‘Corn Cross’ takes racing to the farm

Posted by on September 13th, 2016 at 10:31 pm

Racing through tall corn stocks, an Oregon cyclocross tradition.
(Photos by Daniel Steinle.

Liepold Farms in Boring, Oregon (yes that’s the name of the city) is a working farm 364 days of the year. But for one day each year it’s also a cyclocross race venue.

Our new contributing photographer Daniel Steinle of Yung Pine Photography was out at Corn Cross on Sunday to document the action.

Here’s his brief, pun-filled report followed by more of his images:

“I headed out to Boring for the Corn Cross, and it was anything but boring…or corny, for that matter. A classic farm course with a town corn-ival also happening in the background, this race is truly a fan and family favorite.

The Sellwood Cycles gang did an absolutely stellar job with the course design. At nearly every point (with the exception of being in the cornfield) you can view the entire race! A fantastic varied course with a seemingly hellish uphill slog and that big yellow fly-over made for excellent viewing/heckling anywhere. I really hope Corn Cross returns ear after ear! The field sizes were pretty large but I think this race is on the husk of something even greater. Great crowds, views for days…truly an a-maize-ing showing.

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    Spiffy September 14, 2016 at 8:38 am

    looks like it’d be a nice casual ride as well… love all the scenery… and it’s always so peaceful in the middle of a corn field…

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    Kate September 14, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Whoa! Looks challenging! Fabulous photos as always.

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  • Hello, Kitty
    Hello, Kitty September 14, 2016 at 10:57 am

    Looks awesome!

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    Noisette September 14, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Quite the stock of stalks.

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    • Hello, Kitty
      Hello, Kitty September 14, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      That was a corny remark.

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    rachel b September 14, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Corn Cross! 🙂 I love it just for the name.

    And in my land! I and mine used to hike the old train track (now Springwater Corridor) along Telford to McCall’s to get candy. My family picked berries for Liepold’s!

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