The raucous Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships (SSCXWC) are going down in wintery Durango, Colorado, this weekend, the place individuals shall be vying for a coveted tattoo as an alternative of rainbow bands.
After two years of Covid postponements, the very unsanctioned World Championship is being held for a 14th time with greater than 300 individuals searching for single pace glory.
Competition will come from amateurs and world-class execs alike with the likes of Stephan Davoust, LifetIme Grand Prix winner Keegan Swenson, Specialized off-road pro Russel Finsterwald, elite cyclocrosser Sunny Gilbert, retired home pro roadie Beth Ann Orten and gravel pro Sarah Sturm converging on Durango.
But one title specifically stood out from the record of registrants: the mysterious “Eagle of Durango.”
Over the years, a number of biking stars have proven curiosity in the rambunctious end-of-year-party that is the SSCXWC. In 2016, the hype reached worldwide heights when the then newly retired Belgian cyclocross legend Sven Nys confirmed up unannounced to hitch in on the enjoyable and compete sans gears.
At the time, Nys had been registered beneath his American pseudonym, Stan Nice, and the race organizers together with Nys’ sponsor, Trek, had efficiently managed to maintain the attendance of the two-time cyclocross world champion beneath wraps till the man himself confirmed up at the opening celebration to choose up his race numbers.
With the race registration celebration for this 12 months’s occasion simply hours away, race organizer Dylan Stucki let it slip to Cycling Weekly who the “Eagle of Durango”, racing with bib quantity 3, may be.
Can you guess who it is? We’ll provide you with some clues:
– He’ s a Durango-native
– He’s identified for being one of the greatest climbers in the peloton
– He received the hilly Stage 15 of the 2021 Tour de France
– When the roads flip up, the 28-year-old Is a giant Help for his Jumbo-Visma captains Primož Roglič and Jonas Vingegaard.
It’s gotta be Sepp Kuss!
The proficient American could also be identified for being one of the greatest climbers in the highway peloton, however he is no stranger to the filth both. He’s a three- time collegiate mountain bike nationwide champion and thus, a really succesful off-road rider.
It shall be fascinating to see how he’ll handle, not essentially the cyclocross racing, however slightly the distinctive options and shenanigans that await him.
The winner ought to be capable to face up to a sure race-to-party ratio, Stucki says, so we’ll have to attend and see if his tolerance matches his climbing prowess.