Halloween Cyclocross in Bend, OR


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Jun 20, 2012
Hood River, OR
We spent the weekend watching (and the girls racing in) a cyclocross event down in Bend. If you're not familiar with it, cyclocross is basically riding whatever bike you want (usually a roady-looking bike but with knobby skinny little tires) over obstacles, mud, sand, stairs, barriers, etc. Thus, a bike you can carry and run hard with helps. A race goes about 45 mins, or 4-ish laps of just under 2 very hard miles each. The most skilled riders can often jump or ride the obstacles, which is crazy to watch when you've seen nothing but streams of people running up/over whatever it is.

Anywho, I took the Rokinon 12, the 35 f1.4, the 56 1.2, and the XC 50-230. They all got used, they all did well, and as usual I strongly wish I had a backup body for fewer lens changes.

Kids 5-7 race:
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Panning with him, rokinon 12
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They ran the 7-9 kids through the volleyball course too... they didn't pull many punches.
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Heckling is a big part of it, usually the friendly kind. We demanded chest hair, and were obliged.
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If you didn't want to carry up a huge set of 2 foot high treaded stairs, you could slog around it, like this:
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Or, you could climb the stairs. It was faster, if you could pull it off.
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If you find the right spot, where you can get in close without being in the way, the 12 is so, so good for things like this...
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Another key component is "handups," in which spectators try to hand out treats (food, beer, liquor shots, whatever) to riders passing by. In this case, plates of pumpkin pie.
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And this being a halloween ride, there were a lot of costumes. This dominatrix was too good at it to be pretending, there's NO way she's not a dom in real life. Everyone who went by got a shot.
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