2008 Race Report: Day 2

SSCXWC – Bubbles, Windmills, and a Bit of Racing: Barriers, run-ups and mud are the usual suspects that cyclo-cross racers have to contend with on a course. But add to that mélange a giant windmill, and bubble/foam machine set against the beat of a drum corps and things start to get interesting. The second Single Speed Cyclo-Cross “World Championships” was never meant to be a serious affair and the racers and organizers made sure of that. After a semi-serious and treacherous Day 1 qualifier, riders in various costumes and states of undress stopped to high-five, kiss and/or steal beer from bystanders. Out of the couple hundred official (and unofficial) entrants, about five people took the race seriously and the rest were just there to parade, revel and have a good time.

The 2008 Portland champions. © Pat Bentson

The 2008 Portland champions. © Pat Bentson

Oh, and if results matter to you, Sue Butler won the women’s race, and a Canadian mystery-man, Drew MacKenzie took home the men’s title. Butler won a custom Tony Pereira frame, and MacKenzie wins a Speedvagen, assuming both get their obligatory tattoos. Butler is scheduled already scheduled to get her ink today (11/10).