In most races, when you cross the finish line, the pain stops. If you win the just-about-anything-goes Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships, more pain awaits as the tattoo gun hums. As testament to the spirit of the preposterous-over-pretentiousness event, the winner, by rule, must get a SSCXWC tattoo.
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- Pro bike: Sven Nys' custom Trek Crockett SS
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This year, Giant's Adam Craig rallied his way through cornfields, spear-wielding Ewoks, giant-ball mud pits, a pond and more en route to winning his fifth title — ahead of an actual former world ’cross champion Sven Nys, no less.
The legendary Belgian does not show fear on the race course. But was Nys perhaps a little bit skeered of a tattoo? That we may never know.
For the second consecutive year, Craig piloted a machine with flat bars instead of the traditional drop bar.
To celebrate the tenth annual edition of SSCXWC, Giant did a one-off custom paint design for Craig, based on a 2016 TCX SLR SS that was produced in small numbers.
"The out-of-this world Galaxy theme is inspired by the event and Carl Sagan, of course," Giant marketing director An Le told BikeRadar. "The design is a colab between Adam and a few folks here at Giant. We wanted a theme that tied in with SSCXWCxPDX and its nebula-vibe. Once the design was nailed, we worked with Splat, a local Oregon paint shop to bring it to life. Strong Oregon/Pacific Northwest connection here with Adam (a resident of Bend, Oregon), Splat and the event."
What gear does a guy like Craig pick when he can only pick one? Why, a 38x16, of course.
Check out the gallery above for a closer look at the bike — and the tattoo.
Adam Craig's Giant TCX SLR SS specifications
|Model||TCX SLR SS|
|Stem||Zipp Service Course SL OS 110mm|
|Handlebars||Truvativ Noir T40 Riser 720mm x 15mm|
|Grips||ODI “O” BMX grips|
|Front brake||SRAM Guide RSC|
|Rear brake||SRAM Guide RSC|
|Brake levers||SRAM Guide RSC|
|Brake Rotors||SRAM Centerline 140mm|
|Cassette||Chris King 16t Cog|
|Chain||SRAM PC-1 singlespeed|
|Crankset||SRAM Force CX1 38T chainring|
|Bottom Bracket||SRAM Pressfit GXP|
|Front Wheel||Zipp 303 Tubeless|
|Rear Wheel||Zipp 303 Tubeless|
|Front tire||Schwalbe Rocket Ron|
|Rear tire||Schwalbe Rocket Ron|
|Saddle||Giant Contact SL Forward|
|Seatpost||Giant D-Fuse Composite|