Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Who's got a wrench?

Sometimes you can tell more about a team, not from how they ride, but how they work together in the parking lot. 
Certainly with the fun attitude displayed by this group, pictured here at the top of Cornell road on a frigid day at a frosty altitude they are a text book version of an American amateur cycling team as we hope one might be.

Though a little slow with the allen wrench, they are kind and fun loving, but tough and getting tougher - driven to improve. 

Just so it is at a rate that includes every teammate.

Sunday, January 18, 2009

Windy Wabbit!

A beautiful morning hid cold air blowing hard, but the men of Cyclisme marched.

Sunday, January 11, 2009



No, I mean big!

A big number of folks, road a big distance and made their quadriceps really big.

And the way they rode was, well, big.

Everyone rode well - clean lines, alert minds, and with high spirits.

"they seem like a great bunch of guys," said Bruno Schultz who volunteered to hand out food, and pump up Randy Word's tires every half mile.

Some may of noticed that we didn't have enough food, and that of course was because not everyone brought something to kick into the pantry.  Thanks to Greg Obrien however, for all those organic fig newtons. They saved us.


A good racer drinks before she is thirsty and eats before she is hungry.

Will Cortez impressed everyone as he rode right to his limit with a big smile always. Jake, Alex, and of course Randy were too strong for their booties, and were a great big help to me as I put them on rear guard push-up detail that in the future we should refer to as tail--dog charlie. (just ask Bruno)
Bottom line is:

If you get tired of pushing with one hand, switch.

Also: A guy I know, showed up as one of Randy's friends but I raced with him in 1987. So savvy, he was silly, but slick. He name was Eberhardt. Keep an eye out for him.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

Sunday January 11th Training Ride (Rocky Rabbit)

Here's the skinny:

Route: typically Rocky Rabbit lollipop from PSU/Skyline/Rock Creek
Distance: 40-50 miles round trip from PSU
Time: 3-4 hours round trip

1) 9:00-9:15 am: meet at Starbucks, on SW 6th and Jackson in Portland (PSU).
2) 9:00-9:25 am: Caffeinate, hydrate, dehydrate, stretch, chat about layering - glove technology - weather - work -Campy vs SRAM-music - envy my Little Hotties toe warmers...
3) 9:25-9:29 am Last minute pee break, kick in a buck or two to John for gas, brief chat on where we're headed, etc.
4) 9:30 am roll-out. Best case, we're on time, head up Terwilliger and have a nice and steady base mile training ride.

We'll run a rotating paceline for good parts of the ride. It's easy to pick up. We're a very safe and steady group to ride with. Nobody will get dropped. We will likely have a little separation a couple of times, but will re-group at the top/bottom of the section.

Please have at least a rear fender with splash guard on your bike if it's forecasted to rain. Nobody wants to be the guy/gal in the paceline behind the bike with no rear fender and spray guard.

Good Form.


Icy Rabbit




Cold air 
icy roads 
to cool 
the heat 
of Cyclisme's 
desire to train 
Rocky Rabbit

The training route from PSU to Skyline, and down through the Rock Creek River Valley has few stops and a big training value when it unfolds in full swing in the Spring.

Now though, it is no small challenge just getting there. 

Hyped up to the hilt with cabin fever after a week of bike stopping snow, the whole team wanted to get up Terwilliger and Capitol to Dosch and "The Gas Station" in the worst way.
Prior to the event, "The Ice Box Blues" were performed for coaching fees. 

First, upon receipt of cellular communications, Dave Wingard managed a quick fix on a flat in Ladd's Addition before arriving, only to be approached by two expeditionary columns of similarly clad cyclists.

Scooped up into the warm embrace of the peloton, Dave was part of a 9 man group spinning easily across the steaming downtown Core.

While moving up Terwilliger it was immediately evident how strong everyone was. Much stronger than last year it seems to me. No one was cheating or hammering per se, everyone was just spinning. Spinning fast. Without exception everyone had leg speed, and form.

Everyone seemed ready to train with the rest of the team in January on the grueling fifty mile course. No one seemed unready or in doubt how this course served their training needs.

Moving up Dosch, I noticed Mike Mann was holding his form and moving through the paceline like I had never seen before. I even invited him to catch the front of a strung out line of happy go lucky summiteers and he promptly popped the gap with a powerful decisive move foreboding grand alpine prowess in the upcoming months.

Riding out on Humphery Hewett and Skyline, "Sketchy" would be an understatement. Ice was everywhere, and especially in the middle of the road. Paceliners had to be careful when to pull off the front as there was a large "ice divider" in the middle of the two columns.

Thanks to a crack coaching staff, and the modern technologies involved in cellular phones, Chip Ross crested Thompson Road just as Jeff Gerwing and Greg Obrien led the team by.  Calling for a paceline at the pivotal (last high point before a series of flat land and pacelin-able rollers on Skyline heading north) peak, I was proud to see how smoothly the River City Montage vet slipped into, and through the Line.

By the time the carefully advancing party arrived at the top of Newberry Road, talk was of turning back. Bodies were fighting not to go fast, but to simply stay warm. So despite the long day on the bike, we didn't make it all the way out to the Rabbit this time.

After a couple of flats and a careful pace, the arrival of the noon hour forced early season speedsters, Randy Word and Stephen Bedford to ride off the front for home. And man, they were gone baby, gone.