Our SoCal photographer Phil Beckman emailed us at CXM HQ this weekend. Not because there was a ’cross race (it is May!) but because the time trial in the California/Nevada SCNCA State Championships featured a Cat 2 two-man team field won by the only competitors in the group … who competed on their singlespeed cyclocross rigs.
As Beckman told us, “Two of our most popular/outrageous regulars in the SoCalCross Prestige Series showed up and rode in the 2-Men Open class on singlespeed ’cross bikes, knobby tires and all. And as you can see in photos, Eric Nelson (Mudfoot) and his good buddy Alan ‘Danger’ Zinniker (Ritte) were up to a variety of cyclocross-style shenanigans.”
“I’m not sure what the staid aero crowd made of them. There seemed to be a lot of stern shaking of heads and wide-eyed covering of mouths in horror. It was all in good fun. Most amusing of all, however, was that the team won the gold medal because no one else entered that class this year! They finished the 23.5-mile paved desert course in a time of 1:04.42, which was only about ten minutes slower than the average two-person time.” Not too bad when you consider the singlespeed bikes and time spent running with them! We’re excited to see what comes out of SoCal this upcoming ’cross season.
In other, more serious, cyclocross racer news, Jade Wilcoxson took the win at US Nationals in the road race, and scored fourth in the women’s TT.