Cross Crusade #3 recap: Photos, drone footage and mishaps

Cross Crusade #3 - PIR Heron Lakes-12

(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Race #3 of the River City Bicycles Cross Crusade is in the books. After a double-header opening weekend at Alpenrose Dairy, the series continued in fine style with a turnout of 1,277 racers at Portland International Raceway yesterday.

The “Heron Lakes” course was flat and fast, not to mention unseasonably dry. And, unlike most Crusade courses, there was very little dismounting. In a fun twist from previous years, the Crusaders made the barriers on the famous run-up only half-tall in order to entice riders to bunny-hop them. It was a tricky maneuver to do well, especially in the heat of racing, and the vast majority of racers opted to run up.

I went out on Saturday to pre-ride the course and caught this unlucky fella giving it a try (sorry for the low quality, it’s from my phone)…



Our friend Matt Haughey was out there too, and got this video of another rider showing how it’s done…

I couldn’t do it nearly as smooth as the guy above, so I opted to run each time. I saved my barrier problems for the other infamous place on this course — the big cement block tabletop.

Drone master and Oregon Bicycle Racing Association Executive Director Kenji Sugahara shared some excellent aerial video of the race (below). At about the 1:19 mark you can see my front wheel hit the leading edge of the cement block and everything goes goofy. Luckily, I recovered.

Here’s the still from Kenji’s video showing moment of impact…


And the fun video…

2014 Cross Crusade Heron Lakes from Dronescape Media Consulting on Vimeo.

I didn’t shoot too many photos, but here are a few more of what I got just to give you a sense of what it was like out there.

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I think everyone was surprised at how warm and sunny it was.
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First lap scrum at the uphill barriers.
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‘Cross always delivers the best faces.
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This guy is truly doing battle with the course.
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One of several tricky off-camber sections.
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Like I said, tricky.
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The Crusade brings it all together.

We are very lucky here in Portland to have such a quality race series to participate in. Thank you OBRA and the entire Cross Crusade crew! Stay tuned for a preview of this weekend’s big Tailgator competition at race #4 out in Hillsboro.

— BikePortland’s 2014 cyclocross coverage is sponsored by Sellwood Cycle Repair.

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Todd Boulanger
Todd Boulanger
9 years ago

Yes, we are all lucky to have the Cross Crusade and other bike races race so close to our homes and businesses. I enjoyed another day at the races on Sunday.

I live and work close by to the PIR, and it is soooo nice when bike races or the electric vehicles race there vs. the more frequent gasoline fuelled races are held…as there is a lot less event vehicle noise and fumes. A lot of us can hear the whine of the track vehicles over the noise that I-5 makes when races are held (even several miles away).

[PIR is a Portland “Park” right?, and as such the majority of its events (operations) seems so out of line with the City’s environmental objectives (Kyoto, carbon neutral, etc.). I wonder when this issue will be effectively addressed by the City and Parks?]

9 years ago
Reply to  Todd Boulanger

PIR has been there a looooong time (since the early ’60s), hosting some pretty amazing auto and motorcycle races. As far as I’m concerned, we’re lucky to have a track like this so close to the city. AND they do running events, bicycle races, holiday events, swap meets, etc. AND it has a nice lake in the middle, surrounded by golf courses…

I don’t know, I’m biased as I’ve grown up enjoying the park for so many different types of events over the past few decades.

Jim Lee
Jim Lee
9 years ago

Kenji does drones?

No place to hide!

How can we cheat?

OBRA joins the surveillance state!

9 years ago
Reply to  Jim Lee

LMAO! Where do you live? HAHAHAHAHA

9 years ago
Reply to  Jim Lee

It’s an anti-donut drone!! Nooooooooo!!!