Video: Good Times at the SSCXWC14KY

Nov 3, 2014 at 13:11
by Pinkbike Staff  



Self-shot, edited, funded/ all that good stuff: Kevin Neidorf
Equipment: Canon 60D/ Adobe CC.
Soundtrack: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble - "War"
Special thanks to POV footage volunteers:
Christopher Jensen/ GoPro Hero2
Amanda Feairheller/ Garmin VIRB


51 Comments

  • + 23
 KENTUCKY YEAH!!!!!!!!!! Just kidding, this state blows.
  • + 10
 Why are there no Mountain Bike races like this? Or if there are, why don't I know about them?
  • + 10
 The single speed world champs are like this, but with more drinking.
  • + 18
 There are. They're in the 90's.
  • + 7
 CX is an insane off season sport that brings riders from all disciplines to a new style of race that's literally the most physically demanding out there.. It's probably the hardest hour of your life, every time... but then, beers, new friends, and girls, ooh and by the time you're done riding, you will have a much respectful image of those roadies in spandex, cuz they are usually the ones who walk away with the champagne..
  • + 1
 A lot of un-sanctioned races are like this though since no one takes it to seriously.
  • + 2
 SSWX2012 here in South Africa was one of the craziest parties I have EVER been to!! Sooo much of excitement! And the riding was really good too!! RIP - Burry Stander Killed it that year, what a win!!
  • + 6
 That looks ridiculously fun, dont get me wrong, but am I missing something if I reckon that if you entered this on a mountainbike, even a singlespeed one, you would win by a country mile? I mean, I get it, this type of fun racing, where seriously thinking about winning is kinda missing the point. I would seriously think about entering if they ever hold a race like this near me and I'd probably do it on a BMX or something just for a laugh. But serious cyclocross on the other hand just seems like road riders who want to ride off road, but no ones told them about mountainbikes. No?
  • + 27
 No.
  • + 3
 CX races usually have decent segments of very flat terrain on grass fields or something of the sort. Even a rigid cross-country MTB won't be anywhere near as fast as a CX bike for this. Also, a decent amount of obstacles are designed to make the rider get off the bike and carry it, and a decent CX bike will be lighter than any mtb.
  • + 1
 Second 33 of the video, a 29er blowing by a bunch of guys running up a hill. On muddy days 29ers win every thing from what I hear. I have seen some of these guys train though. It is awesome. Even a flow trail on a cross bike is incredible to see.
  • + 10
 taletotell: except for when it get proper muddy and your 21 lb MTB now weighs 31 lbs, while my 16 lb CX bike only weight 20 lbs because it is lighter to start with and has fewer places to accumulate mud. Running with a 20 lb bike is a lot easier than running with a 31 lb bike. I've been racing cross for years and never seen a MTB win on a muddy day (or any day), except maybe in Cat. 5 races. Cross bikes are for cross, and mountain bikes are for mountain biking.
  • + 1
 I'm just going on hear say, so you'd know. I just was operating by what a guy who sold my budy a cross bike was saying about the local scene in Ithaca NY. I imagine you have the same kind of mud, so maybe he's just full of it.
  • + 3
 sure, you might have a dude on a SS 29er geared in the 40" range blow by some folks on 60"-ish cx bikes, but they're generally still slower than a bike with 33mm tires. in mud, the narrower tire actually works better since it doesn't float as much on top of the muck. it gets down to wherever there is traction.

otherwise the Men's winner Adam Craig would have brought his MTB.
  • + 2
 Just gonna throw out there that in a proper cross race you have to run 33cc tyre i think? might as well just ride the lighter cyclocross bike if youve ridden a mountain bike you can probs handle the cx bike well anyway
  • + 1
 @taletotell they're both 700c, just saying.
  • + 1
 Right, but the Geo is pretty different.
  • + 8
 How did I end up looking at cyclocross bikes on craigslist...
  • + 6
 Funny, i did the same but on Ebay...
  • + 3
 Biking culture is immutable. Well pretty much every type except the serious suburbanite roadies. Some of the most biking related fun I've had has been with NYC couriers and friends of the Dorkin' in York crew.
  • + 6
 fuckn hipsters....
  • + 1
 Hahaha.
  • + 1
 i think about half way through, right before the womens race some guy says it all "if you take this seriously, then you're a douche"... dont knock CX guys, go try bunny hopping a road bike, anyways looks like a killer party!
  • + 0
 Definitely full of hipsters. I am always fascinated by people who wear plaid and grow beards to fit in. Half my farm shirts are plaids I bought to keep warm years ago. I don't shave until the growing season ends and I have more time between the farm and my day job.

CX people seem fun however. I caught the eve of a race in North Hampton, MA once. My buddy was a food vendor. Opened my eyes.

While CX may seem like hipsters they're still people. Cool down to earth people. I stopped DH because I ran into too many thunder cu*ts. For example, Some Richard at Reading racing was upset because someone fell down a chute at Plattekill in practice and I wasn't going to let him run the guy over before he could move. (You still suck, PA) so while CX may look funny on the outside the people on the inside I'm sure are far more decent.
  • + 2
 need to get the allergy cream out now. too many hipsters per sq mile.....itch...scratch
  • + 2
 When SSs (road, CX, XC, DH, etc...) are involved, a party is bound to happen.
  • + 2
 looks like a good time - i don't think i've EVER said that about cross before
  • + 2
 This is epic! Looks so fun! I'd like to try that shit fixed, it'd be a helluva time haha!
  • + 4
 Victoria SSCX 2015?
  • + 3
 What a bunch of nut cases!....I would fit in quite well there Razz
  • + 3
 AND WE FUCKING WON 2015 HOSTING RIGHTS! Way to go Hal and Parker!
  • + 3
 That was so hip it hurt.
  • + 2
 Looks like some LA rainbow meet
  • + 2
 oh boy, lets push and carry our bikes around.
  • + 2
 Went on a date with a cyclocrosser once. Once.
  • + 2
 never seen so many hipsters.
  • + 3
 WTF did I just watch?!
  • + 5
 a rad time.
  • + 2
 ODB cameo at 1:56
  • + 2
 hipster alert!!
  • + 1
 Looks like my daily commute on zee bike.
  • + 2
 That's a lot of spandex.
  • + 1
 Did you watch to the end of the video? I've seen more spandex at DH races.
  • + 0
 I don't watch videos on pink bike.
  • + 2
 Well there's your problem.
  • + 1
 I don't feel like I'd fit in.
  • + 2
 everyone fits in... it's cyclocross.
  • + 1
 messed up
  • + 1
 2.26, true words!
  • - 2
 Who can argue with a good party? But isn't this to cycling what speed walking is to running?
  • - 1
 OK then....

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