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.

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The ball pit was the scene of much chaos
The ball pit was the scene of much chaos
Josh Patterson / Immediate Media

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
Josh Patterson / Immediate Media
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Scroll through the gallery for a glimpse of the organized chaos that was SSCXWC.