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Jones and Krasniak top single speed cyclo-cross championships

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One of the "feats of strength" was a run up the infamous Lyon Street steps - a very long and steep staircase

One of the "feats of strength" was a run up the infamous Lyon Street steps - a very long and steep staircase
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Refreshments post-race may or may not have included alcohol

Refreshments post-race may or may not have included alcohol
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Julie Krasniak (Rapha Focus) had a big lead

Julie Krasniak (Rapha Focus) had a big lead
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Julie Krasniak (Rapha Focus)

Julie Krasniak (Rapha Focus)
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Blood was drawn.

Blood was drawn.
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The Rapha Focus riders had an edge in the form of mechanic Dan Horndasch

The Rapha Focus riders had an edge in the form of mechanic Dan Horndasch
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A Belgian tan for Chris Jones

A Belgian tan for Chris Jones
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The winner, Chris Jones, was forced to don gold hot pants for the podium

The winner, Chris Jones, was forced to don gold hot pants for the podium
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Supporters from San Francisco's Castro district?

Supporters from San Francisco's Castro district?
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Rachel Lloyd made a brief comeback

Rachel Lloyd made a brief comeback
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Axl Rose

Axl Rose
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Julie Krasniak climbs the run-up

Julie Krasniak climbs the run-up
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Competitors had to cross a muddy water filled trough

Competitors had to cross a muddy water filled trough
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Trepidation at the Obstacle of Unusual Size

Trepidation at the Obstacle of Unusual Size
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The SSCXWC attracted a slightly crazy crowd.

The SSCXWC attracted a slightly crazy crowd.
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Chris Jones (Rapha Focus) was the SSCX winner

Chris Jones (Rapha Focus) was the SSCX winner
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Riders push their bikes up the steep, lengthy run-up

Riders push their bikes up the steep, lengthy run-up
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Chris Jones had a large lead heading into the logs

Chris Jones had a large lead heading into the logs
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The Bride from Kill Bill?

The Bride from Kill Bill?
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Guns on a Mexican wrestler

Guns on a Mexican wrestler
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Erin Durkee's banana costume looks a little ripe

Erin Durkee's banana costume looks a little ripe
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Santa's little helper is looking a little muddy

Santa's little helper is looking a little muddy
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Barb Howe

Barb Howe
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Julie Krasniak's finest moment.

Julie Krasniak's finest moment.
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There were geared races in the morning.

There were geared races in the morning.
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Qualifiers at Ocean Beach

Qualifiers at Ocean Beach
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Riders had to qualify for the championships through "feats of strength" which included a dune run at Ocean Beach

Riders had to qualify for the championships through "feats of strength" which included a dune run at Ocean Beach
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Skipping the jersey cuts down on laundry loads.

Skipping the jersey cuts down on laundry loads.
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Superhero!

Superhero!
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There were thrills and spills.

There were thrills and spills.
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White was a poor color choice for the mucky race.

White was a poor color choice for the mucky race.
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Smurf.

Smurf.
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There was one tandem in the race.

There was one tandem in the race.
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This was just one muddy run-up

This was just one muddy run-up
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Riders tackle one of the steep descents.

Riders tackle one of the steep descents.
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Plastic was a good choice in attire for a very muddy race.

Plastic was a good choice in attire for a very muddy race.
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Some racers went with minimalistic costumes

Some racers went with minimalistic costumes
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Some racers had more complicated attire

Some racers had more complicated attire
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More cowbell?

More cowbell?
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There was plenty of beer on hand, of course delivered by bicycle

There was plenty of beer on hand, of course delivered by bicycle
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Is it the governator?

Is it the governator?
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The obstacle of unusual size was a water trough.

The obstacle of unusual size was a water trough.
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Rachel Lloyd came out of retirement, briefly, as a shark.

Rachel Lloyd came out of retirement, briefly, as a shark.
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It's the chick's race.

It's the chick's race.
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Julie Krasniak soloed to the victory in Golden Gate Park.

Julie Krasniak soloed to the victory in Golden Gate Park.
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Some wore wigs under their helmets.

Some wore wigs under their helmets.
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Some wore wigs on top of their helmets.

Some wore wigs on top of their helmets.
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It's another chick race.

It's another chick race.
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The guys who raced were mostly clowns.

The guys who raced were mostly clowns.
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Some racers took things seriously.

Some racers took things seriously.
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Spiderman

Spiderman
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The Rapha Focus duo Chris Jones and Julie Krasniak took out the unofficial titles at the 2011 Single Speed Cyclo-cross World Championships, held in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park on Sunday.

Costumed competitors took to the 2km circuit which had been thoroughly soaked by overnight storms to compete for the overall prize: not a gold medal, not a rainbow jersey, but a world championship tattoo.

The single speed cyclo-cross discipline has been growing in popularity through the grass-roots efforts of local 'cross promoters, and the first "world championships" were held in 2007 in Portland, Oregon.

The 2011 event whittled down the hundreds of entrants to 150 starters in the men's race through qualifying "feats of strenght" on Saturday which included several challenges scattered around San Francisco: a sprint up California Street's knee-breaking grades, a run up the Lyon Street steps 40% grade, a dollar grab, wheel change and a sand dune challenge at Ocean Beach.

On race day, riders were lined up on the grid and then surprised with a Le Mans-style start which sent them up a steep run up back to the grid in search of their machines to start the race.

Rapha Focus riders Chris Jones and Julie Krasniak, dressed in "I love wieners" costumes, each secured early leads which they never relinquished, inspired perhaps to ride faster while being chased by a shark, chicken, gorilla and crocodile, among other "creatures".

You can view the full video interview with Julie Krasniak here.

Full video interview with Chris Jones.