Despite the allure of hometown racing, a posse of local racers made the trek to Rainier to throw down at the second Cross Crusade, with seven Bendites taking wins in their respective races, and a few others stepping on the podium. David Taylor crushed the Clydesdale race, winning by more than two minutes over his closest competitor. The Clydesdale category, for racers who weigh in at 200 pounds or more, is often the target of lighthearted ridicule. While most of the heavyweights are good-natured about it, they are as competitive as any other category.
"We're mooing like cows at the start line," said Taylor, who weighs 215 pounds. "But when the racing starts it's serious."
This is only Taylor's second season as a 'crosser, and he started racing cyclocross to justify a bicycle purchase. "At first I was like, 'I'm not a racer, I'm just doing this for fun,'" he says. He quickly became hooked on the atmosphere and camaraderie, and now realizes everyone does it for fun. Racing well is only the icing on the cake.
"That was a good win for me," said Taylor. (Michelle Bazemore)
Cross Crusades #2, Rainier, OR
Podium Placings for Bend Racers
1st Masters 35+ A, Andrew Sargent,
2nd Masters 35+ A, Tim Jones,
1st Cat B, Scott Gray,
5th Masters 35+ B, Seth Graham,
Pine Mountain Sports
1st Masters 60+, Don Leet,
1st Clydesdale, David Taylor,
Bend Memorial Clinic Racing
1st Women A, Serena Bishop Gordon,
1st Masters Women 35+ A, Renee Scott,
1st Masters Women 35+ B, Mary Ramos,
5th Junior Men, Cameron Beard,
Bend Endurance Academy