Head on over to the Cross Crusade site to check out the schedule. The big news? No Barton. I can’t believe that they are dropping Barton. I *love* that course. It rocks — literally. I race really well there — when I don’t flat. The compression ditch is one of a kind! I love, love, love the starting straight. And the dikes are classic features I’ll miss the most. The second date of the series still lists the venue as TBD so there’s still hope for Barton. However, Barton is best served as a November venue when it is likely to be waterlogged.
The classic courses of Alpenrose and Estacada again grace the schedule. Hornings looks to become a regular (word is that it will be less mountain bikey this year) and Hillsboro returns for a slog fest in middle of November. There are two new locales on the schedule this year. Since the sale of the Flying M necessitated relocation of the Halloween race, the Crusaders found a home for the camp/party/race at the Astoria Fairgrounds. Is the soil sandy out there? Let’s hope so since Astoria gets 70 inches of rain annually. The Rainer, OR school district got hoodwinked into allowing the Crusade circus to use Rainier High School for an early season race. Maybe it will be dry and there won’t be enough turf damage to preclude an invite next year.
The Portland USGP weekend(December 1, 2) is at PIR. I wonder if the Crusaders are going to set the course on the infield one day and then use the northwest open space (near the golf course) the next. While that would be tres cool, it might not be a financial reality.
The other big news is that the Crusaders are hosting the World Singlespeed Championships. It’s going to be contested in conjunction with the Estacada racing. Qualifiers are scheduled for Saturday with the championship race on Sunday along with all the other regular racing. That looks to be a great weekend. Estacada is a great venue so all you SSers out there had better put this weekend on your schedules.
If you add in Hood River (9/23), Barlow (9/30) and Kreugers (11/25), the Portland cross schedule looks packed with some excellent racing. It’s shaping up to be another outstanding year.