Cyclocross

#crossishere

If you race enough cross, sooner or later you're going to go down. There's a little more blood in summer cross because there's no slippery layer of mud to cushion your fall.

If you race enough cross, sooner or later you're going to go down. There's a little more blood in summer cross because there's no slippery layer of mud to cushion your fall.

Regardless of how you feel about early season cyclocross, it is a fact of life (at least in Portland). I'd race cross year round if they'd let me, so I couldn't be happier. Summer cross is a different beast than the typical raining, freezing, muddy mess we get in the fall. It's much faster due to dry ground, but to me it no less fun. More photos to come throughout the (now very long) cross season in Portland.

Grand Prix Ryan Tonkin race #1 at David Douglas Park in Vancouver, WA

Grand Prix Ryan Tonkin race #1 at David Douglas Park in Vancouver, WA

Grand Prix Ryan Tonkin race #1 at David Douglas Park in Vancouver, WA

Grand Prix Ryan Tonkin race #1 at David Douglas Park in Vancouver, WA

Grand Prix Ryan Tonkin race #1 at David Douglas Park in Vancouver, WA

Grand Prix Ryan Tonkin race #1 at David Douglas Park in Vancouver, WA

Cross training on Leif Erickson trail in Forest Park

Cross training on Leif Erickson trail in Forest Park

Keizer Rapids CX series. Very dry, hot and lots of singletrack. The course will not look this in a couple months time!

Keizer Rapids CX series. Very dry, hot and lots of singletrack. The course will not look this in a couple months time!

Stay tuned, LIOTR frame stickers coming to the store very soon!

Stay tuned, LIOTR frame stickers coming to the store very soon!

Cyclocross season is done.

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My first complete cyclocross season is in the record books. It's amazing having access to such prime cross conditions in around PDX, and a full calendar of amazing race action to keep you busy from August to late November. At one point I was doing four races a week. I had some pretty tough moments, and a couple injuries that kept me humble, but it was all worth it for the feeling of that one race where I rode away from the pack and stayed away for six laps. I never won a race before, and if I never do again, that'll be just fine with me.

Next year I'm looking forward to having a bit more experience under my belt. You really do learn something new in every single race.

Here's a gallery of iPhone shots I got throughout the season. Next year I'll be taking a film camera with me to the races.