The nation’s longest-running national ‘cross series rolls into Portland this weekend, and like years past, the stakes are high with titles, prestige, and trips to worlds on the line. But one surprise for the weekend is that a major storm is NOT expected to pound the series finale. Mostly dry, cool conditions are expected at least on Saturday, with a chance of light rain on Sunday. But it’s still Oregon – don’t expect a course without mud, and rubber boots are still a smart choice for the gear bag.
Heading into the final weekend, the USGP titles are still up for grabs in both the men and women’s races. While Todd Wells has a 14-point lead over Jeremy Powers in the current points standings, Tim Johnson is the virtual leader even though he sits in third, since the final scoring drops your worst result of the six days of racing. Troy Wells, Jesse Anthony, and Ryan Trebon all have chances to take the title with some stellar racing to grab the 50 points on the line for each day’s win. They have to hope for some bad luck, legs, or a (still hurting) knee to plague Johnson.
USGP Points Caculator and Numbers Wiz, by Andy Sidesinger on Flickr
Confused on all the scenarios? Don’t worry. USGP’s Joan Hanscom has a super abacus and math wizzard on hand (pictured left) for finish line calculations. Check back throughout the weekend for live coverage, race reports and photos to see who takes the men’s title.
On the women’s side, it’s a little clearer. A Luna rider is pretty certain to take the crown. Will it be current leader Gould, or her teammate Nash? Tune in for our live updates this weekend to find out.
While the elite men and women will be battling for the titles, the youth may have even more at stake, as worlds team selection is on the line for juniors and espoirs. USA Cycling will look at each rider’s top three placings from the four days of racing at the Portland Cup and the Mercer Cup in deciding spots for the World Championships.
While it’s not the only UCI weekend, almost all the heavy hitters except Page and Compton should be out battling in Portland. Be sure to check back often as we do our best to bring the racing to you.