Through the Lens: The Cross Crusade visits Cascade Locks


The beauty, folly, and challenge of cyclocross was in full display in Cascade Locks on Sunday.
(Photos by Dylan VanWeelden/Pushing Towards Normal)

By all accounts, this weekend’s Cross Crusade event out at Cascade Locks was a huge success. Everyone I’ve talked to about it had rave reviews — not just for the usual racing and fun vibe these events have; but for the venue itself. 

It was beautiful out there. Misty, overcast gorge cliffs on one side and the might Columbia River on the other with a course that had all the elements you hope for as a ‘cross racer: singletrack trails, a bit of mud, loose stuff, tight turns, and so on.

I wasn’t able to make it out there myself, but fortunately for all of us I’ve gotten permission from very talented photographer Dylan VanWeelden to share some of his images. Dylan works in marketing for a local manufacturer and he makes pictures on the side. As I think you’ll agree from checking his website, I have a hunch he could make it as a full-time professional photographer if he wanted to.

Check out Dylan’s shots from Cascade Locks to get a taste of this past weekend’s action…













See Dylan’s full gallery form Cascade Locks here and discover more of his work at

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8 years ago

Those are some really fantastic photos!

8 years ago

Took me a second to realize the bike is upside down in the crash pic! But I still can’t tell which direction he was headed!! Awesome pics.

8 years ago

> Dylan works in marketing for a local manufacturer

Tanner. Aha. I was really curious.

Great photos too.

Scott Mizee
8 years ago

This was my first Cross Crusade race ever—as a spectator, or participant. I can assure you that it lived up to its reputation AND exceeded my expectations. Thank you and a hearty Well Done! to everyone who worked so hard to pull it off!

Special thanks to Tom Rousculp who did an OUTSTANDING job setting up and running the Kids Cross event. Have you seen the photos?!?!

Grant Headley
8 years ago

Yes it was a fun atmosphere, great people, tough course with some fun sections, lots of falls on my part. I am new to the area, from the Midwest, one of the things I notice about bike racing is how much more inclusive of women and kids it is here.
My girlfriend raced this weekend, her 3rd bike race since moving to Portland with me. Then she made this video about the race…

Aixe Djelal
8 years ago

Gorgeous shots, looks like a fun time. Thanks for sharing!

Port of Cascade Locks
8 years ago

It was an honor to host race #3 on our property in scenic Cascade Locks, Oregon. We enjoyed the photos and videos. Congrats to all the racers!

Grant Headley
8 years ago

And my group stayed to eat and drink in the Ale House, will definitely be back. Thanks to Cascade Locks for the hospitality.