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Portland’s ‘cross scene is wild, crazy and lots of fun. We’ve got the world’s largest participatory cross series (The Cross Crusade), tons of talented racers, and plenty of mud and cold to top it off.

Browse the articles below to experience the unique flavor of Portland cyclocross.

‘Corn Cross’ takes racing to the farm

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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Through the Lens: The Cross Crusade visits Cascade Locks

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

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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. 

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Cyclocross racers will ‘Bike Against Cancer’ tonight at Alpenrose

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

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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.

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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)

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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.

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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.

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