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Thursday November 08, 2012 | 10:14 AM

Portland Velocipede may have closed its doors, but the turn-back-the-decade Tweed Ride the owners launched three years ago is still on several local bike-lovers' scehdules.

Version three of the Tweed Ride takes place Saturday, Nov. 17 - so here's hoping this early-season snow doesn't hang around for long.

Courtesy photo: Josh and Gillian Crider created the ride - and don't they look snappy in their tweeds?

Wednesday October 31, 2012 | 10:49 AM

Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away but Cranksgiving arrives in downtown Portland this weekend.

On Saturday, the third annual event will bring cyclists to the parking lot of Woodfords Church (202 Woodford St.) at 9:30 a.m. for a mission that includes racing, exercise and feeding the hungry.

Cranksgiving is a benefit for emergency food pantry Project FEED. Riders receive a list of items that must be purchased - each from a separate store. The first biker to accumulate all their loot and return to the starting point wins.

Friday October 19, 2012 | 10:44 AM

If you're heading out to the Downeast Cyclocross weekend at Pineland Farms and you're not quite sure what to expect, here's a video that shows a little bit of everything: Mud, winners, tumbles and ... cows.

Wednesday October 17, 2012 | 07:30 AM
It's impossible to describe cyclocross in a word. Or even several words. What the mix of cycling, obstacles, mud, pavement and cowbells requires is a paragraph - much of which will focus on what the sport isn't:

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It isn't a mountain bike race, but MTB riders often compete. It isn't an event filled with drafting and climbs, though riders pedal close together and there are the requisite small hills. It is run on courses built in fields and parks that include pavement, single track, dirt, mud, open space. And it does include obstacles that require dismounts during which riders shoulder their bikes and run before jumping back in the saddle.

Cyclocross has a little bit of everything - for everyone - and it's happening for the section straight weekend in Maine. This week's event is the Downeast Cyclocross at Pineland Farms where two days packed with races will kick off at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. The final races each day go off at 3 p.m. and in between will be categories from juniors to pro men to elite women.

Friday October 12, 2012 | 12:52 PM

Another Dempsey Challenge is scheduled for Sunday. Unfortunately, it doesn't sound like the weather is going to cooperate for the thousands who will be cycling, cheering, volunteering and showing their support for the fight against cancer.

So in case the rain and the cold leaves you in need of a little extra motivation, here's a video that will definitely inspire you to pedal on to the finish - or to sign up to ride next year.