Cyclocross Season Shifts into High Gear with River City Bicycles Cross Crusade

PORTLAND, Ore. The 2005 River City Bicycles Cross Crusade - the largest participatory cyclocross...

PORTLAND, Ore. The 2005 River City Bicycles Cross Crusade - the largest participatory cyclocross racing series in the world - kicks off its six-race schedule this Sunday, October 2, at Hillsboro Stadium, announced Cross Crusade Race Director Brad Ross. The Hillsboro Stadium Cross Crusade will feature more than 500 riders from Oregon and Washington in 16 classes of competition, from elite men and women to masters and junior categories. The series, sanctioned by the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, will pay out more than $20,000 in prize money and merchandise.

This is the 14th annual River City Bicycles Cross Crusade, firmly establishing the Northwest as the country’s most popular region for cyclocross bike racing a specialized, cycling competition that requires riders to race on a closed-loop circuit, over grass, pavement, gravel, and mud, with barriers and steep run-ups mixed in for additional challenges.

While the Cross Crusade begins at Hillsboro Stadium this Sunday, the series’ marquee event is the Cannondale Stümptown Cyclocross Classic at Alpenrose Dairy in Southwest Portland on October 8. In addition to being round two of the Crusade, the event doubles as the first race in the UCI internationally sanctioned Crank Bros. U.S. Gran Prix of Cyclocross.

The Stümptown Cyclocross Classic will draw the best American riders from across the country, as well as a number of European stars. They will be competing for more than $8,000 in prize money. Last year’s Stümptown Classic was won by former World Champion Danielle Pontoni of Italy.

Oregon is home to several of America’s top cyclocross racers, including defending Category A Men Cross Crusade champion Barry Wicks and 2004 U.S. National runner-up Ryan Trebon, both of Corvallis. The women’s Cross Crusade field will be headed by Portland’s Rhonda Mazza, third in the 2004 U.S. Nationals; and Gina Hall, of Ashland. Trebon, Wicks and Mazza all represented the U.S. in last year’s World Cyclocross Championships in Germany.

In addition to the series title sponsor River City Bicycles of Portland, the Cross Crusade is also supported by Cannondale, Sellwood Cycle Repair, Russ Auto Group, Health Net, and a host of others. The Cross Crusade is organized and promoted by Club Vivo, Portland, OR..

For complete information on the River City Cross Crusade, visit www.crosscrusade.com. Racers can register in advance at www.athleteslounge.com. Learn more about the Cross Crusade and all types of bicycle racing in Oregon at www.obra.org, site of the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association.

Complete River City Cross Crusade schedule:

  • Race 1 - October 2, Hillsboro Stadium;
  • Race 2 October 8, Alpenrose Dairy (U.S. GP of Cyclocross);
  • Race 3 - October 23, Scouters Mountain;
  • Race 4 - October 30, Halloween Cross Festival, Flying M Ranch;
  • Race 5 - November 13, Barton Park;
  • Race 6 - November 20, District Cyclocross Championships, Estacada Timber Park.
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