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SSCXWC: Rain, Mud and Singlespeed Mayhem

  November 21, 2011

After a day of beautiful weather for Saturday’s qualifiers theSan Francisco skies poured down steady rain on Sunday to make for a sloppy championship race in Golden Gate Park.San Francisco did a fantastic job of hosting Singlespeed Cyclocross Worlds, and Team Gates Carbon Drive looks forward to participating again next year. As of this posting it appeared Santa Cruz had made the strongest bid to hold SSCXWC2012. Who knows? Maybe Colorado can mount a bid to host the event in Denver and Boulder in a future year.Below are some shots of the action from Sunday and a few more images from Saturday’s qualifiers.

Cristina Begy looked fabulous in her yellow feather vest, as many competitors donned costumes that became mud-encrusted through the race
Jesse Swift was all business for Team Gates
Jesse launched his bike through the water pit
Cristina lines up for the women’s race
Pete Thompson flew in from Michigan for the race
Selene Yeager, the Fit Chick columnist for Bicycling Mag, rode a belt drive Raleigh, one of the many non-Gates riders running Carbon Drive
Mitch Westall, the top finisher for Gates, slogs up one of the many muddy climbs on the course
Todd Sellden, director of Gates Carbon Drive, with Pete Thompson, Taylor Jung, Jesse Swift and Taylor Nye after the race
Taylor Jung demonstrating proper mounting and dismounting form during Saturday’s qualifiers
Taylor Jung and Mitch Westall buddy up during one of the mandatory photo ops on Saturday

Organizers had not posted results when this blog post went live, so check in the coming days to see how Gates and other competitors fared.