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Thirty-eight-year-old Kristi Carver traded competitive mountain bike racing for cyclocross less than two years ago and hasn’t looked back. “I like the competition,” she says, “even if that means it’s just with myself that day.”

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Carver leans into a turn at the 2011 Cross Crusade Series Race #7, held just outside of Estacada.

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This year’s Masters World Championships, in Kentucky, will be the second for Jared Roy, 42, who crossed the Atlantic to compete in last year’s race.

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As one of the Northwest’s strongest racers, 40-year-old Shannon Skerritt (front) is Portland’s brightest hope for a top finish at the world championships.

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Skerritt leading the pack at Cross Crusade Race #7.

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Boisterous cyclocross fans, like these drummers at Cross Crusade Race #8, are part and parcel of the zany sport.

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Starting position is one of the keys to winning in cyclocross. “Basically,” Roy says, “if you’re not in the first 30, your race is over before it even starts.”

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Racers jostle for position at the final 2011 Cross Crusade race at Portland International Raceway.

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