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race report: cross crusade 2011/PIR-Pro Paddock

Today was my last race of the year. It was a very good way to end my season.



The rains of yesterday delivered the mud we'd waited for all season. It wasn'y especially wet or gloppy, and I didn't get a whole ton of it on me or my bike; but it was thick and deep enough in spots to slow everyone down and force many off their bikes on runups most could've ridden in dry weather and so it was good enough.



The course was a modified -- some said watered down -- version of the USGP…

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Added by Beth Hamon on November 14, 2011 at 8:49am — 2 Comments

cross crusade 11-6-11: barton park

I skipped this race last year due to a scheduling conflict. I was bummed because it had poured all day and there was tons of beautiful, gloppy mud. Oregon Public Broadcasting had sent out a film crew and shot a video of the race for a story on Oregon Field Guide. It had been an epic day of Oregon cyclocross, and I had missed it. I was determined not to miss Barton again.



What went wrong: 



1. The weather. It… Continue

Added by Beth Hamon on November 6, 2011 at 9:30pm — 3 Comments

race report: cross crusade 2011/hillsboro

Another week of dry weather meant another Cross Crusade course that was flat, dry and fast. I was not excited as the MAX train pulled into the Washington County Fairgrounds station. I signed in, caught up with the fellas from Crank, and eventually parked my stuff. I walked the course to check it out. Most of it would be deadly dull for my little singlespeed bike and painful for my slow little legs; a few switchbacks near the barns and a decision by race organizers NOT to bring back the six-pack… Continue

Added by Beth Hamon on October 24, 2011 at 8:08pm — No Comments

race report: cross crusade 2011/PIR-Heron Lakes

The day dawned cool, almost crisp, and cloudy. I enjoyed a nice ride down to the venue from my house. By the time I'd gotten to PIR at around 10:15 am, the clouds were breaking up a little. By noon the sun had broken through and I no longer needed my long-sleeved base layer; I swapped in a lighter sleeveless layer instead. The course was mostly dry, with long stretches of gravel and pavement that I didn't remember from last year. What mud there was was dry and tacky. In short, this was a…

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Added by Beth Hamon on October 16, 2011 at 7:30pm — 3 Comments

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