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Cyclocross 2007

(Photo © Jonathan Maus)

Welcome to Special Coverage of the 2007 cyclocross season. I’m racing the entire Cross Crusade series and sharing reports and photos each week. Photo galleries are listed below, followed by my story archives.

Photo Galleries

Photo Gallery: USGP of Cyclocross in Portland

Posted on December 2nd, 2007 at 9:21 am.

I made it out to Portland International Raceway yesterday to check out the US Gran Prix of Cyclocross.

The racing action, large crowds, and good times could not be stopped despite a barrage of wild weather that included snow flurries, strong winds, and cold rain.

Check out the photo gallery below for a look at the scenes both on and off the race course…[Read more…]

Going deep in a quest for The Grail

Posted on November 29th, 2007 at 11:19 am.

Steven Hunter dove deep in the
Willamette to uncover his piece
of The Grail.
(Photos courtesy Brian Ellin)

So much of what makes the Cross Crusade a success has little to do with racing bikes. Take for example the Quest for The Grail.

The Quest is a contest dreamed up by Crusade director Brad Ross, and event founder Rick Potestio. The stakes? Prizes, bragging rights, and one lucky winner will get a round-trip ticket to the Cyclocross World Championships in Treviso, Italy.

The rules are simple: follow the trail on the map (below), when you see the orange “X” you begin searching nearby for “a fragment of an ancient bike or even The Grail itself.” Each participant can only collect one fragment and then they must bring it to the Cross Crusade Awards Party (this Sunday) to find out if their fragment is in fact The Grail.[Read more…]

Cyclocross ‘Gran Prix’ will bring national attention to Portland

Posted on November 28th, 2007 at 4:56 pm.

It’s coming…

This weekend, cyclocross racing will put Portland in the national cycling spotlight when the finale of U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross comes to town.[Read more…]

Cyclocross photo exhibition will kick off Gran Prix weekend

Posted on November 21st, 2007 at 10:34 am.

Event flyer.
(Click to enlarge)

A photo essay that documents the American cyclocross scene is coming to Portland.

Washed in the Mud: US Cyclcross Portraits is the work of Santa Cruz, California-based filmmaker and photographer Brian Vernor. Vernor, who’s best known for his work on “Pure, Sweet Hell”, traveled with the U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross last season documenting racers, fans, and insiders for a distinctive, off-the-course look at the sport.

Here’s more about the show from Vernor:[Read more…]

Epic mud makes for fitting Crusade finale

Posted on November 19th, 2007 at 8:22 am.

Racers slogged through the course at Hillsboro Stadium yesterday.
View slideshow below
(Photos © Jonathan Maus)

[Read more…]

Final Cross Crusade stop will be muddy affair

Posted on November 17th, 2007 at 9:30 am.

Cross Crusade #2 Hillsboro

Post-race at last year’s event.
(Photo © Jonathan Maus)

Tomorrow is the final stop in the 2007 River City Bicycles Cross Crusade.

The event will be held at Hillsboro Stadium and with the rain we’ve had the past few days, the race is sure to be muddy and challenging.

The event will also be the official Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA) State Championships. Race winners from each category will be crowned with the distinction of being the fastest ‘cross racers in Oregon.

Last year, the Hillsboro course was one of the muddiest all year, and tomorrow should be no different. Check out my photo gallery and report from that event as a preview to what might be in store for tomorrow. [Read more…]

Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships raise the bar for raunchy racing

Posted on November 14th, 2007 at 4:45 pm.

This is why I love
Portland’s ‘cross scene.
(Photos: Kenji Sugahara)

Regrettably, I wasn’t able to attend last weekend’s cyclocross debauchery out at Estacada Timber Park (30 miles southeast of downtown Portland).

Not only was it the sixth stop in the Cross Crusade series, but the event also crowned the King and Queen of single speed cyclocross.

Yes, it was the first annual Single Speed Cyclocross World Championships.

If you’re curious what you missed, the photo at right should give you a clue. Then there’s this snip from the official press release put out by the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA):[Read more…]

Singlespeed World Championships 101

Posted on November 7th, 2007 at 5:25 pm.

This weekend (qualifying events on Saturday, main event on Sunday), Portland (actually Estacada) will host the first ever Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships.

Organizer Dani Dance has some advice for would-be competitors and spectators. Below, she shares a few easy steps to convert your bike to a single speed, issues a call to all the ladies, and offers some encouragement for spectators and hecklers.[Read more…]

Photo Gallery: Cross Crusade at Barton Park

Posted on November 5th, 2007 at 11:26 am.

View full slideshow below – (Photo © Jonathan Maus)

[Read more…]

This is what Portland cyclocross is all about

Posted on October 31st, 2007 at 9:55 am.


Videographer Dan Kaufman and
his “Disco Trike”, a rolling
audio-video command center.
Watch his video below.
(Photo © Jonathan Maus)

Dan Kaufman of CrankMyChain! Cycle TV has posted his video from last weekend’s Cross Crusade Halloween fest.

It’s an awesome video that captures the fun-loving spirit of Portland’s signature cyclocross series, the River City Bicycles Cross Crusade.

Not only does the video capture the zany costumes, racing action, and characters of the Crusade, but (as usual) Dan created and performed an original song to go with it (accompanied by PDOT’s Greg Raisman on harmonica!).

Watch the video via YouTube below, or go to for a higher quality version. [Read more…]