by Steve Ransom and Andrew Yee
Over 140 riders contested the inaugural Single Speed World Championships ( SSCXWC) in Portland. Hosted by River City Bicycles and the infamous and popular Cross Crusade series, the race had a bit of serious racing combined with a huge focus on fun. Riders qualified for Sunday’s main event through a one-lap prologue time trial on Saturday, but had a few options to lower their time via an off-road decent on aero-bars, and successfully bunny hopping barriers with a six pack of beer. The top 56 riders based on adjusted time qualified, but slower folks had a few more chances to participate in the big event by whining to promoters, chugging beer under 3 seconds, or racing a “last chance” mass start qualifying race, with the top 15 moving on. And if you were a big-named pro, you could skip Saturday’s festivities entirely (but why would you want to miss the fun?) and weasel your way into Sunday’s race. Ryan Trebon and Barry Wicks qualified 1-2, with Shannon Skerrit coming in right behind the Kona boys. Top times were just under 8 minutes, with the qualifying cutoff at 9:18 for the men.
Sunday’s race provided a series of surprises, including a reverse-seed starting order, a tequila shot short-cut, and crazy costumes, beer, and unusual bikes (okay, for Portland, this is normal). In the men’s race, Trebon plowed his way through the 75-rider field in the first half lap, but Adam Craig and Barry Wicks quickly joined up. Craig took the final climb to the finish in the lead, but distracted by the temptation of a beer handout, he gave the baggy-clothed Wicks a chance to slip by for the win.
The women’s race was dominated by River City Cycles, with Saturday’s top qualifier Wendy Williams cruising to a win over teammates Emily VanMeter and Sue Butler. These winners were “crowned” with a golden, rainbow-striped speedo, and a golden, rainbow-striped bikini
Stay-tuned for our full coverage of the event in our second issue!