A road rider checks in. He later lost his manifest and was thus disqualified.
Leading the qualification ride, a Strava rider comes into the checkpoint. You can see riders behind, chasing.
A fixie rider checks in.
Chris Phipps (right) is in second place during the qualification ride. Top ten qualify for the final.
Greg McQuaid checks in.
Greg McQuaid starts on another lap. The qualification was judged by how many half-laps you could complete in 30 minutes.
Organizer Mike Martin (with camera) pulls on his shirt while the "CSC" fixie rider contemplates the pain of another lap.
"Breathe hard next time" the Strava rider is instructed. He was the only rider to complete six full laps.
Greg McQuaid completes another lap.
Jacob Berkman rolls out of the checkpoint.
Chris Phipps gets his manifest back after having another lap recorded.
Chris Phipps shows his skin suit as he heads out again.
Greg McQuaid at the S/F checkpoint.
Joe Mulvaney checks in.
Chris Phipps holds his manifest as he waits to get it marked. Chris finished 5 1/2 laps to finish second in qualification.
The lead bike comes through before the riders. Okay; I don't think these two had anything to do with the event, but I don't know for sure.
Chris Phipps is the first to approach the summit. He only has a short climb remaining before he begins his descent.
The Strava rider follows Chris.
The Strava rider approaches the end of the climb.
Joe Mulvaney is third to round the corner approaching the summit.
Joe Mulvaney approaches the summit.
A chase group turns the corner.
Nice work by the fixie to hang with the geared bikes: the climb is steep in places, and the gear ratio needs to be chosen as a compromise between the climb and descent.
Greg McQuaid turns the corner to approach the summit, while a fixie rider discovers a solution to the gear ratio problem.
It might be said rule enforcement was lax, but there were no actual rules to enforce.
Fixie riders scramble up a dirt path to the summit, an alternative to riding up the longer, less direct roadway.
Two more fixies round the corner.
I think he's contemplating the dirt path immediately behind me.
The dirt path was the popular fixie choice.
Bikes are discarded at the base of the dirt path while leader Chris Phipps descends from the summit.
Chris Phipps takes the corner at speed. He needs only luck at the traffic lights to win now.
This rider deserves the prize for most impressive rack.
The Strava rider chases Chris Phipps down the hill.
More riders struggle up the road.
A fixie rider heads for the dirt path.
Joe Mulvaney takes the corner.
The lead fixie riders scramble down the path while others begin the climb. It wasn't clear whether it was necessary to carry the bike when walking the dirt. The guy on left leads, but he will be caught and passed by the rider with the "Dog Mom" T-shirt.
Another rider climbs.
The top two fixie riders descend. This isn't nearly as straightforward a task as it is for the geared riders.
Another rider approaches the corner.
San Francisco provided a scenic backdrop.
A Dolce Vita rider descends.
A fixie rider chases the Dolce Vita rider.
Greg McQuaid takes the corner, less aggressively than his teammate Chris Phipps did previously.
A car swerves to avoid a discarded fixie.
Another fixie descender. Despite the jersey, he is not the world champion, as far as I know.
Rider for promoting organization MASH descends.
The MASH rider leads another fixie.
The porteur rider goes into the corner.
The substantial rack acts as a faring, accelerating his rapid descent.
Fixie rider descends, having taken the usual dirt path route to and from the checkpoint.
Kate, the women's winner, climbs towards the checkpoint.
Kate has gotten her manifest checked off, and now she descends towards the finish.
Free tacos courtesy of Los Compadres.
Mash Transit, a new shop @ 14th near Sanchez, hosted the "event".
Trophies and prizes for top fixie, top geared bike, and top woman.
Mike Martin awards the prizes.
Top fixie rider: he took the lead on the descent.
The top fixie rider accepts his $500 cash prize.
He still has the strength to lift the extremely heavy trophy.
An impressive victory by the top fixie.
Second place fixie rider. First place got $500 cash, a nice courier bag, and a huge trophy. Second place got a yellow sticker.
Chris Phipps won the geared bike race.
Champaign? I suspect not.
Phipps, who has plenty of practice winning races, hoists his trophy with style. I suspect this is his largest payday cycling, however.
Kate lifts the women's trophy.