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SSWC in Alaska for 2014

The Single Speed World Championships will take place in Anchorage, Alaska in 2014.  July 18-20. Coming back to the USA after it’s been overseas since 2010.  It’s travels have taken it most recently to Italy and South Africa, Ireland and New Zealand before that.

As “officially” as any shitshow can begin- the first SSWC took place in California in 1999.  I have never taken the opportunity to compete or attend one before, but this year I may just have a chance.  Or not.  Unfortunately for me it takes place smack dab in my four-month fishing season and I’ll likely be found in the middle of Prince William Sound, sulking with jellyfish dripping on me from the net above.

For others though- that have jobs that they can take some time off of, I’d highly suggest getting your ass to the 49th state for this one.  Anchorage is not well known for urban cycling- in fact I’ve found it one of the sketchiest places to ride (predominately in winter.)  Drivers are quite aggressive towards cyclists, even more so than the moose you may cross on the paths.  However, Anchorage is also home to a wonderful grid of trails, with Kincaid Park being the city’s crown jewel.  They have CX races in town at the parks, MTB races at Kincaid.  It’s pretty bad ass. And it’s in the Last Frontier.  No, not space- that’s the Final Frontier.   Drink bears and get mauled by beers!

Grab your single speed: mountain bike, sweet fixie, cross bike, tall bike, unicycle (if you’re from Portland,) or whatever other contraption you want to ride and buy a ticket.

Anyway, get your shit together and your head in the game.  When registration opens, it’ll fill up fast.  There’s a webpage and a Facebook and more info to come- so look alive!

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3 Comments

  • Tall Bryan

    January 10, 2014

    Really hoping I can make this happen. Going to be an awesome time! Would be great to see a strong Seattle showing!

  • Üma

    February 17, 2014

    What does it say about the event that when one googles SSWC2014 your website is the first that comes up? NICE SEO DUDE!

    I’ll be there and planning to spend some time after the race to just ride and tour a bit. By bike, that is. I ain’t askeered of the backroads, either. But I’m flying solo unless I find some kindred spirits. Care to point a crazy singlespeed broad to some good offroad beta?

  • Ryan

    February 17, 2014

    It means we made a deal with the devil..

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