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loaded and ready for flight

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the cleanest these bikes will ever be

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lithia water, phil's favorite

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andy, forest park

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hank, forest park

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phil, forest park

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andy, forest park. best cyclocross ride of my life.

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i was out of my element in the mud at canby cx on saturday

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but i learned about real cyclocross conditions

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phil's mud butt. he got third. andy was second. out of eight.

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everyone else was saving it for cross crusade in barton on sunday

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here's andy, clearly thrilled for the first of two run ups

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portland does pits right

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portland cyclocross style: full kit and boots. i love it.

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the day before in canby, this girl swerved in front of me on a short, steep, slippery mud jammer. i pushed her up, then she fell over in front of me and i fell on top of her. just saying. we're pretty much dating now.

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seventh and eleventh place bikes. out of eighty single speed racers. eighty!

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andy and i both came in too hot on different corners, inside knee out, and tagged immovable metal stakes. yeowch!

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this is adrian, modeling perfect portland cx style

not pictured: phil's tenth place in the elite race, maple bacon donuts from voodoo (even though it's apparently not punk anymore. we ate about twelve between the four of us, and then brought home about sixteen more.), free bob's red mill steel cut oats at the venue, cooked to perfection and with all the fixins (what!!!), delicious home cooked breakfast and dinner from hank's parents (thanks bob and judy!), and the trip's team banger.