Halloween Cyclocross in Bend, OR

Discussion in 'Other Genres' started by KillRamsey, Oct 31, 2017.

  1. KillRamsey

    KillRamsey Super Moderator

    Feb 15, 2013
    Hood River, OR
    We spent the weekend watching (and the girls racing in) a cyclocross event down in Bend. If you're not familiar with it, cyclocross is basically riding whatever bike you want (usually a roady-looking bike but with knobby skinny little tires) over obstacles, mud, sand, stairs, barriers, etc. Thus, a bike you can carry and run hard with helps. A race goes about 45 mins, or 4-ish laps of just under 2 very hard miles each. The most skilled riders can often jump or ride the obstacles, which is crazy to watch when you've seen nothing but streams of people running up/over whatever it is.

    Anywho, I took the Rokinon 12, the 35 f1.4, the 56 1.2, and the XC 50-230. They all got used, they all did well, and as usual I strongly wish I had a backup body for fewer lens changes.

    Kids 5-7 race:
    38047478991_233c0651fe_b. KBRX1082P by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Panning with him, rokinon 12
    38047477621_89a4936c81_b. KBRX1143P by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    They ran the 7-9 kids through the volleyball course too... they didn't pull many punches.
    38047476851_17fb35b8d5_b. KBRX1261 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Heckling is a big part of it, usually the friendly kind. We demanded chest hair, and were obliged.
    38047474981_4b5b95d8e6_b. KBRX1497P by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    If you didn't want to carry up a huge set of 2 foot high treaded stairs, you could slog around it, like this:
    38016293032_27171d28e5_b. KBRX1600P by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Or, you could climb the stairs. It was faster, if you could pull it off.
    37993845406_ca81125297_b. KBRX2092P by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    If you find the right spot, where you can get in close without being in the way, the 12 is so, so good for things like this...
    38047470641_7721609f73_b. KBRX2352P by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    Another key component is "handups," in which spectators try to hand out treats (food, beer, liquor shots, whatever) to riders passing by. In this case, plates of pumpkin pie.
    38047865811_e6b8821034_b. KBRX2841 by gordopuggy, on Flickr

    And this being a halloween ride, there were a lot of costumes. This dominatrix was too good at it to be pretending, there's NO way she's not a dom in real life. Everyone who went by got a shot.
    38047864791_76068c4ae4_b. KBRX2863 by gordopuggy, on Flickr
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  2. BobbyT

    BobbyT Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Dec 31, 2013
    Louisville, Ky
    Bobby Tingle
    Great set!
  3. Tim Williams

    Tim Williams Twilli53 Subscribing Member

    May 31, 2017
    Central Florida, USA
    Tim Williams
    This is a great set . I had cross bike a couple years ago, never raced, but got back into mountain biking. Cyclocross is a demanding sport.
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  4. Rs6er

    Rs6er FujiXspot Rookie

    Jul 14, 2017
    Nice pictures. I live in Bend, but didn't make it this year, though I have in the past.
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