Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships raise the bar for raunchy racing

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This is why I love
Portland’s ‘cross scene.
(Photos: Kenji Sugahara)

Regrettably, I wasn’t able to attend last weekend’s cyclocross debauchery out at Estacada Timber Park (30 miles southeast of downtown Portland).

Not only was it the sixth stop in the Cross Crusade series, but the event also crowned the King and Queen of single speed cyclocross.

Yes, it was the first annual Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships.

If you’re curious what you missed, the photo at right should give you a clue. Then there’s this snip from the official press release put out by the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA):

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Portland to host Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships

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Cross Crusade #2 Hillsboro

Portland single speeder
Matt Slaven.
(File photo)

This coming November, a group calling themselves the Portland Single Speed Collective (PSSC) will host the first “Official UnOfficial World Championship” event for single speed cyclocross racers.

River City Bicycles employee Dani Dance is helping to organize the event and she says, “They’ve got a mountain bike single speed championship, so why not for cyclocross?”

She and other members of the PSSC are working with Cross Crusade promoter Brad Ross to put on the event. So far, plans call for a two-day competition that will feature a unique cyclocross time-trial that will be used to determine the start order for the main race.

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