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.