Women Race Cross

There was a time, not so long ago, when wives and girlfriends at Cross races waited in the car or team tent, cold, bitter, and anxious to do something else. Now look at the women in these photos.

Ready

Nona Varnado wrote today on the Bird Wheel about how women didn’t get the memo that cycling is a man’s sport.

Set

These women didn’t get that memo either and if they did, they ignored it.

Race!

Then worked on their skills over the barriers and hitting the run ups at full effort.

Nona argues that

In cities and towns all over North America (hello Canada!) women are making major waves in cycling – but it doesn’t look the same as what the boys have done. Women are making cycling an everyday, civic and style minded affair to integrate into the everyday as something that’s non-competitive and… fun.

Cycle Chic? Non-competitive and… fun? Sure in jeans, converse, a stylish helmet, and dropping the men in the Cat 4 field.

Showed up in plain clothes and dropped the men around her

When you talk women, cycling, and evangelize #girlbikegangs, include the women who ride to work and race on the weekends.

I’ll argue that those women are doing more for the cause than checking fashion blogs, to see if their shoes match their bike and in the right color of the season.

Team SLK Caps

Earlier this year, posted on Pelostache v. Cross Chops and featured a member of the Team SLK crew. Soft Like Kitten is a fav team of mine, for their kit, soft brand, and bromance-inducing good looks. AND! their motto is

… Anathema to the jock-tastic bro racers and their “HTFU”s. To be Soft Like Kitten is to “ruin the race for everyone.” To be Soft Like Kitten is to get out to a race and pedal your ass off without being too cool for school.

Cross Racing: Pelostache

@positronicshell just announced Retweet their caps are on sale.

Suggest you get yours and soften the fuck up.

Seattle Purple Cabs

Call Purple cabs or contact them on Facebook

This cabbie was out on a test run of his Purple Cab with electric motor.

A new 1K watt electric motor for the hills

Said he was going to give people rides from junction to junction in West Seattle. I met him on my afternoon Cross ride at the entrance to a leafy Lincoln Park.

14 Bike Co’s 14R

As impressed then, when we visited 14 Bike Co. in London, as now with their new steel 14r.

14r

That’s Reynolds 853 and your can read more about on Fixed Gear London’s blog.

Don’t think the prototype of the 14r was in their shop when we visited, but the head tube badge probably looks like this

14 Bike Co Badge

A Cold Wet Race at Deschutes River CX

A few photos say everything about Deschutes River CX in Tumwater, Wa. Her face

Someone get her a towel and a blanket, quick

this single speed

Red chain

and mud bog

Best to ride into a bog like this with confidence

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