Racing article archives
[Cyclists compete in a circuit race at Portland International Raceway.]

From road racing to mountain biking, and everything in between, browse the headlines below for coverage of Portland’s competitive racing scene.

‘Corn Cross’ takes racing to the farm

Posted on September 13th, 2016 at 10:31 pm.

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.


Riders battle epic sand trap at Het Meer cyclocross race

Posted on September 12th, 2016 at 11:06 am.

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

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

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.


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

Posted on September 8th, 2016 at 10:09 am.

Blind Date at the Dairy race-8
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.


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

Posted on September 7th, 2016 at 12:05 pm.

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.


Track bikes to invade Portland for ‘Bone Machine Criterium’ and bike show

Posted on August 29th, 2016 at 3:39 pm.

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Get ready for some exciting racing.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

If you’re a fan of fixed-gear and track bikes, you’re going to love this news: Next weekend (September 9-11) the Bone Machine Criterium is coming to Portland.

Organizers have put together three days of track bike goodness that begins with an event at the Alpenrose Velodrome on Friday.

Ernesto Gonzalez is the man behind the crit. He says the race, which will take place on Sunday in Swan Island (and industrial zone in north Portland) is the first of its kind in Oregon. Riders must use track bikes with one gear only that is fixed — meaning there is no freewheel and the only way to stop is to push backwards on the cranks. Imagine a huge pack of racers riding inches away from each without any hand-brakes. Gonzalez says they’ll be flying through the course at about 30 miles per hour. There will be races for men and women and a cash purse of $2,000 (there is equal payout for men’s and women’s fields and women are especially encouraged to sign up!).

“I’m expecting a fair amount of people to come, race and have fun,” Gonzalez shared with us via email. “Many racers are flying from out of town.” Criterium racers from San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, New York City, Washington D.C., and Mexico are expected to compete.

Prior to the main event on Sunday, there will be a track meet at Alpenrose Velodrome followed by a party at Velo Cult Bike Shop and Tavern. At the party there will be a goldsprints competition ($5 to enter, winner takes all) and the talented group of riders and filmmakers from San Francisco’s Mash SF group will share a free screening of their new film (trailer below)


Dirty fun for all ages: Dispatch from the Short Track MTB series finale

Posted on August 2nd, 2016 at 10:32 am.

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Kids love short track.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Last night was the end to another great season of “Short Track” mountain bike racing out at PIR (Portland International Raceway, adjacent to Delta Park and north of the Kenton neighborhood). About 300 people of all ages and abilities found their way to the venue for some good, old-fashioned, elbow-to-elbow racing action.


How a zany race sold me on bikes and made me the woman I needed to become

Posted on April 20th, 2016 at 8:25 am.

The author.
(Photos via K.Laudermilk)

We’re pleased to welcome new contributor Kate Laudermilk, a Portlander who’ll be sharing humor and wisdom from her biking life in the occasional column Gal by Bike over the next few months.

I know firsthand that the thought of being a “cyclist” or “bike rider” can be intimidating. Often it’s even more intimidating for women to get started and break into the biking community. And using a bike as my sole form of transportation was never my plan.

That is why I think the evolution of my life on a bike is a story worth telling.

I know that sometimes it can seem easier to just drive, walk, or take the streetcar. Just kidding, it’s never easier to take the streetcar. But as a skeptic by nature, riding a bike makes me second guess things, worry, and question my capabilities. What if I can’t ride fast enough, long enough, or what if my hair gets all messed up under the helmet? Worries aside, I have and continue to deem my decision to become an avid bike rider as one of my smartest decisions to date.


Guest article: On being a mom and becoming a mountain biker

Posted on March 10th, 2016 at 9:09 am.

Julie Browning and her daughter Indie at a Portland race.
(Photos courtesy Julie Browning)

This story comes from Julie Browning, owner of an endurance sports coaching business in Portland.

As we get older it’s not easy to take on new challenges, especially ones that are physically demanding, are potentially dangerous and offer technical barriers. Back in 2004, a year before our beautiful daughter was born; I thought I was quite happy running, swimming and riding my road bike. Little did I know that I was about to fall in love with riding and racing mountain bikes.


Pro bike racing roundup: Hour Record, Omloop, Kuurne-Brussels

Posted on March 3rd, 2016 at 9:03 am.

I want to experiment with writing pro race roundups if there’s interest. If you like this, comment below. Note there will be spoilers; I won’t delay spoilers by a week like in the video roundup.

The big weekend races I’m summarizing:

  • Evelyn Stevens’s world hour record
  • Womens Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
  • Mens Omloop Het Nieuwsblad
  • Kuurne – Brussels – Kuurne
  • Random news

Evelyn Stevens’s world hour record

Evie Stevens set the official hour record from the Olympic velodrome Colorado Springs. There’s a non-UCI record that is faster, but using the banned superman position. The track was concrete, which is unusual. Here’s a a great interview/analysis, and here’s a great gallery.

Womens Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

World Champion Lizzie Armistead won the Omloop after going off the front. Good for Lizzie!

Mens Omloop Het Nieuwsblad

Saturday’s Omloop race was won by Belgian Greg Van Avermaet (BMC). He beat Peter Sagan and Luke Rowe in the final sprint; Sagan had led an acceleration partway through the race that caused everything to go weird in the middle of the race. Sagan was in the main peloton and just took off from the group. He quickly reached the lead group, which caused it to shatter (knowing the peloton would chase Sagan down). That turned into a breakaway group of eight (including Van Avermaet).

Kuurne – Brussels – Kuurne

Sunday’s race followed Saturday’s Omloop and had many of the same riders. Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Sagafredo) won the race. He went off the front after the last climb, staying in front with a 30-60 second lead for the last hour of the race.

A Lotto Soudal rider was also hit by a medical motorcycle(!), which didn’t even stay to attend to the crash. After so many neutral car and moto-caused crashes last year, it’s not a great sign to see it is still happening.

Random news

ASO will be promoting a Chilean wine in the Tour de France. It’s only on non-French stages, since they can’t legally advertise alcohol in France.

Monday night ride helps women power through winter

Posted on January 28th, 2016 at 8:56 am.

The Let’s Race Bikes monday night ride crew was all smiles after a dry and mild ride this week.
(Photos: Jenn Levo/Let’s Race Bikes)

Getting out on training and fitness rides can be tough this time of year. Not only does the weather often not cooperate, but the racing calendar is sparse so there isn’t much in the way of motivation. This is where group rides come in!