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Bike race comes to Boring farm

Residents of Multnomah County and Clackamas County alike have long considered Liepold Farms in Boring as the go-to-pumpkin patch for all things Halloween.

This year a corn-maze cyclocross is being added to Liepold’s ever expanding list of fall festivities.

“Corn Cross” is on Saturday, Nov. 2, at the farm, between Highway 212 and Kelso Road south of Highway 26 at 14050 S.E. Richey Road. Participants can ride bikes through a corn maze while scaling hay bales and taking in views of Mount Hood. There are various categories, including a free 25-minute “kiddie cross.” Adults can enjoy beer and a burrito as part of the first-time event. Cost is $25 if pre-registered or $30 the day of the event, and includes food, beverages and live music.

Register online at www.obra.org. An Oregon Bike Racing Association membership or a $5 one-day license is required to take part.

Sandy Events Planner Carol Cohen, a former competitive bicycle racer, organized the event after trying for years to bring a major racing event to the area.

In certain circles, cyclocross sport is as big as the Indianapolis 500 and the Kentucky Derby. The sport is less about straight riding and more about moving through an adverse, hilly, muddy course while also carrying or using a bike.

Cyclocross is a mix of mountain biking, an obstacle course, running, mud bogging and technical terrain negotiation, blended with robust spectator participation in a festival atmosphere. The sport has exploded in popularity in recent years, drawing thousands of racers and spectators to racing events.

“I can recall when we were thrilled to have 700 people show up, and now we get thousands,” said Dan Carlson, who represents the Oregon Bike Racing Association. “In fact we sometimes need to put a cap on it because if it gets too big, we can’t handle the crowds.”

Cohen first approached the Oregon Trail School District with hopes to hold an event at Sandy’s new high school, but to no avail. After some searching, she found a venue in Boring at Liepold Farms.

She has already lined up a small battalion of sponsors, including Otto’s Ski and Bike Shop, The Beer Den, Wraptitude and the Best Western Motel in Sandy.

Also, Cohen said, the racing association has signed on to officiate the event. This, she said, is key to success.

“Having the OBRA name on the event will draw tons of people,” she said.

Cohen said she envisions Corn Cross to be an annual event that will appeal to racers as well as the general public, offering food, beer and entertainment, centered around the competition.

Corn Cross will be open to competitors from all skill levels, including children.




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