Monday, February 23, 2015

Jack Frost kicks off OCITT Series!

Photo Credits:
2014 OCITT Champ supports 2015 JF Winner,

Grace Kemling
Tim Bergmann
Tim White


Strategy is the art of thinking ahead, and making a plan for success.

Jaden Salama starts with determination.

Last year, as a team looking at the calender of the 2014 OBRA season, Word RCB racers built a strategy around the "Oregon Cup Individual Time Trial Series" or "OCITT Series."


Led by Alex White and Gillian Bergmann, kids like Willy Campbell and Jaden Salama  blossomed into very fast cyclists.

Father and son prepare for another OCITT SeriesVictor

This year, returning from sabatical, Maya Bergmann won her first event. Riding a TT bike provided by the White family, Maya is showing excellent form.


Ten year old Joshua contemplates his 51 minutes of pain.
Keeping up with the kids, adult mentors also saw real improvement in their ability to race medium distances against the clock.
For 2015, the strategy has remained the same. However now, we have done it once already.
That point improves the strength of the strategy exponentially.


Cindy and Del target the Blind Stoker Para Olympic Pipeline
Everyone on aero bars, our tandem team more practiced than last year, lot's of aero helmets and a clearer understanding of what they are getting into, Word RCB is a whole new team starting 2015.

Compare times of the 2014 Jack Frost to the times of the 2015 Jack Frost.


Keep up with the 2015 Oregon TT Cup Series standings (here)

Sunday, February 08, 2015

Keegan signs with Marian

Indianapolis, Indiana is the home of the Major Taylor Velodrome. Just across the street is America's premiere cycling college, Marian University.

Keegan O'Neill is a b.i.k.e. Graduate who recently committed to matriculating at Marian with a large partial scholarship for cycling.

Keegan has long had his sights set on college, and collegiate cycling.

While Keegan rode with Bicycles and Ideas for Kids' Empowerment he led with motivation, love of cycling, and doing what it takes to succeed at getting into college. Academic zeal and community service were two of his most prominent characteristics.

Like Staci, Nils, Rion, Nissy, Stephen, Jake and many others, Keegan O'Neill represents the ideals of Benevolence, Good Form, Simplicity and Team without omission... and we are very proud of him.

Thanks Keegan, for bringing honor to the Lore of Cyclisme and to the reputation of the OBRA peloton.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Wind, rain, and pacelines.

Joshua is a blueberry dynamo in his full rain suit.


Dark skies, and an early morning rain storm inspired many not to show up, but those who did, had a grand time!

Jaden and Bergmann are on radios and keeping all well.
Balmy air on an inner city route made for perfect  conditions.

Beginners and State Champions alike enjoyed a brisk crossing of town. From River City to the Eastmorland Park sign, Portland's inner-SE side was traversed.


Lara Gifford pulls through to the front.
Riding close together, and pulling through on the lee-ward side, then falling back on the windward side were the orders of the day.

Little Joshua and new commuter Lara, had been practicing in the wind just the day before.

They did a great job of demonstrating their power and prowess in the more advanced ride the next day.
Lara and Joshua on Piedmont Bluff the day before.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Speed, unbridled!

Jason Skelton puts the death blow to the race.
Practice is usually a place to implement some of your skill, then return home before you are so tired you get sick. I often ask:
"What do you want to win? Practices or races?"
They usually answer "races!"

Thinking behind all this, is development comes safely when you practice within your abilities. Inevitably, even the conservative trainer finds themselves out on the edges of pain, and traction speed. As strength improves, skill follows suit.

Reasonably it works within the context of commuters who make race goals and rehearse them on the weekends.

Three off the front, shatter the field.
Recently however, the stakes have risen. Real racing has become one of the practice activities, and a go for broke, devil may care ambeance has permeated the scene. A real race peels your skin back and leaves dust where your heart once was.
Recovery takes days.

Out in northern most Portland's Hayden Meadow, Bob Mionskie showed us a two mile loop. Just two miles is palatteable to anyone. But three times in a row, climbing two hundred foot climbs each time, it bites you like a shark.

"On your mark, get set, GO!" are the mystical words that change everything. Now when you a wheel, the party is over. You are toast.

Everything seems to happen quicker when the racing is real.





Tuesday, October 07, 2014

Educating Joshua

Joshua Morris in the pack.
Development of bicycle racers at Cyclisme has always included a wholistic list of details. Mind body, and spirit all must be given ample attention in the activities Cyclisme cycling programs offer.

Coach Morris has a willing student.
Cindy and Dell debuted on the tandem.
Children are taught to read and write. Youth are expected to coach and mentor, and adults are led to serve the community in the fullness of their skill set. These supra-cycling elements build the team up in a way that is often vexing to an opposing peloton wondering how to come around our lead out.

The Gerwings watch as Elena pursues cycling.
Early this Sunday, our team event was improved by the attendance of our youngest, and most motivated team member, Joshua Morris. We were having something of a homecoming event featuring the visitation of famous members of yesteryear, The Gerwing Family.

Starting with breakfast at GRAVY, the group enjoyed a mega portion breakfast and laughter. Afterward, the group sauntered down to THE FRESH POT. Joshua got his carbon fibre bike out and rode it up and down the sidewalk. Little Elena Gerwing tried to keep up with Joshua on her tiny wooden stride-a-bike.

Preparing to sprin
She was thrilled to be playing on her bike under the adoring gaze of so many cycling fans. Joshua lent his cycling expertise graciously. Elena was all smiles.
Nurturing plants.
After lattes, it was down to Swan Island for speed work. Joining up with Robin Jacobson and Texas Lawton, the group gained enough strength to take on double digit mileage.
One would think when the paceline began to roll in earnest, little Joshua would drop away, but Joshua is not built that way. He is determined to perform well amongst his teammates everytime. Time and time again he came to the back of the pack and renewed his resolve to pull through to the front.

Finding strength and shaping character, Joshua empowers his teachers when they nurture him.


Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Fifty Miles and a Sprint!

Climbing out of the Rock Creek Valley.
Rock Creek Valley arrives after treacherous pot holes, and energy sapping hills like only The West Hills can provide. When 9 people set out to work together to get there, the adventure is intoxicatiing.

Skyline Blvd. traverses the crests of the NW Tuality mountains. Over the years, sub-urban development has turned rural nature into public
Griffin and his Dad.
pressure.


Loreful, though this old training road is, it is also now infested with cars. This neighborhood is known for its many cycling casualties. Statistically it is the lone rider dutifully tucked over in the gutter at on the edge of the road who gets knocked out by a passing truck mirror like the slowest gazelle get snatched up by the hungry lion.
John Hilde lives for Skyline.
Cyclisme tradition and self preservation lead the team to form up our paceline to protect us from automotive predators like circling fish defend against sharks. Arguably the defense works not too effectively, but the team van adds another layer of deterence.
If racers saw what we see in the rear-view mirror, they might be shocked  by how fast drivers fly up behind.
Between vehicles of different size, shape, and speed, the tension on those roads is palpable.

So the question begs to be asked, "where does an inner city cycling  team go to get 50 miles and a sprint?"

Brendan and Ryan separate themselves when the road ascends.


Monday, September 15, 2014

Indian Summer Speed

Kinnell is okay.
Bicycle racing
in Portland, Oregon
is easily all consuming.
The Oregon Bicycle Racing Association's schedule runs nearly year round. Choosing one's battles helps set a racer up to maybe win a few.

Following Word-RCB's State Championship victories at the end of the road and track season, The Team had a decision to make. Do we race cyclocross, or do we go back into the wood shed and practice what we do?

Fergus looks back.
Given the Cyclisme tradition of pacelines and road work. The decision was not difficult. Riding together on the roads around Stumptown feel like a vacation.

"Miles my with my friends feels good" says the old man of the road Tim Bergmann.
"Yeah." say's newly arrived Team Captain Fergus Kinnell. "I like it.

Jaden and the young guys.
Captaincy has both daunting responsibility and satisfying privilege, but on a team it needs to be cultivated just like athleticism.
Practice events give the team the chance to cultivate their synergy and team dynamics.

In practices new racers get a chance to watch Captains and learn without the distraction of race day survival.

Brendan likes it fast &  uphill.