Monday, July 08, 2019

Finding the foothold!

The Richey Brothers at the front!

Reaching for Championship
is no small task, but Mateen and Maurice
are "all in!"

Racing at Portland International Raceway in the free Juniors category, they found victory in different ways.

Diverse and friendly this venue was the perfect place to bring Maurice (11) and Mateen (16) Richey.

OBRA Official, and race announcer, Luciano Bailey, an Italian, African American from Back East, is a veteran of the Cyclisme Lore, and an alert defender of the faces of color making entre into the peloton.

He knew just what to do when a fast talking maurice wanted to explain his way out of staying on the wheel of the kid his age off the back, Lucci pedalled bye and stuck out his arm for a friendly high speed madison push on the back of the 11 year old nabob of negativism.

Meanwhile, at the front of the pack, older brother Mateen was matching wits with the full might of the Dialed Racing Junior Program. Refusing to pull through, they would attack en masse, the moment he pulled too long.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

West to home!

Westerholm  steamrolled.


Team work.




















Somehow still...
he drove the pace, even though

Chuck "Cool Hand" Westerholm 

gently fell back into the order of the day's early paceline.  

Stepping away.
Tim "Tebo" Bergmann, sensing the danger,  snuck out with care into the afternoon headwind blowing across the tarmac of the Troutdale Airport.
Tony "Guy-Gresham" Escobar hid away patiently behind his winter training buddy while moving up the line, and into Springtime fitness.
New recruit, Marty "Code Man" Body shadowed carefully the veteran he heard tell of winning two Cat 5 OBRA crits, Tony Escobar.
"I was told this would be a shorter ride," Marty lamented." My recruiter lied."

Meanwhile fresh prince Mateen "Teen Star" Richey stayed back behind "Cool Hand" Chuck Westerholm, windward, slowing down while standing up, restraining himself, pretending to make a grand effort to go forward.
Lo and behold the team WORD-RCB presents GRUMMEL was
making speed to the Sandy River Valley.
On his way home to his kids!

It was a beautiful day to ride. Spicy Sunday breakfast from a mui authentico Tortillieara y Tienda de Leon, compelling and sensible (See Location Here)  on 162nd and Glisan lent excitement to the day. Not often does a Tesla park and spandex clad alien emerge at this particular West Gresham strip mall.

Our departing course fell smoothly through the Fairview neighborhoods, and offered a half hour downhill glide east, and north toward Marine Drive.

Good Friends and goading gadflys laughed and chattered,as only soft pedalling was necessary During the descent.  Fascinated folks warmed up to a 60 degree day.

A willingness to work together added comfort to the team training event.

Early animators Tony E. and Tim B.
"It's rare that you get to ride so well with such reasonable and reflective cyclists," said Tim Bergmann after.`

Order and cooperation were the norm for the the first third of a ride that it would change significantly when the grade increased. For a ride sold as easy, and short, the ride was remarkably fast and long.

Mateen "Teen Star" Richey signals destruction.
Farm lands far out behind Troutdale would transform into fields of carnage as Chuck and Mateen stepped away.


It was a big accomplishment for Mateen to stick even in the hills, to the wheel of his old pal, Chuck Westerholm. (please see)

Men after, at la Torterlleria de Leon..
"I had fun. Mateen, and the guys did Great!" and elated Westerholm added, "Seeing how much Mateen has improved, put me on Cloud Nine. Let me know when we are going again!"

All of our mentors are cyclists. Dedicated volunteers often become engaged philanthropists, as they help groom and support our training racers. (one good example)




Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Faster at Jack Frost


Mateen Richey on 650c TT bike.


Starting the 2019 road season at Jack Frost in March, is a cold proposition. This year was better than some, as at least the sun came out.

Mateen Richey rolled out onto the 12 mile course with the 17-18 year olds, as he is sixteen now and that is how OBRA works. He will race as an 18 year old when CX rolls around.

Featuring a tentative fit on an old school funny bike with an old school aero helmet, his signature in a wind tunnel test would have been plenty modern. In fact, Mateen improved his time by over 4 minutes from last year.