Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Learning to Pedal FAST

Kid gets good start with b.i.k.e.
Tuesday Night at Alpenrose
PVC TT and Pursuits

We chose easier gears tonight meaning a new race style for Cyclisme.

Faster starts and smoother pedaling led to big leg speed.
Generally finish times were slower, but everyone felt better in their skin after using an easier gear.

Pursuit specialists.



Joshua and Sarah raced in 60 inch gears! It was slow going, but everyone was happy and looked fluid.


Pursuit racing means finding a tempo that can be raced every lap. Matching split times is the goal in training and most of the time in racing.

DD doing it.
Events were longer 2K and 3K distances, and with easier gears the acceleration could only come from improved legspeed.

In the beginning it is a bit of a shock to the system. However, it allows folks to go deep into the effort, and find something new.

For example: One person who really went deep into the back back tunnels of his subterranean hurt locker (pain cave) or area of high perceived exertion, was big Double D. Putting on an easier gear of 47x16 DD covered 2K in 3.12. That's over 23.3 miles per hour.

Steer down to the black line!
You can calculate speed with an online speed calculator like this one (here) by using times found in The Results (here)

In the next few weeks, Word RCB by Cyclisme will see legspeed RPMs, and finish times improving!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Public Setting

Raising up "brand new" beginners.

At the Alpenrose PVC TT and Pursuits on Tuesday Nights at Alpenrose Velodrome,
Waldman leads a practice paceline after the racing.
Master's National Champions show up, participate in the racing, then turn triumphantly to teach our children to hold their arms straight in their start.

Of course, we know I emphasize a more dynamic approach to the arm bend. Please (see Sir Hoy START)

But of course, on this night, no one is doing it right, even the Master's National Champ does it wrong as he misses the cadence on the last beep.

Meanwhile some of our guys, in their nervousness take the opportunity to throw everything they have learned out the window. Oy, vay! What can you do? It's all part and parcel of being a brand new beginner track cyclist in an entry level amateur setting.

Electronic timing is officiated by the promoter as a loudspeaker beeps out the rhythm of the start. Getting in the rhythm of the beeps is fundamental.
Some racers shout a big roar as they step into the first powerful strokes of their pedals.

Paceline: falling back & passing under.
Putting the left pedal parallel to the ground, the down hill slope of the track pushes against the first downward thrust. Like a keel and a sail, they create forward motion.

Pedal position, arm position, roar and legspeed  can all be seen done well in fifty eight seconds of Chris Hoy's KILO (see here)

Controversarians on the sidelines question legspeed when a gear is too easy, only to have another young racer's Start be aborted for fear of the bigger gear's impossibility. Meanwhile, the child's limited attention was merely being borrowed briefly from the grasp of the nearest video game or text message.
Public settings provide critics of motion who care little for the origins of the athlete's beginning. Voyeurs only respond to what they see today, but their ravenous appetite for an audience washes over the topography, creating a fluid mind bending challenge to the beginning sports psychology.

Our children's team who train on Saturdays teach best practices to our adults.
For the beginner, the truth of the TIME PIECE is counterbalanced by the distraction of the racing community. A Public Setting provides scrutiny even if not
much competition. A public setting provides testing challenges in a more dynamic social milieu.

Looking at the paceline picture above top and commenting in order of appearance from front to back, I'll say... Rob Waldman and Sarah Joy Benenate, came from the Sunday Ride and Oregon Cup TT road events.
Double D is a veteran track medalist of Cyclisme Lore.
Cliff exchanges the lead by going high on the wall.
Cliff Theissen is a motorcycle motocrosser who came to Cycling and Cyclisme a few years ago, and has really taken to Match Sprinting on Friday Nights. Tim Connelly is a Master Racer who is making his second run at amateur cycling, now that the family is raised and out of the house.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Beginners in Pursuit of Captains!

Word-RCB by Cyclisme



It takes a village.

Tuesday Nights at Alpenrose Velodrome feature easier endurance events like the Pursuit and the Individual Time Trial.

Verily, it's a great space to engage the beginner, then get them matched up with more experienced team mates.

Recently our Mike Heywood rode 2k in 03:03.29.
Dan "Double D" Dhonau
While the week before that, a Mile passed under the wheels of our Dan Dhonau (back right above) in just 2:34:01.
These sorts of longer intervals make people fast, quickly.

With our tent, snacks, and stationary rollers (by themselves, a training event), as well as camp chairs and camaraderie, we are making the scene slick on Tuesday Nights.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Jovial Pursuits

Rob, Dan, and Sarah

Many people practice speed with long rides on the road. A few more thoughtful specialists break their speed down into short blasts. But only a few practice the brutal and discouraging FIVE MINUTE INTERVAL.

Dan "Double D" Dhonau
Five minute intervals are for elite athletes. Folks like Mark Cavendish, Bradley Wiggins or Coryn Rivera work these "pursuit" intervals. At the elite levels, five minutes means about 4 kilometers.

Last Tuesday night at the Alpenrose Velodrome, three Cyclisme racers turned in efforts for
The Green and Black.  Sarah Joy Miller, Rob

Double D is a long time leader of Word RCB byCyclisme racing program out on the Alpenrose velodrome. When our new racers arrived on the recent Tuesday Night, they were encouraged to see Dan "Double D" Dhonau ready to go fast in full aero regalia.
Dan, a motorcycle mechanic for Harley Davidson played a pivitol role at the 2011 Nationals when Jake Hansen was having trouble turning in good times in the Omnium.
Jake's cone bearings on his rear wheel had been over tightened and were presenting huge drag on his speed.
Dan discovered and repaired the problem, and Jake went on to win two National Medals.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

Adam and the WORD

Mentors turn the Team.



Flowing like water through the back streets of South East Portland, requires Team work.

Saturday's journey taught a new racer and kid's mentor, Adam, how to both throw out some recon at the front in the intersections, as well as how to pull through in a paceline. Meanwhile, stalwart Captain Sarah Miller posted up back with her familiar Lieutenants, as the children moved on down
quickly through town.

Saturdays with the children allow time to cultivate good form. Knees in, elbows bent, with legspeed, so the next day, a new mentor can throw in his hat with some real big boys.

Sunday, starting from the edge of town where civilization ends and glorious roads begin Word RCB was visited by an Oregon great, Bob Grummel. Bob rides with the team, ROGER that is filled with Oregon legends and is named after the great Belgian who was known for riding down Eddy Merck's stairs. (amongst other things)"The Gypsy" Roger De Vlaeminck was a great cobbles man famous for Paris Roubaix.

Bob Grummel was once a pro racer in Colorado, who narrowly beat Davis Phinney. So in two sunny weekend days, our new guy Adam went from throwing traffic blocks for three Oregon Cup Individual Time Trial Series winners, to riding with a retired pro who has raced and beaten a Tour de France stage winner in a pro race.
Fergus's selfie includes Rob, Alex, Bob, and Adam,
Not bad Adam. You've chosen a good program to develop your racing in.

Friday, December 09, 2016

Man of Steel

Stalwart participant
From before the turn of the century,
Always a team player, Fergus is ready to pull through.
Fergus Kinnell rode and raced with Cyclisme racing programs.

His Cyclisme debut was made in the hallowed halls of Matt Dishman Community Center where he participated in "Rollers 101." (the very same evening, a young man named Dey Shaun Lee also began with Cyclisme)
A real racer.

Naiqwan and Fergus.
In those days, he threw his right knee out and didn't bend his elbows, but years of practice transformed him into an elegant cyclist.
Racing, but mostly training Fergus maintains a healthy lifestyle and real speed on the bike.

Naiqwan pounds steel.
Mr, Kinnell serves the team on the bike, but he also enriches the lives of others off the bike as well.
Fergus is  metal worker who specializes in steel, stainless steel and bronze. Kinnell Steel has fashioned light fixtures, gates, railings and more in some of Portland's most fashionable addresses.
Where men work metal.
Fergus uses his shop to teach inner city youth about work in the trades.

Some hillarious young minds have become quite serious around the heat of the forge or the welding torche at Kinnell Steel.

Tuesday, November 08, 2016

Durango Kid

Here he comes.



Rob Waldman is an outdoorsman essentially. He has
a kind hearted mountainman's sensibility.

Strong out of the saddle.



Well trained on the bike, gentleman Rob is a smooth pedaler with good form.


Years in the saddle around a social cycling setting have made him comfortable in the pack. He shops dilligently for the conservative position within the pack.


Tucked in smart.


But when road turns up, Rob betrays his humility and goes public with his inner greatness.
The Durango Kid

Transplanted to Oregon from Colorado, Rob spent years riding with the Durango Wheelmen. there he rode with some of America's finest cyclists on some of America's most challenging roads.