The SingleSpeed Cyclocross Eliminator Race Sponsored by MetaFilter and presented by Bike Hugger. The Promoter Terry Buchanan was on the mic before the event calling it the stupidest format ever. 8 riders on single speed cross bikes being held and clipped in. Then it was roughly a 1/4 mile of a cyclocross course involving a VERY high speed barrier and the Flyover bridge. It was more like BMX than cross, and it was #thenewhotness.
Illegal holding and pushing was rampant at the start
The course was essentially a loop around the beer garden with tons of screaming spectators and darkness set in. It was a blast to race in, and was mostly about the holeshot since passing was tough on such a short course.
The problem with the high speeds is trying to dismount…which is where our friend Joey came to (now famous) grief.
They yanked the barriers after the wreck and the races continued. I hope they bring back the format and my chain doesn’t drop next time. Check the video from Scatman, including another view of Joey’s OK!
Joey’s OK is at 130K+ hits on YouTube now and we’re expecting more, cause everyone watches it like 100 times. The YouTube page links to this post and for those of you that arrive here from there, I’m Byron and this is Bike Hugger, a blog about bike culture. We’re super into Cross, are out covering the races, and that’s me in the video coming to Joey’s aid. I agreed that he was definitely ok after telling him how much he ruled while he writhed around in pain.
Joey works for Cyclocross Magazine, is an experience racer, and was not injured in the crash. He’s quoted below saying that he misjudged the barrier because there was only one (normally two) and he was going so damn fast. Cyclocross is a type of bike racing done in the Fall and Winter. We ride road bikes on the dirt and over obstacles like the barrier that catapulted Joey into Internet Fame. Our 6 years of Cyclocross posts are collected here, including tutorials, and more videos.
I think we’re on the verge of a new Cross/BMX race format with big air and crashes. I finally heard from Joey late Sunday. He wrote
I went into the barriers like regular, fast and ready to make a quick
touch down then back on the bike. It was different though having just
a solo barrier, I didn’t anticipate it so I reacted too late. As for
the fall, I’m pretty sure it wasn’t as explosive as the video shows
it, but that was my perspective, not what was captured.
and I replied, “DUDE! It was THAT explosive. You flew OVER my head.”
Also note that Joey is an experienced Cyclocross racer, works for Cyclocross Magazine, and he placed 13th in his next race. After his spectacular crash, the barrier was removed and racing continued.
Joey Mullan from Cyclocross Magazine rag dolls the barrier during a heat of the Single Speed Eliminator race at StarCrossed and we’re bumping this story to the front of the queue ahead of Interbike, CrossVegas, and the rest of the racing at StarCrossed cause it was so FREAKING AWESOME.
OMG Too Fast!
Bro flew up about 10 feet in the air, after coming in way to hot to the barrier and clipping it – no actually just running right into it at full speed! I was at the barriers taking photos, didn’t expect that, saw how fast he was going, and reacted. Then first on the scene, I told him how much he ruled as he writhed around for a while with a lower back cramp (I’d have gone to the hospital). After the medics arrived, he was OK!
After Vegas and a magical Mobile Social, we’re back in Seattle and at Starcrossed today. Metafilter is there with us sponsoring the Single Speed Eliminator race. What’s that?
SSCX Eliminator is an 8-up Cross race, under the lights, with BMX rules, and 2 advance.
I’m also racing Single Speed and not sure how I’ll feel after Interbike and the kind of night that had a BMX send off, strippers on a swing set, hookers telling us good job, a female bodybuilder, puppet show, and a dog with a camera.