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Singlespeed World Championships - CM
Scotland, September 2, 2007
Team Giant wins Singlespeed Worlds
By by DrJ0n and Sue George
Kelli Emmett and Adam Craig took home top honours at the Singlespeed World Championships held in Aviemore, Scottland. Emmett took home a Sycip custom singlespeed frame while Craig collected a Black Sheep custom Titanium frame respectively.
Participants from Germany, America, Canada, Switzerland, Australia and many other countries blasted around the course which was specially tweaked by locals trail builders Andy, David and Nash. They also drank beer from Cairngorm Brewery, shook their tail feathers, and were blessed with an array of prizes from assorted sponsors. They raced up to five laps each after a LeMans style start.
As reported by Matt Ferrari on www.road2paris.wordpress.com, "The highlight of the race was Adam's spectacular crash in just after crossing the finishing area for his last lap. Craig, who'd played the part for most of the race, riding in full costume [included denim outfit. -ed.] and twice stopping for beers on course, was just putting away the beer he'd been handed for the last lap when he hit an exposed rock with his hands off the bar. He flew over the bike and hit the road with his forearms and knees. He shook it off quickly and rode a stellar last lap to finish with a handy lead, afterwards joking that he was thankful for the crash as it took his mind off the newly inked tattoo." Winners of the Singlespeed Worlds traditionally receive a tattoo.
Second placed Carl Decker reported to the seven mile mass roll-out ride to the course in a kilt and tartan helmet cover, while Emmett raced in a red unitard with thigh-high stockings.
Next year's worlds are set for Napa, California.
For featured coverage of Singlespeed Worlds, click here.
Women 1 Kelli Emmett (USA) 2 Jenn Hopkins (GBr) 3 Sinead Fitzgibbon (USA) 4 Tiffany Allmandinger (USA) 5 Rebecca Tomaszewski (USA) Men 1 Adam Craig (USA) 2 Carl Decker (USA) 3 Travis Brown (USA) 4 Gareth Montgomery (GBr) 5 Sveinung Bj°rek°y (Nor) According to organizers, "Everyone else Did Very Well."