Monday, June 23, 2014

Lantern Rouge at Blue Ribbon

Captain Kinnell led new guy Nick.

Cyclisme signed up
and competed in three divisions of the Blue Ribbon Omnium, Sunday.

Cyclisme's participation marked Word-RCB's debut to 2014 OBRA track racing.

Saturday night track practices have been competitive, but actual OBRA racing was much, much more competitive.

Pack driven lawlessness seemed to be the order of the day. Chaotic high wall antics were often either too slow, or too fast, but tactically confounding.  Great skills were exhibited by all our Cyclisme racers as they held on to the tail of the tiger that was track racing at Alpenrose, Sunday.

Contemplating the competition.

Vast schooling was administered in the engagement. Plummeting into the speed of the Alpenrose cycling scene as of mid June 2014, four hearty souls free fell with poise and periodic promptness.

Gillian was able to go head to head with cat 1/2 women, including her old pal Hanna McDade.

Cindy Campbell pin's on Willy's number while Gillian Bergmann looks on.
Willy Campbell (13yrs old) was put at the mercy of Keegan and Kent's old whipping boy Killian Bailey. Eighteen years old now, Killian had such a turn of speed, his form seemed better suited for national caliber competition. Sleek BBC Juniors chased him with no hope of success.

Team work was implemented in the Cat 4/5 men when Fergus and Nick slung the Cyclisme bazzooka into combat. Both men scored a second place point each in the second race, a Tempo style (point a lap for 2nd and two points for first) Points race. Super Cyclisme speed strung out the pack a few times when Nick and Fergus found their way to the front and went for it.

Cindy Campbell did an awesome job of presenting race support with great nutrition set up in the shadows of some elm trees over Corner 1.

Pure and simple, Cyclisme Lore was honored by the bearing and poise our Team exhibited in their 2014 Track debut.

Thursday, June 05, 2014

Marathon Martine makes for America!

Stevo takes off!

Steve Martine attended grammar school all the way through college right here in Portland, Oregon, but after he married a hot blooded woman named Lena, warmer climes would forever more be his home.

A student and master of the camera, Steve is a photographer by trade. He has taken photos at the behest of such notable names as Diana Ross, and Vice President Biden, and for such reputable institutions as the New York Times and National Geographic.

Reunited with the team that loves him.
Steve raced with Tim Bergmann  and myself on the PSU Cycling Team. Steve was a sprinter then. Today he is a man of big endurance and brick-wall strength.

Back in the 80's we all worked together on the school paper, The Vanguard. In those days he was a college news photog who used an antique system called "film."

Today he flys all over he world to take pictures with digital cameras that cost as much as a house, with an entourage of people like a small army. His career has him always on the go. From Bangladesh, India to London, England, from the beaches of the Bahamas, to the Mountains of Montana, Steve's camera is his ticket to ride.

He returns to the North West this time, to ride a bike, only. His focus is infused with a steely resolve that no one can shake. He suffers no distraction. He is getting ready to ride four thousand miles. Steve is here just to kiss his mama before he embarks on the Trans America Bike Race.
Fired up and focused.

Florida flat land sickness  had him wanting to acclimate to climbing during his few days in town. He starts early in the morning while visits to family and friends attempt to fill his vacation calendar. In Florida, a bridge over a bayou is called a climb. He needed to get something in his legs that foretold the intensity of Rocky Mountain slopes.

5000 feet of climbing Sunday with Bergmann and the boys of Cyclisme were just what the doctor ordered. Up at 5am, Stevo grabbed a solo warm up of 2000 feet of climbing up to Council Crest via the team's special traditional ultra steep goat path, called Paris-Roubaix for it's wild rough-road ride and adventure to temple busting asphyxiation.

Inside the ranks of Cyclisme racing programs Steve's reputation precedes him. When Steve arrived at COAVA Coffee Shop, Steve was met with awe and admiration. He and Tim Bergmann hadn't seen each other in three years.

After a few miles in the saddle, it was like old times.

Stevo left today along a little known back woods path to Astoria and will begin riding back East day after tomorrow. To follow his ride, go to