Thanks to the 365 racers that braved the wind, rain, and cold to battle it out for the titles of OBRA Cyclocross Champion at the Oregon State Fairgrounds in Salem this past Saturday. Full results are here on the OBRA site and photos from the excellent Shane Young are located on his Oregon Velo site as well as my own shots on Flickr. Race reports from
The course was epic, going from pavement to loose dirt to mud to gravel to water to sand and back again over its 2.5 mile length. High winds were an added factor in the morning races and the afternoon’s rain added to the mud and puddles to make a messy course. Thankfully, the four covered buildings racers wove in and out of provided temporary relief as they presented racers with tough new surfaces to contend with including tough flat turns in dirt that seemed more like loose sawdust (while a kickass band played), a bumpy motocross course, and finally the long run through some very deep sand.
For anyone that missed the race, here’s a short video of random clips I shot during the day: