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Crazy around every corner: Photos from the Cross Crusade Halloween weekend in Bend

Crazy around every corner: Photos from the Cross Crusade Halloween weekend in Bend

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This running-of-the-bulls inspired costume was one of the most creative of the day.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The River City Bicycle Cyclocross Crusade was at an entirely different level over the weekend. With its annual stop in Bend for races number five and six in the eight-race series, it was Oregon cyclocross at its peak. There was creativity, debauchery, inspiration, and fun around every corner.

As a competitor and as a spectator it was truly something to behold: There were brilliant costumes, enthusiastic crowds, and some serious (and not so serious) racing on yet another slippery and challenging course.

From the woman dressed in bondage gear spanking everyone who passed with a leather whip (we got it in slo-mo), to the cheeto and Oreo cookie handups, to the couple dressed like KISS rocking out as riders passed — I’m still reliving all the unforgettable moments in my head.

Speaking of which, there were guys in my race (category 2/3) dressed like tacos and handing out actual, real Taco Bell tacos for anyone who would take them. And another guy in my race dressed like a banana and had a bunch of peels in his pouch that he dropped like booby-traps on the course as he raced! Who does that?!

Before it gets too late on this Halloween night, I wanted to send you out with a sampling of the craziness from the weekend…

Whip me please!

Slo-mo vid of the bondage whipping woman. (Pics below if the video doesn’t work)
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Our friend Maria Schur!
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Even the elite racers got into the fun.
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The peak of a steep grassy climb was one of the loudest spots on the course.
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A racer accepts the Oreo cookie handup!







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There was something crazy around every corner — including this KISS duo complete with guitars and a sound system.
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Jellyfish.
There were quite a few costumes based on current events and politics.

There were quite a few costumes based on current events and politics.

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Sure, why not stop for a beer mid-race?
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I heard this guy get brilliantly heckled by a fan: “Four score and seven years ago is how long you’re taking to ride this course!”
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I’m glad she wasn’t in my race. Scary!
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Even the kids got into the act.
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This young bull-fighter raced with the rose in his mouth — and he posed for me!

And yes, I dressed up too…

Thanks to Chris DiStefano for the photo and Giant Bicycles for the scary fast and fun bike.

Thanks to Chris DiStefano for the photo and River City Bicycles/Giant Bicycles for the scary fast and fun bike.

Have fun out there tonight! There’s a Halloween Ride leaving from north Portland at 5:30 pm if you can make it.

And if you want to take part in this cycling spectacle, you are in luck. This Sunday the Crusade returns home for a big event out at Portland International Raceway (just north of Kenton).

I’ve got more photos from Bend over on the BikePortland Flickr page.

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

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Cross Crusade heads to Bend for big Halloween weekend

Cross Crusade heads to Bend for big Halloween weekend

 Come for the bike race, stay for the costumes (and the party, and the fun people, and the beer...).(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Come for the bike race, stay for the costumes (and the party, and the fun people, and the beer…).
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The most anticipated weekend of cyclocross in Oregon is just two days away.

With half of the eight race Cross Crusade series in the books, organizers have a special event in store this year with a few new surprises and an entirely new course. Thousands of competitors and fans from throughout the state are expected to make the pilgrimmage to Bend for the traditional Halloween weekend. As usual, the festivities will be based on and around Deschutes Brewery in Bend’s Old Mill District.

As you get your cowbells, bikes, bodies and costumes ready, here are few things to keep in mind…

The course

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There’s an entirely new course this year. It’s got a bit of everything: straight pavement sections, tight trails, and is likely to have some unexpected surprises. Organizers say race sponsor Red Bull is “bringing something very cool,” to the course. We’ll also get to pedal closer to the Deschutes River than ever before as the course winds its way behind the Les Schwab Ampitheater. Oh, and there’s a massive stair run-up that already has people buzzing. Our friends from Deschutes Brewery shared this preview video of it on Instagram on Monday…







The party

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As is tradition, there’s a huge blowout party on Saturday night. This year it’s called “Altercross” and it’s a benefit for Oregon Adaptive Sports. The name is a reference to what organizers describe as, “An immersive alternative reality experience.” “The theme dictates anything can happen,” they continue, “from light, airy, whimsical & fun to dark, scary, creepy & odd… and everything in between!” These parties are known for excellent on-stage entertainment and this year is no different with over a half-dozen acts already lined up.

The headline band is Deltron 3030 an “alt-rap” trio from Oakland, California whose 2000 album, “warped space, bent time, transcended genre and blew minds, creating an album that still stands today as one of the most important records in the annals of underground hiphop.”

In years past this 21-and-over party has had to turn people away, but it’s in a new, larger space this year. Advance tickets are already sold out but plenty will be available at the door for $25. Check out the official event page on the Deschutes website or the Facebook event page for the latest updates.

The scene

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If you want to experience true Oregon cyclocross — and arguably one of the best-run ‘cross events in America — you won’t want to miss this weekend. The team vibe is always strong at this event and this year will be no different. You have the best racers in the state, one of the largest race series in the world (in terms of participation) and the silliness and fun of Halloween costumes all over the place (the official costume day is Sunday). And did we mention it all happens on the grounds of one of the 8th largest craft brewer in the U.S.?!

There will also be a cross-country running race thrown into the mix on Saturday afternoon.

If you go the event, look for me and say hi. I’ll be there all weekend to race and soak up the atmosphere and I’ll be spending some time in the Giant Bicycles booth showing off my new bike!

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

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Cross Crusade gets wet and wild in the Gorge at race #3

Cross Crusade gets wet and wild in the Gorge at race #3

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Quite a backdrop for bike racing.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The River City Bicycles Cyclocross Crusade headed to the Columbia River Gorge for race #3 in the series with the scenic town of Cascade Locks playing host. With the steep gorge cliffs on one side and the mighty Columbia on the other, hundreds of racers enjoyed an excellent day of racing despite dire storm warnings all over the news.

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The course was extremely wet and full of big puddles; but it was very rideable except for a big run-up through the forest.

By the time of my race around 1:00 there were massive lakes on the course. Racers had a choice to make: Roll through deep puddles or the thick mud. Puddles were faster but they also had hidden rocks and other surprises lurking beneath. Unsurprisingly, most people chose the path of least resistance and plowed right through the puddles.

And as always, the atmosphere around the race was as spirited and festive as ever: Beer was flowing, vendors were cooking up tasty bites, the heckling from the crowd was strong (and more supportive than insulting). Portland’s legendary ‘cross season is in full swing!

If you missed the fun today there’s another race tomorrow in the same place! Come out to Cascade Locks and be a part of the fun.

Check out more photos below:

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A huge puddle near the finish line served as the bike wash.
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Our cyclocross and adventure riding coverage is possible because of support from River City Bicycles and Giant Bicycles.

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

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Over 1,800 racers and muddy conditions kick off Cross Crusade season

Over 1,800 racers and muddy conditions kick off Cross Crusade season

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The mud in this tricky off-camber downhill section gave even the elite riders a lot to think about on Sunday.
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The River City Bicycles CylcoCross Crusade kicked off in fine fashion this weekend. With a big double-header at Alpenrose Dairy in southwest Portland, we are now in the thick of Portland ‘cross season. And by thick, I mean thick mud.

Right now hundreds of Portlanders are nursing sore legs and picking bits of mud out of their bikes and bodies thanks to extremely sloppy conditions on Sunday. The course stayed relatively harmless on Saturday as only the early-starting categories dealt with a moist course. But yesterday the rain was, as race announcer Luciano Bailey put it, “relentless.”

You could sense the appreciation for shared misery in the post-race banter, the buzz in the team tents, and on social media this morning.

Alpenrose is challenging enough as a course in dry conditions; add in significant amounts of rain and mud and it becomes epic. Riders struggled all day and in every category to simply stay on their bikes as what started as soupy goop in the morning got progressively stickier (and even tougher to ride) toward the afternoon. But there’s no complaining in ‘cross. In fact, challenging conditions are what the sport is all about. Yes it’s hard; but it’s hard for everyone and there’s a palpable sense of shared experience and the bonds forged through conditions like Sundays are what tie this community together.

Cross Crusade crew member Steven Beardsley said 1,023 turned out to race on Saturday and 875 on Sunday.

Here’s how the action looked both days through the lenses of Daniel Steinle (Yung Pine Photography) and Dylan VanWeelden (Pushing Towards Normal).

Saturday – Cross Crusade Race #1 (Photos by Daniel Steinle)

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Sunday – Cross Crusade Race #2 (Photos by Dylan VanWeelden)

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Next weekend the Crusade series rolls out to the Columbia River Gorge for another doubleheader at Cascade Locks.

BikePortland will be there to watch and race, so stay tuned for more racing coverage.

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

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The ‘Cross Crusade’ begins a new era this weekend

The ‘Cross Crusade’ begins a new era this weekend

(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

A few of the 1,500 images we’ve taken of the Cross Crusade over the past decade. See them all here.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

This weekend the race series that defines cyclocross in Portland will turn over a new leaf as it launches into its 23rd season. First held in 1993 — before many of its current participants were even born — the River City Bicycles CycloCross Crusade has grown past its adolescent years and is settling into adulthood. The antics the series is known for are by no means coming to an end; but you might notice a slight smoothing of the edges and a shift from partying to professionalism.

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Rick Potestio in 2009.

2016 will also be the first season in over 20 years without former leader Brad Ross actively in the mix.

Ross had been with the Crusade almost since the beginning and was the director of the event until he retired last year. During his tenure the series grew far beyond its humble beginnings and grew into the largest one-day race event of its kind in the world. At its peak a few years ago nearly 1,600 people raced in one day across numerous categories from nine-year old juniors to 60-year-old retirees. By contrast, there were only about 70 racers total at the first event in 1993.

This season there’s a renewed energy around the series. The Crusade is changing in ways that will have a significant impact on the local and — if everything goes as planned — even the national racing scene. We talked to co-founder of the series Rick Potestio yesterday to learn more about what’s new.

While some might consider Potestio to be the poster-boy of the Crusade, he’s stepped back for the past few seasons. Now he’s one of eight owners of CycloCross Crusade LLC, a new partnership and significant change from past years. Brad Ross had formerly run the series as a Sole Proprietorship which meant all the decision-making and responsibility rested on one person’s shoulders. The new LLC, Potestio says, gets the Crusade “back to its original vision” where a team of people lead the organization — from running the weekend operations to achieving larger goals.

The new Crusade ownership team includes Potestio and long-time crew members Jon Myers, Kevin Blair, Andy Wilson, Sherry Schwenderlauf, Tony Kic, Steven Beardsley, and Joe Field. They are joined by a crew of field hands that includes Doug Moak, Bret Berner, Emily Wilson, Chipp Ross, and Paul DeVries

Potestio says the new committee-based model of decision-making has injected a new enthusiasm into the event. “It’s a big move internally that will hopefully show up to participants who will see a spirited and engaged group of people putting this thing together.”









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The annual Halloween-themed weekend in Bend is always memorable.

He also said that the Crusade is getting back to its roots: To grow the sport of cyclocross by developing new talent and supporting elite racers. Yes, that means partying for partying’s sake will take a backseat to putting on a world-class race.

“We really weren’t doing the sport as a whole a service if we just focused on the tailgating… We want to get back to promoting racing so riders can develop the skills they need to be competitive.”
— Rick Potestio, CycloCross Crusade

“We’ll never leave behind the middle-aged Cat C racer, that’s our core group and the foundation of fun,” Potestio said, “But we realized we really weren’t doing the sport as a whole a service if we just focused on the tailgating component. We want to get back to promoting racing so riders can develop the skills they need to be competitive on the regional and national level.”

There are several ways the the races will change to reflect this renewed focus on youth and elite development.

You might have noticed in the race-day schedule that the Crusade will now include podium ceremonies throughout the day. Potestio says there will now be award ceremonies for all 25 racer categories. It’s all about “upgrading the race-day feel” according to Potestio. They had never done podiums in the past, he added, because the race production crew was simply too tapped out with other tasks that it never got done. “We just feel like having podium ceremonies is really important, and now we’ve gotten our act together on the production side so we can make it happen.”

2016 Schedule

The series has been shortened this year due to three double-weekends.

  • Race #1 – October 8th at Alpenrose Dairy in Portland
  • Race #2 – October 9th at Alpenrose Dairy in Portland
  • Race #3 – October 15th at easyCLIMB Trail System in Cascade Locks
  • Race #4 – October 16th easyCLIMB Trail System in Cascade Locks
  • Race #5 – October 29th at Deschutes Brewery in Bend
  • Race #6 – October 30th at Deschutes Brewery in Bend
  • Race #7 – November 6th at Heron Lakes/Portland International Raceway in Portland
  • Race #8 – November 13th at Barton County Park in Estacada

The shift toward recognizing top finishers is also part of a larger change in Oregon racing. This year the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, our state’s sanctioning body, revamped the cyclocross category system to match USA Cycling’s system. This means Oregon cyclocross racers can earn national points at local races.

Another big change this year is that the elite racers (men and women Category 1/2) will ride on a different course that everyone else. Potestio says not only will the fastest racers go for 15 minutes longer, they’ll do it on a slightly altered course that’s more technical and challenging, “So they’re getting a course that really pushes them.” This more difficult race will also be more spectator friendly. And, in another change this year, it will be the finale of the day.

In past seasons Crusade organizers moved the elite race to the middle of the day hoping it would attract more spectators. But that backfired because so many other racers (which make up the bulk of spectators) were preoccupied with warming up or cooling down from their own race. Potestio wants as many people as possible to line the course and cheer on the main event. The new schedule allows racers in the largest categories to get done early so they can relax, grab a pizza and a drink, and enjoy the festivities.

Speaking of enjoyment, the race series is still not all about racing fast. There are other ways to win even if you’re first to see the checkered flag. The traditional Grail Hunt is alive and well. The hunt is a citywide scavenger with 13 “relics” hidden along a 40-mile course that’s posted on CrossCrusade.com. 12 of the relics can be cashed in for a season pass ($200 value) and there’s one grand prize that’s yet to be determined (in the past the winner received an expenses-paid trip to Europe for a cyclocross World Championships race).

Potestio says the Grail Hunt, along with the big series-ending party and other surprises (beware of the Black Knight during your race!), are ways for people to have fun even if they are competing for 60th place.

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The tent scene is on point at the Crusades.

Since people spend most of their time at a Cross Crusade event off their bike, the race’s festive atmosphere has become as legendary as the competition itself. The expo area and the bustling team tents are the heart of the event. But for newbies, it can be intimidating to break into the tight-knit team communities. Potestio says this year they want to break up those cliques and get teams and newbies to intermingle. “We don’t want people who are new to racing to be intimidated by all the matching kits and team tents. The tents have become like clubhouses. We want to make newbies part of this community.” To do that he’s going to hide free beer in a random team tent and tell a new racer where it is. He might also “fire” someone from one team and ask them to join a different team for the day.

While the Crusade is growing up a bit this year with the owners’ sights set on attracting a World Cup event to Portland someday, you can bet the fun and shenanigans will never end.

“We don’t want to lose sight of this being an Oktoberfest with bikes to some degree, that’s what differentiates us from other races. But we don’t want it to just be a big party in the park. This is a legitimate bike race.”

I’ll be out there all weekend racing and talking to friends old and new. Come introduce yourself!

Get the latest updates by following the Cross Crusade on Facebook or check out CrossCrusade.com.

Our 2016 Cross Crusade coverage has been made possible by River City Bicycles and Giant.

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

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‘Cross pics and recap: Grand Prix Brad Ross at Heiser Farms

‘Cross pics and recap: Grand Prix Brad Ross at Heiser Farms

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The course at Heiser featured plenty of narrow trails and a bit of mud.
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This is the latest dispatch from our cyclocross photographer Daniel Steinle (Yung Pine Photography) comes from the Heiser Farms race which took place in Dayton on Saturday.

“Push it. examine all things intensely and relentlessly.”

That quote from Annie Dillard is a fitting quote for this time of year.

There’s a seriously heavy electra-meta-funk in the air right now and I know you can feel it too, a non literal tinnitus but just eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee its there. Yeah yeah, seasons change and all that. It’s already noticeably darker, the general soggy notion and overall humid heaviness seems to have already sunken into our fabrics…social, literal, pop-cultural…what have you. That seasonally oppressive ick has me excited though, well, not for towels and shoes that will never dry, but still. Shooting in the rain is a serious challenge but the images are always a delight, and I hope its a mudder of a year. Something already feels good about the Crusade for me as well and it certainly is not going to be my results. It’s gonna be a grind of a month! Maybe it’s the growing buzz of #SSSWCPDXXCSS16 that/s there, but I’m loving seeing the already stacked dinglespeed cat as well. Elbows out!

As always, Heiser was amazing. I’ll race it one year! I’ll let the photos show the rest…

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— Daniel Steinle will be sharing his photos from the major cyclocross races this year as part of our expanded 2016 season coverage in partnership with Giant Bicycles and River City Bicycles.

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‘Corn Cross’ takes racing to the farm

‘Corn Cross’ takes racing to the farm

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Racing through tall corn stocks, an Oregon cyclocross tradition.
(Photos by Daniel Steinle.

Liepold Farms in Boring, Oregon (yes that’s the name of the city) is a working farm 364 days of the year. But for one day each year it’s also a cyclocross race venue.

Our new contributing photographer Daniel Steinle of Yung Pine Photography was out at Corn Cross on Sunday to document the action.

Here’s his brief, pun-filled report followed by more of his images:

“I headed out to Boring for the Corn Cross, and it was anything but boring…or corny, for that matter. A classic farm course with a town corn-ival also happening in the background, this race is truly a fan and family favorite.

The Sellwood Cycles gang did an absolutely stellar job with the course design. At nearly every point (with the exception of being in the cornfield) you can view the entire race! A fantastic varied course with a seemingly hellish uphill slog and that big yellow fly-over made for excellent viewing/heckling anywhere. I really hope Corn Cross returns ear after ear! The field sizes were pretty large but I think this race is on the husk of something even greater. Great crowds, views for days…truly an a-maize-ing showing.

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Hope you’re enjoying our expanded coverage of the 2016 ‘cross season. Browse more stories and photos (including our guide to the season) here.

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

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Riders battle epic sand trap at Het Meer cyclocross race

Riders battle epic sand trap at Het Meer cyclocross race

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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:

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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! `

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‘Cross is here: Get the lowdown on local races, clinics, and more

‘Cross is here: Get the lowdown on local races, clinics, and more

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Hope you’re ready. Even if you’re not; go ahead and drop in, you’ll be OK.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

In case you missed the memo yesterday, cyclocross season is upon us. As the sun recedes and the leaves fall, it’s time to turn your pedals and jump into the local ‘cross scene.

Portland is lucky to have one of the most vibrant and accessible ‘cross cultures anywhere. Whether you want to race, dip your toes in the mud to try it out, or spectate — these next few months have a lot to offer.

Since you’re busy with life and work and getting your bike and body prepared, we rounded up the details on the local races and clinics so you have it all in one place — and so you have no excuses to not show up.

Races, all week long

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Weekday races come with a chance to race in the dark — a very cool experience we highly recommend.
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If you live in the Portland region you can usually race four days out of the week for the next month or so. We have two excellent series that happen during the week and of course larger races on the weekends.

Portland Trophy Cup (Tuesdays)

We’re very lucky to have the Trophy Cup. It’s a professionally organized weekly race that happens just a few miles from downtown Portland. Every Tuesday through October 4th you’ll be treated to an excellent course and all the ambience you’d expect at a major weekend race. Show up at 5:30 if you want to partake in the cyclocross clinic (see below). Sign up and learn more here.

Blind Date at the Dairy (Wednesdays)

The Blind Date series is known for its love-and-hearts theme.

The Blind Date series is known for its love-and-hearts theme.

If Tuesdays don’t work for you, or you just want to race twice during the week, check out the always interesting Blind Date series. These races take place at Alpenrsoe Dairy and are full of fun obstacles, twists, and turns. When the sun goes down the lights come on, creating an eerily exciting atmosphere. Show up at 5:00 pm with a little one and turn them loose in kiddie cross! Register to race and learn more here.


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(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The River City Bicycles Cross Crusade is the granddaddy of them all. It’s the world record holder (in terms of participation), the epicenter of ‘cross craziness, and the series that put Portland cyclocross on the map local and nationally. This year there are eight races starting October 8th and running through November 13th. The first three weekends are all doubles — meaning there’s racing scheduled both Saturday and Sunday. This opens up some fun camping opportunities and a chance to discover parts of the region like Cascade Locks in the Gorge and Bend. Get your season pass and start your planning at CrossCrusade.com.

Grand Prix Brad Ross

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Speaking of the Crusades, one of the founders and chief instigators of that series is the namesake for this year’s Grand Prix Brad Ross, a five-race series that takes place on Saturdays through October 1st (the first one was last weekend). If you’re bored of the usual Portland race venues you’re sure to find something new and exciting at classic races with legendary names like Het Meer, Zaaldercross, and Ninkrossi. Register and get the full lowdown at Cyclocross.gp







Clinics

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Clinics, often held in local parks, are the place to practice, polish, and perfect your skills.
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

One of the great things about cyclocross is that you can gain — or lose — a lot of time based purely on technical skill. This is great if you have it and a bummer if you don’t. Thankfully there are many opportunities to get better. All you have to do is show up and soak up the knowledge.

Portland Bicycle Studio/Women Bike (TONIGHT, 9/8!)

Women Bike and Portland Bicycle Studio have joined forces to offer this introduction to cyclocross. Organizers says tonight’s clinic is open to all women, female-identifying, trans, and gender-noncomforming people who enjoy having fun on a bike. Come out even if you don’t have a ‘cross bike. A road bike will do and Portland Bicycle Studio will bring a few test bikes you can try out. It all goes down at Alberta Park in northeast Portland. Learn more here.

Western Bikeworks – School of Cross

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Portland Bicycle Studio clinics (before the Trophy Cup)

Show up early to the Trophy Cup races every Tuesday for a beginner-focused clinic presented by the ‘cross experts at Portland Bicycle Studio. Each week’s classes will focus on specific elements of the course and will build each week for a well-rounded education. Clinics are $10 per session and offered every Tuesday through October 6th from 5:30 to 6:30 pm. Location: Portland International Raceway (north of Kenton). Learn more and sign up here.

Gladys Bikes Cross Curious Club

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Alberta neighborhood bike shop Gladys Bikes has a different twist on ‘cross education: a riding and social club open to everyone that includes gravel forays in Forest Park and practice sessions every other week. “We aim to have a diverse group of riders. There are no age limits. No fitness tests. No fashion contests,” reads the club’s website. Membership is $50 and comes with a bunch of great benefits. The skill-building and camaraderie all build toward the opening race of the Cross Crusade series in October 8th. Learn more here.

PDX Devo

Portland has a great junior development program that goes by the name of PDX Devo. They offer free clinics to all juniors ages 9-18. The classes happen every Thursday night at Alpenrose Dairy in southwest Portland through September 22nd (sorry we’re late in spreading the word!). Instruction is doled out by top junior coaches and veteran local racers. OBRA membership required. Learn more here.

Required reading

To help get you stoked, informed and inspired for the season, here are a few things to read.

— Portland Tribune reporter Jennifer Anderson just wrote a piece about the local ‘cross scene from a fun, first-person perspective. It features local ‘cross celebrity, racer, shop owner, team owner, and booster-of-all-things-cyclocross Molly Cameron.

– We’ve shared some useful guest posts here on the site that might come in handy. A newbs-eye view of someone’s first race and a dispatch from a local team’s skills clinic.

– If you’re a visual learner, browse our cyclocross photo archives. We’ve posted nearly 2,000 images from local races going back to 2005!

– To really get enmeshed in the local scene there’s no better place to start than the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association. They’ve got an active email list (a great place to score deals on used gear) and the most reliable and comprehensive schedule of races and clinics across the entire state.

Have fun and we’ll see you out there!

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

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Cross season is here! Get stoked with photos from the first week of racing

Cross season is here! Get stoked with photos from the first week of racing

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Racers wind through a curvy section of the Portland Trophy Cup race that happened last night out at PIR.
(Photos by Daniel Steinle/Yung Pine Photography)

[Publisher’s note: We plan on having lots of cyclocross coverage this year (in part because I’ll be out there racing!) and we’re kicking things off with selected images from the talented eye of Daniel Steinle of Yung Pine Photography. Stay tuned for more great ‘cross photos, info, and stories. — Jonathan]

Portland’s cyclocross scene is envied the world over. And for good reason. We have a full calendar of races (many just a short distance from town), a very strong organizing body in the Oregon Bicycle Racing Assocation, and a supportive and fun community that surrounds it. Whether you’re a fan, a beginner or a seasoned pro, Portland cyclocross is where it’s at.

This past weekend the annual season kicked off in a big way with a race at David Douglas Park in Vancouver. The race was the first stop in the five-race Gran Prix Brad Ross series. That race was followed by Portland Trophy Cup the first weekday ‘cross race of the season that happens every Tuesday night through October 4th out at Portland International Raceway north of Kenton.

We’re getting together a roundup of all the clinics, races and other cyclocross related events so that you are ready for the season (organizers, send us your info if you haven’t already). In the meantime, get inspired by more of the fantastic images from Daniel Steinle and Yung Pine Photography.

Grand Prix Brad Ross #1 David Douglas Cross

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See Daniel’s blog post for his recap and more photos of the event.







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See Daniel’s blog post for his recap and more photos of the event.

Looks like fun doesn’t it? See you at the races!

You can also follow Dan Steinle’s work on Instagram.

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

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