portland cyclocross

COBRA Racing is Back!

COBRA Racing is back for 2019, and it's better than ever. 80+ people showed up on a Saturday evening to race bikes, cheer, and just hang out with friends. For many people, it's their first race, and for some, it's their first race living in Oregon. COBRA has a way of bringing people together. Everyone is there to support each other, the community comes first, and racing always comes second.


Cobra Racing is a Bicycle Motocross inspired bandit race in Portland, Oregon. Paying homage to BMX, Alley Cats, Cyclocross and all those who create something rad for their community.

Each racer is assigned a number plate and group number. Racers have three opportunities to qualify for the main event. These qualifying races are called motos. Motos are one lap. Pedal hard! Top 2 from each moto make it into the main event.

COBRA Racing provides equal payout for WTF and Men categories.

Photography by Gritchelle Fallesgon

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I call it bandit-cross, but to label a COBRA race as “cross” really isn’t accurate as it is also part BMX derby and part Grateful Dead concert. It is well-organized, exceedingly fair, and remarkably efficient. Everyone who is there helps take the course down and clean up at the end; to not is to be an asshole. After - adjourn for drinks and podiums. It’s not everyone’s jam and that’s cool. I think bandit racing is what cyclocross was in the U.S. in its infancy (and which still floats through its soul). Push at the edges; question why; go hard; gather together; have fun; run what you brung.
— Drew Coleman

Photography by Miguel Lopez

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The first @cobraracingpdx race of the season was in a few words fucking rad...
— @dd_freezee

Follow COBRA Racing on Instagram at @cobraracingpdx

Bend The Law

Bend The Law

The problem I have with cyclocross in Oregon is that it comes during a time when our mountains are at it’s best and as mountain bikers we live for these days!

My good friend whom was a very serious racer for a very long time once told me “there will come a time when you will have to decide if you want to mountain bike on the weekends or race around in circles for 40 minutes.”

It took just a few races for me to realize that my weekends would be spent chasing the best trail conditions around the PNW and not at a race. To each his/her own.

This is why I love the Portland Trophy Cup! The Tuesday race at the Portland International Raceway was a good excuse to go hard for 40 minutes and party with your friends.

Cobra Racing at Creston Park. The bar has been set.

You've successfully held a bandit race on Mt Tabor, so whats next? How do you top that? Words from Dustin Klein come to mind "try fail, try fail, try fail." Mt Tabor was a really hard course and left a lot of racers absolutely gutted. The goal with Cobra's sophomore release was to pick a venue that would be more fun, less elevation and more spectator friendly. 

Creston Park is a 14-acre piece of land just off of Powell Blvd which ended up being the perfect venue. The course was littered with trees which made taping of the course much easier and the street's traffic drowned out the noise of the race.

Let's do this!

DIY or DIE. 

The calm before the storm. 

Smiles for miles. 

44 racers lined up Friday night. 3,2,1, go!

The ladies go hard! 

Jump the shark!!!

Savage race, gritty peeps, and hella good times.
— Frost
For me the COBRA events are why I ride bikes. That means fun, laughs, smiles, good people, community, and feeling like a kid again. It doesn’t matter what bike you have, what your brand of kit is, or what points are being awarded with COBRA. Just line up and go hard.
— Matthew Barney

Huge thanks to everyone that came out and to all of the sponsors that have stepped up to support DIY racing in Portland, Oregon. 

Winners took home cash + prizes from Metropolis Cycles, LTRMN, Sizzle Pie, Castelli, Breadwinner Cafe, Cobra Racing and Broken & Coastal.

Photographs provided by William Christenson, Miguel Lopez and Broken & Coastal.