NEWS & UPDATEs


Tue 07/30 - And that's a wrap! Thanks to the close to 400 racers who came out for our final race of the season yesterday and to everyone else who came out to cheer, volunteer, and celebrate the end of another fun season of Short Track.  Congratulations to all series podium finishers and high-five to all 21 teams who raced in the Ultra Short Track Team relay. That was such a blast!

Results of yesterday’s adult and junior races , as well as the results of the kids races, have been posted. Also check out the results of the Ultra Short Track Team Relay, which was won Dialed Cycling Team 1 (beating the Biciclista Kids in a mad dash to the finish line), and the final batch of race photos, team shots and podium shots, posted by our series photog Victor Duong. Thanks, Victor, for being out there every week and capturing all the action AND the fun!

Also, a major shout to all our series sponsors, including:

  • Bike Gallery, who provided free expert mechanical support to our racers throughout the series;

  • Nossa Familia Coffee, whose iced mochas and “affogados” became a new summer favorite of our racers, young and old;

  • Hopworks Urban Brewery, who continued their longtime support of the series with a boatload of beer prizes and a welcoming post-race refueling stop at their 3 locations;

  • Dave's Killer Bread, for keeping our food station (and podium finishers) supplied with fresh loaves of yummy bread;

  • Lumberyard for sponsoring our kids races and throwing in some great raffle prizes;

  • Portland Design Works, for their continued support of our Summer Casual Night;

  • and - last but not least - Stefano Spedini and Biciclista for being such a great part of the “short track scene” and surprising us all with some real cool “Short Track Series Winner” jerseys!

Please support these local companies with you business, whenever you have the chance!


Mon 07/29 - TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT!

After 7 weeks of Short Track fun, it is time for our last hurrah: the Portland Short Track Series Grand Finale and the Ultra Short rack Team Relay, which will feature no less than 20 relay teams of 10 racers each!

We hope you can join us to race, spectate the action from up close, and celebrate with your friends/family/team mates another great series that - after 15 years - still sparks a ton of joy, for young and old, and for new and seasoned short track racers alike.

We already like to thank all the folks who made the magic happen every week: our amazing volunteers; our wonderful sponsors; our rockstar OBRA crew and announcer; the friendly staff at PIR; Victor Duong all the other folks who have been shooting at the races; but - most of all - YOU, our fantastic racers and OBRA teams that have been the heart and soul of Portland Short Track!

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT AND SEE Y’ALL TONIGHT!

  • Check out all the podium contenders who are still in the running for a series podium spot across all adult and junior categories.

  • And here are the 20 teams who will contest the Ultra Short Track Team Relay tonight:

Grouptrail Cycling, Fast Fun Nice 1, Fast Fun Nice 2, Planet PDX Cycling, Metropolis Cycle Repair, Cyclepath Racing, Stumptown, Rebound/Tireless Velo, Oregon Bike Shop, Dialed Cycling 1, Dialed Cycling 2, Dialed Cycling 3, bicycleattorney.com, 10 Barrel Brewing, Breadwinner Cycles, Biciclista Kids, Half Fast Velo, Beermongers, Swift Racing PDX, and - Portland Racing’s very own volunteer team - Volunteers United.


Sun 07/28 - Right in time for our Series Grand Finale, we received a fresh batch of Portland Short Track tees!
Various new colors and styles, including two womens styles, 2 youth sizes, and even some toddler sizes.
They all come in limited quantities, so come check them out early on Monday and purchase your favorite one before they're gone!

T-Shirts will sell at the Info Desk for $15 (Adults Sizes) and $10 (Junior and Toddler Sizes). You can pay with credit card or cash.


Sat 07/27 - Still time to sign up for Monday’s Ultra Short Track Team Relay!

Since its inception in 2007, our Ultra Short Track Team Relay Race has been the cherry on the pie of our annual Series Grand Finale and this Monday will be no exception. We have already 20 teams signed up, but we have room for a couple more. Just shoot an email to relay@portlandracing.com with your team name, the team captain, and your tentative team roster (it’s ok if you still have some blank spots, you can finalize your roster on Monday).  The entry fee for the team relay is $30/team, which you can pay on Monday at the pre-reg/info desk, when you pick up your special relay race plates. 

As of today, we have already the following 20 teams signed up:

Grouptrail Cycling, Fast Fun Nice 1, Fast Fun Nice 2, Planet PDX Cycling, Metropolis Cycle Repair, Cyclepath Racing, Stumptown, Rebound/Tireless Velo, Oregon Bike Shop, Dialed Cycling 1, Dialed Cycling 2, Dialed Cycling 3, bicycleattorney.com, 10 Barrel Brewing, Breadwinner Cycles, Biciclista Kids, Half Fast Velo, Beermongers, Swift Racing PDX, and - Portland Racing’s very own volunteer team - Volunteers United.


Fri 07/26 - Wanted: Volunteers!

We are still looking for 5 extra volunteers to help out at our Series Grand Finale in exchange for a free race entry or race credit for a future race (for yourself or a friend):

  • 1 volunteer to help out with lap counting during the last 2 races (from 6:55pm to 8:00pm).

  • 2 volunteers to help out with picking up cones and tear down stakes/tape - on the course outside the motocross track - during the relay race (from 8:00pm to 9:30pm).

  • 1 volunteer to help out as course marshal during the Cat 1 Kids race and the first two race heats (6:00pm to 7:30pm).

In addition, we are looking for 1 non-racing volunteer to help with registration from 4:30pm to 8:00pm (this is a paid volunteer position!).

If you are interested, please fill out the form on our Volunteer Page or email us at volunteer@portlandracing.com. All open volunteer slots will be filled on a first-come first serve basis.


Thu 07/25 - Get Ready for this Monday's Series Grand Finale & Ultra Short Track Team Relay!
That’s right, our final night of short track fun is just around the corner, so time for our ever-popular Series Grand Finale and Ultra Short Track Team Relay. We still have room for more relay teams, so round up your friends and team mates and sign up today! It’s just $30 per team and you can pay at the on Monday when you pick up your relay plates at the Info Desk.

Our Series Grand Finale is a night that never disappoints (check out Victor's photos of last year's edition and the year before to get a feel of the great vibe we always have going) and something you definitely don't want to miss out on!


Tue 07/23 - What fast, fun and hot night of racing that was yesterday! Congratulations to all twenty-one ”Pedal-to-the-Metal” 2019 Holeshot Winners. We witnessed some close battles at the holeshot and some amazing recoveries.

  • Results of yesterday’s Adult/Junior races and results of the kids races have been posted.

  • Make sure to check-out the helmet cam video posted by Elite Men racer (and newly crowned National Road Bike Champ of Costa Rica!) Felipe Nystrom, shown below. It’s worth the watch, not just to see the holeshot sprint of our fastest group of riders from up-close, but also to get a feel of the race dynamics and tactics that are playing out every week among our top-5 Elite Men racers, plus Felipe’s amazing skills of in-race commentating (in Spanish). There is also an obligatory “bike throw” by Shannon Skerritt (at 24:05), who beat Stephen Hartzel to the line for the holeshot, but then twice got sidelined by a dropped chain. Shannon might not be able to stitch up his 10th Elite Men series win this year (Andrew Coe has that spot already secured with his last two wins), but don’t rule him out yet for next week’s Grand Finale…

  • And, as always, our series photograper Victor Duong was there to capture all the race action.



Fri 07/19 - This coming Monday - with the support of longtime short track series sponsors Bike Gallery and Lumberyard - we are bringing back our popular Pedal-to-the-Metal Holeshot Night, where racers in each category will get a chance to reach for fame and glory within the first minute of their race, by beating their competitors to the line at the Holeshot, which will be located about 250 yards down from the start shoot (where the course dives into the trees).

The Holeshot winner in each category will receive a $20 Bike Gallery gift certificate (or a Lumberyard Day Pass for the Junior categories), a Short Track pint glass, and bragging rights that won't expire until next year's Short Track Series!

So, come out and show us what you got in terms of raw start-line explosiveness and possibly become this year's Portland Short Track Holeshot Champ!


Tue 07/16 - Six down, two to go! Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday for our 5th night of racing and a special shout to all the racers who purchased a rest-of-series pass and are fully committed for the rest of the series.

After a well-deserved break, our series photographer Victor Duong was back in action yesterday and shot a bunch of great action shots.

Results of adult and junior races has been posted on OBRA. Results of the kids races are expected later today.


Thu 07/12 - And... the winners are in! Check out the laureates of our 2019 "Summer Casusal" Race Outfit Contest, presented by Portland Design Works.

It was not an easy task choosing the winners among the stacked field of folks who came out to race in their best summer casual race outfit, but we ultimately managed to crown 11 winners (who will ride home next Monday with a cool PDW prize) and another 25 riders who we deemed deserving of an “honorable mention” and a loaf of Dave’s Killer Bread.

Thanks everyone for playing… and don’t forget: every Monday is '“casual race day” at Portland Short Track!


Wed 07/10 - Last Monday was another fun night to kick off the second half of the series! Thanks to everyone who came out properly dressed up (or down) for the occasion. Cyclepath Racing’s Ed Knight, who volunteered to cover for Victor (who is on vacation until next Monday), posted a huge batch of 1,400+ race pictures of all three race heats (plus some of the kids races) on Google Photos. Thanks, Ed!

We are still sorting through all the photos and hope to announce this year’s “summer casual” laureates and PDW prize winners some time tomorrow morning!

Also, make sure to check….


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Tue 07/02 - After enjoying a mid-series break, we're getting back in the groove next Monday with our 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" attire. 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.

To make the Short Track summer party complete, our presenting sponsor Hopworks Urban Brewery will be on site serving free samples of their favorite summer ales, and longtime series sponsor Nossa Familia Coffee will bring out their coffee cargo bike to serve FREE iced coffee and iced mochas. So bring your friends, bring your families, and let's kick off the second half of the Portland Short Track Series with a real summer party on the infield of PIR!

The three most hilarious outfits in each race heat - plus the best two Junior racers - will win some very cool Portland Design Works prizes. And since our series photographer Victor Duong will be out of town for this race, we are throwing in an additional three special prizes for the best photos posted on social media (facebook and/or Instagram).

So, get the creative juices flowing and think beyond just cut-off jeans and t-shirts.... anything goes, as long as it doesn't weird out any of the kiddie racers!

Note: the prize winners will be chosen from all the race photos posted on social media (please use the hashtags #pdxshorttrack #summercasual) or sent in via email to summercasual@portlandracing.com (by Wed 7/10 at noon). The 14 winners in our contest - and any honorable mentions - will be posted here on our web and on our flickr page.


Tue 06/25 - What a fun night to wrap up the first half of the series! Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday for our 4th night of racing and a special shout to all the new racers, who keep finding their was to Short Track and keep coming back for more. And we hope you all liked the wild course design with the new dirt feature, the two passages through the motocross track, and the technical off-camber sections under the trees … it’s just a flavor of what’s yet to come after the break… we want to keep things fresh and interesting!


FREE iced mochas on the house tonight, courtesy of Nossa Familia Coffee!

FREE iced mochas on the house tonight, courtesy of Nossa Familia Coffee!

Sun 06/23 - Summer is here and we're ready to dial up the fun and racing level to 11!

The weather forecast for tomorrow calls for near-perfect racing conditions (clear skies, temps in the low to mid 70s and as usual, a mild breeze picking up around late afternoon). To celebrate the advent of summer and to wrap up the first half of the series, the great folks of Nossa Familia Coffee plan to come out tomorrow to sample free iced coffee and lattes. So, all the ingredients will be at hand for a fun night of racing and watching all the race action with a refreshing beverage in hand!

Also, make sure to check the current series standings to figure out who the top contenders are across all 20 race categories and - if you raced last week or are a series pass holder - find out if you are among the more than 40 winners in our weekly raffle!

Finally, a reminder that like every week, we will host…

  • FREE kids races - presented by Lumberyard - at 6pm in the area under the trees. Check the Kids Short Track page for all the details and to find the results of the previous three races, as well as the winners of our weekly kids raffle (a voucher for two free bike rentals and a pizza at the Lumberyard);

  • FREE short track skills clinics (from 5 to 6pm), for both novice and intermediate women and men racers; and

  • FREE Dave's Killer Bread PB&J sandwiches at our food station.

One more race before we take a mid-series break to have fun on the mountain at the Six Hours of Mt Hood, which you definitely don’t want to miss out on… let’s make it another fun one!

JOIN OUR FREE SKILLS CLINICS!


UPDATE SUN 6/23 - We are still looking for 2 more volunteers to help out at tomorrow's race (Mon 6/24) with the following tasks:
- 1 non-racing volunteer to help out at the track crossing from 5:00pm until 8:00pm (compensation: $30)
- 1 volunteer to help out as a course marshal during the last 2 races (from 7:00 to 8:00pm) and help with clean up (8:10-8:40pm) - in exchange for a free race entry

If you are available and interested in helping out with either task, just shoot us an email at volunteer@portlandracing.com. Thanks!

Tue 06/18 - Another fun night of Short Track racing under sunny skies and on a super-fast, twisty and flowy course!  A  major shout to all newbie Short Track racers who came out to give the series a shot. We are already looking forward to seeing you all back next week and throughout the rest of the series!

Our series photographer Victor Duong posted a first batch of action shots on Flickr and results of adult and junior races have been posted.

Also a heads-up that the 10th edition of the Six Hours of Mount Hood is upon us and we want you to come out and join in the fun! This XC mountain bike endurance race - for two-person teams and solo riders - takes place on Sunday June 29 (when we are taking a mid-series break of Short Track) and is a longtime favorite of many short track racers. It provides riders of all levels and ages a unique opportunity to race on some awesome trails at the Mt Hood Skibowl mountain resort, with the mountain as your amazing backdrop!

Still time to sign up for the Six Hours and get a personalized race plate and a stylish racer glass!

Still time to sign up for the Six Hours and get a personalized race plate and a stylish racer glass!

There is still time to take advantage of our early-bird pre-registration rates and if you register by end-of-day Sunday (6/23), you will get to race with a personalized race plate, featuring your name and team name! And the first 250 racers who register will receive a very classy, gold-emblazoned “tall boy” racer glass!

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Fri 06/14 - 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 and race next Monday and enjoy some great deals at our special Junior & Newbie Short Track Night, presented by Bike Gallery.

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NEWBIE & JUNIOR SPECIAL FOR THIS MONDAY'S RACE # 3!
 
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 race next Monday and enjoy these great deals:
 
1) All newbie short track racers (i.e. anyone who has never raced the Series before) will enjoy $5 off the regular race fee (when you register online, just use the discount code TOTALNEWBIE).
 
2) OBRA will waive the $5 single-day OBRA license fee for ALL racers!
 
3) All adult newbie racers who register online will receive a Bike Gallery gift card with a $10 store credit!

 
To top it off, we will raffle off a bunch of cool prizes - courtesy of the Bike Gallery and our other sponsors - among all junior and newbie racers who race this Monday! And, like every week, we will host FREE short track skills clinics (from 5 to 6pm), FREE kids races (at 6:00pm) for the younger ones, and FREE Dave's Killer Bread PB&J sandwiches (and ice-cooled water!) at our food station.

Tue 06/11 - What a great night yesterday! A shout to all racers (and the ever-growing horde of kids racers) who came out for our second night of racing on a totally new course that seriously rocked . We hope you all had a blast and ready for more!

Results of adult and junior races are up on OBRA and our series photographer Victor Duong posted another batch of stellar action shots on Flickr. Also check out the results of the kids races.

Thanks everyone for coming out and racing. We are looking forward to seeing you all back next Monday at our School’s Out Junior & Newbie Night!


Mon 06/10 - Here is the call-up list for tonight's STXC race # 2, featuring the 200+ racers who purchased a Series Pass and who will get to line up at the front of their category each week!  You can still purchase a discounted rest-of-series pass tonight, get your name added to the call-up list, and skip the registration lines each week.


Sun 06/09 - Our first race of the season is in the books and so are the first batch of more than 30 winners in our free weekly raffle, who will ride home tomorrow with either a variety 4-pack of HUB Lemon Radler, a set of MTB tires courtesy of Bike Gallery, a bag of Nossa Familia Coffee, or a yummy loaf of Dave's Killer Bread.

If your name is not among the winning lot, you'll make another chance next week and every other week you come out and race. And if you are a series pass holder, your name is added to the drawing, even on the days you are not racing!

Also, a reminder that every Monday night throughout the series, all short track riders will enjoy a great specials at all Hopworks Urban Brewery locations (on N Williams Ave, Vancouver - SE Mill Plain Blvd, and SE Powell):   just flash them your 2019 race plate and enjoy $2.00 off your first beer!


Wed 06/05 - The results of Monday's Kids Short Track Race # 1  have been posted! We had packed fields in both the Cat 1 and Cat 2 Kids and a ton of smiling faces. We also have our first winner of the weekly Lumberyard STXC Kids Raffle (a voucher for two bike rentals and a medium pizza at your next visit to the Lumberyard).

Thanks to all kids and parents for coming out and race. We are looking forward to seeing you all back next Monday. Spread the word, bring your friends, and share the fun of Short Track racing!


Tue 06/04 - What a fun and solid night to kick off the 2019 series! Thanks to all racers and spectators who came out to race yesterday and a special welcome to all the folks who raced Short Track for the first time. We hope you had a ton of fun and we're looking forward to seeing you all back next week!


Sun 6/2 - PRE-REG DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL 4PM TODAY!

To help alleviate the workload of our registration staff tomorrow, **we have extended the deadline for online registration until 4pm today**, so you have still time to pre-register online for the series - or just for tomorrow's race - and save time and money at the race. And like the the close to 200 racers who already a purchased a series pass, your name will get added to the weekly call-up list!

Once you are registered online, all you have to do tomorrow is come pick up your race plate (and racer glass) at the Info Desk (located next to registration) and you are all set to race!

Thanks!


Wed 05/29 - Pre-Series Race Plate Pick-Up, this Friday and Saturday!

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Join us this Friday (from 5 to 8pm) at Hopworks Urban Brewery’s N Williams Pub & Beergarden or… on Saturday (from 9am to Noon) at Nossa Familia’s Central Eastside Café (at SE 3rd & Clay) to pick up your series race plate and - if you signed up for the whole series - your very own custom Portland Short Track racer glass!

And if you haven’t pre-registered yet, you will still be able to do so at the pre-reg rate (for the whole series or just for one or more single races) at either place, and save time and money on Monday!


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Mon 05/27 - Check out the all-new Portland Short Track racer glass - fresh from the glassblower -, which will be all yours if you pre-register for the series by end of this week.

For our 15th anniversary, we decided to take a pass on the classic pint glasses and go for a svelte looking “glass can” design, featuring our updated series logo and silhouette graphic, all shiny and chrome.

Cheers!


Wed 05/01 - HEADS-UP: Our ever-popular Short Track Series Pass is now on sale through OBRA!

Series Pass holders will enjoy a weekly priority call-up* at the start of their category in the order they have registered and receive a FREE commemorative 15th anniversary racer glass.

* Starting at Race # 3, the top-5 riders in the series standings in each category will get a priority call-up, followed by call-ups for all series pass holders.


Mon 04/15 - VOLUNTEERS WANTED!
As always, we need a bunch of volunteers throughout the series to make the magic happen. If you are interested and available to help out with set-up, course marshaling, lap counting, registration, or clean-up - in exchange for a FREE SERIES PASS - just check out our all-new VOLUNTEER PAGE and fill out the form at the bottom. 

Open volunteer slots will get filled on a first-come, first-serve basis, with preference going to folks who are able to volunteer at all or most of the races in the series. 


Wed 04/03 - Get ready for the 15th edition of the Portland Short Track Series!

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 8 weeks! Click here for all the details of the 2019 series!