The Cross Crusade cyclocross series began in Portland 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 a 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.) In this video, River City Bicycles's Kevin Neidorf captures the gritty racing of Day 1 and the revelry of Day 2.
River City Bicycles also continues its 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. Have a look and listen.