Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Fall Pacelines getting faster in the wind!

Pacelines in the wind are making folks strong.
Pace - Line!

Summer is over and the fall leaves are on the ground.
With most of the NW Peloton consumed by cyclocross, Word-RCB is rolling easy on the road.

Gillian is the new star of a motley crew.

Juniors Willy Campbell and Gillian Bergmann are getting to roll with the elder men and getting very strong as a result.

Willy C fits in.
Training rides to Portland outskirts allow the team to groom the training to their weakest skill. By adjusting the paceline to best defeat the wind, echelons form and valuable experience is gained in a part of the year when we can afford to roll slow.

Discerning minds work better with hot drinks.
Entry level teams rarely get to practice cross wind echelons.

Gillian Bergmann is doing some big rolling this year.
People had to get used to the new way of moving into the wind. I wish I got some photos of their effort to run echelons. But it was a real accomplishment. Spread across the road they finally made cross wind echelons Euro-style.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Magic and Measure of the Lore!

A team called WORD-RCB
Elders have helped the Juniors understand what it takes.
A little sunshine on dry leaf lined roads make Fall magical in the hearts of bicyclists training to be racers.
Anyone else on the street needed a coat to be out, while  Cyclisme racers were peeling off layers. In the Sunday afternoon warmth they buzzed across around town.

The fifth week of sprinting to the East Moreland Park sign is changing people.
With wind out of the west by north west, it was easy to roll up the soft climb of Pine Street east to Laurelhurst Park. Softly downhill into the wind across the Belmont, Hawthorn, and Division boulavards with all their shopping bustle.

People turned to look to see the diverse pack so well organized breezing bye. It seemed our effort made their day a bit more exciting.
Wise and Funny Ken Legros.

 Certainly the group was heading for something more exciting.  East Moreland Park has become a testing ground for this winter training sprinter's team.

After death defying counter traffic insurgence on the part of our most innocent babes and their responsible elders, the paceline set up to become cagey, then tactically pointed.
Brilliant and Fast Gillian Bergmann.

The run up to the sign is both the pretense of maintaining the paceline and looking for the attacker coming any moment. Waiting and going combine and become one in the moments leading up to the full speed run uphill to the finish.

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Lore & the Salad Days of Spring

Brothers in the Lore, Ken Legros and Tyrone Miles.

Nothing feels better than when a plan comes together.

Foresight to Spring's success began in the Fall before the Winter this year. (early)

Bypassing the Cyclocross Season
may mean missing
the Halloween social dates,
but at least legspeed is in attendance at our rides.
Also in attendance were two
of Cyclisme's famous members of the Lore.

Already working our winter "Rocky Rabbit" operational tempo, but at a greatly abbreviated rate and duration (short slow rides) our team is ready to entertain guests, and sprint for the East Moreland Park Sign.
Ken Legros, Gillian Bergmann and Tim Bergmann.

Week after week, elders have helped the Juniors understand what it takes to compete for the finish line in the bunched up, chaotic world of pack sprints.

Tyrone checks in on Willy.
Hands in the air like he just don't care.
Thanks to the familiarity of the route, week to week, everyone is picking up on the tricks. But right when many thought they had it all figured out, here come two savvy dogs who got it figured out on a whole other level.

Tyrone Miles pictured to the right of this article in the picture of the black and white jersey'd team featuring Frost, Doctor's Gerwing, Ohotto and Bob and others, was a big roller lead out man and sprinter for a team refered to as "The Men" just when Dey Shaun was bringing up "the Fixies" in 2009.
Meanwhile for over a decade, Ken Legros was a master of child rearing and pancake flipping in the hay day of the Cobb Sisters and the Love Brothers. He raced the Lake Oswego crit with teammate Joey Dengel. (for those of you who know your lore)

Having these two best pals show up on the same day was coincidence of the first order. While neither knew the other was coming, both checked in with their old team captain, 2008 Cat 4 BAR Winner Micheal "Frost" Risner to see if he wanted to go. While he couldn't come, he marveled at the coincidence.

Having them on the ride, jumping right into the Cyclisme groove, just put the sharper edge on the blade. Tim Bergmann was thrilled to see his old friends, and to show off his brilliant and fast daughter, Gillian.

The Campbells were again thrilled by the magic and measure of Cyclisme Lore, and improved in it's rich environment of sport.

Ghetto yoga on concrete.
Tyrone has such a nice way of checking to make sure everyone is okay. Patting you on the back and saying "good job" Tyrone knows how to talk the tired right out of your legs.