Cycling Camas until sundown

Bike races bring an excited crowd to downtown

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Devin Mounts of Gresham, Ore., is all smiles as he makes his way across the finish line. Mounts, 20, placed first in a field of nine finishers in the Camas Twilight Criterium's Category 4/5 race. A total of about 50 participants were entered into the five races held Saturday evening in downtown Camas.

Category 4/5 men: 1, Devin Mounts, Gresham. 2, Chad Richmond, Everett. 3, John Gillian, Wilsonville. 4, Richard Ensworth, Vancouver. 5, Troy Sexton, Portland. 6, Kevin Short, Eagle Creek. 7, Jonathan McDonald, Portland. 8, Geoffrey Green, Beaverton. 9, Shaun Conley, Portland. 10, Shy Shyman, Portland. 11, Mike Meier, Vancouver. 12, Weston Cooper, Lake Oswego.

Category 3 men: Joe Prettyman, Portland. 2, Andrew Utz, Portland. 3, Trevor O’Neal, Portland. 4, Sage Freeman, Salem. 5, Brian Ratliff, Hillsboro. 6, Peter Drach, Portland. 7, Josh Simpson, Seattle. 8, Karl Choltus, Portland. 9, John Lance, Vancouver.

Master’s men: 1, Mitch Lee, Vancouver. 2, Ivan Meadors, Hillsboro. 3, Todd Fawcett, Portland. 4, Scott Harman, Lake Oswego. 5, Jon Pearson, Portland. 6, Eric Anderson, Aloha.

Senior men: 1, Roman van Uden, Vancouver. 2, Mike Northey, Vancouver. 3, Ben Chaddock, Vancouver. 4, Carl Hoefer, Portland. 5, Daniel Quirk, Portland. 6, Matt Mahoney, Portland. 7, Jason Allen, Vancouver. 8, Duncan Oliphant, Portland.

As the sun set in Camas Saturday, streets were buzzing with bicycles.

After a six-year hiatus, the Camas Twilight Criterium returned to downtown with mixed results.

The five different races drew about 50 riders, from children to people in their 50s. Although Camas Bike & Sport owner Ed Fischer was pleased with the amount of spectators, he was hoping for more participants.

“You couldn’t have asked for a better evening for the riders and spectators,” Fisher said. “We had about 30 to 35 kids out, some great sponsors and lots of prize giveaways. It was a fun race to watch. Ultimately, we need more participants.”

Fischer said he would wait to hear feedback from downtown businesses before planning another bike race. He could see the criterium becoming a part of Camas Days. He also received some lobbying to move the race to Washougal.

“It would be great to make this an annual event, but only time will tell,” Fischer said. “I only want to do it if the town embraces it.”

Fischer said downtown Camas provided “a nice backdrop” for a bike race, with “challenging climbs and technical descents.”

Devin Mounts, a 20-year-old from Gresham, Ore., won the men’s category 4/5 race. Joe Prettyman, a 17-year-old from Portland, captured first in the category 3 race. Mitch Lee, a 40-year-old from Vancouver, finished first in the master’s race. Roman van Uden, a 22-year-old from Vancouver, placed first in the senior race. Full results are listed below.