Bicycle, Cyclocross, Events

The results are in from SSCXWC 2011.

The SSCXWC organizers have come to a decision…

In an announcement from the Single Speed Cyclocross World Championship promoters- the organizers have decided to allow Chris Jones and Julie Krasniak, both pro riders from Rapha-Focus, to keep their “win” at SSCXWC in San Francisco.

Although their qualification hasn’t been confirmed- and both disrespected the tradition of the event in opting out of the winners tattoos, they have been allowed to keep their title as weiner.  They have, however- been banned from future SSCXWC races until the tattoo has been done, but- much like the 2007 incident with Barry Wicks, it’s unlikely that we’ll see them again.

The decision to me- seems like a cop out on the organizers part- making a political move more than doing something to preserve the spirit of SSCXWC.  It’s disrespectful to those that paid the entry fee, traveled great distances and were not given a number on race day.  I, like many others work hard for my money- and to see someone just get a full ride without any little bit of work makes me lose a little bit of love for the event as a whole.  To Chris and Julie and Rapha as a whole- it seems our definition of the word “Gentlemen” is a bit different.

To most of us here in Seattle I think I can safely say that we have a different set of winners on our podium, and here they are:

2011 Men’s Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships

1st place: Michael broderick

2nd place: Krishna Dole

3rd place: Brian Myers (Seattle- and Hodala’s own)

2011 Women’s Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships

1st place: Devon Gorry

2nd place: Mary McConneloug

3rd place: Barb Howe

And for the rest of us, at least we still have our tee shirts.




  • Dave

    December 8, 2011

    I’m rather surprised by all the loud harrumphing (both real and in jest) about the tattoo issue. I was at every previous edition of the SSCXWC, and I don’t recall a single winner getting tattooed on-site. I seem to recall that several winners waited quite some time before getting their tattoos. Anger would certainly be justified if either of these riders showed up at next year’s race without the required tattoo, but based on precedent, why should anyone be angry with them for not getting a tattoo on-site, if the only requirement is to get one before racing in a future event.

  • rschuetze

    December 8, 2011

    I hear you there Dave, but I think the issue is with racing with no intention to get the tattoo. If anybody can come in and race- pro’s or not and walk away with what people view as “the trophy” then why is it even a race? We could all just wear gold speedos and ride bikes together.

    If I see Chris or Julie on the street and ask them if they’ve ever raced the SSCXWC and they reply with “Yeah I won it in 2011.” Then I’ll ask to see their tattoo.
    No tattoo?
    Then I call bullshit. If you won- then I’m the Queen of Sheba. Prove it. You got a gold speedo- so does American Apparel.
    Where’s the birth certificate!?!

  • Peter

    December 8, 2011

    Thanks for the update! Gotta agree here. When I raced the SSWC in 2005 (which ultimately was won based on a post-race go kart race), the statement was made, “if you don’t want the tattoo, don’t win.” Now I’m not a big tattoo fan and I was not really in contention for the win, but had it somehow miraculously happened, it’s probably the only tattoo I’d have. That said, I remember chatting with Marla Streb, who won the go kart race but not the bike leg, that night and asking to see her newly applied tattoo which she happily showed off. The rules that year were a little odd, but those were the rules. I think the officials here should have stuck with theirs and passed over and ‘awarded’ the tattoo to the next person disqualifying the person not abiding by the rules.

  • FLX

    December 9, 2011

    i would blame rapha not their racers, they did not so seem to be mutch into the whole ss thing anyways but rapha made them race. wonder if it’s next year in their contract that they have to get tattooed

  • rschuetze

    December 9, 2011

    I too would put much of the blame (for lack of a better word) onto Rapha for putting their riders up to this. They are pro riders that are paid to do one thing- win races. With Rapha having an office in Portland, birthplace of the SSCXWC- they knew full well what was involved with the race. For them to be involved- it seems as though it was a guerrilla marketing ploy. Many folks thought Rapha sponsored the event- but I am unable to find any proof of that on the list of sponsors. To me they came off as a crew of insolent, self-proclaimed “gentlemen” that felt entitled to be a part of something they viewed as “edgy”.

    That said, Chris at least did acknowledge that a tattoo is the prized mark of the winner of this race. He made decision to disrespect that tradition.

    You know- I didn’t think I was that upset about it. Maybe I’m playing devil’s advocate a little, but since the decision to let the Rapha Focus riders keep their “weiner” title, all these feelings are welling up inside me.

    Like when we used to climb the rope in gym class.

  • beth

    December 9, 2011

    The organizers may have weighed the cost of completely DQ’g Rapha’s hired guns against this compromise, and decided that the politick choice was to let the kids keep their “wins” sans tattoos.
    Money talks, bullshit walks, and small change rides the bus (or skips the SSCXWC, with its high entry fees).
    And I remain underwhelmed by Rapha.
    (I cannot wait for my “Relegate” shirt…)

  • J

    December 10, 2011

    Are you sure the 2nd place winners would have gotten the tattoos? Doubt it.

  • rschuetze

    December 11, 2011

    I guess we’ll never know J… But I’m going to say yes.

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