NEWS & UPDATEs
STXC # 7 - PEDAL TO THE METAL HOLESHOT NIGHT
Fri 07/20 - Get ready and gear up for this Monday's "Pedal to the Metal Holeshot Night", a favorite for all you fast cats and backyard drag racers!
At our second-to-last race of the season, racers in each category will get a chance to reach for fame and glory - and some serious bragging rights - within the first minute of their race, by beating their competitors to the line at our "Pedal-to-the-Metal Holeshot". We'll have cool prizes (read: beer, bread, and tees) for the Holeshot Winner in each category, including the Cat 1 Kids!
Note: it looks like we've entered the dog days of summer (though temps this Monday will likely be a little lower than last week), but we are all ready for it and - as the 280 racers who were out there last week can testify - you shouldn't let that keep you from coming out and partaking in the fun. Our food station will be stacked with ice-cooled water and all kids racers will get treated to free ice-cold lemonade after their race. Like last week, we will start and finish under the trees and our set-up crew will design a flowy course that maximizes both the shade and the fun. Finally, the PIR concession stand will be serving HUB beer and other cold beverages.
Tue 07/17 - Thanks to everyone who came out tonight to race or spectate. It was a hot one, but that didn't make it a less fun one! Thanks to James Ceccoruli, Ron Strasser, and the rest of our set-up crew for toiling in the sun all afternoon and serving up another killer course. Also a special shout to all the #originals who came out to celebrate 14 years of short track fun. Let's keep at it!
Thu 07/12 - After 14 seasons of Short Track, it's time for a "roll call" of all folks who raced the series over the years and haven't been out there for a while. So here is a call to all retired or semi-retired Portland Short Track racers to dust off their bikes and come out this Monday (7/16) to the infield of PIR and join us for our inaugural "Getting the Band Back Together" Night!
We'll bring back the "good ol' times", which, come to think about it, actually never really went away... Short Track is still the same old song: kids of all ages having a blast racing bikes in circles for 25 minutes on a rad course; then, catch your breath, chill, laugh, and get ready to do it all over again the following week!
So here is the deal:
Alumni STXC racers who haven't raced short track in the last 3 seasons (2016 through 2018) will enjoy a $10 discount!
Also, on Monday at 6:00pm (right before the start of the Cat 1 Kids race), we'll host a FREE and all-for-fun "Originals Hot Lap", for any "old timers" who raced Short Track during the first 6 seasons (2005-2010). Participating racers will get released in order of seniority (starting with the "Class of 2005") and are encouraged to sport their vintage race plates and any old-timey bike race outfits that would be fitting for the occasion (assuming they still pass the smell test...).
To top it off we'll raffle off 5 4-packs of HUB Beer, 5 packs of Nossa Familia Coffee, and 5 Short Track tees among all "relapsing" STXC racers who come out of hibernation and race this Monday. Spread the word!
Wed 07/11 - And... the winners are in! Check out the laureates of our "Summer Casusal" Race Outfit Contest.
Plus, more shots from Monday's races, captured by Nita Galambos.
Tue 07/10 - Another fun night to kick off the second half of the series! Thanks to everyone who came out properly dressed up (or - rather - dressed down) for the occasion. Victor Duong already posted a first batch of pictures of yesterday's Summer Casual Race Outfit Contest Night. More to come later this week...
Results of yesterday's adult & junior races are posted on OBRA. Kids results will be posted some time tomorrow.
Mon 07/09 - Here is the call-up list for tonight's STXC race # 5, featuring the top-5 series contenders in each category and the 224 racers who purchased a 2018 Series Pass. Call-ups will start 15' before the start of each race heat. Also, if you raced 2 weeks ago or are a series pass holder, make sure to check if you are among this week's lucky winners in our weekly raffle!
Wed 07/08 - After enjoying a mid-series break, we're getting back in the groove this 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 winners of 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 (see below). 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!
Portland Design Works "Summer Casual" Contest Prize List:
- Best Outfit in each race heat will receive a PDW City Rover 610 headlight & Asteroid taillight
- Runner-up in each race heat will get a PDW Shiny Object CO2 inflator + CO2 cartridges + Tire Levers
- Second runner-up in each race heat gets a PDW Meteoroid light set
- Best Junior racers (M & F) will receive a set of PDW Lucky Cat Water Bottle Cages (two for each winner!)
Prize winners will be chosen from race photos taken by Victor Duong (and various other photographers) and listed on our web site on Wed 7/11.
Tue 07/04 - Happy 4th of July, everyone! No short track this week, but we hope to see you all back this Monday (July 9) at our annual "Summer Casual" Race Outfit Contest!
Wed 06/27 - And yet another batch of 190 wheelie shots at Monday's Breadwinner Wheelie Night! Thank you, Nita G for shooting all these awesome shots and catching some of the hilarious wheelie bloopers!
Tue 06/26 - What a fun night to wrap up the first half of the series! Thanks to everyone who came out for our Breadwinner Wheelie Night and a special shout to all our great wheelie performers. We were particularly impressed with the mad riding skills of our lady and junior riders!
- Our series photographer Victor Duong posted a first batch of shots from yesterday on flickr. More photos to come!
- Results of adult and junior races has been posted on OBRA, as well as the current series standings.
- There is no Short Track next Monday, but we hope to see you all this Sunday on the mountain at the Six Hours of Mt Hood, which promises to be another great edition! We have already a record 200 racers pre-registered (full start list here) and the weather forecast calls for prefect racing conditions (sunny with highs in the mid 60s).
Mon 06/25 - If you raced last Monday, make sure to check whether you are among the more than 50 lucky winners in our weekly raffle, including the winners in our special newbie & junior raffle of some very cool prizes generously donated by our gold bike shop sponsor Bike Gallery!
Mon 06/25 - Here is the call-up list for tonight's STXC race # 4, featuring the top-5 series contenders in each category and the 224 racers who purchased a 2018 Series Pass. Call-ups will start 15' before the start of each race heat.
Wed 06/20 - Summer is here and we're ready to dial up the fun level to 11! This coming Monday (June 25), we will be hosting our annual Short Track Wheelie Night, brought to you by Breadwinner Cycles!
The plan is simple: this Monday's course will feature a designated "Breadwinner Wheelie Zone" (located in the area under the trees, after you exit the motocross course) where riders are encouraged to show off their best "short track wheelie" and get the chance of winning some cool Breadwinner prizes!
After your race, just go to the Wheelie Zone to see if your attempt made the honor roll and and stay around to cheer on the wheelie-ing racers in the next race heats.
Like last year, our series photographer Victor Duong will be on hand to capture the best wheelies.
Tue 06/19 - Another fun night of Short Track racing under sunny skies and on a super-fast course that seriously rocked! A heartfelt thanks 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. We'll keep it on!
Fri 06/15 - 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 two great deals at our special Junior & Newbie Short Track Night, presented by Bike Gallery.
- All newbie short track racers (i.e. anyone who has never raced in the Portland Short Track Series before) will enjoy $10 off the regular day-of-race fee.
- OBRA will waive the $5 single-day OBRA license fee for ALL new racers!
In other words, if you have never raced short track before, you will get to race for just $15 (adult racer) or only $5 (junior racer 18 or under).
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 come out and 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.
We'll bring out the summer and make sure the course will rock again! We hope to see you all out there.... spread the word, bring your friends, and come partake in the fun of Short Track racing!
Thu 06/14 - Want to keep track of all the fun special Short Track nights and other Portland Racing events, coming your way? Well, we've heard you and listed everything in our newly created Portland Racing Calendar page. Check it out and mark your calendars, so you are in the know and don't miss out on any of the fun!
Thu 06/14 - If you raced last Monday, make sure to check whether you are among the 40 lucky winners who won in the second installment of our weekly raffle and who will go home on Monday with some great prizes, courtesy of our sponsors Hopworks Urban Brewery, Bike Gallery, Breadwinner Cycles, and Dave's Killer Bread.
Wed 06/13 - Results of Monday's Kids Short Track Races # 2 have been posted and we are proud to announce that these jolly young riders set a new series attendance record with a total of 77 kids racing this week! We can't wait for the school year to be over and have more kids join the fun!
Tue 06/12 - What a night! A shout to all 365 racers (and the ever-growing horde of kids racers) who came out yesterday for our second night of racing. We hope you all had a blast!
- Results of adult and junior races are up on OBRA.
- Our series photographer Victor Duong posted a first batch of stellar action shots on Flickr. More to come later!
- Another treasure trove of photos and a cool write-up of yesterday's race by short track racer Christopher San Agustin are posted on the always excellent Broken & Coastal blog!
Mon 06/11 - Here is the call-up list for tonight's STXC race # 2, featuring the 224 people 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.
Mon 06/11 - Check out the killer 2-day promo we are offering to racers who plan to double up on fun the coming weeks and race both the Six Hours of Mt Hood (July 1st at Mt Hood Skibowl) and the Race The Best of Both road/MTB endurance race (this coming Saturday at Mt Bachelor). Get $25 off your combined race entry fees by using the discount code RACEBOTH by end-of-day Tuesday (6/12). See you at the mountain(s)!
Sun 06/10 - 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 craft beer, a classy Breadwinner t-shirt or coffee mug, 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 two great specials at both the Hopworks Bike Bar (on N Williams Ave) and at the Vancouver Hopworks (at 17707 SE Mill Plain Blvd): just flash them your 2018 race plate and enjoy $1.00 off any beers plus - for every two people - a free portion of their world-famous pretzels & beer cheese sauce!
Thu 06/07 - The results of Monday's Kids Short Track Race # 1 have been posted! We saw packed fields in both the Cat 1 and Cat 2 Kids and a ton of smiling faces.
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!
Wed 06/06 - Wow. Check out this selection of awesome shots by our Series Photographer Victor Duong at Monday's Series Opener. Way to capture the race action, Victor! [full gallery on flickr]
Tue 06/05 - What a fun and solid night to kick off the 2018 series! Thanks to the 400+ racers 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!
- Results of Race # 1 (for Adult & Junior Categories) have been posted on OBRA. Results of the kids races will be up later today.
- Broken & Coastal just posted a bunch of cool shots of yesterday's action on their blog and Victor Duong uploaded a first batch of his shots to flickr (with more to come!).
- Online registration for STXC Race # 2 is now open (via OBRA) and - if you enjoyed racing yesterday and decided to race the full series - you can still purchase a rest-of-series pass at a discounted rate!
Sun 06/03 - Good news for all you dirt lovers! We got a bunch of fresh piles of dirt dumped at three different spots outside the motocross track and tomorrow our chief course designer James Ceccorulli and his crew plan to turn these into some sweet new course features!
Sat 06/02 - A major shout to the 181 racers who purchased a 2018 Series Pass and who are committed to rock the series for the next two months; a special welcome to everyone who is racing the series for the first time; and a heartfelt thanks to all the racers and friends who joined us at our Series Kick-Off Social last Friday and picked up their plates!
Here is the updated call-up list for this Monday's STXC race # 1, featuring all the racers who purchased a Series Pass and who will get to line up at the front of their category each week!
Thu 05/31 - Join us this Friday (6/1) from 5 to 8 pm at the Hopworks Bike Bar (on N Williams) for the 2018 Portland Short Track Series Kick-off Social & Race Plate Pick-up!
Drop by to pick up your series plate, register on-site for the series (or just for the first race), socialize with fellow racers and volunteers over good beer and yummy food, and take advantage of the first "HUB Short Track Special" offer of the season. Just flash your waiter your new series plate and receive $1 off your beers, plus - for any folks showing up group - get a complementary order of HUB's world-famous pretzels & beer cheese sauce per every 2 people.
In addition, the first 30 racers to come pick up their plate will receive a very cool Short Track (or Hopworks Ferocious IPA) pint glass and all racers who stop by will get entered in our first free series raffle of a bunch of goodies, courtesy of our title sponsor Hopworks Urban Brewery and our other generous series sponsors.
Cheers to Portland Short Track & Hopworks Beers!
Thu 05/24 - Check out the preliminary series call-up list with the 86 people who already purchased a Series Pass and who will get to line up at the front of their category each week! Purchase your Series Pass today through OBRA, get your name added to the call-up list, and skip the registration lines each week. And if you are over 21 and purchase your series pass by Monday May 28, you will get a free 1-year membership in the Hopworks Mug Club!*
*Mug Clubbers get special deals at all three Hopworks Urban Brewery locations. You get 21oz of beer for the price of a 16oz pint, 10% off any to-go beer, 10% off all merch and a free liter stein of beer on your birthday.
(Note: the free HUB T-shirt is not included in the Short Track Mug Club offer)
Thu 05/17 - 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.
Thu 05/10 - Nothing like a fresh coat of paint to brighten up the place!
We are excited to unveil our new web site, which not only does a much better job at showcasing what the Portland Short Track Series is all about (thank you, Victor Duong for the all the amazing photos and brokenandcoastal.com for the very cool video featured on the homepage banner...), but the new template will also allow you to more easily navigate the site and render more nicely on mobile devices.
In the next days and weeks, we will further spruce up things and add a couple additional features. And if you come across something that still doesn't look right on your device, definitely feel free to drop us a line with your feedback.
Wed 05/02 - Our ever-popular Short Track Series Pass will start selling today at Noon through OBRA.
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!
04/23 - Get ready for the 14th edition of the Portland Short Track Series presented by Hopworks Urban Brewery!
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 6 weeks! Click here for all the details of the 2018 series!