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Cyclocross for everyone at Crusade’s second stop (Slideshow)

Posted by on October 11th, 2010 at 11:44 am

Cross Crusade 2010 #2 - Rainier-35

Racers young…
Cross Crusade 2010 #2 - Rainier-33

and old gave it a go at Rainier.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The Cross Crusade made it’s way north for the second race in the eight race series. After last weekend’s record-setting turnout at Alpenrose, over 1,000 racers made the one-hour drive to the small town of Rainier to continue their quest for pain, fun, and to soak up the phenomenon that is cyclocross.

Cross Crusade 2010 #2 - Rainier-18

Mud v. humans. Mud wins.

Rain pelted the course for hours leading up to the races on Sunday, but thankfully most of the wet stuff subsided before the action started. This left us with perfect cross conditions — all the benefits of rain (mud, lots of it), without it actually coming down.

As I soaked up the spirit of cross — the mud, cheers and cowbells, the team tents, the nervous racers on the starting line — I was struck by the diversity of the participants (age and skill-wise, not in terms of ethnicity). Serious racers, newbies, sixty-somethings, or kids on balance bikes: There’s something about the mix of a personal accomplishment, the camaraderie, and the sheer fun of riding a bike in the mud, down hills, and over obstacles that attracts people of all ages and skill levels.

I watched the day’s fastest racers fly down the course…

Cross Crusade 2010 #2 - Rainier-80

Cross Crusade 2010 #2 - Rainier-89

I watched kids tackle a massive climb and off-camber mud sections with a mix of reckless determination and sheer elation…

Cross Crusade 2010 #2 - Rainier-49

Cross Crusade 2010 #2 - Rainier-45

I watched this gentleman — his body covered in mud and riding a cheap department store bike — grit his teeth and finish the race…

Cross Crusade 2010 #2 - Rainier-24

Any bike will do.
Cross Crusade 2010 #2 - Rainier-42

It’s what’s inside that counts!

And women are turning out in record numbers this year…

Cross Crusade 2010 #2 - Rainier-73

Cross Crusade 2010 #2 - Rainier-65

Cross Crusade 2010 #2 - Rainier-72

Cross Crusade 2010 #2 - Rainier-77

The mud is the other thing that sticks in my mind after Rainier…

Cross Crusade 2010 #2 - Rainier-56

Cross Crusade 2010 #2 - Rainier-22

Cross Crusade 2010 #2 - Rainier-52

Cross Crusade 2010 #2 - Rainier-53

Cross Crusade 2010 #2 - Rainier-15

It was a great day for cyclocross.

Next week the Crusade heads to Sherwood and then it comes back to Portland for week four. For more scenes from yesterday’s race, watch the slideshow below…

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  • Joe October 11, 2010 at 11:48 am

    Rad nice to see all enjoy’n the day.
    (never too old or young to ride/race)

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  • MeghanH October 11, 2010 at 11:54 am

    These folks OBVIOUSLY aren’t what I would consider “elderly” if they’re finishing a cyclocross race! If I were that fellow, I might take a little offense to being labeled elderly. You rule, brave sir!

    Nonetheless, the fact that all ages love to get muddy and crash their bikes speaks volumes…

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  • Tomas Quinones October 11, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Beginner’s race was getting rained on quite steadily. It didn’t stop until 30 minutes after the first race. It made the race all the more epic.

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  • Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) October 11, 2010 at 11:59 am


    I use “elderly” purely as a descriptive term and mean no disrespect by it.. but I hear your point. I’ll consider changing it. And yes, that guy rules. He was racing while I’m on the sidelines!

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  • Andy October 11, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Great pictures, Jonathan. You got a really nice one of me contemplating whether or not that hill was going to kill me. Happily it didn’t!

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  • Pfeif October 11, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    The older gentleman with the department store bike came into the pit half way thru his race and needed work on the bike. Both the derailleur and the hanger were bent. I did the best I could with the hanger so he could shift into his lower gears for the hill. I was glad to see him finish.

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  • jim October 16, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    It looks like smiles all around, good story and coverage. I assume from the pictures that helmets were mandatory?

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