Friday, September 18, 2009

Big cyclocross weekend on tap for Northwest

FILE PHOTO: Jeremy Powers (left) and Ryan Trebon, two of the nation's top 'crossers, will renew their friendly rivalry this weekend in Washington.

The next few days will be a cyclocross bonanza for Pacific Northwest racers and fans. The Hood River Double Cross offers a full schedule of OBRA races both Saturday and Sunday. In Washington, the North American UCI season begins with Starcrossed Saturday night at the Marymoor Velodome in Redmond and the Rad Racing GP Sunday in Tacoma.


Fall is a beautiful time in and around Hood River, with the abundant orchards turning out their best colors. It's also Harvest time. So it's no surprise that the Hood River races drew more than 300 riders last year. Forecasts for blue skies mean this year's incarnation will likely be another popular event. Saturday's races will run at the Hood River Valley High School. Sunday's races will take place at the Hood River County Fairgrounds. Racing starts both days at 9 a.m. and winds up around 4 p.m.

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World Championship medalist Jonathan Page, current national champion Ryan Trebon and past national champion Jeremy Powers are signed up to race under the lights in Redmond, Wash., Saturday night at Starcrossed, the opening round of the North American Cyclocross trophy. Six-time national champion Alison Dunlap is coming out of retirement for the race and will be contending against British champion Helen Wyman. OBRA's own Sue Butler, who won the race last year, will also be mixing it up.

On Sunday, racers will travel down I-5 to Lakewood, Wash., to test out their legs on the 80 meter “Knapp” run-up at the Rad Racing GP, the second race of the NACT.

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