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CYCLOCROSS CRUSADE DESCHUTES BREWERY DAY 1

The Cyclocross Crusade at the Deschutes Brewery is probably one of the biggest cyclocross events in the United States. The venue is massive and Oregon turned up! 

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This descent was rowdy! 

Team vibes. Thanks for the beer Team Oregon! 

Ride ups and run ups. 

Left: Charlie is a Land Shark connoisseur.
Right: Ethan sends it for the crowd.  

Randall keeping it up right....

Ladies shred too...

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Proper skids...


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RAPHA PORTLAND TROPHY CUP RACE 3

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I am broke off and it’s my second day back on the bike. A week of public transportation was killing me and it feels good to just be able to pedal to work. Theres no way I am racing but I pedal off beneath the grey clouds to support my friends and shoot some photos. I pull up to the race as the B’s gather at the start. I should be lined up there with them but my body says otherwise. Listening to your body is what I learned last week. Is this what 30 is supposed to feel like? Fuck.

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My friends are racing C’s and it’s awesome being able to cheer them on. They look good out there.

Tacos and beer between races is always a treat. Portland sucks for tacos but these people do an ok job. Tough love.

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It’s dark out now and the Men’s A group is off. God damn there fast! Russ rolls his tubular while he was fighting to stay in third position. I have a feeling his string of bad luck is coming to an end. Wheres Jake? Andriao looks fast as always in Master A’s. All his CX skills training is paying off and he’s fucking killing it. Solid 2nd place finishing. Looking forward to seeing how he progresses through the rest of the season. Aden and Eddie are in taking care of business in Single Speeds. Eddie ate shit on the last lap on the barriers. Luckily Eddie walked it off.

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Will I be healed up enough to race next week? I fucking hope so.

Check out the rest of the race write ups here :  Race 1, Race 2, Race 3, Race 5

Rapha Portland Trophy Cup Race 1

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[portfolio_slideshow id=4691 width=1200] I bought the series pass. No excuses now; I have to race.

I am at work, the race is at 6:30 and I look at the clock in hopes that it strikes five. I kit up in the work bathroom, my hands are sweating and I haven’t even left the office. It’s roughly nine miles to the race and there is a bike path that takes me all the way there. Portland is fucking amazing that way.

Russ has a tent set up and kind enough to let me crash the party. I am super thankful for all the amazing friends I’ve made through cycling.

It’s 6:30 and the bunch is at the starting line. The ref calls up the B’s and everything suddenly gets real. Why didn’t I just sign up for C’s? It’s something I’ve been thinking about since I signed up. Yet as I pull up to the front as a B all that nervousness simply falls away. This has been happening a lot lately and I embrace it every opportunity I get.

A whistle blows or maybe it’s a bell that rings. Doesn’t matter because we’re off. My goal for the race is to ride conservatively, to survive and not get lapped. All that shit goes right out the window and I am racing. The barriers are approaching in the distance, I dismount and everything goes smoothly. I hear my wife cheering me on in the distance and I push forward. Racing is hard.

I make a lot of mistakes. Everyone is making a lot of mistakes. The last lap is the hardest and I am looking forward to just finishing the damn race. I am with one other rider and we’re fighting for a mid pack finish. We sprint to the finish but my legs feel strong and I drop him before the line. Never had to work so hard for 12th place in my life.

Racing is hard.

Check out the rest of the race write ups here :  Race 1, Race 2, Race 3, Race 5