(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)
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...)
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.
(Photos © 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...)
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to wear down to mud.
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.
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...)