Video by Jimmy Cavelieri
Singlespeed cyclocrossers from the north came to Portland and stole the show. Canada’s Drew MacKenzie and Seattle’s Kari Studley took home the Golden Speedos today with impressive riding despite the heavy mud and shenanigans at the third-annual Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships (SSCXWC) today in Portland, Oregon.
MacKenzie, the defending champion trained hard for his title defense, and it showed with today’s win and his recent claim of the Nutcase Intercontinental Singlespeed Cyclocross Champion of the Universe last weekend in Canada.
Studley has continued her impressive season, combining not only high UCI finishes, but now surviving the beer, heckling, mud, and Yakima-constructed “challenges” out on the course.
Perhaps the most controversial result of the day was Seattle being crowned host city for next year’s event. While the city’s proximity to Portland allowed its riders to greatly outnumber the San Francisco challengers, Seattle’s Raleigh has close ties to the SSCXWC organizers, leading many to believe the three-stage host city battle was never in doubt. San Francisco reportedly won in at least two categories, boasting the most colorful outfits, and having more fun in the rare (for them) November muddy conditions.