Cyclocross photo exhibition will kick off Gran Prix weekend

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A photo essay that documents the American cyclocross scene is coming to Portland.

Washed in the Mud: US Cyclcross Portraits is the work of Santa Cruz, California-based filmmaker and photographer Brian Vernor. Vernor, who’s best known for his work on “Pure, Sweet Hell”, traveled with the U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross last season documenting racers, fans, and insiders for a distinctive, off-the-course look at the sport.

Here’s more about the show from Vernor:

“Washed in the Mud documents the Cyclocross Community; pros, racers, mechanics, fans, innocent bystanders, anyone on the scene willing to have their photo taken. The project was shot using black and white film, a black backdrop to create an uncomplicated environment and a medium format Rolleiflex camera.”

[For more about Vernor and this project, read this interview from]

The exhibit will be hosted by The Vanilla Workshop, the new home of Vanilla Bicycles (717 SE 35th Ave.). An opening night reception will be held on Friday, November 30 from 6:00 – 11:30 pm. Sacha White, the man behind Vanilla, says he’ll have Stumptown Coffee on hand and good music spinning all night.

The show will run through December 31st.

On the weekend following opening night (December 1-2) Portland will host the U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross. The Toyota Portland Cup will bring the nation’s top cyclocross racers, national media and many bike industry insiders to Portland International Raceway for an entire weekend of ‘cross racing action.

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

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Justin Simoni
16 years ago

Ha. Upper right – there I am. You should fully support Brian and go to this show. In the brief time I was able to hang out with him, he seemed like an awesome guy.


James Bernard Lee
James Bernard Lee
16 years ago


Rolleis rule! Bet it was a 2.8f.

16 years ago

This is an awesome project. Thanks for bringing it to PDX!

Sacha White
Sacha White
16 years ago

Thanks for helping announce the show, Jonathan.

Being huge fans of Brian\’s film and photography work, we are super excited to
have his authentic documentation of American Cyclocross grace our walls.

This is the first event of this kind that the Vanilla Workshop has housed
since moving into our new space. We are proud to open our doors and welcome our friends, neighbors and fellow cyclists, who have been so supportive of Vanilla over the past eight years.

Hope to see you all there.



16 years ago

Look at Mahoney grabbin\’ some nipple… if that doesn\’t get someone hot I don\’t know what will!

16 years ago

Excellent to see an old Bonny Dooner (Santa Cruz mountains) Brian V\’s pics and vids up this far North.
I will try to come and see them!