The kids have been busy in the Beaver State. On the weekend of November 10-11th, the Portland Single Speed Collective (PSSC) will play host to SSCXWCâ€” an event that’s billed as the Official UnOfficial World Championship event for singlespeed cyclocross racers. SSCXWC, which involves a time trial on Saturday and the Grand Boucle on Sunday, is a part of the River City Bicycles Cross Crusade race series (visit the Cross Crusade website for registration and directions to the event).
Mountain Bike Alaska
The Alaska state motto is: “North to the Future”. While the folks at Alaska Backcountry Bike Tours don’t promise time travel, they do offer guided bicycle tours of “The Last Frontier” â€“ including their 5 day Singletrack Epic and 7 day Denali Road Tour. Both of these tours will be offered multiple times in 2008, throughout the short Alaskan summer (including special “Women Only” dates). The short summer means the tours fill up fast, so get crackin’ to the website for more information.
The First Annual Tour of America
Calling any bicycle event the “first annual” is a bit presumptuous. But when the event in question is a proposed ” yearly tour from the East Coast to the West Coast in the same vein of the Tour de France” â€“ well, that takes some big, er… ideas. Judging from the following quote from the folks at Aqu Inc., the promoters of the proposed First Annual Tour of America, they have confidence and big ideas in abundance:
The event will be the largest spectator event in the history of U.S. sports, covering approximately 4,000 miles (more than 6,000 km) from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean, with 27 stages held during 30 days of competition. The event will invite twenty-five of the most elite cycling teams in the world and will boast a prize purse currently pegged at $11 million, the largest purse of any international cycling event.
Here’s hoping they pull it off.