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Singlespeed Cyclocross Worlds Weekend Wrapup

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The Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships 2013 (SSCXWC13) brought surreal cyclocross in Philly to a new level. That’s a strong statement, as for the last seven years the Bilenky Junkyard Cross set the bar pretty high. On Saturday, photographer Pano K shot highlights of the eighth annual incarnation of this auto-part-yard battle of man against machine and common sense.

On Sunday, our Photo Editor Thom Carroll captured the spirit — and the spirits — of SSCXWC13 on the snow-blanketed Belmont Plateau. As if on cue, the flurries started just as the costume-clad characters in the Everyone’s a Winner ride were jumping on their bikes and into their roles.

By the power vested in me by the City of Philadelphia, I declare that on today, December 8, on the Belmont Plateau, handups are not a crime. Now, I’m not exactly sure what that means. — Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter

If a determination to win, place, or at least show up your fellow racers was stronger in the Men’s SSCXWC13 race, the higher pulse rates and faster-falling flakes didn’t make the riders, their outfits, and their antics any less absurd. By the time the race hit the second lap, the ground was coated in snow, and the course was getting treacherous in the corners.

The treachery deepened for the Women’s SSCXWC13 race, with more than four inches of snow on the ground by the end. Many racers reported that their brakes were virtually useless after the first lap. Fortunately, there was always a reason — if not an easy way — to stop for a refreshment.

The winner’s trophies and the tattoos that come with a SSCXWC championship will be worn by State College, PA, resident and Scotland native Vicki Barclay and Bend Oregon’s Adam Craig.

Philadelphia brought singlespeed cyclocross and world championships to a new level with our hospitality, our race courses, and our seemingly scripted weather. On Sunday evening, through games of charisma and chance on the Moshulu Louisville, KY, won the bid to host next year’s festivities or gave it to Boston, MA. If you followed @SSCXWC14KY on Twitter  too closely or not close enough you still might not be sure.

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