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There were several paths to the finals. The 10th SSCXWC in Portland, 2016. © M. Estes / Cyclocross Magazine

There were several paths to the finals. The 10th SSCXWC in Portland, 2016. © M. Estes / Cyclocross Magazine

The sold-out 10th edition of the SSCXWC in Portland attracted big numbers and big names to Kruger Farm just outside of Portland, Oregon. Photographer Mike Estes was on hand to capture the qualifying festivities from Day 1.

Start of a qualifying heat. The 10th SSCXWC in Portland, 2016. © M. Estes / Cyclocross Magazine

Start of a qualifying heat. The 10th SSCXWC in Portland, 2016. © M. Estes / Cyclocross Magazine

Racers went off in qualifying heats of twenty racers or more to earn a coveted spot in Sunday’s World Championship event. Even Sven Nys took his turn to qualify:

Qualified for worlds tomorrow. #sscxwcpdx16 @trekbikes @ridebontrager @oakley

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Racers had other options, including a dual slalom eliminator race (video here) and a holeshot race (video here) that took just one racer per each of the three holeshot heats.

Women were mixed in with the men for heat qualification, but all women in attendance made the women’s finals.

See out photo gallery below and stay tuned for more coverage, including video clips and an interview with Sven Nys.

2016 SSCXWC Portland – Singlespeed Cyclocross World Championships Day 1 Photo Gallery:

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Jumping the shark into a pool of flamingos. The 10th SSCXWC in Portland, 2016. © M. Estes / Cyclocross Magazine

Jumping the shark into a pool of flamingos. The 10th SSCXWC in Portland, 2016. © M. Estes / Cyclocross Magazine

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