While we’re focused on CX, there’s other bike racing going on, like the BMX World Champs and this edit from the UCI. The speed is remarkable.
In the 1930s, what are a couple of cyclists supposed to do but attach a skate to the fork of their safety bicycle? These days we’re riding fat bikes in the ice and snow, like we did earlier this year in Park City. Also read about the new rides we did in the new year and snow in Issue 8 our magazine.
Red Bull Velodux took CX racing to the next level, putting top notch racers against a technical off-road course, with an “all-things-go” attitude towards doing whatever it takes to inch past your opponent.
AND! A Lemans start. As we posted last month, it didn’t have the Red Bull sponsorship, but they were racing urban CX in 1943.
Before racers pin their numbers on and line up, here’s a gallery of photos from Woodland, our fav race of the year in the Pacific Northwest. DBC Photography and Woodinville bike shop shared these with us, including Mark V and me racing single speeds. See the rest of the photos on G+ and Flickr.
This set up worked well. A 40T 130mm bcd ring swapped out for the 44T. 10sp rear wheels with SS spacer kits, and modified Salsa “Tuggnut” axle tug.
Why is Woodland so good? I asked Matt from Crosssports…
It’s pretty simple. Location, atmosphere, course design, and occasionality are the essential elements for a special cross race, and WP scores pretty close to a 10 on all.
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Audio samples: DJ Schmolli - Just The Way You Set Fire To The Rain (2012)