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Posted by on August 4th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

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I stopped by the Stumptown Criterium on Sunday. The event was one of many festivities held downtown over the weekend in conjunction with the Major League Soccer All-Star Game (which happens at Providence Park this Wednesday).

I love a good crit. In terms of road racing, there isn’t a more exciting discipline. The action happens just inches from spectators and it’s a thing of beauty to watch the athletes jostle for position, dive into 90-degree corners without slowing down, and sprint shoulder-to-shoulder for the big cash payouts.

The Stumptown Crit was billed as a replacement to the Twilight Criterium, which has been held for years in downtown Portland and usually sees thousands of roaring fans. Unfortunately Sunday’s event had pretty anemic attendance (I hear racing participation is down across the board so far this year in Oregon) — both in field sizes and in the crowds. Even without the huge numbers though, the event was top-notch and the racers left everything out on the road.

Here are some photos from the pro men’s and women’s races (and even one from the pedicab race!)…

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Pedicab race.
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Pro 1-2 women’s start.

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Future crit racer.
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Cool Kodak moment for the fans.
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Guy running next to a guy running next to women riding.
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Pro Starla Teddergreen (Cloud Racing) takes the win over Brenna Wrye-Simpson (Ironclad)
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Race organizer Chad Sperry with Breakaway Promotions.
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Owner of Portland Bicycle Studio Molly Cameron at start of Pro men’s race.
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Brenna Wrye-Simpson and the spoils of second place.
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Former Portland State University Cycling Team
star Cole Lalomia leads the field.
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Just 2 laps to go and the jostling begins for the final sprint.
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  • takeaspin22 August 7, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I had a great time racing on Sunday – it is a fun course. 2 reasons why attendance might have been less than before: It was on a Sunday afternoon instead Friday evening; the race was sanctioned by USA Cycling instead of OBRA.

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