Tuesday, July 26, 2016

We've been to the mountaintop!

S. Miller, S. Bedard, P. Jennings, J. Morris, M. Miller
Government Camp to Timberline Lodge,
is the traditional
Tristan Young
route of the Oregon Hillclimb Chamionship.

West Leg Road and 2,700 feet of climbing in just five miles make it a harrowing test.

Just getting up the hill was the order of the day for our Cyclisme racers. Beginners that they were, they were able to pluck  the low lying fruit of entry-level championship.
Cyclisme racers were some of the slowest in the 75 person competition, but still they won medals in their divisions.

However, our new Peter Jennings cruized up the old Timberline road in 32 minutes for the 25th fastest time, and became the State Champion in the Cat 5 Men's Division. He would have needed to complete the course in 25 minutes to win in the Pro 1/2, but just 29 minutes to win in the Cat 4s.

Sarah Miller celebrates a Bronze Medal in the 4/5 Women.
In the overall Oregon Cup Individual Time Trial Series Sarah Miller and Tristan Young won the women's 4/5 and Junior 15 yr. old's, while Joshua Morris finished second for his annual effort in his 11yr. old division.

Thursday, April 07, 2016

Hour of Speed

Michelle Miller, Sarah Miller, & Laura de la Houssaye.
Eric Hagen, Tim Bergmann, Fergus Kinnell, & Jason Skelton
One hour 
in the middle of the week simply improves anybody's outlook,
but when a goal-oriented bicycle racer finds a pace-line,
a circular course,
and a wild bunch of playful sprinters,
they know they have found something special flying around Cutter Circle Boulevard,
on Portland's famous Swan Island,
Holding on to the "whiplash" around the corner.

Meet the Team

Alone, we can do a little, but together we can do a lot!
Swarming south on SW Broadway.

Cycling in Portland hurts for sun block, a raincoat, sunglasses, and water proof socks.

Racing in Oregon obligates one to find a leeward intuition, a goat like climb, and a fearless sprint.

At Cyclisme Racing Programs Veteran racers interact with benevolence to help newer racers practice Victory.

Games on the open road amidst car traffic
unveil the challenges of racing tactics, pacelines, and the kind of interpersonal bike handling that is valuable in bicycle racing.

Tim Bergmann leads out the traditional sprint after the bridge on Fairmont Loop.

The Lore of Cyclisme.

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Stray Fortune

Fergus Kinnel fixes Jason's headset.

Cold rain on the last ride of 2015 did little to cool the boiling desire of these intrepid athletes.
Veteran Captains like Bergman and Kinnell are a reassuring sight in the parking lot.

Super up and coming talents like Tony "The Rock" Escobar, and Jason "Counselor" Skelton make for exciting times on the open road.

Weekend rides are the place where details get surmised and challenged. When holidays and family are busy, it is easy to lose track of winter clothing, summer fitness, and ideal equipment adjustment.

With the traditional Cyclisme winter regime of Rocky Rabbit fast approaching, this was the last casual adventure before the longer harder rides begin.
Men of Stature.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Hard Waters

Rain, sleet, snow and slick leaves color the streets of November.
Jason Skelton leads out Water's to Eastmoreland.

Category 4 Oregon Bicycle Racing season points winner for velodrome racing, Ben Waters, is doing his winter training, and everyone on his team wants a piece of him. From city limits signs to crests of big climbs, Ben is finding plenty of competitive exuberance amongst his Cyclisme mates.

Cresting Paris-Roubaix

Younger riders attack the start with fraudulent bids for victory, while elder statesmen stay like they are earning food for their family's table.
Fergus and Tony mind Ben.

Merely the "off-season" for some, Cyclisme packs are attacking like there is no tomorrow.

Poor Ben has to be vigilant as attacks come from all sides.

Fergus Kinnel and Tony Escobar are two 40-plussers who are taking it to their 27 year old pal. Honing his skill with hard knocks and big sprints, they are winning practices so Ben is ready to win RACES!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Cross-WORD Cross!

2009 Masters Track Champ

Every year for five years running!

Since 2011, Cyclisme road/criterium star,
Master's Track Champ,
and team sponsor,
Randy Word,
has promoted a cyclocross race at Pat's Acres in Canby, Oregon.

It's called The Cross-Word CX Challenge.
(see flyer here)
(see results here)
Check out Yung Pine Blog on "Canby Crossword" (here)

Randy started racing in the 1980s with the Raindance Velo team, and traveled with Brad Gebhard, and Mike Shepard.
Though Road racing might be what Randy is best known for, Randy is also an aficionado of many disciplines of racing.
Randy's knee at PIR.

In fact, he races motorcycles and karts too. On his motorcycle in 1999 Randy Won the Open Supersport Expert class. That's 170mph dragging your knee on the ground.

Thus the connection with Pat's Acres, a local kart racing venue. Randy met Chris Egger, the owner, in 2007, when Randy's son Ethan took up kart racing.

Cross Word is an especially fun family event that features guest appearances at the kiddies race by Darth Vader and Spider Man.

Spider man and his spider fans throw webbing, at ya!
Randy Word came to Cyclsme Racing programs back in 1996 following years of training with Oregon Stars,
Danny Knudsen and David Auker.

Two venerable Cyclisme Lore mercenaries.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015




is glad 
Phote Credit: Christopher Garvey 2015

he had
some time to race cyclocross 
this year.

Brad is not doing too bad, 
Catted up from the C's in September,

Brad Davidson was able to experience racing near the front for the first part of the Cross Season, and has not moved back in the pack much in the new upgraded category of Bs.

In his zeal and focus, Brad has even stepped up to advocate within the peloton for positive changes to the rules effecting new racers like himself.

Take a look at a few of Mr. Davidson's words:

Brad Davidson - October 9, 2015 at 4:01 PM

Unlike the Crusade call-up points schedule which is apparently fixed-depth, the upgrade points schedule varies by race type and field size:
... but yeah, it would be nice if the upgrade points list existed somewhere outside Candi's spreadsheet, like maybe at the bottom of the user page where it lists your category?
Not sure it'd help the immediate issue though, which stems from folks earning call-up points and then getting upgraded. There's been a lot of list chatter about the whole upgrade/series points/call-up issue with no clear solution other than just drinking a beer and trying not to think about it too much.

Brad Davidson - September 30, 2015 at 3:31 PM

I don't think a rule change is necessary. I get why promoters want to do things like leader jerseys and series podiums - it's fun to be recognized and rewarded for your skill - but look at how that's worked out for GPRM. I'm just a lowly B newbie, but it feels like everyone who's received a leader jersey in a lower category has been upgraded in short order - sometimes before they even get a chance to wear it in a race.
The long and short of it is that you don't get to win much, and I think that's how it's intended to be. Just a few podiums and you are kicked up to the next category. If you're good, and racing even half of what's available in the Portland metro area, that can happen in just a week or two. If promoters kept that in mind, it might feel a little bit less like folks are getting punished for their success.

Category B has been pretty good to me so far, all things considered. I've been doing better in the weekly series than at Cross Crusade, where (unless you have a call-up) much is dependent on when you're picked to line up. Lots of crashes and early-race slowdowns if you're at the back of the chute. Even so, there's been some fun back-and-forth battles with folks, people are starting to recognize me and come up to chat after races, etc. At this point I'm hoping to spend a year or more in B to build some sort of continuity. I've got another 2 years before I'm eligible for any of the Masters 35+ categories.