Cyclocross

We're so into Cyclocross that we made this special page for it. Also publish a Tumblr about Suffer Faces.

Mud Snorkeling

Photo: Lori Montoya Brazel

What’s that in the mud pit at #SSCXWC? A lost helmet maybe? A Cross racer lost a contact?

Nope, a dude mud snorkeling. Also the devil-horns being thrown.

Cosmic Miller is Having a Good Time

Cosmic Miller is Having a Good Time

That’s Steve “Cosmic” Miller, a surfer-like dude, Cross racer who has more fun out there than anyone. I’ve nicknamed him "Mikey," cause dude LIKES everything – that’s a cultural reference to an old-timey Life cereal commercial.

Racers just ahead, behind, and in between him are turning themselves inside out in a huge effort to place and he’s rolling through with a big smile.

Instead of riding a surf board though, this bro is on a race bike. His enthusiasm and the fun he has with it, is a good perspective. For me, racing Elites has been very hard, stressful, intense and it’s good to remember to have fun with the sport; especially, as the Season is coming to an end.

Cosmic is the opposite of a Suffer Face. In the Yin and Yang of racing he’s the light of a happy face. As it was told to me, Cosmic has been racing something his entire life, including motos with Bob “Hurricane” Hannah, the original Supercross superstar. He also used to freestyle jet skis with fireworks and is in the IJSBA Hall Of Fame.

Meanwhile Captain Morgan Takes a Bath

While we were burying ourselves on the Seattle CX run up, racers like Captain Morgan were taking at mud bath at #sswcxc in San Francisco.

Via Cedar Cycling.

Tale of a Run Up at Seattle Cyclocross

All quiet before the hurt parade arrives

It wasn’t that steep, muddy, or technical of a run up. It was the location in the Seattle CX course, after a bumpy off-camber turn and the spacing of the railroad tie barriers, that just shattered racers.

A Face Full of Twists and Turns

Haven’t seen so many Suffer Faces in one 9ft section of a course all year. It stole their form and it was anything goes to get it up it. At 2 and then 1 to go, racers we’re doing whatever it took to get up it. We saw heads collapsed on forearms as they carried, pushed, and dragged their bikes to the top.

Every breath you take, Every move you make, Every step you take

Tale of a Run Up

When asked about Cyclocross, I say, “the tales are on the run ups.” That’s the TT, the sprints finishes, or mountain tops of this sport. After 7 laps, run ups become a blurry obstacle on your way to the finish. It’s where you carry the bike like a burning urn between your forearms. Where you’ll excel or suck and likely discover something about yourself.

Like, how hard you can actually go and just how deep your reserves are.

Hard Fall

I took a break from getting my ass kicked in the Elites and raced Single Speed. Decided to roll the course and realized I made a bad choice in tires. After coming close and then falling hard on the pit turn, I phoned it in to the finish. I want to stay healthy with just a few races to go.

CX Beaches

Molly Cameron made the beach section look easy in Kansai, Japan

MC

Photo: Heidi Swift

while SSCXWC competitors qualified on a San Francisco Beach.

sscxwc_sf

Photo: Jenny Oh Hatfield!

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