Don't know if you're familiar with the Single Speed World Championships, but if not, here's a quick synopsis: Each year the winner gets to choose the location of the next years event, and is basically in charge of all the details. The most consistent thing from year to year seems to be that the winners get commemorative tatoos. If I remember correctly, a few years ago there was the bike race, but the winner was actually decided with a go-kart race. That's my kind of racing. It's hard to take too seriously, and at the same time, it's an incredibly difficult race.
Last year was in Napa Valley, and registration was online and filled up in a matter of hours. This year it's in Durango, registration was via a mail in coloring contest, and I got in!
Check out the start list:
sswc09 Start List
Right there on page twelve, listed just below Senor y Senora Turgeon, you will find Dan Lucero. Booya! I'm rather excited.
I have to say thanks to the Turgeons, without whom I might very well have not made it in. See, I learned about the coloring contest a day or two after they announced it, and proceeded to procrastinate until very near the deadline, which was the 23rd of January. With only 500 spots available to men (all women who entered made it in), I learned a few days ago that the start list was already dangerously long, and that it was basically being filled on a first come first serve basis, not necessarily on the quality of the coloring jobs.
Luckily for me, Mr. Turgeon offered to hand deliver my app, as he is friends with the person you send them in to. This way I was guaranteed on time delivery, and as an added bonus, I was able to affix a 6 pack of hoppy delicious bribery to my application.
The plan seemed to pay off, and I am excited.
You will see some interesting names on the list, including Ned Overend, Joe Murray, Adam Craig, Travis Brown, and our own Richaround Rodriguez. Some legs will certainly be ripped off with the firepower found on that list, and Richaround and I will be there, huffing and puffing along miles behind as the dust settles.
In other news, we had us a good time on Wednesday, with a much larger showing of participants than we've ever rounded up for one of our monday adventures. We will play again this Wednesday, assuming it's not raining, as it might be, if you believe the weather people.
I was riding for the first time on my new race wheels on my Spot, a set of Stans 355 rims, laced up to an American Classic single speed QR hub in back, and a WTB Laserdisc Lite in front, with Revolution spokes. The wheels set came in at 1520 grams, which is lighter than most every road wheelset I've ever owned. To go with it, I put some Stans tires on there, running tubeless, and all said and done I shaved 3 lbs off my bike.
The wheels had a drastic effect on the bike. The lack of rotating inertia completely changed the way it handled. The tires weren't the grippiest things in the world, but not unmanageable. Not sure if I'll use them for Old Pueblo though, as I expect to be extremely tired at some point, and a more predictable tire might be a wise choice.
I'm going to write up a review on these wheels for posting over at BikeFix, probably after Old Pueblo and some significant abuse.
If you haven't checked out Bikefix lately, you should do so. Most recently Charlie has written a manifesto about tubeless tires. It's an impressive rant, and may seem excessive unless you've spent a significant amount of time in a bike shop in this part of the country in the past few years, dealing with non-believers and their flat tires. Or unless you happen to ride with people who won't use tubeless tires, and then you've spent hours watching flats be fixed while standing on the side of the trial, rather than riding, on a beautiful sunny day. I've fixed one flat while running tubeless in the past four years or so, that's all I have to say.
Lets see, what else is new around the shop? Danny and I are gearing up for 24 Hours in Old Pueblo. We're racing duo, on singlespeeds. The race is coming up quick. It looks like we've managed to latch ourselves onto some friends who camp in style, which we're very excited about, because if it was just Danny and I we'd probably be sleeping in the back of a car and living completely on Clif Bars.
Danny got himself a new fixie, and we have a couple of new toys in the shop lately, like a Van Dessel Ramble Tamble frame. I'll get some pics up soon of the new goodies hanging around the place.
I guess that's it for now.