GPMC & Crusade PIR this weekend

Oct 13, 2011 by

Bad weather or good, Portland fans turn out for the traditional PIR Crusade. ┬ęPat Malach/FILE PHOTO

It’s full speed ahead for cyclocross now, and the big races this weekend are Saturday in Washougal for round #4 of the Grand Prix Molly Cameron series and Sunday at Portland International Raceway for week #3 of the Cross Crusade. Southern Oregon’s Outlaw Cyclocross gets ready for its opener next week with a Saturday clinic.

SATURDAY

GPMC #4 Ninkrossi – Washougal, Wash.
Taking advantage of 235 acres at the Washougal Motocross Park, the Ninkrossi course is set on a massive open meadow. Be prepared for lots of grass, a long paved start, some gravel, the Ninkasi “N” and some dirt trails. Promoters say 90% of the course is viewable from the beer tent. Yes, Beer! Ninkrossi also hosts race #4 of the Grand Prix Molly Cameron series, with Donald Reeb (cyclocrossracing.com) and Rhonda Morin (Sorella Forte) leading the men’s and women’s Cat A overall competitions.

Southern Oregon Outlaw Cyclocross Series: ClinicJacksonville
This weekend’s clinic is preparation for next’s week’s first race of the five-race Southern Oregon series that visits five different locations over five weeks stretching from Yreka, Calif., to Grants Pass. Bring your cyclocross or mountain bike to Cycle Analysis in Jacksonville Saturday at 10:00 a.m. to refine your skills. Whatever your level, Joe Davis will go over dismounts and remounts as well as other bike handling skills necessary for cyclocross. The cost of the clinic is $5 for adults and free for 18 and under.

SUNDAY

Cross Crusade #3 PIRPortland
Cross Crusade continues to heat up with round #3 at another classic venue, this time on the north side of the Portland International Raceway property next to the Heron Lakes Golf Course. Forecasts call for sunshine, but Mother Nature will have the last word about that, and wet weather leading up to the race will almost guarantee mud somewhere. Aaron Tuckerman (Corsa Concepts) leads the men’s Cat A overall competition after his first-ever Crusade win last week in Rainier. Just like Tuckerman, Serena Bishop Gordon (Silverado Gallery/Sunnyside Sports) leads the women’s Cat A series after winning her first-ever Crusade last week.