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Portland Trophy Cup: Round 4

Photo by Jordan Reid

Photo by Jordan Reid

The rain and the night have officially taken over. This round of the PDX Trophy Cup was the first to have some legitimately damp weather for the evening races. The town was all atwitter as to whether or not the precipitation would hold off. You might initially think that this would have an effect on the overall attendance of the night, and you would be right, because everyone comes out to race cyclocross in the rain. 

What continues to amaze me about this training race, is its ability to help prepare people for the different race situations that they will face throughout the upcoming season. Of course, we cannot actually plan for the rain, but you know that at some point it will be pelting you in the face as you navigate some tricky turn in the back of a course somewhere. Well, now I'll be ready for that. That isn't the only thing. Starts are getting better, cleaner, and so are the rest of the races. 

But the one thing, if I had to pick just one thing, that could make the most difference, and probably the one that is the hardest for the staff of the PDX Trophy Cup themselves, is the diversity of courses that we have seen. Add a turn here, maybe a sharp up and back there, and suddenly we are faced with an entirely different way of traipsing about the muddy fields of PIR. The course this round was a quick, slippery course that left everyone smiling at the end of it. 

It was a family affair out there the other night: 

BREADWINNING: Damn you Ira! You got me again. Lapped traffic is always going to be a problem, not sure why I haven't figured that one out yet. Thank goodness there is always Jose there to document the actual moment that it happens » BRUJO FLICKR! 

Bo! - photo by J. Krasniak

Bo! - photo by J. Krasniak

POLER CX TEAM: Not only do they race hard, jump barriers and smash their bikes to bits, but they're real nice guys too. Even when Boone is shouting and spitting beer at you (among friends here). The real surprise (not a surprise) is our good friend Bo who picked up a bike the night before - sort of got it working - swapped out the tires - and then rode himself into a solid third place in the Men's B race. Then his drive train stopped working and he stopped for a tasty beverage. But, what can we say? These guys aren't used to gears. 

Patrick! Watch out for Cheever Devil Eyes! - Photo by J. Krasniak

Patrick! Watch out for Cheever Devil Eyes! - Photo by J. Krasniak

TEAM WOOLY MAMMOTH: Not only was DPenner out there in full effect, but our one true COACH himself suited up for the races. What are you bringing to the BBQ tonight coach? Mud Pie was the answer. However, maybe for the next one you should also bring some windshield wipers for that windscreen on your face. 

TEAM RUBIJONO: Peter is keeping the single speed traditions alive and well, this time choosing to light things up in his Athletic Skinsuit. He's not called "The Velvet Hammer" or "Peach" for nothing. Smooth like a baby's bottom, this one. Peter was 2nd last night in a field of no-joke single speeders. Let us also note, together, that he is on a steel race bike with clinchers. Still killing it. 

Photo by Jordan Reid. 

Photo by Jordan Reid. 

That is all we've got for this time around. Make sure to follow @PDXTrophyCup on instajams! Our fearless photographer Jordan Reid covered his cameras in plastic bags and was way braver than the elements last night. He is taking over the Instagram account for the week - so look for some insights and sweet photography to pop up on the account over the next few days.

Speaking of photos - remember tonight is the night for Finding the Shit photo exhibit at Beam & Anchor. This is going to be good!

 

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