Cross Crusade Series – Bend / Halloween #5 & #6

Cross Crusade Series – Bend / Halloween #5 & #6

The Cross Crusade cyclocross series began as a Portland series back in 1993. Over the years it’s hosted events across the region including popular courses in Bend, Oregon. The Halloween double-race weekend in Bend is now a tradition with intense racing on Saturday and just-as-intense-but-costumed-to-the-max racing on Sunday. The energy for this year’s race weekend was full on and local creativity was once again off the charts. The course at Deschutes Brewery offered up shorter lap times than usual but with loads of technical challenges and great spots to spectate. (Sometimes “spectating” means good-natured heckling.) We cannot thank the people of Deschutes Brewery and the City of Bend enough for their support of this great event. As always, the Cross Crusade worked ’round the clock to produce two great courses and a two-day party atmosphere. “The Power of ‘Cross compels you!”

In this film, River City Bicycles’s very own Kevin Neidorf captures the gritty racing of Day 1 and the reverly of Day 2. We continue our presentation of local music with Portland band Magic Mouth and their song “Swampy Seconds. “With feet firmly planted in the raw and dirty sounds of roots music, their thorny blend of punk, funk, and soul has catapulted them onto the front lines of Portland’s explosive music scene. Their blossoming success is rooted in the power of their live performance; a swirling storm of sweat and groove that creates a subversively “pentecostal” experience.”

Listen to more Magic Mouth at Marmoset Music.

Photos by Kevin Neidorf