Carl Decker Climbs and Descends to Win Raleigh’s Midsummer Night’s Cyclocross Race – Updated: Report, Photos, Results, Captions
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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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.
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.
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.
....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....
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.
@tonny ynnot dunno what you mean about "this site", but yeah, cx should be mostly fun. Although @cyclocross content certainty not about promotions...
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...
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 !!!!!
He should go see his priest or what ever...shouldn't feel good about a performance enhancing bike....
you keep on posting this win - do you honestly promoting racing on MTBs in CX??? This must be a joke!
@nealrogers Cycling is already a dollar intensive sport and requiring 'correct' equipment at the non-elite level discourages participation.
@nealrogers At the elite level riders should be on the 'correct' bike. At the amateur level, ride what you've got.
@RichardFries hear. hear. CX racing is supposed to be fun not another thing to bitch about on the internets.
@pgball When it’s 23F out and 5" of snow on course, equipment isn’t discouraging participation; ability to race MTB encourages participation