Wednesday, July 02, 2014

To vie is not to rival!



Approaching the twilight of a season in which the pace of the race calender has been casual, if not leisurely when compared to the intensity of Squadra Cyclisme years past, the display of athletes and athleticism in last Tuesday Night's Masters/Juniors was  as classy as anything inThe Lore.

Moreover, the Team Morale was high, as everyone was happy to see one another, and ready to put the hammer down on the competition. With so many big name racers out of town or elsewhere on Portland's busy Tuesday Night, Cyclisme speed took the event in just about every category.

Word RCB was the life of the show with the only pop up tent (presented by River City) on the infield, and a bigger turn out than Portland Velo and Half Fast - who normally rule the event.This time they were very kind hosts, who got in step with our noisy example by calling out times for all to hear. Then finally there was our race winning prowess. With all of the Juniors cheering, and our many coaches coaching, we made the neighbors think it was an international event.

The format was two events. 500m and 1k.
Listed below are the racers and the times of the "Word RCB, by Cyclisme".

500m
Cindy Campbell   56.13
Willy Campbell    51.78
Robin Jacobson   51.49
Alex White          49.48
Gillian Bergmann  47.62
Dan Dhounau      44.27
Tim Bergmann     43.20
Fergus Kinnel      42.86
Jaden Salama       41.60


1 Kilo
Cindy Campbell   154.52
Willy Campbell    153.68
Robin Jacobson   144.11
Alex White          140.30
Gillian Bergmann 139.83
Tim Bergmann    130.23 then 130.62
Fergus Kinnel      127.55
Jaden Salama      127.52
Dan Dhounau      127.27

Monday, June 23, 2014

Lantern Rouge at Blue Ribbon

Captain Kinnell led new guy Nick.

Cyclisme signed up
and competed in three divisions of the Blue Ribbon Omnium, Sunday.

Cyclisme's participation marked Word-RCB's debut to 2014 OBRA track racing.

Saturday night track practices have been competitive, but actual OBRA racing was much, much more competitive.

Pack driven lawlessness seemed to be the order of the day. Chaotic high wall antics were often either too slow, or too fast, but tactically confounding.  Great skills were exhibited by all our Cyclisme racers as they held on to the tail of the tiger that was track racing at Alpenrose, Sunday.

Contemplating the competition.


Vast schooling was administered in the engagement. Plummeting into the speed of the Alpenrose cycling scene as of mid June 2014, four hearty souls free fell with poise and periodic promptness.


Gillian was able to go head to head with cat 1/2 women, including her old pal Hanna McDade.

Cindy Campbell pin's on Willy's number while Gillian Bergmann looks on.
Willy Campbell (13yrs old) was put at the mercy of Keegan and Kent's old whipping boy Killian Bailey. Eighteen years old now, Killian had such a turn of speed, his form seemed better suited for national caliber competition. Sleek BBC Juniors chased him with no hope of success.

Team work was implemented in the Cat 4/5 men when Fergus and Nick slung the Cyclisme bazzooka into combat. Both men scored a second place point each in the second race, a Tempo style (point a lap for 2nd and two points for first) Points race. Super Cyclisme speed strung out the pack a few times when Nick and Fergus found their way to the front and went for it.

Cindy Campbell did an awesome job of presenting race support with great nutrition set up in the shadows of some elm trees over Corner 1.

Pure and simple, Cyclisme Lore was honored by the bearing and poise our Team exhibited in their 2014 Track debut.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Marathon Martine makes for America!

Stevo takes off!

Steve Martine attended grammar school all the way through college right here in Portland, Oregon, but after he married a hot blooded woman named Lena, warmer climes would forever more be his home.


A student and master of the camera, Steve is a photographer by trade. He has taken photos at the behest of such notable names as Diana Ross, and Vice President Biden, and for such reputable institutions as the New York Times and National Geographic.


Reunited with the team that loves him.
Steve raced with Tim Bergmann  and myself on the PSU Cycling Team. Steve was a sprinter then. Today he is a man of big endurance and brick-wall strength.


Back in the 80's we all worked together on the school paper, The Vanguard. In those days he was a college news photog who used an antique system called "film."

Today he flys all over he world to take pictures with digital cameras that cost as much as a house, with an entourage of people like a small army. His career has him always on the go. From Bangladesh, India to London, England, from the beaches of the Bahamas, to the Mountains of Montana, Steve's camera is his ticket to ride.

He returns to the North West this time, to ride a bike, only. His focus is infused with a steely resolve that no one can shake. He suffers no distraction. He is getting ready to ride four thousand miles. Steve is here just to kiss his mama before he embarks on the Trans America Bike Race.
Fired up and focused.

Florida flat land sickness  had him wanting to acclimate to climbing during his few days in town. He starts early in the morning while visits to family and friends attempt to fill his vacation calendar. In Florida, a bridge over a bayou is called a climb. He needed to get something in his legs that foretold the intensity of Rocky Mountain slopes.

5000 feet of climbing Sunday with Bergmann and the boys of Cyclisme were just what the doctor ordered. Up at 5am, Stevo grabbed a solo warm up of 2000 feet of climbing up to Council Crest via the team's special traditional ultra steep goat path, called Paris-Roubaix for it's wild rough-road ride and adventure to temple busting asphyxiation.

Inside the ranks of Cyclisme racing programs Steve's reputation precedes him. When Steve arrived at COAVA Coffee Shop, Steve was met with awe and admiration. He and Tim Bergmann hadn't seen each other in three years.

After a few miles in the saddle, it was like old times.

Stevo left today along a little known back woods path to Astoria and will begin riding back East day after tomorrow. To follow his ride, go to http://www.crazyphotoguy.com


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Pie Our Squared

The Brownsville Seven
Cindy, Robin, Sharon, and Gillian.






Unity
arrived 
with 

smiling 
face 
when 
two 
teams 
raced 
into 
the 
wind 
against 
clock 
held i
Brownsville, 
Oregon, 
Saturday 
May 17th, 2014.

Arriving early
a contingent from Portland met up with a pair from Scio, forming two teams for the technology free "Eddy Division." 

Eddy Merckx is the Belgian demi-god for whom the Eddy Division recalls old school toughness. Riding on regular road bikes with no aero bars, aero helmets, or special wheels, Cyclisme practiced the team tradition of the paceline one more time, for OBRA.
A team of women and a team of men warmed up and rode out of Pioneer Park to put their wheels on the official's start. Concerns of disparity in the strength brought on in earlier practices dissolved as everyone proved to be equally matched and ready to work.

Ridden on 23.8 miles of fairly flat terrain the women finished in 1:23:14, and the men in 1:02:38.  Approximately 19 mph and  23 mph respectively. Muscled with grit and good form, and only one brief departure from the course, it was all in good fun.
Fergus, Logan, and Tim.

Rolling with a leeward paceline most of the time, they adjusted for wind conditions and the relative strength of their individuals. Strength pulled longer while others hid low, in the lee of their team mate, hoping to recover that next little bit to put forth, out in front - in to the wind. Green and black Cyclisme jerseys flew across the Wiilamette Valley like sails on a cyclone.

Exercising the team tactics they'd practiced in the weeks and months before, 
they won 
Pie and Glory.



Monday, February 03, 2014

Champoeg Easy

Squadra Cyclisme Unfolding.



Word-RCB
revived an old trick
and got some new treats
by riding the old Bannana Belt Course Saturday.

An ideal middle district for our folks from Portland as well as our new teammates, Sharon and Logan Trammell from Scio.
Champoeg Park is the famous site
where Hudson Bay Trappers,
Yoga in French Prairie!
farmers and native Americans met for annual "Gathering."

The Newly Wed Trammells.
Smooth paved roads, as well as a Gorge Roubaix style unpaved road, feature both flat terrain and rolling hills.

In a triangle from Donald to St. Paul and then to Champoeg Park is the historic area named the "French Prairie" by the early trappers who settled there in the the 1800's. French Prairie is the perfect cycling-team training ground
one hundred years later.

Expansive views, clean shoulders, and easy pacelines.
Cycling rural Willamette Valley Saturday was especially exciting, as no cars were on the road on a beautiful sunny 55 degree winter day.
Traveling to the practice added the training benefit of the rigors of just showing up, as most races are at least a half hour away.

Because there were no traffic lights and almost no stop signs on the route, the rolling was consistent for the whole riding time.  That feels very different from rides in the city. Similar though it is to race day in the world of OBRA racing.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Aerodynamic Success


Early season training is the time to review what the team needs, and find it. In winter time you have to find what you don't have. Motivation? Speed? Fitness? Skill?

Usually it comes down
to a nebulous commodity
Robin returns to fast form
called "base miles."Valuable to almost anyone any time, good base miles are supposed to be a bit slower, more sensitive to how you are responding.

Races, of course don't care one little bit how you are responding. Races hurk and jerk and suddenly sprint full speed for a half an hour. Base miles help train a system that endures the wiles of a race.

But alas base miles train you to be slow. Let's face it, if you spend six hours a day riding your bike at twenty miles an hour over a hundred miles, you will be a muscly fit fox, but you won't win the Jack Frost Time Trial.  Twenty nine miles an hour even on just a twelve mile course, requires you to be comfortable riding twenty nine miles an hour - for at least 20 minutes.

Hilde is hungry.
Becoming ready for Oregon, or OBRA, or whatever racing peloton is yours, means training to go fast for long and short intervals, in all sorts of conditions and terrain. And the reality of scoring points, at least in OBRA is in a large part, about showing up.  

Espoir Denzell Lall, and 15yr old Jr. Jaden Salama.
Show up for the right event, with the right bike, and do the right thing - that 's winning.

Showing up starts today, on the scheduled winter training ride. Team strength helps you show up. On this day, tires, derailers, and winter gloves show themselves for the lies they really are. Today they get replaced. Sometimes the strength of The Team is needed merely to shop in a bike shop.

OBRA Medalist Fergus Kinnell teaches tire repair.
As the team gets ready, they see some of the competition out on the road. Then they all better understand the nature of our racing community. Oregon is a classy place to come up in this particular decade. Like the talent bloom of Detroit in the Seventies and Eighties, I-5 is a pretty amazing place to practice bicycle racing in 2014.
This weekend from Sauvies Island to City Bikes, twelve cycling athletes were an important part of this phenomenal time and place.





Monday, December 16, 2013

Juniors Saturday ain't just for Kids!

Happy Holidays from the wet and cold streets of Portland,





Building kids' teams requires adults too!

Saturday rides have a bit less volume.
Slower, and easier, they are actually the best place to work on speed and race readiness. On Saturdays we can slow down to a stop and recover before we really go fast.
Sunday rides are tough.


On Saturdays we can stop to organize timed trials of any distance.
Even the adults benefit from that. Going full speed for the first time this season, always reveals bike stuff and body stuff that needs work.

Last Saturday we set up a .7 mile course heading West on Steele. It was surprisingly long to everyone who tried. Flying up over the knoll out of the mist came disgruntled contorted faces.

Time Trial Practice races shocked folks out of their misconceptions before Race Day at Jack Frost.

Vince C. likes easy race training.
Sunday Rocky Rabbit team paceline-style big distance training rides don't always bring the whole message.

Getting ready for racing is hard to do when not training with your race division. Sunday featuring adults, women and men from three or four OBRA/USA Cycling Divisions, give folks a chance to learn how to just hold on.

As Sunday events start at River City, Saturday events start at Backpedal.  Bike shops also require some know-how to navigate in.
Veteran of Cyclisme Lore, Dave Wingard, enjoys helping Kids with their bikes.

Saturday gives the Juniors and adults alike, a chance to focus them selves on getting fast.

Their equipment, and their relationship to this special group that emphasizes benevolence, good form, simplicity and team, becomes a Saturday adventure.