Weekend offers ‘cross quartet

Oct 6, 2011 by

No less than four cyclocross races crowd the Oregon calendar this weekend as the popular discipline continues to pick up momentum into the 2011 season. The racing starts Saturday with the third installment of the inaugural Grand Prix Molly Cameron series that began at David Douglas Park in Vancouver.

Chris Sheppard makes his way through the wooded section of the course at last year's Cross Crusade in Rainier. ©Pat Malach/FILE PHOTO

Sunday packs in three races in as many different parts of the state, with the Cross Crusade heading north to Rainier High School for its second week, the CrossAflixion series in Central Oregon and the the last race of Southern Oregon’s KFCx Moore Cowbell series.

SATURDAY

Gran Prix Molly Cameron #3, Heiser Farms CX — DAYTON
Heiser Farms has quickly become a favorite cyclocross venue and this year hosts race #3 of the Grand Prix Molly Cameron, currently led by Alexandra Burton (Upper Echelon Fitness) and Donald Reeb (cyclocrossracing.com). The farm course offers a montage of terrain, the famous shoe stealing BOG, stunning vistas of the Willamette Valley and family farm fun. Heiser Farms will be open to the public for pumpkin gathering, launching, hay riding, corn mazing and goat petting. The Brauts & Bluegrass Festival, benefiting the Yamhill County Foodbank, will also be part of the weekend‘s festivities. Racing starts saturday at 8:40 a.m. and concludes with the 45-minute Cat B Men/Singlespeed race at at 3 p.m.

SUNDAY

CrossAflixion Cup #2BEND
The second race of the three-race series takes place at the Seventh Mountain Resort. The 1.5-2 mile loops will include grass, dirt, gravel and some asphalt. Expect lots of terrain variation that will include barricades, run-ups and chicanes. Serena Bishop (Silverado Jewelry/Sunnyside Sports) and Ben Thompson (Rocky Mountain Bicycles) won the men’s and womne’s Cat A events during the first race at Bendistillery. Racing starts Sunday at 9 a.m. with the category C men and concludes at 3:30-ish with the Cruiser Cross.

KFCx Moore Cowbell #2KLAMATH FALLS
Sunday marks the final race of the 2011 KFCx Moore Cowbell series at Moore Park in Klamath Falls. One of the few classic grass courses in Oregon, the circuit also includes a little dirt, asphalt and sand. Racing starts at 10:15 a.m. and concludes with the category A and masters race at 12:15 p.m. Chris Swan (Team Oregon/Laurelwood Brewery) won the category A men’s event during race #1.

Cross Crusade #2, Rainier High School — RAINIER
After another successful opener at Alpenrose Dairy last weekend, the Cross Crusade heads north on Sunday to the familiar course at Rainier High School. The route makes use of the school’s sprawling, hill-ringed fields and then wanders into the woods nearby. The rutted, gravel road climb to the start/finish feels more like a vertical wall by the end of the races. Competition starts at 8:50 a.m. with the beginners and unicycles. The day winds up at 3:15 with the category B and singlespeed riders.