fun in the sun, pain in the sand

19 10 2010

October in the Pacific Northwest… an unstable season, when grey autumn days of constant drizzle suddenly yield to a return of the crisp mornings and sunny afternoons of renascent indian summer. After the previous sunday’s festival of mud, Seattle-area cyclocrossers returned to Everett’s Thornton A Sullivan Park at Silver Lake on 10/17 for the third race in the scx series, a sunshine-filled frolic along the beach and among the trees.

Last year’s lesson learned, this edition’s coursemasters closed off that easy line on the hard-packed sand by the water’s edge: racers would have to master the loose and choppy, or step lively once they failed to keep those two wheels a-turning. And to double the pleasure and the fun, we had not one, but two opportunities to run per lap.

Tyler & Kevin compare techniques

The day’s festivities also included a woodland labyrinth, some short steep rises followed by tight off-camber corners and plunging descents, and a hillside double barrier that favored the long of leg and fleet of foot.

Kevin flies the barriers

Arriving as the mist still rose from the lake, the rcr setup crew found a prime beachfront location for the Recycled Cycles base camp, right by the start/finish line. Under blue skies and bright sun, the temperatures rose, and the heat of the action allowed racers to dispense with arm and leg covers. The fine weather brought out a crowd of participants from six to sixty, and plenty of enthusiastic supporters to cheer them on with voice and bell.

An eerie calm before the storm

The party's on at the RCR tents

The rcr colors were displayed in almost every event of the day. Several sillyspeeders showed up to prepare for next weekend’s single-speed world champeenships. In the elite race, though bedevilled by mechanical mishaps, Smashing Carl fought back with valor and determination to hold on to second place in the series standings, while Alex “J for Jenuine” Wilson cracked the top-10 on the day.

Alex J hits the sand

Nick Brown; or the loneliness of the sandpit runner

Chef Tyler fired up the grill to dispense tasty organic sausage and burgers supplied by our exciting new sponsor Bill the Butcher, purveyor of locally-sourced and ethically-raised meat products. Stop by for a sampling, and get a card good for 10% off your first purchase.

Chef Tyler @ the grill

We’ve also been excited to show off RX1.0 cyclocross bicycles from our outstanding sponsor Raleigh Bicycles. Bring your favorite pedals and take one out for a race test under real cyclocross conditions. We have four sizes available: 50-53-55-57, in any color you want so long as it’s green. And you can obtain one of these hot items for your very own from Recycled Cycles.

Join us next week, October 24, at Pacific International Raceways for the MFG #5 doubled with the SSCXWC.  If you watch closely you may be able to spot Dustin Lennon rolling through on his Raleigh Singlespeed…

Dustin Lennon runs through the sand



One response

20 10 2010

Nice write-up! It was a hell of a good day. I’m looking forward to getting back to Seattle and tearing it up. See you all soon…

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