SSCXWCPDX Day One: The crazy qualifiers – Photos by Rob Kerr

Qualifying day at Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships out at Kruger's Farm on Sauvie Island.(Photos by Rob Kerr)
One of the qualifying events was a holeshot competition: All the riders lined up in a mass start and the first person to run over an orange cone would advance.
(Photos by Rob Kerr)

The Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships (SSCXWC) made a triumphant return to Portland yesterday. Hundreds of racers descended on Kruger’s Farm at Sauvie Island for what looked like an epic day of qualifying heats. Race organizers outdid themselves with creative competitions, fun courses, and lots of surprises — including the presence of cyclocross legend Sven Nys, an Olympic mountain biker and multiple World Champion.

After everyone snapped selfies with Sven, they got down to the business (if you can call it that) of competing for a coveted spot in today’s main events. (Organizers announced yesterday that all the women who registered would automatically qualify.)

Here are a few images of the action from photographer Rob Kerr.

No big deal, just a fist-bump with Sven Nys.
No big deal, just a fist-bump with Sven Nys.

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Qualifying day at Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships out at Kruger's Farm on Sauvie Island.(Photos by Rob Kerr)

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For more fun photos, videos, and outtakes from yesterday’s action, browse through #SSCXWC on Instagram.

The action gets underway again today with geared races starting at 9:00 am. Then the women’s Singlespeed Championships are at 1:00 and the men’s race is at 2:00.

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org

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Teddy
Teddy
5 years ago

Looks like a lot of fun and I shall check this out next year. Wonder how many peoples bicycled all the way to Sauvie Island?

I would love to bicycle through a corn maze someday.

dwk
dwk
5 years ago
Reply to  Teddy

I rode out to watch. Beautiful day, fun event and the new pavement on 30 is very nice…..

bottom bracket
bottom bracket
5 years ago

I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many sexists on bikes in my life!

🙂

Just a little joke there.

resopmok
resopmok
5 years ago
Reply to  bottom bracket

Jokes are a lot better when they’re actually funny.

Zimmerman
Zimmerman
5 years ago
Reply to  resopmok

They’re way better when you tell them to people with a sense of humor.

Hello, Kitty
Hello, Kitty
5 years ago
Reply to  bottom bracket

Maybe I should have gone… I love sexy bikers!

Brian
Brian
5 years ago
Reply to  Hello, Kitty

You should have. The amount of sexiness was over the top. I had a blast watching the craziness ensue yesterday. The launch ramp into a pond was hilarious to watch.

SE Rider
SE Rider
5 years ago
Reply to  Brian

And yet in reality (despite all the hand-wringing on here and in other forums) this was a pretty “family friendly” event (by Portland standards).

Brian
Brian
5 years ago
Reply to  SE Rider

Agreed. I was bummed to not my have 7 year old with me. He would have loved it, too.

longgone
longgone
5 years ago

What a bunch of sumthin’ over nuthin’. Looks as though Portland’s fun loving best won the day. Good for them. In the face of the world condition, it seems “sexist”events such as this could do much healing. Just my two bits.