Halloween Cyclocross Festival

  • Author:
    Brynna King
  • Posted in:
    Cycling Culture, Events
  • Location:
    Bend in Central Oregon
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Photo by Matthew Lasala, lasalaimages.com

Halloween has a way of bringing out the crazy in people. And as a cycling aficionado, what better way is there to celebrate your own breed of crazy than at a Halloween cyclocross festival?

From October 26 to 28, Bend will host the Halloween Cyclocross Crusade (formerly Day of the Dead Cyclocross Festival), with festivities that include two full days of Cross Crusade racing in the Old Mill District, a beer garden, live music, family activities and cultural events.

Over 1,000 cyclists — many of them costumed crusaders — will participate in the various cyclocross races. Race events include beginners, juniors, masters and women-only — and a Clydesdale Championship of the Universe for female racers weighing 160 pounds or more and male racers weighing 200 pounds or more. Kids can decorate their bikes and participate in special Kiddie Kross races.

Deschutes Brewery will host the post-race vintage carnival-themed Cyclo de Soleil Warehouse Bash, complete with live music and entertainment, lots of tasty beer, beer-inspired and carnival-themed appetizers and keepsake photos. The $10 entry fee will go to support the Bend Paddle Trail Alliance (BPTA).

So whether you’re a rider or a spectator, put together your best zombie or Pippi Longstocking and come out for the fun! Several local hotels are featuring weekend lodging specials. Early registration begins Friday evening, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Deschutes Brewery. For a full schedule of events, visit http://www.visitbend.com/Bend_Oregon_Activities_Recreation/Cyclocross-Racing/. Register at http://www.crosscrusade.com.

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  1. Here’s a video by CrankMyChain from Halloween cyclocross in Bend. Lots of awesome costumes this year! Enjoy :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysR49tj9BX0