The Seattle Cyclocross Expo brought out vendors, racers, and newbies.

The Seattle Cyclocross Expo brought out vendors, racers, and newbies. by Janet Hill.

Is it cyclocross season already?  With Spectacross and Seattle’s cyclocross expo already recent history, cyclocross on the coasts has already begun. Dave Queen checks in from Seattle with his brief report on the expo and Cycle U ‘cross clinic.

by Dave Queen

Seattle saw 103 degrees for the first time ever this past Wednesday, and on Saturday Seattle had its first-ever pre-season cyclocross expo. In addition to equipment manufacturers such as Shimano, FSA, Redline, Raleigh, Kore and Limar, there were event promoters and other accessory and component suppliers braving the Seattle sunshine to get the ‘cross vibe going in the Northwest.

The highlight for yours truly was the clinic put on by Seattle’s own Cycle University, featuring U.S. National Champ Ryan Trebon.  The intimate group of twenty riders ranged from grizzled veterans to a couple of first timers. Trebon was an absolute class act, fielding questions that ranged from tire pressure to remounting techniques. He seemed to enjoy sharing the passion and all of the riders left better than when they arrived, armed with new knowledge and the experience of riding with, and received pointers from, a National Champion.

Respectful, reserved and understated, Trebon is an unpretentious National Champion. He seemed to enjoy riding the Seattle hardpack and quietly confessed he hadn’t been on a cross bike since February, but you would never be able to tell.

There was a second group clinic later in the day so Trebon hung around for photo ops and autographs and chatted with attendees and fans.

Despite the warm weather, being able to say, “see you at the races next month” reminded us that the season is almost here. Are you ready?