Cyclocross 2009

Welcome to our special coverage of the 2009 Cyclocross season brought to you by Bike Gallery.

Top pros, amateurs will duel at Gran Prix of Cyclocross finale

Posted on December 1st, 2009 at 3:49 pm.

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A racer streaks past the crowd during
the USGP’s Portland stop in 2007.
(Photos © J. Maus)

This weekend, the top men and women cyclocross racers from around the country will be in Portland to compete in the final race of the United States Gran Prix of Cyclocross. The two-day Stanley Portland Cup takes place at Portland International Raceway and nearly 2,000 racers and thousands of spectators are expected to take part.


Newswire: Clydesdale Cyclocross Champion of the Universe Will Be Chosen in Bend

Posted on November 25th, 2009 at 8:22 am.

The Knights of the Cross Crusade Have Spoken

The Clydesdale Cyclocross Champion of the Universe Will Be Chosen in Bend, Oregon on December 12, 2009


November 24, 2009

Brad Ross, Dungeon Master, Cyclocross Crusade, (503) 806-6943

(Portland, Oregon) – The Knights of the Cross Crusade have spoken, therefore let it be known that on the second Saturday of the twelfth month of the year 2009, a Clydesdale Cyclocross Champion of the Universe will be chosen in Bend, Oregon.

Cyclocross gladiators weighing 200 pounds (1.428 Contadors) or more, and Athenas, female gladiators weighing 160 pounds (1.142 Contadors), or more, are eligible to enter the ring of battle.

This quest for the first ever Universal Champion of big-boned cyclocross warriors is being heralded as the most prestigious honor ever bestowed in our cycling galaxy. The ceremony will commence at 8PM at the Deschutes Brewery Warehouse during the not-to-be-missed Giant Warehouse Party being hosted by Giant Bicycles and Deschutes Brewery, on the Saturday night of the 2009 USA Cycling Cyclocross National Championships.

By the power and creed of the Black Knight of the Cross Crusade, the rules of combat have been fortified: there will be no pit, costumes are encouraged, the Last Regiment of Syncopated Drummers will be on hand to add to the pomp, and no form of seriousness will be tolerated. Furthermore and heretofore, call-ups will be based on weight in descending order, with the heaviest racers starting first. All warriors will be weighed at registration. The first three finishers will be scored. All others will finish in the herd.

There will be a $15 entry fee that will cover your race fee and your first beer at the party immediately following the race. OBRA licenses will be required. One day OBRA licenses will be provided at no cost to racers who do not have an annual OBRA license.

The race course will be dimly lit and headlights and headlamps are highly recommended. Race duration will be 30 minutes and will take place on one-half of the National Championship Course.

Registration starts at 7:30PM at the Deschutes Brewery Warehouse. The party starts at 8PM. The race will start at 9PM.

In addition to being awarded with the first ever Champion of the Universe jersey, the crowned Clydesdale Champion will be showered with unspeakable riches, including a season pass to the Frite Cart at the 2010 Cyclocross Crusade.

Crash costs Cameron Cross Crusade Crown

Posted on November 16th, 2009 at 10:12 am.

Mud at Barton Park.
(File photo © J. Maus)

In a thrilling final race of the 2009 Cross Crusade series yesterday, Molly Cameron (Portland Bicycle Studio) took her one point series lead over Sean Babcock (Team S&M) into the end of the final lap.

According to a report by Pat Malach in VeloNews, Cameron crashed trying to re-mount her bike on the day’s last run-up.


Cross Crusade crown will come down to final race

Posted on November 13th, 2009 at 1:25 pm.

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Molly Cameron (in foreground) will
battle with Sean Babcock this weekend.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The final race in the 2009 Cross Crusade will happen Sunday at Barton Park in Estacada. For two competitors, Molly Cameron and Sean Babcock, the race will determine who walks away with the coveted title of overall series champion.

Cameron (Portland Bicycle Studio) and Babcock (Team S & M) are separated in the standings of the Men’s A category by just one point. Cameron, who currently sits atop the standings, has won two Crusade races already and has finished top five in two others. Babcock won the second race in the series and is coming off a fourth place finish ahead of Cameron last week.


New on Portland’s cyclocross scene: Dog racing

Posted on November 12th, 2009 at 1:37 pm.

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How fast is your dog?
(Photo © J. Maus)

If you’ve attended a cyclocross race in or around Portland, you probably noticed that there are nearly as many dogs as bikes. For some reason, there’s a huge cross over between dog lovers and ‘cross lovers.

Now, one local race organizer plans to make the dogs part of the action.

Kris Schamp, owner of Portland Racing, said the idea came to him after watching the Cross Crusade up in Astoria over Halloween Weekend. “Seeing all the dogs out there sitting on the sidelines, I just thought ‘Hey, why don’t they get to race and have fun?'”


Singlespeed Worlds ups the ante for ‘cross antics

Posted on November 9th, 2009 at 11:25 am.

Racers roll through the Thunderdome.
-Slideshow below/Gallery
(Photos © J. Maus)


Big ‘cross weekend starts with a party tonight

Posted on November 4th, 2009 at 3:53 pm.

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A scene from the SSCXWC last year.
(Photo © J. Maus)

After the Cross Crusade rampaged all last weekend in Astoria (and a bit too much if this thread on the OBRA email list is any indication), the cyclocross action will just get more heated this weekend.

Tonight there’s a pre-registration party for the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association’s 2009 Cyclocross Championships being held this weekend in Salem. The party goes from 6-8 pm at Hopworks Urban Brewery in Southeast Portland and it’s being hosted by the Buy Local Cycling Team. Racers will be treated to a live band, legendary Hopworks beer, race videos, a chance to preview the course, and more.


A ‘cross costume primer

Posted on October 28th, 2009 at 1:15 pm.

Cyclocross racers from around the Northwest are buzzing this week about the upcoming Halloween edition of the Cross Crusade this weekend in Astoria. Besides the usual racing, the event promises two full days of fun, including Sunday’s official costume day.

Crusade racers are known for some amazingly funny and creative costumes, and organizers warn that if you don’t show up in one you should “be prepared to suffer the wrath”. On that note, I thought I’d provide some visual inspiration via photos of costumes from years past.

Check out what ex-pro road racer Doug Ollerenshaw wore in 2007:

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When you’re as fast as Doug, you can wear anything.


Teams, slick mud keep things interesting at Cross Crusade #4

Posted on October 27th, 2009 at 9:07 am.

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Slippery. Muddy. Fun.
-Slideshow below/Gallery
(Photos © J. Maus)

On Sunday, the Cross Crusade brought its legendary brand of bike racing to the Washington County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro, just a few miles west of Portland. Along with another stellar turnout of racers and spectators, Mother Nature made an appearance in the form of rain, much to the excitement of all the true cyclocross fans.

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Marks in the mud from tires and fingers.

There wasn’t anything close to the steep and long climb of last weekend, but the course was still just as challenging. Unrelenting bumps and slippery mud took their toll on racers. One corner in particular became packed with spectators (as corners where people crash often do at bike races). It was an extremely tricky, 90-degree turn. The approach was off-camber and there was a short, steep pitch that had to be negotiated along with the right-angle bend.


Crusade stop in Sherwood was sure tough

Posted on October 19th, 2009 at 12:00 pm.

Racers on the big climb.
-Slideshow below/Gallery
(Photos © J. Maus)

The Cross Crusade stopped in Sherwood (about 22 miles south of Portland) yesterday for the third stop in the eight-race series. The race was held at the Sherwood Forest Equestrian Center, nestled in a valley of horse pastures and wooded areas showing the bursting colors of the season.

However, for the 1,300 participants in yesterday’s race, the only memory will be that climb. As if the incessant pounding over hoof-rutted holes wasn’t enough, race organizers threw in a long, steep, and gravelly climb that sapped the life (and other things I won’t mention) out of many.