This year, I wanted to do something extra-rad for the Zank series. Unfortunately the guy with the flamethrower guitar from Mad Max wasn’t available to play the SSCX National Anthem before every race (also getting the rights to early Judas Priest songs is surprisingly expensive) so I went with the next best thing: Partnering with some seriously excellent artists / designers to make some awesome Zank stuff for y’all.
The first design we’re releasing is from Jordan Shively. He ran / runs a twitter account called Dread Singles (@hottestsingles
) where – as best as I can describe – he makes singles ads in a vaguely Lovecraftian voice. Lately he’s moved away from the early incarnation / concept (which was pretty amazing, my description is not even close to adequate) to a more standard social media interface, but has launched a site called Void Merch, where he designs / sells some very weird, very nerdy, and very well-designed stuff.
As most of us are current or former D&D kids, we were naturally drawn to his designs – particularly the d20 pride flag
. I approached him about crossing the tabletop RPG and bike nerd streams, and he almost immediately turned around a perfect image that brought together our history of rolling dice in basements, ripping corners with our friends, and our commitment to inclusion and equality in all our endeavors. I mean, just look at it:
Unfortunately, just before we were set to release all this radness into the world, DHer and human force of nature Amanda Batty suffered a brutal injury to her leg. Amanda has been one of the loudest, clearest, and unapologetic voices for equality in our sport, even occasionally compromising her own financial well-being to hold the line for womens racing. Even though she’s a downhill/ enduro racer from half a continent away, she fully encapsulates our stance in the NECX/SSCX scene.
So instead of just selling off these things at cost to folks at the races, we’re asking a bit more so we can send Amanda some cash at the end of the season to help her recovery. We know it won’t be much, but until our national healthcare system can be changed to take care of its citizens properly, we have to help each other in any way we can. 5 bucks gets you a patch AND a sticker sent anywhere a letter can get to for normal-people postage.
Paypal 5 bucks to michael.wissell[at]gmail[dot]com with your name and address and I’ll get you set up as soon as they arrive (late next week ETA). Or just your name and what race you’ll pick them up at.
Thanks y’all. We can’t wait to see you this CX season!
– Mike W. and the Zank crew
In case you haven’t noticed all those races popping up on BikeReg and all the #cxiscoming tweets peppering your Twitter feed, it’s almost time to get Zank’ing!
Chip is always trying to innovate and push the limits of what the Zank Series can be (god bless him) and we at Chainline Cycles will drink any Kool-Aid he’s serving. Sooooooo in an effort to bring something new and fresh for 2017 we (Kevin & Eric from Chainline) have decided to coordinate and run a little Co-Ed Team competition for 2017. We’re still working on the prize purse but I can tell you right now that the winners will at the very least receive a his and hers set of custom crocheted NECX scarves. Only two exist in the entire world, they are practically priceless.
So how is this shindig going to work?!
The competition will consist of Co-Ed team pairs. 1 dude and 1 lady. You don’t need to be a couple in real life, in fact we’re hoping folks develop some strategic partnerships to increase the fun factor.
- First step is to register with Kevin as a team pair before Hartford Riverfront Cyclocross on Sept 9th. (He can be contacted @kevinorlowski on Twitter and Instagram or email kevinorlowski[at]gmail[dot]com). Just need racer names and a team name if you want (but not required).
- Next step is to race the Zank Series races and have a blast.
- Your team scores points for the overall only when both your dude and lady finish in the points for a given race. Your team score for that race will be the sum of your scores. i.e. if your dude races and gets 100pts but your lady doesn’t race you don’t get 100pts towards the overall Co-Ed competition. Full pair consistency is key!
- Kevin will tabulate overall standings after Colin posts Men’s and Women’s series standings at crossresults.com and post them here as the season progresses.
That’s it! Quest for the Vest is still the main storyline for the season. Goal here is a fun little sub-plot to follow along with. We’re hoping this might get our men’s and women’s fields a bit more equal in size, dial up the camaraderie and increase the party. Scarves (and possible other prizes) will be issued to the winners at Ice Weasels in December.
So partner up folks! Get registered with Kevin as a team and we’ll see you in Hartford!