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Racing across the Corn Cross

Third-annual rugged bike race held Sunday in Boring

Riding the final day of last week’s nice weather, more than 200 cyclocross racers of all ages gathered at Liepold Farms in Boring for the third-annual Corn Cross event on Sunday, Sept. 13.

“It was a long ride and a hard day,” said event organizer Carol Cohen with a laugh. “But it was great — a huge success ... It wasn’t too hot. It was perfect.”POST PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - At the Corn Cross cyclocross race on Sept. 13, competitors were required to pick their bikes up and traverse several obstacles.

Cohen said there were nearly 400 people present at the event, including racers, supporters and spectators.

Without mud to hinder them, cyclists raced through the Liepold Farms' corn maze and over and around obstacles — including the 16-foot fly-over, built last year.

“Everyone loved the course,” Cohen added. “It was fun, it was challenging … It was just a great day overall.”

Category races began at 8:40 a.m., and the last race was held at 3:15 p.m.

About 75 junior racers, ages 10-18, also participated in the rugged bike race.POST PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - More than 200 cyclocross racers showed up for Sundays Corn Cross event at Liepold Farms in Boring.

Sunday’s event was the first of two cyclocross events to be held at Liepold Farms this fall. On Saturday, Nov. 21, the OBRA Corn Cross II will host the Oregon State Championship Race at the Boring farm, located at 14480 S.E. Richey Road.

“We’ve got to change up the course a little bit, make it more challenging,” Cohen said, adding that she expects anywhere from 300 to 500 people to show up in November.POST PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - The Corn Cross race took competitors through the corn maze at Liepold Farms in Boring.

Cohen’s idea so far is to make the course longer and add a few more run ups to get racers off their bikes and hauling their equipment. But the design and amount of the improvements are dependent on the weather.

“Right now, the plan is to keep it the way it is, but add to it,” she noted.

To register for November’s race, visit obra.org.

POST PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - The fly-over obstacle forces competitors to carry their bikes up several steps and then fly down the ramp on the other side.

POST PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Corn Cross racers got dry, sunny weather for the event on Sunday, Sept. 13.

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