Riders battle epic sand trap at Het Meer cyclocross race

Riders battle epic sand trap at Het Meer cyclocross race

Seriously sandy cyclocross.(Photos by Matt Haughey/Flickr) Seriously sandy cyclocross.
(Photos by Matt Haughey/Flickr)[/caption

You’ve probably never tried to ride your bike through deep sand. Why would you? Sand and bikes (unless they’re fat) don’t go together.

That is, of course, unless you are a cyclocross racer.

The second race of the Grand Prix Brad Ross took place at Vancouver Lake on Saturday. The Het Meer event is a local classic primarily because of its big beach that requires competitors to get though a long sandy section. While some people opt to carry their rigs over this obstacle, most opt to ride. And, if the photos we’ve seen from the event are any indication — many of those people don’t make it without at least one tumble.

Check out these images from ‘cross fan Matt Haughey:

Cat A Men/Masters/Women

Cat A Men/Masters/Women

Cat A Men/Masters/Women

Cat A Men/Masters/Women







Cat A Men/Masters/Women

Cat A Men/Masters/Women

B Masters/50+/60+

B Masters/50+/60+

See more of Matt’s excellent images — including people who smoothly survived the sand — on his Flickr album page.

We’ll be covering ‘cross all season long and posting images from the weekend every Monday.

NOTE: We realized after posting this that Matt’s images are from previous years. Sorry for the mistake. They are still worth seeing! `

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org

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