Single Speed USA rolled into Stowe, VT this weekend. Not to be confused with the official single speed national championship race, Single Speed USA involves a mix of racing and competitive activities like foot down.
This year's 28 mile course was primarily singletrack and featured many of Stowe's best known trails, finishing on a local favorite, Kimmers. Racers were forced to balance their desire for a fast time with the pull of the many "aid stations" on course, many of them featuring local beer from the area's breweries.
In the men's race, it was Massachusetts based Paul Simoes who took the win. Vermont local Kim O'Connell took home the win in her first singlespeed race, despite riding a borrowed, "claped-out," 26 inch-wheeled bike. Dejay Birch and Kerry Montgomery won the foot down derby to take home the coveted SSUSA belt.
The Single Speed World Championships take place in late-September in South Africa.