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Cycling, beers and a tattoo

Updated: October 30, 2010, 11:48 AM ET
By Robert Tighe | Special to Page 2

ROTORUA, New Zealand -- If the riders didn't already know what they were getting themselves into at the 2010 Singlespeed World Championships, the pre-race briefing by race director Dean Watson -- who was dressed as Papa Smurf -- was a dead giveaway that this was no ordinary mountain bike event.

"There are some formalities to take care of because we are combining cycling and alcohol," Watson warned the approximately 900 riders from 30 countries Oct. 23. "Firstly there will be two ...

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