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

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.

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Sponsor pulls out of Singlespeed Cross “World Championships” amid sexism concerns

” This event is about being inclusive. We are not arguing that some of these things aren’t juvenile, but the goal isn’t to be sexist, it’s to be equally silly to everyone.”
— Dani Dance, PDX Singlespeed Collective

Hundreds of racers from all over the country will descend on Portland this weekend for the “officially unofficial” 10th annual Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships (SSCXWC) — but some fans have decided not to attend and one of its sponsors has pulled out. They say the marketing of the event has been blatantly sexist and objectifies women.

SSCXWC, which got its start in Portland in 2007 and will be held this year at Kruger’s Farm on Sauvie Island, is legendary for its irreverent and debaucherous approach to cyclocross racing. Beer, mandatory tattoos for the winners, crazy costumes, severe heckling, and even strippers are expected elements of the race atmosphere. As the weekend approaches, it feels like everyone in the local bike racing scene is buzzing about it. Registration has been sold out for weeks as organizers have teased out details of Saturday’s main event as part of an elaborate and creative marketing strategy.

But some people feel like the promotion of the event has crossed a line from edgy humor to outright sexism — a behavior the bike industry on the whole has struggled with for many years.

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More reports and photos from SSCXWC

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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.

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Free beer, Olympic talent, and a high “stupidity factor”

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A scene from last year’s SSCXWC.
(Photo: PJB Photo/Flickr)

If you’re trying to decide what to do on Sunday, you might want to roll over to Portland International Raceway to partake in a special edition of the Cross Crusade.

In addition to the typical Crusade craziness, this weekend is also the second annual SSCXWC — the Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships. We wrote about the event earlier this week, but we missed a few details.

According to an email update on the event from Cross Crusade ringleader Brad Ross, the SSCXWC will be the last race of the day and the addition of the event means that the, “hilarity and stupidity factor will be ramped even that much higher than a normal Crusade Race (if there even is such a thing).”

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Registration opens for single speed ‘cross championships

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The 2nd annual Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships (SSCXWC) have opened for registration.

The event is scheduled for November 8-9 and will take somewhere in or near Portland (awaiting confirmation of exact location).

Dani Dance of the Portland Single Speed Collective and an employee at Portland-based River City Bicycles is the woman behind the race. She put together the first SSCXWC last year and it was a huge success.

Here’s a snippet from the event description:

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