cross crusade

Bike shop spreads the cyclocross gospel with ‘CX Curious’ workshops

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
cx curious team
The CX Curious crowd at Saturday’s Cross
Crusade opener at Alpenrose Dairy included
Noel Mickelberry, Kyla Yeoman, Lindsay Walker,
Katie Popoff, Kathy Lombardi, Claudia Martinez, Melia
Tichenor, Nate Semm, Julia Himmelstein and Allan Rudwick.
(Photos courtesy Gladys Bikes)

Gladys Bikes, the woman-centric bike shop on Northeast Alberta Street, keeps coming up with interesting new projects that prove how important great retailers are to a city’s bike infrastructure.

The latest we’ve caught wind of: A series of low-cost courses for people who identify as “‘cross curious.” As in cyclocross, of course.

“It was an idea that came from our advisory board – GAB, the Gladys Advisory Board,” Gladys Bikes owner Leah Benson said in an interview Thursday. “The more conversations we had, the more we realized a lot of people were interested but had never tried it.”


Smiles, fire, kids, crashes, and mud: A Cross Crusade gallery

Friday, October 10th, 2014
Cross Crusade #1 Alpenrose-53-53
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

On the eve of the opening race of the Cross Crusade, I find myself getting a bit nostalgic. This season marks the ninth year I’ve photographed these epic spectacles.

Looking through the 1,500 or so images in my Cross Crusade archives brings back all sorts of memories. There has been so much great racing and shenanigans over the years!

Scroll down and browse through this selection of images as you get ready for yet another season of the world’s most photogenic cyclocross race series… (more…)

Cross Crusade news: Women’s singlespeed, two-day opening event, tailgating competition

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014
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Bottleneck at Alpenrose
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland’s preeminent cyclocross race series, the Cross Crusade, has announced some big changes for its 21st season that kicks off on Saturday, October 11th at the Alpenrose Dairy in Portland’s southwest hills.

Getting hooked on cyclocross

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Cross Crusade Wash Co Fairgrounds-5
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Seeing people get hooked on a new type of cycling is one of the things that keeps cycling industry veterans going. And for some reason, cyclocross is especially good at reeling people in: Maybe it’s the challenging courses; the relaxed, non-competitive atmosphere; the support of family, friends and complete strangers; the mud, or all of the above.

Fall sun smiles on crowds at Cross Crusade season opener

Sunday, October 6th, 2013
It took all most of the day for a grassy section
to wear down to mud.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

One of the country’s biggest amateur bike races drew an estimated 1400 participants to the former dairyfields of Southwest Portland Sunday as the Cross Crusade season kicked open.

“If you ride ‘cross, the one you have to go to every year is Crusade,” said Dan Evan, 27, a process engineer from Southeast Portland leaning, shirtless, over the finish line at the Alpenrose Velodrome. “It’s like the big reunion. Every year, everybody comes to Alpenrose.”

Evan said he’d been inspired to start racing cyclocross in 2009 after seeing “some rad videos on the Internet” and competed in 12 or 13 events last year.


On 20th anniversary, an interview with Cross Crusade’s Brad Ross

Friday, October 4th, 2013
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There’s nothing quite like the Cross Crusade.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Believe it or not, Portland’s Cross Crusade cyclocross series enters its 20th season this weekend.

Founded in 1993 when Rick Potestio and Russ Humberston took over a smaller series dubbed “The First Mud”, the Cross Crusade has grown by leaps and bounds. Today it’s known as the largest cyclocross series in the world in terms of participants and it has played a key role in the burgeoning popularity of the sport in the United States over the past several years.

Cross Crusade Director Brad Ross was there at the beginning. I spoke to the 47-year-old professional bike race promoter from his home in southwest Portland this morning. (more…)

Crusade finale course a ‘soul-crusher’; but smiles prevail

Monday, November 19th, 2012
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Mud left its mark on the Crusade finale out at PIR yesterday.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)


Cross Crusade opens with a bang at Alpenrose

Monday, October 8th, 2012
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Big crowds welcomed the 2012 Cross Crusade to Alpenrose yesterday.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)


Cross Crusade series kicks off Sunday

Friday, October 5th, 2012
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(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Cross Crusade race series (brought to us by River City Bicycles), the grand-daddy of them all, is set for another wild kickoff event this Sunday at Alpenrose Dairy in Portland’s southwest hills. Last year nearly 1,500 people showed up to race at the Crusade opener, which makes it one of the largest cyclocross races (in terms of participation) in the world. With record field sizes at races so far this season, official are expecting another massive turnout.

Keeping with their fun, irreverent, and creative traditions, the theme of this year’s Crusade is “Through the Ages.” Event promoters mailed out a poster/brochure to past racers this week that included a hilarious mock-up of the famous Washington Crossing the Delaware painting by Emanuel Leutze. The mock-up is called Cyclocrossing the Delaware and the figures in the painting are organizers and volunteers from the Crusade’s producers, Vivo Productions. Crusade director Brad Ross plays the role of Washington.

Check it out (and yes, that’s a keg in the river)…

Record numbers for Crusade series as cyclocross growth continues

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011
The popularity of cyclocross
continues to grow.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The numbers are in and they show another year of very healthy growth for the Cross Crusade cyclocross race series. According to a tally by Oregon Bicycle Racing Association officials, 9,542 people participated in the series this year — that’s over 800 more than last year.

For a wider perspective on how much cyclocross has grown in Portland, in 2005, the Crusade series had just 3,579 participants. (more…)

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