Monday, December 6, 2010

old-school: 1996 cyclocross

Earlier this fall, Oregon Public Broadcasting brought a camera crew out to one of the Cross Crusade races to shoot some film for an upcoming broadcast of Oregon Field Guide. Wondering when I might hope to see the spot air, I checked out OPB's web site. I didn't find mention of any upcoming cyclocross coverage, but I did find this gem from a 1996 Field Guide broadcast.

Dig the clothes (gym shorts over tights! Sweatshirts! Hiking shoes with flat pedals!). Dig the glasses (gigantic, face-eating Oakleys!) And dig the bikes! Almost everyone in this footage is riding a mountain bike; the handful of folks who are riding road bikes are using flat mountain bars. It was a different time for sure. Also a treat is seeing some older race venues that don't get used now, like Pier Park in Portland and Willamette Mission Park in Salem.

Some things about 'cross have changed, and as this video shows, some have not. Enjoy.

3 comments:

Rachel.db said...

Thanks for finding and sharing that video, it was a treat!

Tarik Saleh said...

Good stuff beth. 1996 was my first year racing cross. I would have guessed that the first part of the video was earlier based on the helmets and jerseys. I was racing in the bay area then (santa cruz, SF, east bay) and there were far more cross bikes even in the B's and C's than were seen there. I remember seattle and portland used to have MTB classes separated out in that time frame...

Watching You said...

that was great to see! I did cross that year too. I actually saw myself at the end of the video state championship at Mission Park in Salem. I came in 2nd and Brian Johnson won. I remember it being so cold and muddy there was ice on the puddles of water.