One gear, weed, burgers and a mandatory winner’s tattoo: 2023’s wildest World Championship

After two years of Covid cancellations, the Single Speed ​​Cyclo-Cross World Championships (SSCXWC) is taking place in Durango, Colorado this weekend, where participants will compete for bragging rights and a lifetime tattoo in lieu of rainbow bands.

Now in its 14th iteration, the very unofficial, unsanctioned and anarchic World Championships are a celebration of everything we love about ‘cross’: playing bikes in mud, beer, raised hands, fried food, spectator engagement and a healthy dose of competition, without the limitation of pesky rules regarding sock length, tire width, barrier height, flat bars or course characteristics. In fact, there is only one rule applied: the winner must immortalize their victory with a tattoo or be banned from the community at single speed forever.

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