This year’s race carried a bit of extra weight for some racers and fans because future development threatens the venue. But real estate deals and lawsuits seemed a world away on Saturday and Sunday as teams came from all over Oregon to display their colors and make a strong first impression on the season.
“The Art of Cyclocross” is the theme of the series this year and there was plenty of artistic interpretation of the course’s curves, climbs, and obstacles. It wasn’t the extreme mudfest we had last year; but the speedy terrain posed its own set of challenges. There were tons of twisty turns, oodles of off-camber, and even a wooden whoop-de-whoop feature to keep racers on their toes.
Check out our shots of the action in the gallery below (photos by yours truly and Drew Coleman):
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