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When Worlds Collide...dave_w
Nov 13, 2003 1:24 PM
Did my first cross race last weekend(actually two, as it was a sat/sun affair). I thought the participants would be a little more mixed, but seems like it's mostly a roadie crowd. I was even more out of place with my hairy legs than at a mountain bike race! Sounds like cross is bigger this year in most places stateside. I wonder if the draw of more mountain bikers will create a culture clash...could be fun. Any thoughts on this? What rider pool do most of the racers come from in your area? The racing is fun,but everyone seems pretty serious. I actually did not ride with my squeezy turtle horn so as not to bend anyone out of shape. Does anyone else really care what another rider's bike looks like?
Regarding Portland, OR ...Gripped
Nov 13, 2003 1:46 PM
The crowd is mixed. Road, mtb, cross "specific". Local area races draw the biggest fields in the US -- bigger than some European races too. Levity is pretty common:

* Squeaky horns
* The Single Speedo -- Speedo wearing SS riders gets double points
* As many as two tandem teams in the C race
* Silly helmet adornments
* Halloween weekend debauchery

Lots of serious riders too. Lots of fun and pain for everyone.

I routinely scope OPB's (Other People's Bikes). Quite the mix. I've seen high zoot bikes, lots of Bianchis, Fujis, Jamis', Empellas, Surlys, you name it. A lot of riders use hardtail mt bikes. I've seen converted touring bikes. The important thing is they are out there racing.

Lots of riders in all the classes ride for teams but many are unattached. In the A's and B's, the shaved legs outnumber the hairy but it is more even in the C's and Beginer.

Any time you get into a racing situation, there are going to be egos and attitude. But the 'cross scene here has been to coolest racing scene I have been around.
we take it very seriously in the Silly Rabbit seriesrichpierce
Nov 13, 2003 4:43 PM
Uh, I guess the name gives it away. Silly Rabbit in St. Louis is all about having a blast and cheering each other on. There are high end crossbikes and hardtails and even a couple full suspension bikes out there. There are a couple of serious racers but nobody gets bent out of shape, even when lapping slower racers in the last lap (have experienced this as a "lap-eee").

We even have free food provided by the Pfoodman and cooked up and served by papa and momma dogfish. Last week was beef stew and hot mulled cider. I stuck some of that hot cider in a water bottle and it got kinda gassed up.
Cross eclipses road vs mountainSabine
Nov 13, 2003 5:06 PM
There are people who race cross that don't race either road or mountain. What pool do you throw them in? You don't. You just race and not worry about those things.

By the way, we take cross very seriously.

Now, get shaving.

Velo Bella.atpjunkie
Nov 14, 2003 2:13 AM
as you can tell by their gear they take this serious....SERIOUS FUN! If I ever move back to Nor Cal I'm begging my wife to join. I love you guys.
About the leg shaving, in the colds of true cx it is much easier to apply and remove embrocation to bare legs than furry. I can remove 3 layers of born products (not that I need them that much here in Sandy Eggo) in a jiff on bare legs. Our series here is serious but friendly. Nicest group of competitors I've come across, very low Gear Snobbery or "I'm too good to pass any info on to a lower class racer" attitude.
Aw shucksSabine
Nov 15, 2003 8:48 AM
Your wife can start our Sandy Eggo chapter.
Support Velo Bella anyway!PirateGirl
Nov 17, 2003 4:14 PM
I'm all the way down here in Tucson, AZ, but wear the jersey with pride!

Oh yeah, here's how serious we are about CX races here in the SW.

December Tucson CX race (me on the right with reindeer antlers).

Rudy always has the best costume!

Got my costume stuff ready again for this year. Can't wait for the racing to start!


Nov 14, 2003 11:45 AM
It's nice to hear. I've also know some places to show up now when I start my "Roadies Gone Wild" video series. :D
Consider this mixORdirtydown
Nov 14, 2003 1:31 PM
I just left Paul's bike shop in Eugene with my recently built up Lemond Poprad cyclocross/winter trainer. We have begun discussion of putting on an event in March or April that would be a combination of cyclocross and freeride. The course would be built up with stunts and alternate easier routes around stunts. Recognition awarded for timed finish as well as a point system. Style points would be assigned to the stunts.

Get out of the box and into the circle and roll down the road.

My Lemond Poprad completes my stable of 4 steeds: road racing, cyclocross, single speed hardtail mtb, full suspension mtb.
Consider this mixdave_w
Nov 14, 2003 2:40 PM
WHAT! A bike stable is NEVER complete! :) I've got bikes of all stripes too but recently picked up a Surly "karate monkey" that really could do everything if I was to only have one bike.(God forbid)
Your race idea is really out there, as far a mix of skills. I thought you were going to say that you had a longer route around each "obstacle" that riders could take if they were willing to take the time hit. Either way that sounds like a fun event.