All photos by Jordan Reid
Someone thanked me at the end of the race tonight. We were standing at the top of the little hill just after the finish line. I was sweating profusely and trying to wipe the crust away from my mouth when someone tapped my rear wheel with their front.
"This course is awesome, that was awesome, thanks for doing this."
The first two parts I agreed with, but the third was a little out there. Don't get me wrong, I'll take all the credit that I can get, but this time the credit isn't for me. Clint and Will have been the brains (and brawn?) behind this series from the get-go. They just brought us in for fun things like hand drawn race numbers and weird texts in the middle of the day with course modification suggestions. And maybe some socks. We do like socks.
"There's a stake down where?"
So, thank you friend, for saying so, but the credit really goes out to Clint and Will and a host of other people (Cole!) who have pounded stakes into the ground - and then removed them hours later all for us to ride around them. Then there are the officials (who were wearing PDX Trophy Cup tshirts tonight!) and the people that come out and just cheer. In fact they yell their faces off and sometimes it scares me, but I still like it.
WINNER WINNER: Abby won her second series race tonight. So, that's cool. Hot damn! We got her on some proper carbon tubulars (hey my bike IS lighter) and she took the holeshot, on her Breadwinner Hole Shot, so that's something. Now let's see what happens in Seattle - Starcrossed is this weekend!
GRAVEL RIDING IS THE NEW THING: A whole bunch of people crashed at the start of more than a few races making the turn onto the gravel straightaway. It has this funny way of ending your race before it even starts, but hey, I say leave it in, maybe by the end of the series we will all be able to ride gravel better?
RUBI: Rocking his Mad Alchemy kit and a singled out Igleheart with flat bars is pretty fricking awesome. The fact that he rode away from the field on the first lap, never to look back...well, that's pretty awesome as well.
SAND FEATURE: The beauty about having your own race (not mine) is that you can change up the course from time to time. The sand was awesome and totally rideable. That is unless someone just stops in front of you. I hope someone got a picture of me doing what you might call "the turtle" out there.
FRENCH PHOTOS: J. Krasniak was out there snapping some action photos, so let's see what happens with those. She gets cleared (fingers crossed) this week to ride on the dirt again after a nasty broken wrist. Word on the street is that she has also been thinking about cyclocross these days.
The racing returns next Tuesday evening. This one is going to be exceptionally awesome because of its great course and maybe some new secret yet to be released feature. Which we can't talk about here, so you'll have to come out and see it.
Special thanks to documentarian Jordan Reid for coming out. Check out more of his photos over on his blog » I Like It So What.