#SSCXEU17

Or to give it it's full name: The SingleSpeed CycloCross European Championships 2017, which were held at Stanmer Park, in Brighton last weekend and the Crafty Horse Bar was on hand to ensure riders were adequately fuelled with beers from Dark Star Brewing, amongst others.

 Crafty pre-race beers...

Crafty pre-race beers...

SingleSpeeds are bikes with just one gear and a CycloCross bike is like a road bike, but with knobblier tyres for riding off road (like a mountain bike, but not a mountain bike). Yeah, we know.

It was an amazing event, full of friendly, passionate cyclists, many of whom had travelled from the continent to take part - like these guys from Belgium.

 Commitment...

Commitment...

 They love it when a plan comes together...

They love it when a plan comes together...

Cyclocross races last for just over an hour - an hour and a lap to be precise, and are ridden flat out. Riders don't just have to negotiate the course (this one was particularly fast and technical), they also have to negotiate barriers, either by dismounting and running over them or, if they've got the skill, hopping over them.

 Not your usual cyclocross barrier...

Not your usual cyclocross barrier...

We certainly had a blast and who knows, maybe you'll see the Crafty Horse Bar at a race near you next season.