'Cross Crusade hosts final 2005 event this weekend

The River City Bicycle 'Cross Crusade, the largest participatory cyclocross series in the world, hosts its final event of the 2005 season this Sunday, November 20, at the Estacada Timber Park. More than 500 riders will take part in the Round 6 district championship, with competition starting at 9am and continuing all day until the women's Category A race at 1:10pm and men's Category A race at 2pm.

"The District Championship will be a hotly contested conclusion to an incredibly successful Cross Crusade," said race director Brad Ross. "Interest in the sport of cyclocross and the Crusade continues to grow. Records were set for participation, particularly at the Crusade's prestige event, the Cannondale Stumptown Cyclocross Classic at Alpenrose, which drew 760 racers. Entries for the other Crusade races have topped 550."

The series, sanctioned by the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, will pay out more than $20,000 in prize money plus merchandise. See www.crosscrusade.com for more race details.

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