SALEM -- The Willamette Valley Cross Series roars back into action Saturday with the Battlecreek Cross in Salem.
The old South Salem golf course provides for some unregulated fun in sandpits, but there's no putting wedge necessary; just a solid drivetrain! Anyone who prefers sand traps to run ups will enjoy this course. The only bumps on the course were created by the resident moles; can you say FAST?
There's a $1,500 minimum cash payout for Senior A Men and Women for the series, and there's more swag for all others.
The second installment of the Willamette Valley cross series is also the fourth race of the Oregon Junior Cyclocross Series.
Kolben Preble continues his domination of the 17-18 group. Trevor Schauer is holding onto his lead in the 15-16 boys series, but things are tightening up with Keith Fawcett's back-to-back wins. Sam Rosenburg has won all three races in the Boys 13-14 group, but Michel Stevens is right there making him earn it. There is no clear favorite in the Boys 10-13 group, with a different winner each week. Riley Albright came over from Bend and took out the win in the Psycho Mud last week.
There were no changes in the Girls 17-18 and 15-16 last week (must have been PSAT testing). Samantha Schauer claimed her first win in the rain and mud and has moved up to third in the series for Girls 13-14. Haley Wilson continued her winning way for her third win in a row in the Girls 10-12. Rumor is that this Saturday Haley is testing for her advanced Brown Belt (Karate) and may leave a door open for someone else in to step up.
This week Corvallis Cyclery is providing Specialized Water bottles for the
first 30 kids to register.
10 a.m. -- Beginner Men/Cat C Men/Masters C 35+ Men (45min)
11 a.m. -- Masters Category B 35+ Men/Masters 50/60+ Men/Clydesdale Men (45min)
Noon -- Oregon Junior Cyclocross Series
12:30 p.m. Kiddie Cross
1 p.m. -- Category B Men/SS Men & Women/Unicycle (45min)
2 p.m. -- Women Category A/B/Beginners/Masters 35+ (45min)
3 p.m. -- Category A Men/Masters A 35+ Men (60min)