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|Dey' Shaun Lee and Naiqwan Pellman on the rail at Alpenrose.|
Dey'Shaun "Daddy" Lee is moving to North Carolina to pursue opportunities in education and occupation with his father, Herman Lee.
Dey' Shaun who was the founding father of the famous "Fixies" team borne out of Portland State University, leaves a legacy of championship and team building unrivaled in the Lore of Cyclisme.
Dey' Shaun Lee became the key carry over Cyclisme member after the exodus of "The Men" who went on to strengthen the formation of the Yakima Vigilantes cycling team.
Though his college friends were loyal and sustaining, Dey'Shaun needed a team of his own. Soon he was joined by two fellas his own age, Naiqwan Pellman, and Marquel Brown.
As they learned to race, they ran PSU. From The Community Garden up on 12th Avenue, to two Starbucks for coffee grounds. From their rollers in the Broadway Building up on Jackson Street to their bicycles stored in the Architecture Department in Shattuck Hall, they gained new ideas for self empowerment.
A year later, "The Fixies" were joined by two men, named Stephen Bedford and Jake Hansen. To say their enlistment was special would be an understatement, as they went on to gain wins and medals at Elite Track Nationals. Their championship propelled Dey'Shaun into a world of elite level training and competition.
His highest pinnacle was to race in Mike Murray's Alpenrose Six Day paired with Oregon Cup winner, Jake Hansen. They rode to the podium in the "A Flight" tier of Cat 1/2 racers. Dey'Shaun thrilled the crowd as he hung in with the state's finest adult men, at age 15.
As Dey'Shaun grew older, new Juniors joined the team. Juniors like Keegan O'Neill, Sonny Chiago, Kent Ross, , and Noah Beggs. They all enjoyed Dey'Shaun's gentle demeanor and deep skill base as a resource for their own development. They even nicknamed him "Daddy," for his venerable ways.
Intellectual in his riding style and people skills, he was a savvy blocker. He could seduce even the most alert gruppetoes to slow down and give up the chase. Once he and his teammates got Keegan Oneill eight minutes off the front of a hypnotized pack.
Tending to the needs of the young, the old, or the infirm, he is brilliant. As a lead mentor in b.i.k.e.'s after school "Rollers 101" outreach at Blazer Boys and Girls Club, Dey'Shaun pioneered implementation of the "Five Mintue Club" stationary bike workout curriculum, as well as other components of this award winning program.
Benevolence, Good Form, Simplicity, and Team.