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[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.

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!


Local transgender racer told she can’t enter men’s championship event – Updated

Posted on December 10th, 2015 at 5:34 pm.

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Cameron at the Stumptown Criterium in 2014.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Molly Cameron, a 39-year old local professional cyclocross racer and owner of Portland Bicycle Studio, has just gotten some bad news. Despite a stellar racing season where she amassed 14 top five finishes in the highly competitive men’s “A” category, she has been told by USA Cycling (USAC, the governing body of racing in America) that she cannot race in the men’s event at the Cycloross National Championships next month in Asheville, North Carolina.


The wild, irreverant and unpredictable SSCXWC will return to Portland in 2016

Posted on December 3rd, 2015 at 12:34 pm.

Select images from SSCXWC 2009, the last time the event was held in Portland.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Next November the tenth annual Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships — a completely unsanctioned event more commonly known by its acronym SSCXWC — is coming back to Portland.


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.