The 2015 Portland Short Track Series is officially a wrap!
THANKS to everyone who came out for our Series Grand Finale and anyone who raced throughout the series. We hope you had fun!
Also a major shout to our title sponsor Hopworks Urban Brewery, all our other generous series sponsors, our 40+ volunteers and OBRA officials, and the folks of Portland International Raceway. Without their help and support, we wouldn't be able to pull it all off.
Finally, we hope to see you all back at our next event, the Kruger's Kermessse CX Farm Crit & Bike Relay, which will be the unofficial opener of the 2015 cyclocross season and which always makes for a fun event for all ages and all levels!
07/30 - Check out the final batch of photos shot by our series photographer Victor Duong at last Monday's Short Track Grand Finale, including some great team relay action and team group shots! A huge shout to Victor for capturing the fun each week and posting all these amazingly great shots for people to share!
07/24 - Okay, we now have officially 24 teams signed up for the Ultra Short Track Team Relay at next Monday'sSeries Grand Finale!
Here is the list of 24 teams who each will field 10 racers to contest the relay: Cyclepath Racing, bicycleattorney.com, Camas Bike & Sports 1, Oregon Bike Shop, Ruckus Test Team, Lazy Tarantula, Swift Racing p/b 21st Ave Bicycle, Trusty Switchblade, Team Oregon, Stumptown Cycling Club, Cyclepath - The Dark Side, Camas Bike & Sports 2, Cat PAC, Metropolis, Bonestealers & Bonethugs, The League of Sportsing Gentlemen, The Jr.etts, Hammer Velo & Friends, Showers Pass MTB/CX Team, School of Dirt, Civilian Auxiliary, Les Volontaires, and Portland Bicycle Studio.
07/23 - Check out our new short track caps and t-shirts! The caps feature a classy embroidered short track logo and our t-shirts 3 styles (unisex, women and youth) and 11 colors! Oh, and we also have some sweet Portland Short Track pint glasses that will just make the perfect way to serve your refreshing post-race beverage of choice (HUB anyone?).
07/22 - Right in time for the Series Grand Finale, we are introducing a new format for our popular free short track clinics. To accomodate folks coming from further away, clinics will now start at 5:00pm. The first half hour of the clinic, we will lead a guided course preview, where participants will get to ride multiple laps on the race course and instructors will give pointers and show riders how to efficientl navigate the more technical sections. The second part of the clinic (5:30-6:00pm) will focus on developing specific short track skills at a designated area off the course. Meet-up is at 5:00pm at the Info Desk (next to registration), but you are welcome to drop in any time while the clinics are ongoing.
07/21 - Our second-to-last race night of the series had some great vibe! Temperatures were back to normal, but the racing action was full-on with some down-to-the-line battles on a fun and somewhat technical course. Check out the first batch of action photos, posted by our series photographer Victor Duong, (more to follow later this week)! Race results have been posted on OBRA.
07/20 - Cat 2 Men 45-54 racer Bob Libby, rocking his fat bike across what turned out to be a pretty gnarly course, full of twists, grinds and some tricky patches of loose sand. And, yes, that's undoubtedly a smile on his face! (photo by Victor Duong).
07/20 - Tonight we're putting our Short Track families and kids in the spotlight. As usual, our kids race sponsor Islabikes will put on 3 super-fun, FREE Kids Races.
After finishing their race, all kids will get treated on ice-cold lemonade and get entered in a free raffle of some great prizes, including Bike Gallery gift certificates and Short Track T-shirts, hats and lemonade glassses.
In addition, junior racers will enjoy $5 off the regular day-of-race fee, so bring out those young ones for another great summer night of family race fun!
07/13 - Spencer Bushnell, royally outgunning his Lazy Tarantulas team mate Gregg Rice and the rest of the Singlespeed field at Monday's Cyclepath Holeshot Night, while Bill Larson graciously juggles his roles of cheer-leader, DJ, Holeshot referee, and marquee sponsor of the night! (photo by Victor Duong).
07/10 - This Monday, we are stepping up the racing action up a notch with our annualCyclepath Holeshot Night, where racers in each category will get a chance to race for fame and glory within the first minutes of racing, by beating their competitors to the line at the "Cyclepath Holeshot". The Holeshot will be prominently marked somewhere along the first quarter mile of the course under the trees (when pre-riding the course, look for the white PVC gate featuring Cyclepath banners and other holeshot attributes). The Holeshot winner in each category will receive a $20 Cyclepath gift certificate, a Niner stainless steel pint glass and bragging rights that won't expire until next year's Short Track Series! So come on out and show what you got in terms of raw startline explosiveness, anaerobic horse power, and sheer determination to become a Monday Night Short Track Holeshot Champ! [call-up list for race # 6]
Also this Monday, Cyclepath will host the Niner demo crew at Short Track, so you'll get a chance to try out some sweet Niner rides.
07/10 - Get Ready for the 2015 Series Grand Finale & Ultra Short Track Team Relay!
That's right, we're just over two 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!
07/07 - Another hot short track night, in more than one sense! We saw some awesome "summer casual" race outfits (photos and winners will be posted on this site later this week) and some great racing action (another wild course, that featured plenty of shade), while the rythms of the Bloco Alegria samba drum band andthe free Nossa Familia iced coffee kept everyone well chilled. Thanks to everyone who came out to race and/or cheer and a special shout to all the folks who dressed down for our special night. [Results of Race # 5] [ Race Photos of Race # 5]
07/05 - Meooow! Cat 2 Women 45+ racer Evelyn Kim, going full-on summer casual, sporting a fancy kitty dress and matching race smile. (photo: Victor Duong)
07/04 - If you just discovered how much fun Short Track is (or just late to the game and decided just now to jump in on the action), we have two great discount offers for the second half of the series! This Monday, we will sell "rest-of-series passes" for just $65 ($30 for juniors, $15 for second race) or if you like to save money by pooling with team mates and friends, you can purchase a "10-race punch card" for $180 or just $18 per race!
07/04 - Check out the call-up list for race # 5, with the 200+ racers who either are among the top 5 leaders in their their category or purchased a series pass and will enjoy a start-line call-up each week. And if you raced on June 22, click here to find out if you are among the other winners of our weekly raffle!
07/01 - Join us this Monday to kick off the second half of the 2015 Portland Short Track Series in style! That's right, it's time for rour annual "Summer Casual" Race Outfit Contest, brought to you by Portland Design Works!
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. The most hilarious outfits (male & female) in each race heat (*) will win a very cool PDW "goodie package", consisting of an AetherDemon USB-rechargeable LED tail light and a Shiny Object CO2 inflator. So get the creative juices flowing.... anything goes, as long as it doesn't weird out the kiddie racers!
(*) Judging will be done based on the photos taken at the PDW Photo Booth (look for the Portland Design Works tent, which will be located under the trees).
To make the summer part complete, local samba drum band Bloco Alegria will come out to entertain the start of each race heat with live music, Nossa Familia Coffee will be serving free iced and pour-over coffees, and our food station will be serving our ever-popular free Dave's Killer Bread PB&J sandwiches.
Bloco Alegria Samba Drum Band in action at last year's 10th anniversary race. (photo: Victor Duong)
06/23 - What a perfect night of racing to wrap upthe first half of the 2015 Short Track Series! Thanks to everyone who came out to race or spectate and a special shout to the folks of Hopworks Urban Brewery and their posse of Radler Riders for their cheers and the beers! Results of Race # 4 are already up on OBRA (thanks Candi Murray &her rock star scoring crew!) and Victor Duong posted a first batch of action shots you gotta check out out. Next week we take a mid-series break, but we are looking forward to seeing ryou all on Sunday at the Six Hours of Mt Hood!
06/22 - Stephen Hartzel, generating a healthy dose of G's on his way to a second-place finish in the Cat 1 Men 19-34. (photo: Victor Duong)
06/15 - Check out the call-up list for race # 4, with the 200+ racers who either are among the top 5 leaders in their their category or purchased a series pass and will enjoy a start-line call-up each week. And if you raced last Monday, click here to find out if you are among the other winners of our weekly raffle!
06/18 - Our title sponsor Hopworks Urban Breweryiscelebrating the launch of their new and amazingly refreshing Totally Radler beer!
This coming Monday (6/22)- which they've declared National Radler Day - they will lead a fun 17-mile RADLER RELEASE RIDE from the Hopworks Bike Bar (on N Williams) to the PIR infield and then proceed with sampling free Radler at Short Track!
So come out for our near-solstice race night and find out what the Radler buzz is all about. Prost!
06/16 - Another wild night at Short Track with a course that seriously rocked (a major shout to James Cand the rest of our course set-up crew! In good tradition, our series photographer Victor Duong was there to record the action and yesterday's action photos don't lie about how much fun there was to be had!
06/15 - Cyclepath Racing's Singlespeed and Cat 1 Men stalwart Sean Rees, graciously flying through the off-camber switchback turn on the MX track, which very much defined last Monday's top-notch course. (photo: Victor Duong)
06/12 - Never raced Short Track before, but like to give it a try? Have friends who you think should give Short Track a shot?... just come out this Monday (June 15) for our special "School's Out!" Junior & Newbie Short Track Night and bring your friends!
All new short track racers (who have never raced a Portland Short Track Series race before) will enjoy $10 off the regular day-of-race fee!
OBRA will waive the $5 single-day OBRA license fee for any non-OBRA members!
- All Juniors race for just $5, when they register online by Saturday Noon!
In addition, we'll raffle off a bunch of cool prizes among all junior and newbie short track racers!
06/09 - It was a very hot night yesterday, but also a very fun one for the 340+ racers who came out to shred a great course that featured plenty of flow! Check out the first batch of action photos, posted by our series photographer Victor Duong!
06/08 - Cat 2 Men 45-54 racers Mike Rabinowitz (Rebound/Tireless Velo) and Ed Fischer (Camas Bike & Sport), leading a group across the motocross track at last Monday's race # 2. (photo: Victor Duong)
06/02 - Last night, we kicked off the 2015 short track season with a bang. We got a welcome break from the rain right before the start of the races and even if we had to skip the motocross course, the course turned out a to be a ton of fun. Thanks to everyone who came to race or spectate and a special welcome to all the riders who raced short track for the very first time. We hope you all had a great time and are ready for more!
06/01 - Cat 2 Women racers Danielle Reynolds and Pam Reid, tackling the switchbacks at our first night of racing. (photo: Victor Duong)
06/01 - If today's weather give you pause about coming out and race tonight's first race of the 2015 Short Track Series, just have a look at Victor Duong's photos from last year's Short Track race # 3, which took place in the aftermath of an epic thunderstorm.
As you can tell from the shots, it turned into a great race night, perfect conditions, with a real fun course and a lot of smiles!
Today, we are not expecting anywhere as much rain. If anything, the moisture we'll see should soften up the course a bit (after the exceptionally dry past couple weeks) and make things less bumpy and lines more tacky, just a perfect way to ease into the series!
Either way, we're looking forward to seeing you all
out there tonight!
05/31 - All systems go for our first night of short track racing! To find out who will be on deck this Monday, check out the call-up list for race # 1, with the 150+ racers who purchased a series pass and will enjoy a start-line call-up each week. Online sales of our series pass has closed, but you can still purchase one at the race on Monday (for the same price as online registration) and get your name added to the call-up list for the rest of the series.
05/15 - Join us on Friday May 29th at the Lumberyard Indoor Bike Park for a fun evening of riding, socializing, and getting all dialed for the 11th edition of the Portland Short Track Series!
Come pick up your series race plate and ride the Lumberyard Indoor Bike Park for just $10 (from 4pm to 10pm) or come just watch the action and socialize with fellow short track racers.
Our registration crew will be on-site selling series passes and single-night race entries for our first night of racing. And first-time adult Short Track racers will enjoy a special newbie discount (Series Pass: $20 OFF/ first-race entry fee: $10 OFF).
05/01 - Get ready for the 11th edition of the Portland Short Track Series! That's right, Portland's most popular summer bike race series (for young and old, novice or hardcore racers, mountain or cross bikes) is upon us and will kick off in just over 4 weeks! Click here for all the details of the 2015 series!
Note: our ever-popular Short Track Series Pass will start selling on Wednesday May 6th (starting at 7am)! Series Pass holders will enjoy a weekly priority call-up at the start of their category in the order they have registered. In addition, the top-5 riders in the series standings in each category will get a priority call-up, starting at race # 3. So, purchase yours today and get your name added to the top of the call-up list!