The 7th Mobile Social Interbike

Left from the Sands

Departed from the Sands

The 7th edition of the Mobile Social Interbike was like all of them so far, a rolling bike bacchanal on the Strip. We rode to Fremont again, parked in the Alley behind the Downtown Cocktail Room where New Belgium served us beer, and picked up locals along the way at every stoplight. While the music played from the Green Guru chariot, photos were taken by us, tourists, and motorists.

photos

Taking photos of people taking photos

Knog lights were flashing on Terns too while big-wheels pedaled. Posted earlier on the surfing and so cool that Santa showed up. Next year with Interbike moving to Mandalay, were not sure yet how we’ll ride the 8th edition, but will talk about that next Summer.

The 7 editions have all been good with each one better. We even made the local Vegas culture weekly.

big wheels

Big Wheels

Photos: iBikeMPLS from Flickr.

Raleigh’s single-speed CX at Cross Vegas

Cross Vegas 2012

Team Raleigh single-speed: carbon RXC Pro Disc with Enve fork. What’s interesting is that the team is using the most expensive integrated lever that Shimano currently sells, the electronic shift system Dura Ace 7970 Di2, just as a brake lever. One can only assume that the riders must really like the ergonomics. The bikes also use TRP’s stem-mounted Parabox hydraulic adapter for the disc calipers. The RCX Pro is a multispeed frameset with vertical dropouts and a derailleur hanger, but mechanics have fitted the crank to an eccentric adapter (apparently from FSA) in the Press-fit BB30 frame, so as to tension the chain.

Another interesting choice is using the 46T outer ring of the crank and a large cog, rather than using a 42-ish ring and a smaller cog. This reminds me of my track days when there was the belief that for a given gear inch, big cogs and rings ran smoother than smaller.

Seattle cycling sensation and all-around great guy Craig Etheridge rode a similar Raleigh to a convincing overall win in the Industry division.

Cross Vegas 2012

Cross Vegas 2012

CrossVegas 12: Crunchy Barrier Taco

Bunny Hop

If you got the speed and skills, bunny hop the barriers

In Cyclocross, you can gain time on your opponents by riding over the barriers, “bunny hopping” them instead of dismounting, carrying your bike, and remounting. Jeremy Powers does that here and note how he’s 1/2 a bike length ahead of those carrying their bikes.

Molly Almost Makes it

Molly almost makes it

taco

A Crunchy Barrier Taco

The risk though is a spectacular crash in front of the media and cycling industry at CrossVegas. That’s Molly Cameron, a highly-skilled pro who likely just bobbled a bit there and would hop that barrier successfully every other time. Seeing this photo, we thought the sport needs names for its crashes, like that was one crunchy barrier taco from Molly! Mark V. who took these photos, told me

Those were low barriers that about one in ten just bunny hopped them. Molly’s second hop was late and low, lost momentum, and the rear wheel ramped the up the barrier… ass over kettle.

See that barrier section again in super slo-mo and more high-rez photos on G+ and Flickr. I raced those same barriers in the Wheeler Dealer category, but did NOT try to hop them. Kept the rubber side down and on my shoulder.

CrossVegas 12: PRO! Bike Changes

Grass

The grass at CrossVegas robs you of power and a bit of your soul

Racing on the grass at CrossVegas is like pedaling your bike across wet concrete. You sink into it down to the rim. The effort you’re used to putting out is reduced by say 20, 30, and then by the end of the race 100%. Some are running street tires at 80 PSI and others want the low-pressure grip for the tight turns and transitions. I was racing a Redline Single Speed built up just for this race in the Wheelers and Dealers category. On the warm-up lap, the seat rails broke, and I was corralled into the starting grid with 156 other starters. I had some time to rush out to the team van, bang on the doors, and swap saddle/post but would lose my 8th row starting position.

strategy

They talked grass-race strategy while their wives hung out with the kids

A Dangling Nutter

I decided to stay in line and ride straight to the pits. As I turned towards it, the SRAM mechanics yelled, “here’s your bike” and I did a bike change like a PRO! Well, that was f’ing cool. The USCF official had told them I was coming. Not as cool was the bike had some whack seat with a long nose on it that grabbed my shorts, as I remounted. A dangling nutter resulted in front of the gauntlet crowd and I was much more careful for the next remount. On the next lap, I returned to the pit for another PRO! bike change and back into the race on the Redline with a replaced saddle. Knowing I was off the pace now and in the back, I listened to where the finishers were, eased up a bit and waited. Then powered through stragglers back into a respectable finish a lap down on the leaders in the Single Speed Category. I was in the pack somewhere overall.

As someone handed me a beer and said good job, I replied, “did I look good on those bike changes!?”

“You did.”

Awesome!

Photos from the Womens Race

After changing out of my kit, took photos of the Womens Race and packed the camera up to watch the Elite men in the VIP area.

Fun

Sonya Looney had fun too like me

She took second

Lea Davison finished second

Best Show in the Business

As I wrote in my first post about CrossVegas 12, it’s the best show in the bike business. Many reasons for that, including the industry letting their hair down for a night, but the main one is the crew that runs it.

Props due and given.

See how the Pros raced in super slo-mo. More photos in high-rez and lightboxed on G+.

CrossVegas Super Slo-Mo


I raced over those barriers too in the Wheeler Dealer’s race, but didn’t bunny hop them.

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