Carl Decker Climbs and Descends to Win Raleigh’s Midsummer Night’s Cyclocross Race – Updated: Report, Photos, Results, Captions

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Cyclocross Magazine has confirmed with USA Cycling that beyond the well-known rules of no bar ends, no motors, no fixed gears, no protective shields and needing one brake per wheel, Decker raced a completely legal bike and did nothing wrong by USAC rules:

USAC 2013 Rule Book General Rules
1I.Bicycles (page 28)

(e) Bicycles must meet current UCI technical regulations at events that select 17-18, U23 and Elite riders for international competition or national teams. All bicycles used in National Championships (for age 17 and older riders) and NRC races must comply with the current UCI regulations. At the discretion of USA Cycling, UCI rules may be adopted or modified for Masters National Championships.

 

Perhaps the bigger question is whether Decker’s choice was in the spirit of cyclocross, a sport that historically has embraced all types of bikes that were kluged together in a garage, and Cyclocross Magazine’s Facebook followers had diverse and polarizing reactions to Decker’s choice of equipment.

When asked about his bike choice, Decker told Cyclocross Magazine, “It’s in the spirit of racing cyclocross, or ’cross in July at least.” Decker has been racing a lot of Enduro races, and raced the type of bike he’s gotten used to lately. “I’m a big fan of bringing the right tool for a job within the rules. And if the rules say I can bring a mountain bike, I’m bringing the mountain bike.”

Decker didn’t deny his advantage, estimating that he only gained a second per staircase, but given that there were 10 laps, 9 laps on the mountain bike meant 18 seconds in hand. “Running tires me out, run-ups kill me,” Decker confessed. “Running with a bike in my hand, I’m awful, so riding both of those each lap was huge.”

Despite the advantage, Decker was gracious in recalling Page’s performance. “I couldn’t believe how fast Jonathan was going on [the downhills on] a ’cross bike.”

Page agreed on the advantage. “If you can ride stairs, you don’t have to get off, it’s a huge advantage,” he reflected. “When you can bomb the descent, that’s a huge advantage. I don’t know if that’s fair, but…it was a great day in Utah.”

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33 comments
nealrogers
nealrogers

@pgball C’mon yourself. I agreed with @deckerator then, and I do now. Bring the right tool for the job, within the rules.

ThomasCooke
ThomasCooke

Richard, we are grateful you brought the even here. Next year, look me up ahead of time...or Page...or Driscoll...or Chris Mackay. We'll all be happy to help with course design. 

NickNesbitt
NickNesbitt

people, calm down. you are complaining about the outcome of a cx race in July. Try to improve your mood by riding your bike rather than getting angry on the internet. if you feel compelled to engage in douchebaggery then you and your comments belong somewhere else like road racing. 

Michael Raemisch
Michael Raemisch

Yes you could ride up the stairs. Youdidntmuch more skill and it would require a MTb. But having said that I still love simply getting on a bike so temper your any complaints.

RichardFries
RichardFries

....hmmm..."lame????" really?...I'm looking at the names on the comments and I don't recognize one person who is associated with a great event. Please educate me as to their great achievements in promotions. As I always say, there are folks who "know everything" and then there are folks who "do everything." Funny, ya know, they're never the same people.... We had a blast. This was an industry pageant. CX 2013 is on....

Steven L. Sheffield
Steven L. Sheffield

As a USAC official who has also officiated most of the cyclocross races in Utah (even unsanctioned ones) for the past 10 seasons, I wish someone had let me know that an official was needed and I would have been there. As pointed out in the article, USAC rule 1I1(e) indicates that bikes must meet UCI specs at National Championship, NRC, and national team selection events, but in a USAC only race any mass-start legal bicycle is eligible for use in competition. That said, there is a letter of the rules view and a spirit of the rules view, regardless of how anyone feels about that, I think the solution worked out at the venue was a decent compromise, considering the situation.

mattsavage
mattsavage

Adam Craig would've ridden up those stairs on a cross bike...

 

Steve Rescigno
Steve Rescigno

The whole race was lame! poor turnout and awful viewing! Change it up next year...

Cyclocross Magazine
Cyclocross Magazine

@tonny ynnot dunno what you mean about "this site", but yeah, cx should be mostly fun. Although @cyclocross content certainty not about promotions...

Allen Acevedo
Allen Acevedo

CX in July + drama = Why CX should start in Oct oh and congrats to Decker for the win!

Beth Boston Gearhart
Beth Boston Gearhart

Lame. If the course was better suited for a mountain bike then the course was bad.. Pros do not need to be riding a mountain bike in a cross race. Beginners who have that as their only option, fine. Anyone else...

Tonny Ynnot
Tonny Ynnot

Don't take this site serious ,this is just about promotions and for the rest bla bla bla from people who know nothing about cyclocross.......American style !!!!!

Jonny Soxx
Jonny Soxx

He should go see his priest or what ever...shouldn't feel good about a performance enhancing bike....

Christian Krämer
Christian Krämer

you keep on posting this win - do you honestly promoting racing on MTBs in CX??? This must be a joke!

pgball
pgball

@nealrogers Cycling is already a dollar intensive sport and requiring 'correct' equipment at the non-elite level discourages participation.

pgball
pgball

@nealrogers At the elite level riders should be on the 'correct' bike. At the amateur level, ride what you've got.

NickNesbitt
NickNesbitt

 @RichardFries hear. hear. CX racing is supposed to be fun not another thing to bitch about on the internets. 

SylvieFore
SylvieFore

@pgball @nealrogers Guys, time-out ! despite the bike choice discussion, this tweet was about Whitney who cheered up her husband ... ;-)

nealrogers
nealrogers

@pgball When it’s 23F out and 5" of snow on course, equipment isn’t discouraging participation; ability to race MTB encourages participation

nealrogers
nealrogers

@SylvieFore @pgball Ha! That’s right. She also pitted MTB for me, but I never used it. And she wasn’t judging me, regardless of bike choice!

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