Monday, September 26, 2011

A Study in Focus

Jake Hansen

Photo Credit:
Max Hansen
Pat Benson

Flying Lap
3 to go I start working my way up high. I see two to go and really ramp up in to turn 1 and come spinning fast out of 2 into 3 really rolling then out of turn 4 I attack down harder than I ever have in my life. I spiral down turn 1 still gaining some speed. Sticking the black line while my legs turn faster and faster. Pushing for more into turn 3 and accelerating even more out of turn 4. throw the bike at the line and bam. 13.95 seconds. 41 mph.

Points race
I stay up front and get a few early points but not blowing myself to do so. Then 30 laps in a small break goes. I'm there, immediately. I work. Not to hard. Scoop up some more points from 1st or 2nd. Then we get caught and Bobby Lea goes solo, HARD. Jame follows him and I am right no Jame's wheel. We roll for a while and I take short pulls that don't slow us down but keep me fresh. We lap the field. Coming into the last sprint I go to the front and wait, watch for attacks. Jame starts to go. On his wheel. I stand up and sprint out of turn 2 and take the lane. A new level of tenacity I fly thru the turn and come out flying off the front. I've won the points race.

Miss and Out
This will be the hardest race in the omnium. At the gun I get to the front. I ride tempo hard and stay up at the front. I accelearte into every single lap. I never for one second lose my position at the front. I know that this will screw me for the sprint but I will get down to the last 3 in this race that I have struggled with all year. If there is a moment that someone tries to come over the top of me hard I give my self room before they come down so that I can come over the top of them before anyone else behind me does. If I get far back I will make an all out attack to get to the front and reestablish my position. It will hurt but I must succeed in this race.

I have to race someone from the omnium who is close to me. Ideally it will be Bobby Lea or Jame or someone else fast. I get out good and quick but not suicidal. In my easier gear I am going to work it and spin fast the whole time, with my head up and put the pressure on my opponent. First kilo is about 1:15. Then I get rolling. Really focusing on the black line I nail 1:10 for my next kilo. (2:25 or 4:50 pace). Now I keep it on. 120, 1.2.3. 1.2.3. each 3rd pedal stroke is a little more. Like David Auker taught me. 3rd kilo 3:35. It starting to hurt now but I am just a titch behind Jame. I pour it on for my fastest kilo yet a 1:08 and stop the clock at 4:43. Fast enough to get me into the finals of the pursuit.

Scratch Race
Due to the timing and lateness of this race in the Omnium it will prove to be quite tactical and thus the fear of a high speed. This means a well timed late race attack like last years will most likely be the victor. This time I will be on it when it goes. I will work but softly. Towards the end, 3 laps or so to go, I will make an attack and go solo all the way to the line with perfect form. Elbows bent. Chest low

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Flight to Nationals!

There go the Hansen Brothers, taking off to Carson "L.A." California.

A plane, then a bus to a train, and an elevator to a bus, and three dead lifts later, we arrived.

L.A. traffic is polite when they see

a grocery fetching bicyclist towing a wheelchair.

So Jake can be...



South Central L.A.'s David Pulliam is the Team Director of MAJOR MOTION CYCLING.

Cycling Coach extraordinaire.

Friend to you and me.

b.i.k.e. Board Member.

Guardian Angel of The People.

Tender of Accomplishment.

It's illegal to sit on the floor in a gambling casino.

Ab-lab is the Hansen brothers' domain.

Salad with cold cabbage, red leaf lettuce, orange pepper slices, cilantro, tomato, avocado, and cashews, while jalapeno and garlic slices were cooked in parmesian and pinto-bean broth with ground black pepper was added just before serving, as hot boiled shrimp topped the sauce layer over the cold salad.

Served up special for your Cyclisme.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Get Ready for CX!

On Your Marks,

Get Ready,


It's cyclocross season 2011 and Cyclisme is practicing for skill.

Oregon is a hotbed of winter Cyclocross.

We had a little practice on the ghetto grass to work on starts mounts and dismounts. The "TRANSITION" was our focus.

What is so exciting is that our people, even the first time beginners are Good!

Our little Saturday practice featuring a twenty minute Crit, saw real talent from Danni Bernardi, Lori Bernardini, Cindy Campbell and newcomer, soccer phenom Michelle Mallon.

Our veteran racers led by "Master A" racer, Eric Lanners all bring a ton of skill to the Word-RCB kit.

Up in Hood River, the next day afer practice, Keegan O'Neill got 10th in his age division while Naiqwan Pellman won in his age division!

Naiqwan is getting a chance at the end of the this week to go train for CX at the Bend Endurance Academy. Watch for very big things from Mr. Pellman this Season.

BGOD rollers, Aloha LeVon and and Ramon Artola brought tenacious speed to the practice.

Santo Mallon, Luca Mallon and Noah Beggs are just a few of the young kids to watch for, as they are coming up.

Led by Cyclocross Stars like Lanners and Pellman with Lee, and O'Neil coming up, our program has some fast CX leadership developing great new CX TALENT!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Fundraiser and Silent Auction!





The Kids o
f b.i.k.e. made eloquent statements, and told telling tales.

Cyclisme friends and families made the food, and it was DEE-lish! Suzi Dala'i made 100 legs of Persian chicken. A plethora of deserts sweetened the tasty spread.

We were blessed to be able to thank the Cadonau Family who owns and operates Alpenrose Dairy for their gift of land that serves our community.

Mike Murray and other heads of OBRA State were on hand, including Brad Ross, and Rick Potestio.

Tim Bergmann did a great job designing awards and silent auction gems from the Lore.
Sara Auker made amazing pies that were emphatically bid on in the silent auction.

Marilee Tillstrom was the Heroine on High as she created wonderful ambiance at the table.

Billy Miller filmed for the "Legacy of Major Taylor" while Mike Cooper and Ben Barber worked on film projects for "Filmed by Bike."

Everyone seemed to have a sublime time, as the juniors gave speeches and quoted inspiring words.

Community supporters like Rex Burkholder and his beautiful wife Lydia Rich, the Grummels, Flo Liebowitz, the Girards, and the Beatties were just a few of the delightful guests who congregated under the big tent with the kids of b.i.k.e.

Jake Hansen's whole family was on hand, and Dey Shaun's mom, Dana, was ebullient with pride.
It was grand night filled with love and support for our important group.

Little Faith Cadonau went on stage to offer an impromptu dance performance before her momma gave her the hook, and now Faith is fired up to be a bike racer!

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Mile Night Concludes

Fireworks fly
Mile Night

Scratch Race FINALE'.

An all-out assault on the Alpenrose Velodrome Walls in the Junior race were dominated by Word-RCB's seven-strong Jr. squad.

In a race of a pure guts (and a handicapped start) Santo Mallon almost held on for the win. In classic Kent Ross style, a late attack from the back of the pack surprised his competitors and left them puzzled when he crossed the line 50 meters off the front.

The Mile Night Scratch Race's have proven a great arena for the talented racers of Pursuit of Glory to showcase their skills. With five races over twice as many weeks, the children have become some of the most sophisticated Junior scratch racers the State of Oregon has ever seen.