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Echo Red to Red 2015

How should I mentally prepare for my first-ever mountain bike race?  I really had no idea what to expect, so I asked friends.

A few members of the Ruckus Test Team had raced Echo before, so I started with their advice. (more…)

6 weeks and 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo

We landed in Phoenix Wednesday night, giving us a couple days to acclimate and get ready for the race on Saturday. How did we get here? At one of the largest 24 hour races in the country with only six weeks of training? Are we fucked? Are we ok? Why is it so warm?

The first weekend of January I had IMed Shawn asking if he would consider doing the race as a two person team after Cristina and Erin had to back out. We were already planning on going as support and looking forward to perhaps not riding as much and when we did ride – long leisurely rolls with hot dog and milkshake stops. Not preparing for a long ass race. How does one prepare for something like this anyway? (more…)

Bike jock stuff

While we enjoy being bike jocks on the bikes, some of us unapologetically enjoy it off the bike as well. This means watching professional races, discussing professional races, reading about professionals etc. At the tail of end of the cyclocross season the chatter about the newly crowned 20 year old world champion, why Nys has slowed, Is Meeusen on Drugs, Why does Wout have such bad luck (amongst other topics) is tapering. What we’re left with is this pretty amazing picture (sourced from the excellent california streaming blog):

The Ruckus Test Team Goes To Astoria


Krissy BW




 Part 1 – Krissy’s Story:                      From Wake-Up to Take-Off                 

6:45am alarm goes off. I am still full from Thanksgiving dinner the night before and a bit hazy from the beers and whiskey. I put the coffee on and forced some breakfast down. It’s raining. But it’s not cold (in the 50s). I put my scuba bike gear on as all the weather apps tell me it’s going to rain all day. (more…)

NWSSCX Women’s Single Speed Race Recap

It all started a few months ago when Shawn emailed Krissy, Hazel and me, stating the obvious (Single Speed women don’t have their own field) and adding that it would be really cool to have more ladies join the SS dark side, perhaps even hosting the Women’s SSCX Championship race? It ended with “I would love to hear your guys’ feedback on such things”.

NWSSCX Equal Opportunity. Unequal Payout.

Ben is hosting a race on November 15th in Corvallis. Along with the traditional categories there is an elevated Women’s Single Speed event which will be part of a (hopefully) larger series for single-speeders.

Everyone knows SS ladies have more fun. (If ya didn’t, now ya do.)

And girl oh girl do we have a race to prove it. We’ve built a special course with interesting twists and turns, a few kegs of great beer, great people, and – dun dun dun – Huge payouts for the Women’s single speed field! Gals bring your guys, but there’s no payout for guys except a super fun course and gag prizes.

Ruckus Composites is excited to announce the first annual NWSSCX race featuring a women’s single-speed category during the Corvallis Cross Classic on November 15, 2014. We have reworked the schedule a bit to have the women’s SS field race at 3:30 during the open SS field.

More info here and on Facebook

It’s going to be super fun!

Concrete Vendetta III – The Heron Lakes Monolith

The ambiance riding the short straightaway into “the Monolith” became a cacophony of fear and unheard cheers every lap as the course tape closed in to form a tunnel of heavy expectation. “He’s gonna jump it!” I heard someone announce from far away. But I couldn’t make out anything else as my focus turned entirely to my fingers on the brake levers:  “GET AWAY FROM THE BRAKE LEVERS! GET AWAY FROM THE BRAKE LEVERS!” My thoughts had become completely dissociated from my actions. “GET AWAY FROM THE BRAKE LEVERS!” And suddenly I was on top, shoving my weight behind my saddle for the ride-off, and sprinting away to the one thousand cheers for which I would risk one thousand rims.