Sunday, March 08, 2015

Spring Speed has sprung!

Home krew training on Tabor!

Both, racing in Wooodland,
Photo Credits:
Fergus Kinnell
Tim White
Cindy Campbell
Washington, and training in Stumptown, Or.
saw "Word - RCB, by Cyclisme" cycling
on volcanic tree covered summits
and wind swept bottoms protected by a grand dike, alike.

Everyone on the team who is looking ahead to the April 18th "AS THE RAVEN FLIES" Oregon Individual TT Series event in McMinnville, is thinking about getting some more miles in, and a little speed work. Some brave souls took to the race calender for both this Sunday, at Dirty Circles II.

Word-RCB racers in a line leeward.
In the 18 mile Junior race, the Hapi Go boys attempted to breakaway mid way through the 1st lap. Cyclisme marked the attempts. Our speed shelled some, bringing a field of 6-7 through the finish area on lap 1. Even more dropped during Lap two, leaving a select group of 5 for the final lap. Approximately 2k from finish, Paul Furst, an opposing racer made his move. Alex responded the best he could but couldn't catch him and told Jaden to go. Jaden took off, caught the breakaway artist and closed the show down in the last 200m. Then one last burst, and Jaden grabbed victory. Alex rolled in immediately for 3rd place.

Alex policing the front, while Jaden Marks the threat.
In the Masters 4/5s a tough gambit of waiting to line up, and a hole-shot to the potential balance point out of the wind but away from the whiplash waited at the front somewhere yielding only momentary reprieve from a new week of speed and experience and revised strategy by the opposition.
Blistering hot from the start, Captains of other teams were not about to let their team's speed be trapped in the narrow road's big pack bottle neck of last week.
"I was holding on as high as 2nd place for dear life, but that 2nd Lap HOT SPOT caught me off guard." said Tony Escobar. "before I realized what was happening, it was too late!"

"I had a great time though, " Tony added.

In the Senior 4/5s Brad Davidson had a spectacular time. Surfing the sweet spot at and near the front, Brad was able to chase down and catch breakaway attempts.
Willy (in back) captains a Saturday.
"I spent way to much time AT, and OFF THE FRONT." Brad said. "When the sprint came, I totally missed the bus!"

"Had a ton of fun though!" Brad said.

Back in old River City the tempo was brisk in the beginning and it intensified when the Home Krew climbed the slopes of Mt. Tabor. Willy Campbell who is taking on a full Oregon Cup TT Series after his tough collarbone breaking crash near the end of last Summer, is now a whole head taller and a budding leader of the younger Saturday crowd. Today was his day to try adding a Sunday adventure to his weekend of training with some very big Lore laden adults. Robin and Fergus!

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