Had an amazing spectating experience Saturday night at the Portland Design Works warehouse. The small banked wooden track brought back memories of the Human Powered Roller Coaster I raced on in the 90s in Toronto. Wooden, banked figure eight track with a bridge and tunnel.
The Circulus races were pursuit style. Racers on BMX bikes started opposite each other and raced for several laps until one caught the other. There were a few crashes but the racers popped up after each.
Because of the "theater in the round" style, the crowd's energy was extremely contagious. Free beer didn't hurt. Soon, we were slapping the wood track between races.
I ran into plenty of acquaintances and friends and my status as pseudo-hipster seems to be intact.