Welcome to the world's weirdest cyclocross race

A look at the wonderful, muddy mayhem of this unsanctioned world championship

It was the best of times; it was the weirdest of times. Last weekend, Portland, Oregon, played host to the 10th annual Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships. This very much non-UCI-sanctioned event saw hundreds of costumed ’cross racers vie for the title of the fastest man and woman on a singlespeed cyclocross bike.

The ball pit was the scene of much chaos
The ball pit was the scene of much chaos

Truth be told, only a handful of riders cared a whit about coming home with the victor’s tattoo. Most participants were focused on celebrating cyclocross in a mixture of mud and beer. Portland has a reputation for having a vibrant cyclocross scene and for being both hip and off-kilter. The event lived up to expectations, with a dash of serious racing, a lot of partying and a heaping of mud.

Ewoks armed with marshmallow-tipped spears were one of the many course hazards
Ewoks armed with marshmallow-tipped spears were one of the many course hazards

Scroll through the gallery for a glimpse of the organized chaos that was SSCXWC.

Josh has been riding and racing mountain bikes since 1998. Being stubborn, endurance racing was a natural fit. Josh bankrolled his two-wheeled addiction by wrenching at various bike shops across the US for 10 years and even tried his hand at frame building. These days Josh spends most of his time riding the trails around his home in Fort Collins, Colorado.
  • Discipline: Mountain, cyclocross, road
  • Preferred Terrain: Anywhere with rock- and root-infested technical singletrack. He also enjoys unnecessarily long gravel races.
  • Current Bikes: Trek Remedy 29 9.9, Yeti ASRc, Specialized CruX, Spot singlespeed, Trek District 9
  • Dream Bike: Evil The Following, a custom Moots 27.5+ for bikepacking adventures
  • Beer of Choice: PBR
  • Location: Fort Collins, CO, USA

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