Smiles, fire, kids, crashes, and mud: A Cross Crusade gallery

Smiles, fire, kids, crashes, and mud: A Cross Crusade gallery

Cross Crusade #1 Alpenrose-53-53

(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

On the eve of the opening race of the Cross Crusade, I find myself getting a bit nostalgic. This season marks the ninth year I’ve photographed these epic spectacles.

Looking through the 1,500 or so images in my Cross Crusade archives brings back all sorts of memories. There has been so much great racing and shenanigans over the years!

Scroll down and browse through this selection of images as you get ready for yet another season of the world’s most photogenic cyclocross race series…

Cross Crusade #7 at PIR-53

Chilling by the fire is an art form.
Cross Crusade #7 at PIR-50

Some serious calories.
Cross Crusade #7 at PIR-22

Some racers work for tips.
Crusade and SSCXWC 09-47

Cross Crusade #7 at PIR-13

The Crusade crew is known for routing courses right through spectator areas.
Cross Crusade Wash Co Fairgrounds-13

Go Team Slow!
Cross Crusade finale 2012-70

Strange phenomenon: The amount of mud on one’s face is directly proportional to the size of their post-race smile.
Cross Crusade Hillsboro 2007-14.jpg

Cross Crusade Hillsboro 2007-1.jpg

Cross Crusade finale 2012-63

Mud is part of ‘cross… And so are broken derailleurs.
Cross Crusade #2 Hillsboro

‘Cross taps into primal urges to be wild and get back to nature (dirty).
Cross Crusade Hillsboro 2007-41.jpg

Cross Crusade finale 2012-7

Cross Crusade Hillsboro 2007-31.jpg

Cross Crusade finale 2012-29

Kiddie Cross often steals the show (and my heart).
Cross Crusade #1 Alpenrose-17-17

Cross Crusade #1 Alpenrose-9-9

Cross Crusade at Alpenrose-9

A solid and reliable team vehicle is essential.
Bend Cyclocross weekend 2-66

The Halloween weekend race is always a great time.
Bend Cyclocross weekend 2-78

I would think twice before attempting to pass this racer.
Cross Crusade #1 Alpenrose-71-71

People really fall for ‘cross.
Cross Crusade #1 Alpenrose-76-76

Cross Crusade 2010 #2 - Rainier-52

Cross Crusade #1 Alpenrose-66-66

Legs.

Cross Crusade #1 Alpenrose-57-57

I dare you to touch my frites!
Cross Crusade #1 Alpenrose-27-27

The holeshot goes to Mr. Ryan Trebon.
Cross Crusade at Alpenrose-25

The hills can be so brutal, people often resort to whatever means necessary to get up them…
Cross Crusade #1 Alpenrose-77-77

… same goes for the downhills.
Cross Crusade finale 2012-13

This guy resorted to prayer.
Cross Crusade finale 2012-42

Cross Crusade #7 at PIR-27

Cross Crusade #1 Alpenrose-7-7

Holding on for dear life.
Crusade and SSCXWC 09-82

Fire is key to staying warm on cold days (and so is clothing, but don’t tell these guys).
Crusade and SSCXWC 09-60

Caption contest.
Cross Crusade-SSCXWC08-52

You really have to be prepared for anything when you show up for a Crusade race.
Crusade and SSCXWC 09-77

Anything.
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What’s that saying? The family that races ‘cross together…

Have fun out there this weekend!

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