Mexican Wrestler, Prison Inmate, UPS Man at SNGL Speed Champs

Giddyup! This cowgirl is ready to shred the dusty trail; photo by Ben Hovland

Last weekend, about 300 mountain bikers (and even more spectators) gathered to race bikes, drink beer, and generally wreak havoc in the quiet town of Winona, Minn. The event was Single Speed USA, an annual mountain bike competition.

The highlight of the weekend was a 35-mile race that featured 4,000 feet of vertical climbing on singletrack. Racers were fighting for the title of Single Speed USA champion. As part of a tradition at the event, many of the racers decided to ditch the spandex and put on, well, interesting garb. Here’s our top 10 favorite costumes from the race. —Amy Oberbroeckling

Special Delivery from Hurl of Cars-R-Coffins fame; photo by Ben Hovland

Minneapolis’ Gene Oberpiller, owner of One on One bike shop, makes his getaway; photo by Todd Bauer

Hagar the Horrible in short shorts; photo by Todd Bauer

Inked-up train conductor making a quick flower delivery; photo by Todd Bauer

We’d make fun of this dude’s hair, but he’d probably beat us up; photo by Todd Bauer

This dude definitely won ‘most patriotic’; photo by Ben Hovland

Minneapolis’ Kristy “The School Girl” Henderson can shred in a skirt; photo by Todd Bauer

Where’s the Mexican wrestling ring…; photo by Todd Bauer

Denim Domestique; photo by Todd Bauer

—See more photos from the race at Single Speed USA’s site.

Amy Oberbroeckling

Amy Oberbroeckling, an Iowa native, joined GearJunkie out of college and brought a passion for endurance sports as well as a flawless record in arm wrestling matches against famous rock climbers. Find her biking, trail running, cross-country skiing, camping, or tipping back a cold IPA.