Longview Crit series starts weekend racing

Jun 21, 2012 by

Downtown Longview, Wash., welcomes riders back with a new course for the Friday night crit series. FILE PHOTO / Pat Malach

The middle of June in Oregon means there’s racing someplace, somewhere seven days a week. The weekday series are in full swing, with PDX Short Track and Monday PIR crowding the racetrack in north Portland at the same time every Monday night. Southern Oregon has its own short track series on Monday night now, too, and the hillclimbers can head to Eugene.

PIR Tuesday Nighter and the Twilight Crit series in Eugene fill in the very next night, while The Mt. Tabor series, MBSEF crit series and Central Oregon’s Sisters to Summit hillclimb fill the Wednesday night card. Track racing and southern Oregon’s Champions Thursdays come the next evening.

Fast Twitch Fridays at the track have been the traditional lead in to the weekend, but this week the trackies have competition on Friday night with the Downtown Longview Twilight Crit Series, which runs weekly from from June 22 to July 13. Four fields will begin racing at 7 p.m. and wind up with the 60-minute men’s Cat 1/2/3 race starting at 8:40.

While the roadies can head to Longview for the Friday night fix of racing, the off-road types have multiple options over the weekend. The Oregon Endruro series continues this weekend in Southern Oregon at the Mt. Ashland Challenge, which starts Saturday and continuing through Sunday. Pickett’s Charge XC in Bend picks things up Sunday for a classic race.

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