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Bend cyclocross race leads to global bicycle brake recall

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

The bike industry is abuzz with news of a global recall of 19,000 sets of high-end SRAM hydraulic road brakes; and it turns out a cyclocross race in Bend, Oregon on December 7th had a lot to do with it.

SRAM made the voluntary recall announcement on December 13th, citing, "last weekend’s Cyclocross racing in the US, in sub freezing temperatures," as the main culprit. That event was a two race weekend that started with the UCI-sanctioned Deschutes Brewery Cup, which was followed the final stop in the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association's Cross Crusade series.
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Wet and wild wipeouts at 'Wintercross' race (Photos)

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013
A mud bog section was a feast for spectators and a challenge for riders at Sunday's Wintercross race in Washougal.
(Photos © Leonard Johnson/HotFootPhoto)

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Portland cyclocross is the pits

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013
Cross Crusade #7 at PIR-13
Racing bikes is far from the only thing that makes our local cyclocross scene special.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Cyclocross interview series: OBRA Executive Director Kenji Sugahara

Friday, November 8th, 2013
A visit with Senator Jeff Merkley-8
OBRA Executive Director Kenji Sugahara
in the office of U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley
in March 2012.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to the fourth installment in our series audio interviews with local cyclocross personalities. We've partnered with the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA) to broadcast these interviews in advance of their 2013 Cyclocross Championship event coming to Troutdale on November 9th. (Yes, we realize that's this weekend!)

This week's interview is with OBRA Executive Director Kenji Sugahara. Sugahara has led the organization since 2008 and during his tenure cyclocross participation has skyrocketed. In addition to his capable leadership of OBRA, Sugahara has also branched out into bicycle advocacy as a board member of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and involvement with Travel Oregon's bicycle tourism development efforts. (more...)

Getting hooked on cyclocross

Wednesday, November 6th, 2013
Cross Crusade Wash Co Fairgrounds-5
Hooked.
(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.
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Cyclocross interview series episode three: Tina Brubaker

Thursday, October 31st, 2013
Cross Crusade #1 Alpenrose-46-46
Tina Brubaker on the run-up at Alpenrose during the 2011 Cross Crusade.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Cyclocross interview series episode two: Brad Ross

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013
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It's a dirty job, but Brad Ross likes to do it.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to the second of six audio interviews with local cyclocross personalities and promoters that we'll be sharing in the coming weeks. We've partnered with the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association to broadcast these interviews in advance of their 2013 Cyclocross Championship event coming to Troutdale on November 9th.

The following was written by Elaine Volpe.

Brad Ross, the race producer and director of the Cross Crusade, recently sat down with Neil Green to talk about cyclocross and the Oregon cycling community.

They talked about his early days as the first person to ever own a mountain bike in Alaska, the mentality of producing multiple events in a row, and the mission of the Cross Crusade, which happens to be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

"Cross is competitive, but its friendly. You’re competing against your best friends… It’s the best sport. It’s the most approachable cycling discipline. ...it’s only 45 minutes long. It’s as painful as you want to make it." (more...)

Cyclocross interview series episode one: Molly Cameron

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013
Cross Crusade 2010 #2 - Rainier-88
Molly Cameron, shown here racing in 2010, is a fixture on the local cyclocross scene. In addition to being an elite-level racer, she also owns Portland Bicycle Studio.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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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.

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

Friday, October 4th, 2013
Cross Crusade at Alpenrose-33
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...)

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