SSCXWCPDX—the Race

SSCXWCPDX—the Race

When I was a kid, going to the circus was the best thing ever. I never thought I’d encounter anything that matched the barely controlled chaos that a three-ring circus seemed to be. Then came cyclocross.

If I didn’t know what cyclocross was, and if I hadn’t also heard about the nuttiness that is the Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships, I don’t think I’d understand the photos that follow. I just wouldn’t know what I was looking at. These images are all the more impressive because I know how cold it was in Portland as this was taking place. I don’t mind cold. I don’t mind wet. But cold and wet is not my idea of fun. I’m not sure I’ve encountered a dose of fun powerful enough to overcome being soaked and muddy in 40-degree temperatures.

Which is to say, these photos speak for themselves.

N.B.: the final three shots are mostly harmless but probably NSFW. 

good-form-damian-riehl-fauxriehlCowabunga!
Image: Damian Riehl

in-no-hurry-damian-riehl-fauxriehlI’m betting that’s not a USA Cycling-approved kit.
Image: Damian Riehl

probably-headed-to-the-mattress-sale-damian-riehl-fauxriehlNot a horror movie.
Image: Damian Riehl

sscxwcxpdx02379Kick the cone. It’s a new game all the cool kids are playing.
Image: Ryan Richardson

sscxwcxpdx04051Eventual winner Adam Craig leads Sven Nys, who was registered as “Stan Nice.”
Image: Ryan Richardson

sscxwcxpdx04062Thanks to the basketball-hoop-sized spout on the right, we know that foam isn’t lost beer.
Image: Ryan Richardson

sscxwcxpdx04244Curtis Inglis and Jeremy Sycip raced in the tandem single-speed category, and enjoyed the chance to run half the course.
Image: Ryan Richardson

sscxwcxpdx04662Okay, ramp, exercise balls, bikes and peanut-butter-like mud. Does it get better than this?
Image: Ryan Richardson

sscxwcxpdx04977We’re not sure how the balls get airborne, but we like it.
Image: Ryan Richardson

sscxwcxpdx05046You get the impression that maybe the balls were being thrown at riders.
Image: Ryan Richardson

sscxwcxpdx05443Redefining the word amazeballs.
Image: Ryan Richardson

ccscxwxpdx06289After losing Prince, David Bowie, Keith Emerson, Greg Lake and Leonard Cohen a lot of us feel that way.
Image: Ryan Richardson

sscxwcxpdx6065I’m sure that’s not what what it looks like, but I’m not sure what it is.
Image: Ryan Richardson

dylan_vanweelden_sscxwcxpdx_afterparty122And if there was any doubt how punk rock SSCXWCPDX is, or was, Stevil Kinevil sets us straight.
Image: Dylan VanWeelden


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