The Cross Crusade cyclocross race series is set to get underway this Sunday and organizers expect a record turnout of competitors.
Portland architect and urban planner Rick Potestio is one of the founders of the Cross Crusade. He says Oregon Bicycle Racing Association officials are seeing pre-registration numbers up about 20-30% over last year, putting the expected racer turnout in the 1,500 to 1,700 range. That would make the Alpenrose race (the first of eight races in the series) the largest cyclocross race in the world in terms of participation.
The series opener at Alpenrose is perenially the biggest race of the year. Since 2006, racer registration at Alpenrose has seen a steady climb. In 2006 there were 760 competitors, in 2007 that number went up to 1,078 and last year 1,267 people showed up to compete.
In addition to racers, Alpenrose draws a huge amount of spectators who come to ring cowbells and enjoy the festive atmosphere in the vendor/expo area.
The event is held on the grounds of Alpenrose Dairy in the hills southwest of Portland. Potestio is a little nervous about the large turnout, but says that thanks in large part to cooperation from the Dairy, he’s confident they can handle the crowds. “The Alpenrose folks have been great, they’re actually pulling all of their trucks off of the property for Sunday.”
Other venues on this year’s schedule include the Washington County Fairgrounds in Hillsboro, the Sherwood Forest Equestrian Center in Sherwood, the Portland International Raceway in Portland and others.
The map of the Alpenrose course has just been released. Check it out via Google maps.
For a look at the action from last year, check out the slideshow below:
BikePortland will be covering many of this year’s Crusade races. Stay tuned to our 2009 Cyclocross Section for all the stories and photos and is being generously sponsored by Bike Gallery).
WHOA this is going to be intense and awesome on a whole new level
hats off to the crusade organizers for trying to manage this mob of muddy (hopefully) people
What is the parking situation like out there? I plan on going to watch and prob won’t be out there until 1pm. any sugestions on parking?
I’m riding my bike out there, it is really not a bad ride from town.
Parking? Ride your bike!
My first cross race ever. I am nuts. I am terrified. From the photos, the starting field in my category alone will rival the population of a small country. Yikes.
If you can’t make it to Alpenrose Sunday you can watch/listen/conference to a live feed at http://CrankMyChain.com
If you do make it, come by and say hello and wave at the camera.
You can also embed the stream player into your website or blog just contact me offline.
See you at the races 🙂
Great 2008 photos – thank you!
Shh don’t tell anyone but odds are on a sunday you can park at some strip mall out on beaverton hillsdale highway and ride in from there. Leave extra time tomorrow since its also the portland marathon.