04/22 - Our ever-popular Series Passes will go on sale on Friday April 25 at Noon. Series Pass holders will enjoy a weekly priority call-up at the start of their category (in addition, the top-5 in the series standings of each category will start getting priority call-ups after race # 4). So, mark the date (this Friday!) on your calendar and be ready to get your name added to the top of the call-up list!
04/21 - Get ready for the 10th edition of the Portland Short Track Series! That's right, Portland's signature summer bike race series (for young and old, newbie or hardcore, fat or cross tires) is upon us and will kick off in just 6 weeks! Same format as last year, but - NEW this year - we are adding an extra race heat at 5:30pm exclusively for junior racers. With the support of Islabikes, we are also expanding our free kiddie races, which will race at the same time as the juniors. Click here for all the details of the 2014 series!
07/30 - Yesterday evening, we wrapped up the 2013 Short Track Series in style! The weather was just perfect, the course rocked, and we counted a record 426 racers, plus a ton of kiddie racers and spectators. And, unsurprisingly, the Ultra Short Track Team Relay race delivered all the drama and spectacle everyone was looking forward to... from the hectic Le Mans start, to the high-speed, final-lap cliffhanger duel between Joe Santos of Cyclepath Racing, James Ceccorulli of bicycleattorney.com, and josh Armagost of Green Submarine Records (with a very close top-3 finish in that order), to the hilarious DFL finish of John Gove, sporting his wife's Sweatpie Ladies Auxiliary skinsuit... Priceless!
THANKS to everyone who came out yesterday and throughout the series. Also a major shout to our title sponsor Hopworks Urban Brewing, our other series sponsors, our 40+ volunteers and OBRA officials, and all the folks at PIR. Without their help and support we wouldn't be able to pull it all off!
07/25 - As of this morning, we have all 25 team slots filled for next Monday's Ultra Short Track Team Relay Race. Here is the list of teams
who will battle it out for team relay fun and glory:
bicycleattorney.com, Cyclepath Racing, Camas Bike & Sports 1,
Camas Bike & Sports 2,
Camas Bike & Sports 3,
Green Submarine Records,
Hammer Velo & Friends,
Ruckus Test Team,
The Inner SE All Stars,
Trailhead Coffee Roasters,
Filth & Fury,
Upper Echelon Fitness,
Team Rose City,
Oregon Bike Shop,
Sweetpea Ladies Auxiliary,
Hapi-Go, Team Oregon, Daimler Trucks North America, and Les Volontaires.
07/23 - Results of yesterday's race # 7 and Series Standings after 7 races have been posted. Thanks to everyibe who came out to race and cheer, and a special shout to the many folks who showed up in their summer casual best. You have until Wednesday to submit your photos (or links to photos) of racers you like to nominate as winners of our casual outfit contest. Just email them to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will announce the winners in each race heat on Thursday.
07/22 - We're in the homestretch of the series! Check out the call-up list for tonight's races and the series standings. Best 7 out of 8 races will count towards the overall standings.
07/17 - In good tradition and per popular request, it's time for our annual Summer Casual Short Track Night and Contest, which will take place on Monday July 22! Leave the spandex at home and come race in your best Summer Casual race outfit. To get an idea of what we're talking about and get some inspiration for Monday, check out the photos of last year and the year before. We'll have special prizes for the most hilarious outfits (male & female) in each race heat, so think beyond just cut-off jeans and t-shirts.... anything goes, as long as it doesn't weird out Candi or any of our kiddie racers!
Talking about our kiddie racers... next Monday, The Camas Bikes & Sport team will be out in force to cater a special kiddie race night! Besides our usual FREE kiddie races (for beginner and expert kids), they will bring out some skinnies and a teeter for the kids to ride on after their race. And we'll throw in some special post-race treats for all kids in attendance! So bring out the whole family and come enjoy another beautiful summer night under the trees!
07/18 - We're just one and a half weeks away from our traditional Series Grand Finale and Ultra Short Track Team Relay! The 25 available slots for the team relay race will be awarded on a first-come first-serve basis, so don't wait too long to register your team!
07/15 - Five down, three to go! Tonight, we will keep the summer vibe going at PIR with another fun night of short track fun. Check out the call-up list for tonight's races and the latest batch of photos from last week's races, shot by our series photographer Leonard Johnson of Hot Foot Photo.
The battle for the #1 spot in the Elite Men category between Shannon Skerritt and James Ceccorulli continues unabated.
(photo: Leonard Johnson - Hot Foot Photo)
07/08 - Hope you all enjoyed our mid-series break, got a ton of riding in and are all ready to kick back into high gear at tonight's Short Track Race # 5! It's summer, so come out to race and spectate.
06/25 - What a hoot yesterday's race was! Those who stayed home missed out on a perfect (and dry!) night and what probably was the best course of the season so far. Results of yesterday's race have been posted on OBRA. Updated series standings will be posted tomorrow, after the results are final.
Thanks to everyone who came out so far to race the first half of the Portland Short Track Series! We will be back on Monday July 8th - in full summer mode! - and then go for another 4 weeks. We hope to see you all back and, of course, we hope you will oin us this coming Sunday at Mt Hood Skibowl for the Six Hours of Mt Hood. With the forecast calling for sunny skies and temps in the mid 70s and a course that is in excellent shape, this promises to be another great edition. We have already 190 racers signed up, so still time to pre-register and be among the first 250 racers who will receive a commemorative pint glass stuffed with sponsor a goodies and a cool finisher tag!
06/19 - Our Series Photographer Leonard Johnson of Hot Foot Photo was at PIR again this last Monday and took some great action shots. Check them out!
06/18 - Another fun night of Short Track racing last night, with 410 racers, 46 of whom never raced short track before! We hope you all had a blast and ready for one more short track race next Monday, before we take a mid-series break. Results of STXC race # 3 have been posted on OBRA. You can also find the updated Series Standings after 3 races over at Ahtletepath. Pre-registration for race # 4 is open through Saturday Noon.
06/14 - Never raced Short Track before, but like to give it a try? Have any friends who you think should give Short Track a shot?... just come out next Monday (June 17) for our special "School's Out!" Junior & Newbie Short Track Night and bring your friends! Junior racers will race for just $10. Adult newbies (who've never raced a Portland Short Track Series race before) will pay $15 ($10 off the regular day-of-race fee). And to top it all off, OBRA will waive the $5 single-day OBRA license fee for any new riders!... so come out this Monday and give Short Track a go!
06/11 - Yesterday, we had another great night of racing (396 racers) under sunny skies and a killer course! Check out the cool helmet cam clip Cat 1 racer Ian Mastenbrook shot during his race. Summer is here!
06/03 - Looks like we kicked off the 2013 short track season with a bang! 392 racers (plus another 40 kiddie racers) came out to PIR to contest the first short track race of the season. And the course received rave reviews! Thanks to everyone who came out to join in on the fun and a special welcome to the more than 80 riders who raced short track for the very first time. We hope you all had a fun time and will come back next week for more (again, some great racing weather in the forecast)!
06/02 - Online registration for Short Track Race # 1 (June 3) has closed, but you can still register at the races on Monday. All races will start on time, so schedule enough time to travel to PIR, get all your stuff together, ride your bike from the parking lot to the infield, and get registered. Also, if you're an OBRA annual member, make sure to bring proof of your OBRA membership.
05/31 - Just a reminder that the Hopworks Bike Bar on N Williams Avenue is welcoming Portland Short Track racers every Monday night of the series with a $2 first beer special (one per racer, so only for your first beer!) and Happy Hour from 9pm to close. Cheers... to Short Track season and Hopworks Beers!
05/30 - Wednesday Night is Short Track Special Night at the Lumberyard Indoor Bike Park! The Lumberyard, Portland's much-acclaimed indoor bike park just celebrated their first-year anniversary and this year they're stepping up their support for the series big time by offering a smoking deal to all Portland Short Track racers: throughout the series, Short Track racers will be able to ride the Lumberyard every Wednesday night (5-10pm) for only $10! To get in on the deal, all you need to do is show them your 2013 Short Track Series race plate when you check in. Riding at the Lumberyard is not only super-fun for riders of all ages and all levels, but it also makes for a great cross-training work-out and it's a perfect place to work on your riding skills!
05/29 - We're just five days away from kicking off the 2013 Series and we have already over 200 racers pre-registered for Monday's race # 1 and no less than 169 racers bought our Series Pass and fully committed themselves to eight weeks of serious bike race fun!