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Music Reviews

Screaming Females - Castle Talk
»Screaming Females
Castle Talk
Don Giovanni
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross - The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
»Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
The Social Network [Original Soundtrack]
The Null Corporation
Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest
Halcyon Digest
No Age - Everything in Between
»No Age
Everything in Between
Sub Pop
Robyn - Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
Body Talk Pt. 1/ Body Talk Pt. 2
The Walkmen - Lisbon
»The Walkmen
Fat Possum

September 14, 2009
The official tagline (as "official" as anything gets, anyway) is 'KILLER'. The mandatory grand prize award isn't a trophy or a cash purse, it is a tattoo. Most competitors don't wear jerseys or any kind of standard-issue uniforms, they wear thongs and chicken costumes and ballerina tutus, or in some cases almost nothing at all. Substance abuse and debauchery aren't mandatory, but abstinence is generally frowned upon. It is a thoroughly loud, fitfully relaxed and mostly intoxicated affair, yet the SingleSpeed World Championships is no conference of schlubbery; the winner of the 2007 event in Scotland, mountain bike champion Adam Craig, missed the 2008 event in California not with a hangover but with a spot on the US Olympic team, which at the time was competing in Beijing.

Taking place this year on September 19th and 20th in the storied Southwest mountain town of Durango, Colorado, the 2009 SSWC competition will be assuredly stiff; not simply because of the photos of the Rainbow Machete Skate Crew in the event's magazine, but also because Durango is an outdoor sports mecca, site of the first Mountain Bike World Championships in 1990, that draws athletes like moths to flame. And, lets face it, oddball sporting events involving retro-inspired equipment are all the rage right now. While the actual layout of the racecourse will remain under lock and keg until the event, preliminary reports indicate that the riding will be strenuous, with "a walking section and tons of riding sections." Keep in mind that the elevation of Durango itself is more than 6500 feet above sea level, which is why there are half a dozen top-notch ski runs within a few miles of town. In the summer, however, mountain bikes rule the slopes, and the SSWC will bring some of the hardest calves and strongest wills in cycling to the San Juan mountains.

Racing might be the name of the game for the SSWC, but competition isn't the only game in town. As with most cycling events, festivities take no backseat, and over the weekend in Durango there will be a pancake breakfast, dinner and drinking, a footdown competition, likely some sort of bike toss, and other shenanigan-based events and activities. There is of course polo as well, but not of the tight-jeaned, Brooklyn hipster hardcourt variety you may have been reading about online. Instead, there will be bike polo on grass, the way the two-wheeled version of the game originated. And, just for authenticity's sake, there will also be pony polo in nearby Carbondale.

True to the cycling spirit, the SSWC is a family-oriented event. For those unsure how exactly families come to be, there will certainly be at least a few pairs of genitals on display. Come one, come all, bring the kids at their own risk. On the sidebar for last year's event, along with information on campgrounds, "where to drink," and the better pizza joints around the host city of Napa, California, was information for two bail bonds companies under the bold scripted line, "I've been arrested in America, now what do I do?"

SEE ALSO: sswc09.wordpress.com

Eric J Herboth
Eric J. Herboth is the founder, publisher and Managing Editor of LAS magazine. He is a magazine editor, freelance writer, bike mechanic, commercial pilot, graphic designer, International Scout enthusiast and giver of the benefit of the doubt. He currently lives in rural central Germany with his two best friends, dog Awahni and cat Scout.

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