The final round of the USGP of Cyclocross moved from its traditional home in Portland to the central Oregon town of Bend. Hosted on the national championship course from 2009 and 2010, the course featured a flyover, a long set of stairs, and lots of dust and rocks.
The final race of the Grand Prix Molly Cameron series returned to the Washougal Motocross Track, but used paths and access roads around the moto track instead of the fields and trails used at the earlier race. Sunny skies and cold temperatures welcomed racers to another great course.
Krugers Farm on Sauvie Island is a classic cx race venue. Famous for eating derailleurs, racers risk a hit to their wallets lining up on this course. In addition to bike racing, dogs get a chance to test their legs on a portion of the race course as well.
Finally, racers got to experience some mud. It wasn't the typical sloppy conditions that we've come to expect on the PIR infield course, but it was still mud. Heavy peanut butter in the open field area and slick slime in the grassy sections kept everyone on their toes. This final race of the Cross Crusade series was one of the best.
Barton Park is usually a muddy quagmire with deep puddles, slick corners, and greasy downhills. Instead, sunny skies and a lack of rain leading up to race day made for a super fast course with just enough mud to keep things interesting.
New race on a new course featuring lots of hills and golf course paths.
Costumed cyclists celebrated Halloween by racing their bikes around a dusty course in Bend.
The final night of racing in this mid-week series brought cool temperatures and high speeds. Series leader jerseys were awarded and hole shot prizes won, and then everyone headed home in the dark after a fun mid-week series of races.
The trend of traditionally wet and muddy courses being run in dry conditions continued at the Hillsboro Fair Grounds. The fourth race in the Cross Crusade series happened under gray skies, but no rain fell and the course stayed fast and dry.
For the first time since 2002, it wasn't raining when the Cross Crusade series visited the Heron Lakes course at PIR. No knee-deep lakes to swim through, no piles of mud collecting between barriers, just tacky mud and a fast roadie-style course that favored strong riders.
This venue is rapidly becoming a favorite race course after only its second year. The Gran Prix Molly Cameron series continued at the motocross track in Washougal on an amazing fall day. Starting in fog and rapidly clearing to sunshine, the course changed throughout the day, getting better and better.
Round 2 of the Cross Crusade series returned to the hilly course winding around the grounds of Rainier High School. Overnight rain threatened to leave a slick and muddy course, but it dried out through the day, leaving only a few slippery sections.
Sunny weather, tacky trails, and farm fun greeted racers at Heiser Farm and the third stop in the Gran Prix Molly Cameron series.
Racing in the dark seems pretty like a bad idea, but with a few well-placed lights and bit of trust, not being able to see where you're going isn't that bad of an idea. The mid-week, racing-in-the-dark, Blind Date series kicked off on a dry dusty course but neither the darkness nor the dust could keep racers away.
Home of the famous railroad tie run-up, Barlow is a favorite race venue for almost everyone. Overnight rain and a few sprinkles throughout the day made for a fast course without too much mud (at least compared to previous years). As the final pre-season race before Cross Crusade kicks off, final call-up positions were on the line.
The Rapha-Focus Gran Prix may have used the same course as the previous day's race, but the racing was much different. Overnight rain had packed down some of the looser sections of the course, and intermittent showers throughout the day kept conditions changing.
StarCrossed moved to a new venue this year due to some scheduling conflicts at its regular location. But the move to a new location didn't make the racing any less exciting. A long beach section, fast grassy corners, a flyover past the beer garden, and a bunch of really fast visitors from Europe made for some exciting race action.
The Grand Prix Molly Cameron is a new CX series, consisting of nine independently promoted races around Oregon. In addition to kicking off this new series, this race also kicked off the Oregon CX season. Flat grass, paved trails, and forest single track, combined with warm temperatures and smokey skies created a great season kick-off event.