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[Cyclists compete in a circuit race at Portland International Raceway.]

From road racing to mountain biking, and everything in between, browse the headlines below for coverage of Portland’s competitive racing scene.


Oregon Bicycle Racing Association votes to retain controversial board member

Posted on December 10th, 2019 at 2:24 pm.

Screen grab of Save Women’s Sports article showing OBRA Board Member Inga Thompson at a rally in Washington D.C.

The Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA) has decided that one of their board members accused of “pervasive transphobia” can remain on their board of directors.

At-large OBRA board member and three-time Olympic cyclist Inga Thompson has come under scrutiny from some OBRA members who feel her conduct discriminates against transgender athletes. Thompson works closely with a group named Save Women’s Sports and was featured in an article published on their site in October titled, Male athletes are taking over women’s cycling.

In October Thompson represented Save Women’s Sports at a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C.. The rally aimed to “preserve women’s rights” and prevent the Supreme Court from including “gender identity” in the legal definition of “sex”. If that happened, the group worried that, “Any male could self-identify as a female and compete against women at every level of athletics, which would effectively destroy women’s sports.” [Read more…]

Portland embraces inaugural Bridge City CX event

Posted on November 25th, 2019 at 7:33 am.

The downtown Portland skyline looms as racers plunge onto the beach.
(See full gallery here)
(Photos © J. Maus)

“This feels quite a bit bigger than bike racing. This is an event for the city and for Sellwood.”
— Erik Tonkin, race organizer

Portland’s cyclocross season ended with a bang on Sunday as our community embraced an exciting new venue and event. Bridge City CX was truly an instant classic.

560 racers signed up for a challenging and fun course many said was the best they’d ever ridden. There were slippery s-turns, fast straightaways, and long sections of deep sand on the Willamette riverfront. Toward the end of the day the tide pushed up and left racers with just a few inches of dry sand.

Open Men 1/2/3 winner Carl Decker, a veteran pro who’s raced bikes all over the world, said after his race that, “This was as good as any course I’ve ridden. It was quintessential ‘cross.”[Read more…]

Community steps up for inaugural Bridge City CX

Posted on November 22nd, 2019 at 2:26 pm.

Just about the only thing better than the recent announcement of a new cyclocross race at a close-in venue this coming Sunday (11/24) is to see how the community has come together to help make it great.

The response to this new race has been huge.[Read more…]

Sun sets on Cyclocross Crusade season at Sauvie Island (Photo Gallery)

Posted on November 19th, 2019 at 4:02 pm.

Sunrise on Kruger’s Farm before the madness started.
(All images © Drew Coleman / Drew Coleman Media Haus)

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Cyclocross in the city! Buzz builds around new event at Oaks Park

Posted on November 15th, 2019 at 8:27 am.

Official event logo.

The dream of a cyclocross race in the heart of Portland has come true.[Read more…]

State champions crowned at cyclocross race in Estacada (Photo Gallery)

Posted on November 12th, 2019 at 1:11 pm.

(Images by Drew Coleman)[Read more…]

Portland racers grapple with transgender participation debate

Posted on November 7th, 2019 at 8:58 am.

The global debate over the presence of transgender athletes in competitive sports has hit our local racing scene. [Read more…]

OBRA gets two-year commitment for racing at Alpenrose Dairy

Posted on November 5th, 2019 at 1:25 pm.

Spectators at Alpenrose Velodrome.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The latest twist in the Alpenrose Dairy sale saga is a good one for bicycle racing fans.[Read more…]

Cyclocross Crusade at Rainier High School (Photo Gallery)

Posted on November 5th, 2019 at 11:47 am.

Making it look easy on the Rainier High School course.
(Photos: Drew Coleman/DC Media Haus)

The cyclocross season is getting serious. [Read more…]

A Cyclocross Crusade Halloween race for the ages (Photo Gallery)

Posted on October 29th, 2019 at 9:52 am.

Sunday’s Cyclocross Crusade race in Bend was all about the shenanigans.
(Photos: Drew Coleman)

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