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Riders battle epic sand trap at Het Meer cyclocross race

Posted by on September 12th, 2016 at 11:06 am

Seriously sandy cyclocross.(Photos by Matt Haughey/Flickr)

Seriously sandy cyclocross.
(Photos by Matt Haughey/Flickr)

You’ve probably never tried to ride your bike through deep sand. Why would you? Sand and bikes (unless they’re fat) don’t go together.

That is, of course, unless you are a cyclocross racer.

The second race of the Grand Prix Brad Ross took place at Vancouver Lake on Saturday. The Het Meer event is a local classic primarily because of its big beach that requires competitors to get though a long sandy section. While some people opt to carry their rigs over this obstacle, most opt to ride. And, if the photos we’ve seen from the event are any indication — many of those people don’t make it without at least one tumble.

Check out these images from ‘cross fan Matt Haughey:

Cat A Men/Masters/Women

Cat A Men/Masters/Women

Cat A Men/Masters/Women

Cat A Men/Masters/Women

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Cat A Men/Masters/Women

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B Masters/50+/60+

B Masters/50+/60+

See more of Matt’s excellent images — including people who smoothly survived the sand — on his Flickr album page.

We’ll be covering ‘cross all season long and posting images from the weekend every Monday.

NOTE: We realized after posting this that Matt’s images are from previous years. Sorry for the mistake. They are still worth seeing! `

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    Work Account September 12, 2016 at 11:49 am

    The first time I rode into sand, it thankfully just grabbed both wheels and sunk them in and ground me to a, not falling, halt.

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    johnny September 12, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    Are these last years photo’s or is it the same thing every year?

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      TJ September 12, 2016 at 12:28 pm

      Same thing every year. The beauty of CX as a gratifying participatory spectator sport is not practicing and forgetting everything over the course of 8 – 9 months. Because crashing is winning.

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      Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) September 12, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      yes Johnny… the photos are from previous years! I only realized that after posting but figured they were so fun it didn’t matter.

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    BB September 12, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    Stick it perpendicular then swim out sideways.

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    John Liu September 12, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Look out, flying MAMILs!

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    jeff September 12, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Came to a full standstill on the last lap because two racers crashed right in front of me. One of them jumped up immediately and gave me enough of a push to power through without putting a foot down. That’s Oregon cross!

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    johnny September 12, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Haha, love it. That sand pit should have a little scull & crossbone marker someplace… 1 for each indo it’s claimed.

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    Dan A September 12, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    I really don’t understand why people ride it, unless they can do it successfully every lap. Even legendary racer Ryan Trebon has crashed here, suffering broken ribs & vertebrae in 2014. I’ve always just run it, which is pretty fast since it’s a short downhill in the sand and you can get to the bottom in ~10 steps and then hop back on the bike.

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    Rob Chapman September 12, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    I spy me in the background of the first pic in the old Metropolis kit with the red Pereira. That is a fun course, sand is the best!

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    Matt September 12, 2016 at 6:29 pm

    Does this event not allow mountain bikes, or are the riders just too cool to use one?

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      jeff September 14, 2016 at 2:28 pm

      Mountain bikes are allowed, but usually not ideal. You’ll see plenty in the beginner category.

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    rachel b September 13, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    That looks…fun. ??? You people are insane.

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