Barton Park delivers mud, fun, and a few broken bones

OBRA’s fearless leader Kenji Sugahara.
(Photo: Kenji Sugahara)

The River City Bicycles Cross Crusade’s sixth race of the season brought the show to Barton Park over the weekend.

Judging from photos, reports, and my memory from last year, the race site was a muddy, gravel pit full of tricky descents, big puddles, and slippery run-ups that provided more than than share of thrills and spills.

One of the many casualties I heard about was the director of the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, Kenji Sugahara. Kenji broke his collarbone and got some nasty gravel-rash. He posted about the accident on his blog. Ever the evangelist, he wrote, “I have to say I think I convinced two folks in the ER to race bikes.”

Like last week, I’ve chosen some of images taken by Jose “Brujo” Sandoval and put them together for a slideshow (watch it below).

Also be sure to check out writer/photographer/racer Heidi Swift’s recap, Barton Park Carnage, over on the Wend Magazine blog.

This weekend, the Crusade continues close to home at Portland International Raceway. Also this weekend is the much-anticipated SSCXWC, the unofficial “World Championships” of single speed ‘cross racing.

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

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14 years ago

OMG! Jonathan! You just had to stick my muddy face on there didn’t ya! 😉

Big get wells to Sierra, Jeff, Dave who also received injuries! (and anyone else I might have missed)

14 years ago

Barton Park was a blast to watch. Only in cyclocross are you gonna see so many grins on the faces of riders who’ve just wiped out. I hope all the wounded warriors heal soon!