NEWS & UPDATEs
The 2018 edition of the Portland Short Track Series is officially underway - started on Monday June 4 and running through Monday July 30 - and we invite you and your friends to come join us on the infield of Portland International Raceway for two months of summer bike race fun!
Below are the latest updates, ahead of the next upcoming races in the series. Or click here for more detailed info about the series, including race schedule, categories, race course, etc.
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!