07/18 - Another fun night and a challenging course that saw some tough battles for short track fame and glory! Results of yesterday's adult and junior races have been posted. Also check out all the great photos that Vicotor Duong shot at the Breadwinner Wheelie Zone and elsewhere around the course. Thanks everyone for racing and thanks to the folks at Breadwinner for the fun new series feature and all the great prizes!
07/17 - Cat 2 Men U40 racer Garrett Madras (Cyclepath Racing), finishing his race in style and totally in the spirit of our inaugural Breadwinner Wheelie Night. (photo by Victor Duong).
Also, check out the new and updated Team Competition Series Standings. We moved to the same, simplified team standings system that has been used at the Blind Date Series. Teams score points for their best finish in each category each night and best team rider in each category earns the same # of points as in the individual series standings (i.e. 100 for 1st place, 80 for 2nd, 60 for 3rd, etc). Currently, Cyclepath Racing is leading the pack with Camas Bike and Sport and Rebound/ Tireless Velo in hot pursuit.
07/17 - Tonight, we continue putting the FUN in Short Track racing with our all-new Short Track Wheelie Night, brought to you by Breadwinner Cycles! The plan is simple: today'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 perform their best wheelie, with the chance of getting the stamp of approval of the Breadwinner Wheelie Jury and win 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.
07/11 -Yay, another great "Summer Casual" Short Track Night" on the books! Racers yesterday got treated to some gorgeous summer race weather, another super-rad course, free iced coffeeand mocchas generously provided by Nossa Familia Coffee, and samples of various organic ale, courtesy of our title sponsor Hopworks Urban Brewery.
Thanks to everyone who came out to kick off the second half of the 20176 series e and a special shout to all of you who dressed down for the occasion!
Our series phtographer Victor Duong has posted a mega batch of more than 150 action shots on flickr. More photos are coming soon, so check back! Winners in our Summer Casual Race Outfit Contest presented by Portland Design Works will be announced on Thursday.
07/06 - After enjoying a mid-series break and a great edition of the Six Hours of Mt Hood, we're getting back in the groove this Monday with our annual "Summer Casual" Race Outfit Contest (brought to you by Portland Design Works). And to make the Short Track summer party complete, our presenting sponsorHopworks Urban Brewery will be on site serving free samples of their latest summer ales, and longtime series sponsorNossa Familia will bring out their new coffee cargo bike to serve FREE iced coffee & iced mochas!
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 last year's winner photos.
The most original/hilarious outfits in each race heat (*) will win a very cool Portland Design Works price package and a short track hat! 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 the kiddie racers!
To top it off, we have a killer deal for the last 4 short track races: our Rest-Of-Series Pass will sell for just $60 for adult racers and $30 for junior racers!
(*) Judging of the casual summer outfit countest will be done based on the photos we will take during the races and any photos racers or spectators like to submit (just send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post them on our site and on social media).
06/27 - What a beautiful night to wrap up the first half of the 2017 series! Another fun course, fantastic race weather, and a great turn-out. A special shout to our series photographer Victor Duong for capturing the action and posting another weekly batch of stellar action shots!
Next week, we will swap the PIR motocross track for a full day of MTB race fun at theSIX HOURS OF MT HOOD(this Sunday, July 2 at Mt Hood Skibowl). In other words: NO SHORT TRACK RACES ON MONDAY JULY 3!
06/26 - After a hot weekend, temperatures are back to normal and we are gearing up for our 4th Short Track race of the season and the last one before our mid-series break (reminder: no short track on July 3)!
Check out the call-up list for tonight's races and the winners of our weekly raffle! Come out tonight for another blissful night of short track racing and/or spectating. And bring your friends and family to make the summer party complete (you can park on the infield along the start shoot and you are free to hang around until 9pm, when we are about to wrap up clean-up)! As usual, we'll host free short track skills clinics, free kids races (start at 6pm sharp under the trees), our food station will serve free delicious Dave's Killer Bread PB&J sandwiches, and the PIR concession stand will be serving HUB beer and a host of other beverage/food items. And we'll make sure the course gets another make-over!
06/20 -Happy summer solstice! What a fabulous night we got treated to yesterday to ring in the summer. We counted 383 racers, including 73 new racers, 39 of whome never raced short track before! And that number doesn't even include the46 kids racers we saw last night. We hope everyone had a great time on and off the course and we''re already looking forward to seeing you all back next week for our last short track race before the mid-series break.
To revive the race action and overall vibe of yesterday's races, you only got to check one place: our series photographer Victor Duong's flickr photo album of STXC # 3. Enjoy!
06/19 - Cat 3 Men 40-49 racer Joel West (Cyclepath Racing) brought out the cross bike to tackle Monday's twisty course and raced it to a respectable 4th place finish. (photo by Victor Duong).
06/19 - 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 tonight (Monday June 19) for our special"School's Out!" Junior & Newbie Short Track Night presented by Bike Gallery 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 anyone who comes out to race this Monday!
- In addition, we'll raffle off a bunch of cool prizes among all junior and newbie short track racers!
- And like every week, we'll feature FREE Short Track Skills Clinics, FREE Kids Races, and FREE Dave's Killer Bread PB&J sandwiches!
06/13 - Our second night of racing yesterday saw another great turn-out, featuring 334 racers plus 34 riders in our free kids races! A special shout to James Ceccorulli and his crew for designing another awesome course that had a ton of flow and seemed to please novice and elite riders alike! Also thanks to our series photographer Victor Duong for capturing the action!
6/11 - Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Check out who of your friends and team mates - if not you yourself?! - is among the 30 lucky winners in the first installment of our weekly raffle! Every week, we'll raffle off a bunch of cool prizes (donated by our generous sponsors) among everyone who raced the last race and all our series pass holders. This week's primes are courtesy of Hopworks Urban Brewery, Bike Gallery, Breadwinner Cycles, and Dave's Killer Bread. Please support our sponsors!
06/09 - After a fun and summery kick-off of the 2017 series, we hope you are all ready for more!
The latest NOAA weather forecast for Monday calls for perfect racing weather (partly sunny, with highs in the mid 60s), we'll change up the course (including some new, fun lines on the motocross track), AND... we'll bring back the Dave's Killer Bread food station, serving FREE PB&J sandwiches to all racers!
Here is the call-up list for Monday's STXC # 2 with the 210 racers who purchased a 2017 Series Pass. If you just discovered the weekly fun of Short Track racing or are otherwise still on the fence, you will get one more chance to purchase a discounted Series Pass at the race on Monday ($130 adults, $50 juniors) and get your name added to the series call-up list, starting week 3.
06/05 - Junior Women 10-13 racer Kayden McKee and Cat 3 Men 50+ racer Steve Corrie, serpentining their way through the motocross course. (photo by Victor Duong).
06/06 - A quick heads-up that we changed the official names of two categories (formerly Cat 2 Men 19-39 & Cat 2 Women 19-44, now Cat 2 Men U40 and Cat 2 Women U45). This will allow some of our Expert Junior racers to race with a more competitive field, while being in compliance with the OBRA rule that stipulates that "[...] Fields which define a range with an upper and lower limit may only include racers that fall within that range."
06/06 - Last night, we kicked off the 2017 short track season in full summer mode and with a course that seriously rocked. More than 360 racers (plus another 30 kids racers) came out to partake in the fun and we like to extend a special shout to the many folks out there who raced short track for the very first time or who came back out of retirement! We hope you all had a great time and looking forward to seeing you back next week! results of race # 1 | photos of race # 1 | results kids race # 1
06/05 - And with that, the 2017 Portland Short Track Series is off to a blistering start! (photo by Victor Duong).
06/04 - Check out the final call-up list for this Monday's STXC race # 1, with the 175 racers who registered for the full series. Online registration for Series Passes has now closed, but you can still purchase a Series Pass at the race on Monday and get your name added to the series call-up list, starting week 2. And to encourage as many people to sign up for the whole series, we decided to offer the Series Pass at the same price as online pre-registration ($150 for adults, $60 for juniors and $30 for a second race)!
We have excellent racing weather in the forecast for Monday (mostly sunny with highs in the 70s), so get your Short Track on and come out to race, cheer, and partake in 8 weeks of #PDXShortTrack bliss! And if you never raced short track before and wonder what the buzz is all about, just check out some of the great action shots of past editions or this very cool video (shot last year) by Broken and Coastal:
06/01 - Join us tomorrow from 6 to 9pm at the Hopworks BikeBar (on N Williams Ave) for our 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), and take advantage of the first HUB short track beer special of the season ($2.50 for your first beer, when you flash your new series plate). Cheers!
Note: Series Pass prices are the same as last year ($150 for adult racers, $60 for juniuor racers and $30 for a second race). Series Pass holders will receive a free Short Track pint glass and enjoy a weekly priority call-up at the start of their category in the order they have registered.
So, purchase yours today and get your name added to the top of the call-up list!
05/05 - Get ready for the 13th 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 4 weeks! Click here for all the details of the 2017 series!
UPDATE: our ever-popular Short Track Series Pass will start selling on MONDAY MAY 15 (starting at Noon)!
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!
Also a MAJOR SHOUT to the many folks who helped make the series happen: our relentless volunteers, the OBRA officials crew, the staff at PIR, our first aid providers, our series photographer Victor Duong (and all the other folks who came out to shoot!), our series title sponsor HOPWORKS URBAN BREWERY, all our other loyal series sponsors (ALL of them local companies with a big heart for cycling and bike racing, so please support them with your business!), and - last but not least - YOU, the racers and teams who came out each week to race and contribute to the awesome circus we call Short Track! Thanks so much and hope to see you all back soon at Kruger's Farm... cross is coming!
Bread, beer and babies. The Cat 2 Men 55+ series podium at our final night of racing, featuring a 1-2 sweep by Hammer Velo riders Erik Goodfriend and Jeff, Tedder,with Cyclepath's David Luoma celebrating his 3rd place spot in style. (photo by Victor Duong).
07/28 - Okay, we now have officially 23 teams signed up for the Ultra Short Track Team Relay at next Monday'sSeries Grand Finale!
Here is the list of teams who each will field 10 racers to contest this year's relay: Cyclepath Racing, Camas Bike & Sport 1, Camas Bike & Sport 2, Camas Bike & Sport Junior Team, Team Lazy Tarantulas, Oregon Bike Shop, Ruckus Test Team, Rebound/Tireless Velo, Half Fast Velo, Metropolis Cycle Repair, Hammer Velo, Stumptown Cycling Club, Cyclepath - The Dark Side, PDX Ti & Friends, ANTHM Collective, Team Oregon, PDX Devo & Friends, bicycleattorney.com, Stages Cycling, Sorella Forte, Portland Bicycle Studio, Team Velocult, and Les Volontaires.
If you still want to get in and sign up your team for one of the two remaining spots, just shoot an email to email@example.com.
Cyclepath racer David Luoma, sporting the Short Track perma-grin, after taking home the Holeshot in the Cat 2 Men 55+ field. (photo by Victor Duong).
07/25 - Check out the call-up list for tonight's races and the winners of our weekly raffle! Come out tonight for another blissful night of short track racing and/or spectating. And bring your friends and family to make the summer party complete! As usual, we'll host free kids races (start at 5:30 under the trees), our food station will serve free delicious Dave's Killer Bread PB&J sandwiches and ice-cooled water. And the PIR concession stand will be serving HUB beer and a host of other beverage/food items.
07/22 - This Monday - with the support of longtime short track series sponsor Cyclepath - we are staging our annual 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 "Cyclepath Holeshot".
The Holeshot will be located about 250 yards down the start shoot, where the course dives into the trees (pro-tip: pre-ride the course before your race to find out the exact location of the holeshot).
The Holeshot winner in each category will receive a $20 Cyclepath gift certificate, a Short Track pint glass, and bragging rights that won't expire until next year's Short Track Series!
So, join us this Monday and show us what you got in terms of raw start line explosiveness, anaerobic horse power, and sheer determination to become this year's Monday Night Short Track Holeshot Champ!
Cat 2 Women 35-44 rider Sierra Domaille, caught speeding through the trees at Short Track Race # 6. (photo by Victor Duong).
07/14 -Yay, another great "Summer Casual" Short Track Night" on the books! Racers last Monday got treated to some gorgeous summer race weather, another super-rad course, and free iced coffee generously provided by Nossa Familia Coffee.
Thanks to everyone who came out to kick off the second half of the 2016 series e and a special shout to all of you who dressed down for the occasion.
We finally got done sifting through the 1,000+ race photos we shot on Monday (they are all posted in high-res on the Portland Racing facebook page) and we have some winners! Check out theSummer Casual 2016 photo album below to find out who received our "summer casual certified" stamp of approval (good for a pat on the back by your fellow racers), who earned a "special mention" (good for a loaf of Dave's Killer Bread or a pack of Bob's Red Mill steel Oats), and which seven racers won the award for "Best Casual Race Outfit" in their race heat (good for a very cool Portland Design Works Birdcage, a PDW Shiny Object CO2 inflator, and a Short Track trucker hat). Thanks everyone for playing and for showing that you can race hard and have fun, no matter your threads!