Cyclocross coverage archives

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.

Cross Crusade gets wet and wild in the Gorge at race #3

Posted on October 15th, 2016 at 9:49 pm.

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Quite a backdrop for bike racing.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The River City Bicycles Cyclocross Crusade headed to the Columbia River Gorge for race #3 in the series with the scenic town of Cascade Locks playing host. With the steep gorge cliffs on one side and the mighty Columbia on the other, hundreds of racers enjoyed an excellent day of racing despite dire storm warnings all over the news.

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Over 1,800 racers and muddy conditions kick off Cross Crusade season

Posted on October 10th, 2016 at 2:40 pm.

The mud in this tricky off-camber downhill section gave even the elite riders a lot to think about on Sunday.
(Photo: Dylan VanWeelden/Pushing Towards Normal)

The River City Bicycles CylcoCross Crusade kicked off in fine fashion this weekend. With a big double-header at Alpenrose Dairy in southwest Portland, we are now in the thick of Portland ‘cross season. And by thick, I mean thick mud.


The ‘Cross Crusade’ begins a new era this weekend

Posted on October 7th, 2016 at 10:44 am.

(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

A few of the 1,500 images we’ve taken of the Cross Crusade over the past decade. See them all here.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

This weekend the race series that defines cyclocross in Portland will turn over a new leaf as it launches into its 23rd season. First held in 1993 — before many of its current participants were even born — the River City Bicycles CycloCross Crusade has grown past its adolescent years and is settling into adulthood. The antics the series is known for are by no means coming to an end; but you might notice a slight smoothing of the edges and a shift from partying to professionalism.


‘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.

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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.


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.


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.


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.