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Cyclocross at PIR Heron Lakes (Photo Gallery)

Posted by on October 22nd, 2019 at 12:12 pm

The Monolith once again proved to pose a challenge to many racers at Sunday’s Cyclocross Crusade race.
(Photos: Drew Coleman/DC Media Haus)

The fourth stop in the Cyclocross Crusade series was back in town on Sunday when racers of all types came together at the Heron Lakes venue at Portland International Raceway north of Kenton. From the looks of images our contributing photographer Drew Coleman brought back, the infamous Monolith loomed large during the competition — as did several thick mud sections that nearly everyone was forced to run, walk, and slip around on to keep the momentum moving forward.

The Monolith is perhaps the single most feared obstacle in the nine races on the Cyclocross Crusade calendar. It’s a big square block of concrete at the top of a rise that riders must go up-and-over each lap in front of cheering and/or heckling crowds.

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Some people can pedal up to the Monolith, hop up onto it, then ride off the other side and keep going. But most mortals are forced into some other — usually awkward — combination of dismounting, jumping on top, then hopping off the other side and running several paces before being able to remount.

Let’s see how folks did on Sunday:


And here’s the rest of the action and ambience:

Dollar bill hand-ups are appreciate by up-and-comers.



Hope you’re having fun out there! Sure looks like it. Next weekend the series moves to Bend for the traditional Saturday-Sunday, Halloween themed doubleheader. Stay tuned for costume photos!

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org
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    SilkySlim October 22, 2019 at 12:53 pm

    I look forward to my kid one day supplementing their weekly allowance with dollar hand ups. Personally, I’m not compromising my race lane for anything under ten bucks.

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    John Lascurettes October 22, 2019 at 1:04 pm

    I know you don’t get a lot of comments on these, Jonathan, but please keep them coming. I love the photos.

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      Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) October 22, 2019 at 2:09 pm

      Thanks for saying that John! I should point out that the only way I’m able to hire Drew Coleman is because of our great subscribers and financial supporters.

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      jeff October 22, 2019 at 4:06 pm

      Ditto, there seems to be a lot of lycra haters in BP comments, great to see the representation (racers commute too).

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      SERider October 23, 2019 at 9:25 am

      These are making me so “homesick” for ORBA cross races. Oregon has a REALLY special thing going for cross that just doesn’t exist in most of the rest of the country.

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    rain panther October 22, 2019 at 4:18 pm

    That was a really fun race on a really fun course. Thanks for the pictures – me, I can’t get enough of that cyclocross stuff!

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      SERider October 23, 2019 at 9:26 am

      For such a flat course Heron Lakes is always really hard.

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