This past weekend, Seattle hosted the Single-Speed Cyclocross World Championships (SSCXWC). Similar to the single-speed mountain biking championship, this race now moves from city to city based on a competition at the previous year’s race. In 2009, our good buddy Brian “Sally” Fornes from Raleigh won a debate against some girl from San Francisco and brought the 2010 race to our fair city.
They allowed 300 guys to enter the qualifying event but limited the field for the final to a smaller number. Three Recycled Cycles riders qualified on Saturday via an alleycat-style race that Sally dubbed the CrossCat. Riders started in waves of 6-8 and you had to finish in the top half of your wave in order to qualify. The course took us around south Seattle, passing by such landmarks as the Old Rainier Brewery and the I-90 Bike Tunnel. There were checkpoints along the way where riders had to jump rope, thighmaster or possibly chug a beer.
Kevin Speltz, Jeff Roessner and Chris Tremonte earned their spots in Sunday’s mudfest at Pacific International Raceway in Kent. The SSCXWC final took place immediately after the last MFG race, on a similar course… but there were a few surprises for the riders:
After giving us some final instructions at the starting line, Sally announced, “You’re not starting here. Pick up your bike and follow me. He led us to the far side of the track and announced that the race would start with a giant run-up. The Rad Racing team pelted the leaders with water balloons as we ran by.
photo courtesy of Dennis Crane
Our other course modification was the addition of an extra hill on the back of the course with a “six pack” of barriers. The raucous crowd stacked copious quantities of PBR on and around the barriers.
photos courtesy of Dennis Crane
A rather major storm rolled through just before the race, pelting the area with heavy rain and hail. It was a wee bit muddy. I think that this is Roessner, but it’s hard to tell under all that mud!!
photo courtesy of Janet Hill