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Tough conditions, tough racers at Kruger’s Crossing (A David Haines photo gallery)

Posted by on November 22nd, 2010 at 2:21 pm

It was a battle of wills out at Kruger’s Crossing on Sunday.
(Photos by David Haines)


Racers braved a withering combination of cold, rain, and (almost) snow yesterday at the Kruger’s Crossing Cyclocross Classic held on a farm on Sauvie Island.

Conditions ranged from snot-slick pavement to wheel-gripping peanut butter. A pumpkin-pile barrier and hay bale run-up gave the race a farm flavor; but for the riders, the only flavor they’ll remember is dirt. The conditions were tough and attrition was the word of the day. In the last race of the day, just 12 riders finished out of three fields.

The weather may have dampened the spectator count, but a bonfire, Kiddie Kross, and the “Doggie Dash” race helped make the day fun. Big kudos to the folks from OBRA and Kruger’s Farm, who worked long hours before and after the race. Below is a selection of my photos from the day…

— David Haines is a photographer based in Portland. See more of his work at BikeRanger.com.

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Is this the last year for this sort of event? I remember reading that the days of bike events on Sauvie’s were numbered.. hope I’m wrong!

Great photos as always, David!

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A.K.

Yeah, I’d like to know the same thing. Any insights Jonathan?

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
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Good question guys. I thought I’d covered this, but checking my archives it looks like I hadn’t done the follow up. Last I heard, Kruger decided to use his limited permit to retain a few of the bike races. He can’t do as many as he’d like, but he’s committed to them so he’s willing to do bike races as part of the few “mass events” he’s allowed per year.

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hay pile was totally rideable. and awesome. best weather conditions all season – the nasty stuff is why i race cross.

didnt get the impression that this was to be the last krugers, despite the rumblings earlier this year. no mention of it at all lately.