The Single Speed Cyclocross World Championship is coming to Seattle this fall. The race organizers, led by Raleigh marketing guy Brian "Sally" Fornes, are throwing a coming-out party tonight to reveal details about the venue and exact date and get psyched up for cyclocross season (four months and counting!).
If that last paragraph made sense to you, I hope to see you tonight at 8 pm at Hooverville in SODO.(look for that white, bearded 20-something cyclist wearing plaid). If it sounded like total nonsense, read on.
Cyclocross falls somewhere between road and mountain biking. Races are done on looping course of mud, grass, gravel, and pavement.
The SSCXWC started in Portland (where else?) in 2007. Despite the highfalutin title of "world championship," the event is more of a rolling party than a serious race, and it certainly isn't sanctioned by USA Cycling or the Union Cycliste Internationale. The inaugural race course famously featured a tequila shortcut (take a shot, take a shortcut). The top man and woman in that race received trophies, a gold Speedo or bikini, SSCXWC tattoos (not optional), and a custom cyclocross bike. Subsequent SSCXWC courses have featured bubble/foam machines, giant windmills, a Mad Max-style Thunderdome, full drumlines, and fully-costumed competitors.
So the bar for this year's race is high.
After three years of hosting the race, Portland organizers decided it was time to pass the baton. They held a three-event contest—a pre-race debate, the actual race, and a post-race gladiator-style battle in the Thunderdome—between Seattle and San Francisco to see which city would get the right to host the 2010 race. Seattle won the contest, obviously, and the race will take place sometime this fall (I would guess November, but that will all be confirmed tonight).
The SSCXWC promises to be insanely fun for racers and spectators alike. Look for more details tomorrow about the venue, date, and whatever else the organizers share tonight about the tricks up they've got planned.