Busy weekend on dirt, road & track

Jun 23, 2011 by

Oregon has another busy weekend in store for racers and fans. On the track, the Alpenrose Six day continues through Saturday, ending just in time for roadies to make it over to the Franz Bakery Criterium in downtown Portland. Bend also hosts a double this weekend, with the NWX Criterium Friday evening and the Pickett’s Charge MTB XC race Sunday. Roadies have a Sunday option as well when the Pringle Creek Circuit Race takes off outside of Salem.

FRIDAY

This is you chance to check out the Northwest Crossing course that will be used for the OBRA Criterium Championships later in the year. Racing starts at 4:30 p.m. and concludes with the Cat 1-2 race at 8:10.

The longest running Six Day race in the country continues Friday night with more Madisons for the week-long competitions for the men’s A and B fields and the women.

SATURDAY

This second-year race around the namesake bakery in Portland uses a points-based system to decide the winner. Points are awarded every lap around the 1.13 km wide-open 8-corner course. Two shallow inclines will bring out the burn. Racing starts at 3 p.m. and concludes with the Cat 1-2-3 race at 7.

Before racing begins, the Upper Echelon Women’s Team will be hosting a Criterium and Cornering Clinic starting at 1:15 p.m. The clinic led by Tina Brubaker will cover cornering, criterium starts and packing riding. The clinic will be held in the North parking lot at the intersection of NE 9th and Flanders. The clinic is $8 with race entry or $10 without. Contact Stephanie Chase at schase7@yahoo.com.

The Six Day racing at Alpenrose comes to conclusion Saturday. The Federation of Independent Associations for Cycling will award winners in the men’s A and women’s races Six Day National Champion jerseys.

SUNDAY

Formerly the Fairview Circuit Race, this event near Salem tests riders on a 1.7 mile loop featuring several corners. A great circuit and the perfect race for the fast and strong rider. This year’s event will also feature a memorial lap for Jim Henry, an former OBRA member who died after falling from his bike during a weekly recreational ride.

Racing starts at 8 a..m for the Junior men and women and concludes with the 50-minutes men’s Cat 3 race beginning at 2:50 p.m.

The final race of the 2011 Oregon XC Series starts at 10 a.m. at the Wanoga Trail Complex near Mt. Bachelor. Riders in 25 categories will vie for the wins. The Pros, Cat 1s and Cat 2s will race 25 miles. Everyone else will tackle 13.

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