Smithville CX

When posting the title to this post I accidently put XC instead of CX. My minds still stuck in mtb mode.

Yesterday was teh smithville cross race and our boys did quite well. Travis got a holeshot, settled in and took home 4th in the open.

Kevin and Steve battled it out in the 35+ 4's and Steve managed to come out on top just by a hair. Kevin did also do the 4s though so maybe that was it...

Jessie doubled up, took home a good finish in the Master 35s, and then won the Master 35+ 4s. I'm thinking it's time for our boy to move it on up. Wouldn't want him being a target for our drama filled sandbagger blog. Silly boys.

Enjoy the pics from our good friend Cross Guru. Awesome job on them...


Ethos At The Cup

Last weekend was the Boulevard Cup as most of you crosser know. Apparently it was fun. I was too hungover to make an appearance. Let's just say my post season break has lasted longer than usual.

Travis is putting his new Moots to work in the Open class and is doing well for a mountain biker. Roadies seem to still rule to cross roost... He managed a well respected 6th.

Jesse is proving his might, with a nice 4th in the 4 class...

Kevin was on the verge of a top five, pulling a 6th in a nicely stacked Masters 40+ cat 4 race.

And Dave rounded out the crew with a 5th in a super stacked SS class. Over twenty racers in that one boys.

Pictures can be found here...

Couldn't save them, cause they protected.

I believe Smithville is this weekend, so all you crossers have fun.



24 Hours of Moab...

Yep, Our man and one of the Ethos founders, Cameron Chambers is THE USA Cycling 24 hour national Solo Singlespeed Champ! Way to go bro!

Cam's Race report is HERE


A Good Ol Fashion Irish Hoedown

I highly recommend not racing this weekend. There's kind of a big deal going down. It's the Weston Brewery Irish Fest, and it's going to be AWESOME! Nothing better than good Irish music, awesome Irish food, and the best part, lots of Irish BEER! (they'll have other brew there too for the less manly)

We've got a group of Ethos folks headed down Saturday night, so come join us! Here's all the info straight from the boys up at Weston.

Screaming Orphans Return to Weston Irish Fest

four sisters from County Donegal, Ireland to headline the event

Weston, Missouri - The 11th annual Weston Irish Festival opens its gates Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, October 8th, 9th & 10th, at O'Malley's Pub & Courtyard in downtown Weston. The best Irish music, piping and dancing, along with traditional Irish food and drinks, are what you'll find at the three-day event. The festival features musicians from across the U.S. and Ireland. Seventeen local, regional, and national touring acts will perform on the open-air courtyard stage as well as the two indoor pub stages. A fourth stage, adjacent to the courtyard stage, will showcase the pipers and dancers.

Headlining this year's festival are: The Screaming Orphans – from County Donegal, Ireland, The Elders, Jiggernaut, Brigid’s Cross, The Mickey Finns, and Connie Dover - Weston’s own Emmy Award winning singer and composer.

The aroma of authentic Irish dishes - corned beef, Irish stew, and Dublin coddle will fill the air along with traditional festival favorites. Featured beers are O'Malley's Cream Ale, Weston Wheat, Festival Brown Ale, and Dropkick Ale - all brewed by Weston Brewing Company.

In conjunction with the festival, the third annual Weston Wellies Race, sponsored by The Celtic Ranch, takes place on Sunday, October 10th. Participants are eligible to win a trip for two to Ireland.

Festival hours are Friday - 5pm to midnight, Saturday - 11am to midnight, and Sunday - noon to 10pm. Gate passes for Friday are $8, Saturday - $10, and Sunday - $10. Children 14 and under are admitted free.

The Weston Irish Festival is presented by Weston Brewing Company, O'Malley's Pub, and America Bowman Restaurant. Sponsors of the event are McCormick Distilling Company, Guinness Import Company, and Capital Electric.

Check the website at www.WestonIrish.com or call 816-640-5235 for more information.


Boss Cross 2...

This has got be hell on your drive train... Travis putting the power down. Kinda reminds me of going to one of those mud-pulls for monster trucks or something. "Next up, Pyro pulling the 12,362 lb sled through twelve feet of snake infested sand"...


Mass Update

Sorry folks... I know you've been all so patiently waiting to hear what the Ethos crazies have been up to lately. I'm just saying... Travis has taken forever getting pics sent, and a post without pics are about as pointless as a bike classified without putting the size.

Dave won SS cross style at Swope which brings us to the XC race. Rain the night before made for a super hard course. Here's action shots..

Getting the sleds ready

Shawn looks confused

So glad to be done

Travis sampling some fine brew from Weston

So weak

Jamie looks excited!

Travis on the podium

Travis going fast

Everyone had a good time given the conditions. Shawn did it fixie style, and I had a broken seatpost... Guess it's better than broken bones though.

Then it was Manions Cross where Jamie and Kev took it to the house cross style.
I couldn't find any pics, although I was for sure I found some somewhere last week. Oh well, you have the man picture of Jamie below that pretty much sums it up. Super tough course from what I've heard. Kev didn't finish last in the 4's, and Jamie mixed it up in the 3/4's.

Whilst everyone was off racing skinny knobbies, Steve and I took it to dirt for some more XC action at Knob Noster. The course was almost perfect, but a little rain the night before made for a couple of slick corners and a little overall slower speed. It was my home course and I took it to the whopping 4 total experts for the overall win, and Steve took home a 2nd, inching his way closer and closer to beating his rival, Gary Lowden in the old man Cat 2 class.

Yesterday Steve and I took it to Warsaw for some more XC fun while the other boys took it to Boss Cross. Travis and I had similar luck. I flatted twice in the first half of the first lap of three at Warsaw, but managed to still finish the race. Travis sliced his sidewall in the last lap. Kevin is working on his skillz and raced 4s, and I assume Jamie was there too. Haven't got the full recap on that one yet. Kevin took another 2nd, beating out some other competition, and yet getting even closer to Gary.

Now it's pretty much full on cross. I give it to my boy Steve, at least he came out to get in the last of the dirt action. Now I guess I'll start riding my cross bike for the first time since last year...