Crit Season Has Arrived

photo courtesy of Erik J Mills

Even though it may not seem like June, summer is upon us–and if you’re involved in racing that means crit season has come! What are these crits I speak of? Criteriums (a.k.a crits) are bike races held on a short courses (typically less than 3 miles) and are often located on closed-off city center streets. This style of racing is much more spectator friendly because of its high lap counts and relatively close to town locations.

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Eugene Roubaix

Riders Entering Gravel Section (2008 Roubaix)

The Hell of the North-west? Maybe for some, but this 13-Mile loop Circuit Race is unlike any other road race here in Oregon:  it’s got gravel (1.5 miles of gravel, that is). For most of us it is the closest thing we will ever get to racing the prestigious Paris-Roubaix. And it is right in our backyard (check map for race location)- the Eugene Roubaix!

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Eugene Twilight Race Series Begins

Dwan Shepard (Co-Motion) Finishing Strong

3…2…1…GO! It has begun- the local race series right here in Eugene. And what could start the year off better than an uphill Time Trial on McBeth? For those who have not had a chance to bike up this hill, it is something to be experienced. The scenery is amazing, but most people navigating this on a bicycle won’t have much time to enjoy the Oregon countryside–their legs will be in more pain than they’ve ever felt before. With no actual “flat sections,” this 5k course has little to no place for recovery- making this an ideal place to test your strength and lactate threshold.

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