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Major stage race could start in Portland

Posted by on January 16th, 2008 at 1:45 pm

Twilight Criterium 2007-21
Professional road racing is coming to Portland.
(Photos © Jonathan Maus)

Event organizers with the Mount Hood Cycling Classic stage race, one of the premier professional road races on the West Coast, say the first two stages could be coming to Portland.

Race director Brad Ross, the man behind the Cross Crusade and the Twilight Criterium, told me today that he’s “95% sure” that the first two days of the six-day race will start in Portland.

The event was founded by Dalles resident and race promoter Chad Sperry and has taken place in and around the city of Hood River for the past four years. Sperry hired Ross to add a Portland stop to the race and Ross has been pitching his plans in meetings with various stakeholders and agencies over the past few weeks.

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Race promoter and consultant
Brad Ross.

Ross still has a few sign-offs to gather (including TriMet), but most of the route planning is complete and he is confident that the plans will become a reality.

The first stage will be a prologue, 1.5 mile individual time trial along Naito Parkway and Waterfront Park. In this stage, racers will go against the clock to determine their starting order for subsequent stages.

Ross says the second stage will be a circuit race that will climb from Washington Park up to Skyline Road and then back through roads around the Oregon Zoo. Racers will do multiple laps of the seven mile course.

According to Ross, all the major, US-based professional teams (Toyota, HealthNet, etc…) have already committed to compete in the race.

The event is scheduled to take place May 13-18th. For more information check out MtHoodCyclingClassic.com.

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  • tmos January 16, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    fuk yes

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  • jeff January 16, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    awesome!

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  • Adam January 16, 2008 at 4:02 pm

    I don\’t want to even imagine how boring Portland would be without Brad Ross. What a genious!

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  • Russell January 16, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Depending on what route they use through or around Washington Park to get to Skyline and then back down again there should be some awesome spots to watch this from. Not sure how I feel about only a 1.5 mile TT down Waterfront though.

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  • spencer January 16, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    its a prologue, not a tt, so the sprinters will have a shot at the race lead, and it will be about pure power, not just being aero and skinny. it will be totally rad!

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  • Tony Pereira January 16, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    raceBOMB!

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  • blurt January 17, 2008 at 5:12 am

    From the article

    \”The first stage will be a prologue, 1.5 mile individual time trial along Naito Parkway and Waterfront Park\”

    It is a time trial.

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  • Darren January 17, 2008 at 6:33 am

    Given the craziness of the \’cross crusade, how about a barrier 30\’ from the prologue finish, and some water balloons along the circuit race?

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  • jeff January 17, 2008 at 7:39 am

    Let\’s just say a prologue is a \’special kind\’ of time trial. Traditional for a stage race to start with one, very accessible and waaaay fast!

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  • slint January 17, 2008 at 8:50 am

    heard the prologue was moved to Tabor

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  • ryan January 17, 2008 at 10:00 am

    how cool would the prologue be in downtown pdx. It would be huge in portland, people would line the whole course i bet.

    maybe people would line the course at tabor, but it wouldn\’t be nearly as sweet.

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  • paolo January 17, 2008 at 5:32 pm

    Cool, both downtown or Tabor would be great.
    Way to go Brad!

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