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Cross buzz boosted by NY Times

Posted by on November 25th, 2006 at 9:04 pm

“Cyclcross fans’ race-day festivities rival those of Nascar and die-hard college football fans.”
-from the New York Times article

The buzz about Portland’s vibrant cyclocross scene got much louder today when the venerable New York Times published an article on last week’s USGP race in Hillsboro.

Times reporter Oakley Brooks took advantage of the muddy conditions and rabid fans to introduce the “burgeoning pro tour for the sport of cyclocross,” to the world.

Portland cycling team the Gentle Lovers were mentioned in the article and their infamous hot-tub — and an up-close shot of Sacha White’s rear end — was featured in the accompanying photo essay.

Also quoted in the story was local racer Matt Slaven who likened cross racing to a “cruel drug,” because it’s so addicting.

The New York Times has an estimated 1.7 million daily circulation, making it the third highest among U.S. newspapers.

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