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Race Report: Something Wicked – Six Hours of Cathedral Pines MTB Race

The day started early.

After a rough night of sleep, Wilis and Amir – along with newest addition to the Deluxe team, Richard, girlfriend, Sidnee, and lovely dame, Rosie the French Bulldog, all embarked on a cold, damp, muddy trip.

Standing tall, Rosie in all of her glory!

Deluxe closed shop doors for the day to attend a quite gnarly mountain bike race over at the Cathedral Pines trail system, located a hour and a half drive from Brooklyn, out deep in Long Island, NY.

The 6 hour event, hosted by organizers Something Wicked, consisted of a 10 mile loop that was very fast, serpentine, tight, hard-packed single track, with minimal elevation change. The organizers offered the event in several catagories: Solo (in A, B, and C categories, both for Male and Female), Duo Relay4-Person RelaySinglespeed, and Fat Bike. The event sold out at the 300 person cap.

A mass start race of 300 people was a little cramped. Despite having been almost crashed out twice at the prologue, Amir moved up to a decent position.
#1 in our hearts.

For us, Duo Relay was the name of the game and not bonking out was our claim to fame. We went into the race with a chill mentality: just have fun and make it out alive. On that day, Richard blessed us with his mechanical prowess, tended to the field with neutral support. Sidnee and Rosie provided us with good vibes and kindred spirits.

We busted out our signature weapons. Wilis undusted his No22 Old King, built up with a Carbon Lefty, Enve wheels, full Thomson cockpit, complete with Ti Thomson straight bars, and a SRAM XX1 groupset.

Singletrack trails are a commonplace for Wilis so he is all too familiar with races similar to this one. A few months ago, he and a few friends rode D2R2, a 180K gravel ride thats loops through the Green Mountain range in the Appalachians. At the end of the day, Wilis is a seasoned Cat 1 XC racer, and although he won’t admit it, can shred on the trails with one arm and his eyes closed.

“Spicy!”
“My body is telling me no. My my mind, my mind, is telling me yes~”

Amir on the other hand… He’s quite new. He had participated in a handful of track and cross races this past season but had never raced a MTB race before! However, he frequents local trails and is slowly learning the Art of Sending It.

Amir rode his freshly built Ritchey P-29, accompanied by a Rockshox SID fork, KS LEV dropper post, mismatched Mavic/Enve wheels, Deluxe Ti Integrated Bar/Stem combo, and the new 12-speed  SRAM XX1 Eagle. 

 All went swell with the race, and at the end of it all, the Deluxe boys took home 7th place in the Duo Relay event. Lots of fun was had. Chili and cold pizza was served at the end for the racers and we shortly after embarked on our trek back to the city. See more of the experience below.

GAME FACE! Amir chasing the wheel of a highschool kid twice as strong as he ever could be.
Cheese!
Dig!
Smile to keep from crying.
🍑s
Wilis with his stylish No22 Factory Racing kit from his Elite CX days.

Thanks for tuning in! You’ll catch us next at Rainey Park CX coming up in December.

Canyon Endurace

Jeremy brought this bike in to have us swap out his handlebars with the same set, but wider and with a longer integrated stem. This build was meant for some serious road miles with the endurance-oriented slack geometry, disc brakes, and wide rim/tire combo.

This Canyon Endurace is built up with Canyon’s own  H31 ERGOCOCKPIT CF integrated bar/stem with their S15 VCLS 2.0 CF setback seatpost. A full Shimano Ultegra Di2 groupo, paired up with Zipp’s 30 Course aluminum wheelset assures sure reliability.  

Jesse’s Townie

Jesse’s been dreaming of building up a townie with full Shimano 600 tricolor for 5 years and finally, that dream came true. Jesse got this Wheeler complete with Shimano 600, and put on his own 600 stem, San Marco saddle, PDW basket, and changed the drive train to a 1x system by getting a race face 40t narrow-wide and de-anodizing the black off to a nice polished silver. This bike is townie’d out with pinhead’s locking skewers, the basket, and cruiser bars! 

Come by for your next townie build and we’ll help you build your dream commuter! 

Welcome Richard!

We’re very excited to announce our newest member of the shop staff today as Rich joins our team! Moving all the way from San Francisco with his girlfriend to the big apple, we’re stoked to have him working with us. Richard is our newest full-time mechanic  and has extensive experience wheel building and working on modern and vintage bikes, from high end road and mtb race bikes to simpler commuter bikes.

Outside of the shop he’s all about dirt and shredding it! To get a photo for his shop staff page on the website he OTB’d twice. Now that’s dedication! 

Mark’s Cannondale Evo

Mark swung by the shop to pick up his new Team cap from FiFo and rode his sweet Cannondale Evo over. Built like a hybrid between high end race machine and ultimate towny/cruiser, we fell in love with the thing and snapped a few shots. Peep his new cap, available for purchase here or in the shop!

Built up with Velocity A23 running tubeless laced up to a front dynamo hub (of course hooked up to a light!), and a rear A23 laced to a White Industries hub. Complete with 10speed Ultegra Di2.

New Deluxe Race Team Caps by FiFO Cycle!

Our race team this year got some sponsor caps from FiFO cycle, and we liked them so much we also decided to make a small run of 40 caps available for purchase! Sporting the 2017/2018 team colorway, show your support for the team by wearing this reversible 2-way design cap! 

We’re beyond humbled to be friends and working with FiFO. Born in Brooklyn, just like us, FiFO has been making some the industries finest cycling accessories for years now and we’re honored to be a part of it. 

Available for purchase here

100% Cotton, sourced and sewn in Colombia.