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Brad Ross, Cross Crusade promoter since 1995, announces his retirement

Posted on November 17th, 2015 at 3:52 pm.

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Ross at work in 2007.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Brad Ross, the man behind the Cross Crusade, which has grown into one of most successful cyclocross race series in the world, has announced his retirement. Ross was also the director of the Cascade Cycling Classic and many other races during his career.


Through the Lens: The Cross Crusade visits Cascade Locks

Posted on October 20th, 2015 at 12:33 pm.

The beauty, folly, and challenge of cyclocross was in full display in Cascade Locks on Sunday.
(Photos by Dylan VanWeelden/Pushing Towards Normal)

By all accounts, this weekend’s Cross Crusade event out at Cascade Locks was a huge success. Everyone I’ve talked to about it had rave reviews — not just for the usual racing and fun vibe these events have; but for the venue itself. 


Cyclocross racers will ‘Bike Against Cancer’ tonight at Alpenrose

Posted on September 30th, 2015 at 10:45 am.


People who participate in the weekly Blind Date at the Dairy cyclocross race series tonight will have a little extra motivation to pedal through the pain: They’ll be battling cancer with each spin of the legs.

Series organizers have teamed up with OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute for Bike Against Cancer, a one-lap fundraiser race. The race will start at 5:45 pm at Alpenrose Dairy in southwest Portland.

Blind Date organizer Joe Field says he’d doing the event to raise awareness and money for cancer research.


Where flailing is an option: My day at a local team’s cyclocross clinic

Posted on August 31st, 2015 at 1:33 pm.

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I’m not sure if it’s the mud, the bikes, or the donuts that gets kids so excited about cyclocross. Probably all of the above.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)


Kruger’s Kermesse race cancelled due to early berry picking season

Posted on April 23rd, 2015 at 4:07 pm.

Bummer news… One of our great local races, Kruger’s Kermess, has been cancelled. It’s usually held in mid-May at Kruger’s Farm Market on Sauvie Island. Looks like the warm temps this year have bumped up berry picking season and the farm will be in full swing.

Check out the details from race organizer Kris Schamp of Portland Racing:

Last week, I received a heads-up by Don Kruger that berry picking season at Kruger’s Farm is expected to kick off super-early this year (due to the exceptional weather of the last months) and that for business, logistical and safety reasons they wont’ be able to host a bike race on the farm while they have a large number of customers (incl. families with kids) running around the field picking berries. I’ve been going back and forth with them for the last days to try to find a solution, but it doesn’t look like we can make it work. So, no Spring Kermesse this year :(

The summer edition of the Kruger’s Kermesse Farm Crit (on Sunday August 30) will take place as planned.

‘Grand Prix’ will bring big-time bike racing to Portland, if sponsors step up

Posted on December 10th, 2014 at 11:16 am.

Detail from GP of Portland fact sheet.

The most high-profile cycling race to ever hit Portland won’t happen unless organizers can find a few deep pockets willing to sponsor it.

Nonbox Sports, the Portland-based company that owns the Grand Prix of Portland, announced yesterday that the event has been added to the official Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) calendar for August 29th, 2015. In a fact sheet, Nonbox said their race (which has been given a category ranking of 1.1) will bring in “elite riders from the best teams in the world.” They’ve also lined up two hours of prime-time television coverage on NBC Sports.

But their plans will only become reality if they can find sponsors to offset an overall event budget of about $2 million.


Photo Gallery: Dogs and humans get wet and muddy at ‘Kruger’s Crossing’

Posted on November 24th, 2014 at 10:57 am.

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Having the time of her life.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Special thanks to Sellwood Cycle Repair for sponsoring our 2014 cyclocross coverage.

There aren’t many outdoor activities that embrace wet, cold, and muddy weather quite like cyclocross does. That truism was on fine display out on Sauvie Island yesterday at the annual Kruger’s Crossing event. The conditions went from standard mud early in the day, to epic flooding for the later races. There was even a bout of thunder and lightning.


Cyclocross exhibition offers glimpse of Gateway Green’s potential

Posted on November 17th, 2014 at 1:34 pm.

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It’s not very often we get to inaugurate a brand new place to ride!
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

2014 cyclocross coverage on BikePortland is sponsored by Sellwood Cycle Repair.

What if there was a world-class bicycle park conveniently located in east Portland? A place that could host everything from weekend nature escapes to singletrack riding and national-level competitions?

On Saturday, a few hundred people peered into that future reality at the Community Cross event held at Gateway Green. It was the first-ever bicycle event held at the site, which will likely be known someday as a premier cycling destination.


Cross Crusade #4 recap: Sticky mud takes its toll

Posted on October 27th, 2014 at 1:11 pm.

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After a record-setting week of rain, the Cross Crusade‘s fourth stop was mired in mud.


Manicures? Gourmet cooking? It’s all possible at Cross Crusade ‘Tailgator’ competition

Posted on October 21st, 2014 at 12:02 pm.

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Which Cross Crusade team has the
best tailgate party?
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

When you mix one of the largest cyclocross scenes in the world with promoters who focus on the fun as much as the competition, you end up with events where there’s almost as much action in the team pit area as on the race course. This Sunday, the Cross Crusade pits will be even livelier as series organizers host the first-ever Tailgator Competition.

As we shared last year, the rows of team tents that line Cross Crusade courses become a small cyclocross city on race day. People bring in full-size BBQs, fire pits, pop-up changing rooms, tables, chairs, custom-made bike racks, deep-fryers, and more. Each year it seems the set-ups get more involved and elaborate.