Apparently, our youngest readers reported a nostalgic disconnect from last week’s #ThrowbackThursday from over a hundred years ago, so we decided to move the clock a little more forward this week.
The year was 2007. The location was just outside of Portland, Oregon. The event was the first ever SSCXWC. Dani Dance envisioned a race where costumes were fun but not required, the atmosphere brought smiles to everyone’s face, and adult handups were not a crime. Check out the full race report if you are looking to relive the moments of seven years ago, otherwise you can browse through some of our more interesting finds below.
The podium at the inaugural Single-Speed Cyclocross World Championships in 2007 set the cultural tone for all the years after. If the above picture was hard enough for your eyes to process, you might not want to scroll to the next image, which is full of so many bizarre details it’s beyond description. We’re guessing the pompoms were craftily thrown in as an ironic statement on professional cycling’s use of podium girls.
Barry Wicks might have received a medal, a golden speedo with rainbow stripes, a bottle of red wine, and a large spittoon trophy, but the real prize he won that day was pride.
The day wasn’t full of fun and games, however. Because the starting line was seeded in reverse, Trebon, Wicks, and Craig found themselves at the back of a 75-rider field. All three still made the podium. That’s something riders should consider when they feel like they can’t win with a third-row call-up.
Feel like joining in on this tradition? This year, the Raleigh Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships will be held at Eva Bandman Park in Louisville, Kentucky on Saturday, October 25, 2014. Also, make sure to read about more single-speed fun with our look back at SSCXWC throughout the years.