hot cyclo-cross bike of the day #2

It’s that time of year again. Cyclo-cross season is well and truly over so what else is there to do than lust over hot bikes?

Sacha White of Vanilla Bicycles fame produces some of the most lust worthy bikes out there. Unfortunately for most, with a multi-year waiting list they are for the most part just something to desire rather than actually own and ride. However at 8am on April 1st Sacha will be opening up the waiting list for 30 production frames under the SpeedVagen name which will be built in time for the 07/08 cyclo-cross season.

vanilla cross racer Sacha’s personal SpeedVagen was on display at the NAHMBS and the production models will be similar. With an emphasis on ultra simplicity, light-weight and ultra stiff braking system the framesets will be offered in single or multispeed versions. One interesting point is the integrated seatpost which uses Thomson guts and offers 10mm of adjustablity as well as housing a stainless tube that the rear brake cable is routed though.

Whatever your thoughts on the integrated seatpost’s practicality, Sacha continues to integrate subtle refinements into a traditionally constructed and aesthetically beautiful bicycle. I wonder how long it will take the 30 of these to be snatched up?

For more details see Bike Portland’s blog and the SpeedVagen website.

$120? Really?

moots canti mounts

i mean yeah these moots canti bosses would be nice to have to convert that old beater. but is it really worth $120 to be able to run canti’s on a bike that you’ll probably have to man handle the frame of to run tires larger than 28c? maybe someone just wants them for the collectablility, who knows.

speaking of ebay, yesterday i received in the mail 3 copies of the french magazine miroir des sports from the 1930s with feature articles on cyclo-cross. i’ll post scans soon.

some people…

…have way too much time on their hands:

p.s. am i the only one not in belgium right now?

eva and i are going to have waffles on christmas morning. the only question is, liege or brussels? which is it to be?

you really thought i was joking about that indoor cyclo-cross thing?


BASP Finals

Sunday was the Bay Area Super Prestige Cyclocross finals at Coyote Point. The fun part: Coyote Point is right on the bay and part of the course is a long section of sandy beach. The not so fun part: The asphalt sections that would snake through a grassy park. It sure was a tease; Riding on asphalt when there was all that grasss to be ridden on that the promoters probably couldn’t get permission to use. However, the course was fun and because it was so fast it encouraged riding in groups which is a positive imo.

The course had more elevation change that most I’ve ridden lately and really I enjoyed climbing through the trees. The corners/downhill in the same area were really fun too. I’ve gotta say though, the sand was probably my favorite part. I rode it several times during warm ups and felt pretty confident.

As usual, I wound up on the 3rd row at the start. Somehow I couldn’t find my pedal as we set off and although I don’t think I really lost any places I certainly didn’t make any up which, being in about 30th position, was what I needed to be doing.

So after being confident about the sand section in practise I got a bit of a suprise when the trench that had been carved out by the masters and As that made getting round the first hairpin easier had completely dissapeared. I struggled around the corner and rode about half of the straight before realising that running was going to be the faster method. I ran through the sand for the rest of the race.

After that I slowly made up a few positions and then got suprised by the bell lap for the 3rd race running! I don’t know what it is but even when I really conciously try and check laps I still get caught out. I guess it’s the 5 lap race thing. So after being informed we were on the bell lap by a competitor I uped the pace and made up a few more positions. I managed to hang on to the wheel of my lap counter around the last half of the lap after he dropped me passing someone on the long straight by the beach.

I don’t think I’ve had a such a close finish before but I convinced myself I was going to beat the guy in front of me. I chose the last corner for my move and somehow it worked, despite the final straight being so short. I took the corner just right and flew past him.

In the end I finished 17th, which put me in 15th overall. Not bad considering I missed a race.

Now it’s almost time for Peak Season Cyclocross and some real cross conditions.

Here it is in pictures.

Running the sand section

On the asphalt

Down through the woods

Finish sequence 1

Finish sequence 2

Finish sequence 3

Photos by Rick. He took tons and tons of photos of all the races. Good Job!

“Cyclocross Is Colorful. Mud-Colored, That Is.” -NY Times

The New York Times sent a reporter and photographer to the USGP final in Portland and came back with a well informed article and impressive photo gallery.

From the Road Bike Review Cyclo-cross Forum.

get them while you can

as of yesterday, cyclocross world has dugast typhoons in stock. i bet they wont last more than a week.

Superprestige Sint-Michielsgestel

Ed Raket posted a 3 1/2 minute account of the 2nd Superprestige in Sint-Michielsgestel on YouTube:

for people who think mud, barriers, rows of marker tape and grass with paths worn into it looks cool

the cyclocross course porn group on flickr is shaping up nicely.


proposed cyclocross rule change drama

People have been getting really excited about the proposed rule change that Tom Simonson has proposed be added to the Cyclocross legislation. The proposed changes are as follows:

Page 13 of 24 Draft legislative packet – fall meeting 10/20/2006

UR06.22 5A Cyclocross obstacles – submitted by Tom Simonson
Last year we passed legislation permitting more than one set of barriers events. This legislation clarifies that this should be the exception rather standard practice, and gives some examples for obstacles and “acrobatics”.
5A11. Races which are not UCI events, national championships, or used riders for national teams or international competition may have two additional temporary artificial barriers (3 total). The barriers must meet the specifications
5A10 and the total number of obstacles may not exceed 6. The additional temporary barriers should be done only in unusual circumstances (e.g. local tradition at a particular event or the lack of suitable terrain); the standard cyclo-cross course should have at most one set of temporary barriers.

5A12. The course may cross bridges or footbridges provided that they are a minimum of 3 meters wide and that there is a guard rail on both sides. A non-slip surface (carpet, wire mesh, or special anti-slip paint) shall be used on bridges and footbridges. A separate footbridge shall be provided for spectators.
5A13. No acrobatics on the part of the riders shall be required to overcome obstacles. This includes such items as excessively steep or slippery run-ups and steps so high that riders have difficulty climbing them.
5A14. Having consulted the Organizer, the Chief Referee may decide that artificial obstacles shall be removed if the circuit is unusually slippery.

Honestly, I’m all for it. It doesn’t force promoters/course designers to only have one set of barriers but it definitely encourages it more strongly. I’m all for having some barriers but it’s nice to have a good amount of other obstacles mixed in too.