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

Thursday, October 16th, 2014
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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.”

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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…)

A newbs-eye view of ‘cross: Fighting fear with practice

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
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Training ground.
(Photo by Ben Salzberg)

There’s just one race left in the Blind Date at the Dairy cyclocross series and I’ve got my work cut out for me. With the exception of my wipe-out in Week 2 that left me in 14th place, I’ve been stuck in 3rd and can’t seem to budge. The rider who has been finishing first usually does so with such a large margin that I can’t even see her after the first minute of the first lap.

That’s quite a gap to close, but I’m an unreasonable person and let’s be honest – I want to win.

I know from my extensive experience in adult beer-league kickball that practice is essential to improving on-field swagger as well as performance, albeit to a lesser degree. So I’m ready to put some work into this. But where to begin?

For me, cyclocross can be broken into 3 categories: things that are hard, things that are tricky, and things that terrify me. (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.
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Guest article – Newb on the tracks: My first cyclocross race

Monday, September 15th, 2014
Blind Date at the Dairy race-3
What happened when Rebecca lined up
for her first race?
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

I never intended to do a cyclocross race.

I’d been to a race before, several years ago when a roommate was competing at Barton Park. But the actual racing part of the affair was entirely lost on me as I happily settled into what I assumed was the True Meaning of Cyclocross: drinking beer under a tent, with the faint sound of cowbells clanging in the distance and the occasional blur of muddy spandex warriors providing momentary yet unimportant distractions from the rotation of hot dogs on the grill.

Racing myself seemed entirely out of the question. My position in the bicycle world has always been firmly ensconced in the advocacy and bike-fun camps. My bike-related skills consist of dressing up like David Bowie for Pedalpalooza and sending indignant tweets to @PBOTinfo about drivers parked in the bike lane.

But then this beautiful new bicycle came into my life: a Creamsicle-colored All-City Macho Man with disc brakes and internal top tube cable routing, built for adventure. The first day I rode it to the office, my boss (and avid racer) Todd took one look and said, “Oh, you got a cross bike!” (more…)

‘Cross update: A new weekly race series and a training talk

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Cross Crusade #7 at PIR-13
Weeknight racing at PIR? Sign
me up!
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Two items of cyclocross news to share today: There’s a new, weekly race series and a talk by locally-based elite racer Beth Ann Orton.

The big news is the announcement of the Rapha Trophy Cup presented by Western Bikeworks. This new cyclocross race series starts September 2nd and happens every Tuesday night through October 7th. The six race series goes down at Portland International Raceway and adds to our great local tradition of weeknight racing.
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‘Cross is coming! These clinics will help get you ready

Thursday, August 7th, 2014
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Cyclocross is fun; but it requires a special set of skills if you want to do it well.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Cyclocross season is fast approaching. I can tell by the increased listings of ‘cross bikes and gear on Craigslist and the OBRA email list and the photos and updates on my social media stream (many with the #crossiscoming hashtag).

The other clear sign that the season is just around the corner is the announcement of clinics aimed at mastering the many skills it takes to do well in this discipline.

Whether you’re a junior just getting started, or an old pro that just needs to dust off the cobwebs, the clinics below are an excellent opportunity to get ready for the season (and they start this week so… get on it!).

Hosmer Chiropractic and Portland Bicycle Studio Present Cyclocross Skills Clinic Series (more…)

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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