YURI : FLYING THE FREAK FLAG…
Words: Yuri Hauswald | Photos: Billy Sinkford of Echos Communications
Reposted with permission of Yuri/Niner
I toed the line at my first Single Speed World Championships (SSWC) in 2002, the year it was held in Downieville, CA, and won by MTB legend, Travis Brown, who, oddly enough, lent a hand, or a skinsuit more like it, to this year’s winner, Payson McElveen. I didn’t return to another SSWC until 2008, when Curtis Inglis, and his band of merry pranksters, masterminded a hopping good time at Skyline Park in Napa, CA, site of a few UCI MTB World Cups back in the day. That year’s Decider-the event/activity used to secure hosting rights for the next year- was a bowling match, won by none other than Durango’s Chainsaw Chad Cheeney, a legend in fashion, riding, wedding pool party dives, and neckbeards. And as it turns out, also moonlighting as an otherworldly race promoter. Along with folks like Doom, Jon Bailey, and the rest of the Passion Productions crew, Chainsaw orchestrated an amazing 2009 event, one that attracted over 1,200 riders.