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Sunday, November 20, 2011

SSCXWC 2011 - Men's World Champs

Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships were held today in my bay's very own Golden Gate Park. From what I could walk, the course looked to be one of the longest and most challenging circuits I've ever seen - but don't worry, that didn't stop the craziness of cyclocross from ensuing.

Took BART and the metro over to GGP with the girly-friend today with the idea of watching both the women's and the men's world championship races. We got there probably 5minutes before the women's race ended. From what I saw, any single one of them could've kicked my arse up and down the park. Julie Krasniak of Team Rapha-Focus took the gold.

Soon, the guys laid down their bikes... The field was probably 50-70 gents and their start incorporated a large run up.

This isn't the head of the group, it's just my favorite picture of the group - panda man had a great race as far as I could tell, completing 4laps.

We found him:

This is a Missing Link cyclocross rider. Unsure of his name, but a few people from Team Oakland race for them. This particular rider came in second place.

The first place rider, who thoroughly destroyed the field, was Chris Jones of Team Rapha-Focus. Didn't get any pictures of the guy for a few reasons. First, he was pretty frickin' fast, and second - the only other time I saw him, I had a cow bell in one hand and his $5 hand up in the other. All I heard as he rode away was "Oooooh! A fiver!"

Good day all in all, even with BART's delays on the way home. Now for some bio homework!

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