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Cyclocross interview series episode one: Molly Cameron

Posted by on October 16th, 2013 at 11:41 am

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Molly Cameron, shown here racing in 2010, is a fixture on the local cyclocross scene. In addition to being an elite-level racer, she also owns Portland Bicycle Studio.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Welcome to the first of six audio interviews with local cyclocross personalities and promoters that we’ll be sharing in the coming weeks. We’ve partnered with the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association to broadcast these interviews in advance of their 2013 Cyclocross Championship event coming to Troutdale on November 9th.

The first of the series features an interview with Molly Cameron, a veteran professional racer and owner of Portland Bicycle Studio, a retail and service shop in northwest Portland.

The interview covers everything from her early racing days, her first-ever cross race (which she won using a road bike), how she got hooked on cyclocross, and her international racing experiences. Molly also talks with host Neil Green about her bicycle fitting studio and coaching and her desire to wear the prestigious 2013 OBRA Championship winner’s jersey.

Have a listen for yourself (if the embed below doesn’t work, here’s the direct link):

And stay tuned for interviews with Tina Brubaker, Kenji Sugahara, Erik Tonkin, Brad Ross, and Ken McClarty.

— Special thanks to OBRA, Tenacious Training and Events, PAGATIM, Neil Green, and the Grand Prix Erik Tonkin Cyclocross series for making these interviews possible. Also note that all 2013 cyclocross coverage on BikePortland is made possible by Sellwood Cycle Repair.

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Slow Joe Crow

While a series of interviews with Portland CX racers sounds really cool you’ve made a classic error here. Molly Cameron is a guy, and knowing this is the indicator of whether you are truly knowledgeable about the local racing scene.

BIKELEPTIC
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You have made a classic error here. Molly prefers to go by ‘she.’ If you were truly knowledgeable about the local racing scene you would know that. Would you like some resources to diversity sensitivity training?

fivefrud
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fivefrud

Slow joe… Molly Cameron goes by a ‘she’, and is not ‘a guy’, as you may think you know. Tread lightly.

jocko
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jocko

Slow joe, sounds like fivefrud has it in for you “Walter White” style. Tread lightly indeed.

jocko
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jocko

Oh yeah SHE is faster than all of us and most “guys”.

fivefrud
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fivefrud

i just meant “don’t stick your foot in your mouth any farther before you find out what you’re talking about/dont’ get insulting the author wasn’t wrong/probalby don’t want to start throwing around stereotypes” etc., etc.

joe bloe
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joe bloe

In all honesty, I am not sure how to think of someone like Molly Cameron when it comes to competition in athletic events. From what I understand, ‘she’ used to be a ‘he’. When it comes to competitive athletics, how fair are circumstances like this? Maybe it is perfectly fair and I just don’t understand these issues well. I really don’t know. Do you?

Scott
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Scott

If she were competing in women’s category I might see where you would want to bring this up.

How Molly identifies has nothing to do with how she races.

Do your homework.

jbloe
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jbloe

You have a fair point about her competing in the men’s vs women’s category. I think the question goes beyond Molly. I do know theat about her.

Suggesting someone ‘do their homework’ is a more than a bit snarky as a response. In my mind, it still seems a legitimate question.

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Slow Joe Crow

That’s I get for showing off. I stand corrected and embarrassed.