Cross Crusade releases 2011 schedule
PORTLAND — Oregon’s popular Cyclocross Crusade series released its 2011 schedule Thursday, and the eight-race series has made a few changes to the usual suspects.
Halloween weekend Oct. 29-30 moves to Bend on the Old Mill District course that has been the scene of some of the biggest ‘cross race/parties in the country over the past two years when Bend hosted the national championships. The series will also make two stops at Portland International Raceway for 2011. The first visit to PIR comes on week #3 when the series tackles the Heron Lakes course on the back side of the venue. The series returns to PIR for the final week, this time on the Pro Paddock Course usually reserved for the U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross, which is moving to Bend this year.
The 2011 Crusade begins with the traditional opener at Alpenrose Dairy on Oct. 2, followed by a trip north to Rainier for race #2 at the local high school. After week# 3 at PIR, the series heads back to the Portland Metro area at the Washington County Fairgrounds course in Hillsboro. Races #5 and #6 on Halloween weekend will haunt the old nationals course in Bend for two days of racing in Central Oregon.
The rough and rocky course at Barton Park is back for race # 7 of the series on Nov. 6, and the series makes its second PIR appearance Nov. 13 for the series finale on the former USGP course on the racetrack’s infield.
Another big change to Oregon’s ‘cross schedule comes near the end of the season when the U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross moves its series-ender from Portland to Bend’s Old Mill District course. The Deschutes Brewery Cup will close out the USGP’s season there on Dec. 10-11.
October 2 — Crusade Series Race 1, Alpenrose Dairy, Portland
October 9 — Crusade Series Race 2, Rainier High School, Rainier
October 16 — Crusade Series Race 3, Heron Lakes Course, PIR, Portland
October 23 — Crusade Series Race 4, Washington County Fair Complex, Hillsboro
October 29 — Crusade Series Race 5, Old Mill District, Bend
October 30 — Crusade Series Race 6, Old Mill District, Bend
November 6 — Crusade Series Race 7, Barton Park, Barton
November 13 — Crusade Series Race 8, PIR Pro Paddock Course, Portland
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December 10 — USGP The Deschutes Brewery Cup #1, Old Mill District, Bend
December 11 — USGP The Deschutes Brewery Cup #2, Old Mill District, Bend