Cyclocross

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

Grifo Stretching on a Cole Wheel

Grifo Stretching on a Cole

Challenge Grifo on a demo set of Cole wheels

This corner of Hugga HQ has become the “Zen Stretch Area” with a Buddha statue observing. I like the calmness before all hell breaks loose on those wheels at the next race. We’re getting ready for the rains and mud in Seattle.

Power through the Mud

Andrew at Monroe farms

You stretch a tubular (a tire with a tube inside of it) to ensure a good glueing on the rim. Tubulars permit low pressures, like 28 psi and are less prone to flatting. They also have cool Euro names like “grifo.” The Coles with the Grifos are going on the Parlee CX H. When you get just a bit more serious about Cross racing, you’ll have a quiver of wheels for different conditions and spares.

See all the wheels and bikes in the pits at the USGP in Portland last year.


Parlee CX H

Parlee CX H (for Hugga) just arrived and I’m racing it this weekend. Posts and photos to follow with a few notes now

  • Built to order from you local dealer
  • 5 sizes with choices in the head tube
  • Details like …

TRP TT brake noodle

Well that’s smart

mud clearance

a requirement here next month when the rains come back

and custom decals.

Nice makes it look Skunk works like

I’ll race this bike like I was driving a rental car on a no-sleep-till-Brooklyn road trip and all for 73rd place. Molly Cameron is racing Parlee too, but way faster then me.

Artsy Parlee photo uploaded to Flickr. More from the Bike Hugger Photostream.

Nutter!

From our new Suffer Faces blog

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Single Speed Eliminator at Starcrossed

When Evel shows up, the racing is gonna be good

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.

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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. 

elimator

Photo: Mathowie

Flyover Holeshot

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 and the New Hotness

Update

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.

The first post about Joey was posted on Sunday with frame-by-frame stills. Another view of the crash from the front and the rest of the race is also on YouTube.

Read more about the race Joey was in below … Joey, for at least 15 minutes, is the King of the Cross Bros. He represents all of us that are OK!

Funny thing about the Single Speed Eliminator Race at StarCrossed is we’d decided it was the stupidest race format ever. This after sponsoring the race with Metafilter. Our regret soon passed when Joey Mullan became Internet Famous for this photo

Photo: Jaxon Suttlemyre

and Eliza Penick’s video


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.

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