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Corn Cross expected to draw hundreds to Boring farm

The Saturday, Nov. 2, Corn Cross is shaping up to be a banner event, says Sandy Events Planner Carol Cohen.

“We’re probably going to have a couple hundred people,” Cohen says, noting the event is all about cyclocross, which involves moving through an adverse, hilly and muddy course while also carrying or using a bike. It’s a mix of mountain biking, an obstacle course, running, mud bogging and technical terrain negotiation, she says, adding the sport has exploded in popularity in recent years, drawing thousands of racers and spectators to racing events.

“My goal is to try to get people who have a mountain bike and introduce them to this sport,” Cohen says. “This is also a family event, and I want to introduce this to kids so they can learn how fun this can be.”

Corn Cross will take place at Liepold Farms, 14050 Richey Road, Boring. The Oregon Bicycle Racing Association will officiate.

“Having the OBRA name on the event will draw tons of people,” Cohen says.

Cohen adds 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. Here’s the schedule:

A.M.

8:40: Beginners’ race.

9:30: Category C and Clydesdale races (contestants who weigh 200 pounds and more).

10:25: Break course preview.

10:35: Masters C category for ages 35 and older.

11:30: Masters B category for ages 35 and up; masters 50 and older; masters 60 and older.

P.M.

12:20: All juniors ages 10 to 18; free “Kiddie Cross” race for ages 2 to 9 (in certain cases, children who are 10 may participate in this race).

1: Category A men and women; masters professional.

2:20: Category B & C women beginners; Masters A &B 35 and older.

3:15 Category B and single speed.

Prizes will be awarded to those who take first, second and third place in each race, with professional riders competing for cash.

Sponsors include Clackamas County Tourism, Lumberyard, Timberline, Widmer, The Beer Den, Otto’s Ski and Bike Shop, Jansport, Ever Fresh, Sellwood Cycle Repair, SkiBowl, Best Western Motel in Sandy as well as Wraptitude.

About 40 percent of the riders will probably register for the event on the day it happens, Cohen says.

It costs $25 to pre-register for the event, and $30 the day of the event. Juniors cost $10. If you’re not a member of OBRA, you must purchase a $5 license to compete.

For more information, call Cohen at 503-668-5569 or 503-475-2347, or visit OBRA.org.

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