Wednesday, November 12, 2008

World Champs Crowned for Single Speed Cyclocross

By Matt Karre

A muddy and unusual single speed ‘cross event found the newest World Champions Sunday. Canadian Drew MacKenzie won the second annual Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships (SSCXWC) in Portland, OR. MacKenzie bested some big names, like Ryan Trebon, Nat Ross, Steve Fassbinder and Adam Craig, more familiar to cycling headlines. Sue Butler took top honors in the women’s race, winning a come from behind battle.

The SSCXWC began Saturday with a time trial qualifier in Portland’s Forest Park. Racers had to climb about 2 miles of fire road before turning right and descending a twisty section of single track with slick, rocky corners. Fastest times were just under 12 minutes, with Kevin Hulick taking the top qualifying spot and MacKenzie second. Sue Butler won the women’s qualifier followed by Joele Guynup.

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