 pm

            Agreed. I was bummed to not my have 7 year old with me. He would have loved it, too.

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    longgone December 5, 2016 at 1:35 pm

    What a bunch of sumthin’ over nuthin’. Looks as though Portland’s fun loving best won the day. Good for them. In the face of the world condition, it seems “sexist”events such as this could do much healing. Just my two bits.

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