Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Stray Fortune

Fergus Kinnel fixes Jason's headset.


Cold rain on the last ride of 2015 did little to cool the boiling desire of these intrepid athletes.
Veteran Captains like Bergman and Kinnell are a reassuring sight in the parking lot.

Super up and coming talents like Tony "The Rock" Escobar, and Jason "Counselor" Skelton make for exciting times on the open road.

Weekend rides are the place where details get surmised and challenged. When holidays and family are busy, it is easy to lose track of winter clothing, summer fitness, and ideal equipment adjustment.

With the traditional Cyclisme winter regime of Rocky Rabbit fast approaching, this was the last casual adventure before the longer harder rides begin.
Men of Stature.

Monday, November 09, 2015

Hard Waters

Rain, sleet, snow and slick leaves color the streets of November.
Jason Skelton leads out Water's to Eastmoreland.

Category 4 Oregon Bicycle Racing season points winner for velodrome racing, Ben Waters, is doing his winter training, and everyone on his team wants a piece of him. From city limits signs to crests of big climbs, Ben is finding plenty of competitive exuberance amongst his Cyclisme mates.

Cresting Paris-Roubaix


Younger riders attack the start with fraudulent bids for victory, while elder statesmen stay like they are earning food for their family's table.
Fergus and Tony mind Ben.

Merely the "off-season" for some, Cyclisme packs are attacking like there is no tomorrow.

Poor Ben has to be vigilant as attacks come from all sides.
Surprise!

Fergus Kinnel and Tony Escobar are two 40-plussers who are taking it to their 27 year old pal. Honing his skill with hard knocks and big sprints, they are winning practices so Ben is ready to win RACES!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Cross-WORD Cross!

2009 Masters Track Champ


Every year for five years running!

Since 2011, Cyclisme road/criterium star,
Master's Track Champ,
and team sponsor,
Randy Word,
has promoted a cyclocross race at Pat's Acres in Canby, Oregon.

It's called The Cross-Word CX Challenge.
(see flyer here)
(see results here)
Check out Yung Pine Blog on "Canby Crossword" (here)

Randy started racing in the 1980s with the Raindance Velo team, and traveled with Brad Gebhard, and Mike Shepard.
Though Road racing might be what Randy is best known for, Randy is also an aficionado of many disciplines of racing.
Randy's knee at PIR.

In fact, he races motorcycles and karts too. On his motorcycle in 1999 Randy Won the Open Supersport Expert class. That's 170mph dragging your knee on the ground.

Thus the connection with Pat's Acres, a local kart racing venue. Randy met Chris Egger, the owner, in 2007, when Randy's son Ethan took up kart racing.

Cross Word is an especially fun family event that features guest appearances at the kiddies race by Darth Vader and Spider Man.

Spider man and his spider fans throw webbing, at ya!
Randy Word came to Cyclsme Racing programs back in 1996 following years of training with Oregon Stars,
Danny Knudsen and David Auker.

Two venerable Cyclisme Lore mercenaries.



Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Activist

Davidsons.
Dad, 

Brad 

is glad 
Phote Credit: Christopher Garvey 2015

he had
some time to race cyclocross 
this year.

Brad is not doing too bad, 
either.
Catted up from the C's in September,

Brad Davidson was able to experience racing near the front for the first part of the Cross Season, and has not moved back in the pack much in the new upgraded category of Bs.

In his zeal and focus, Brad has even stepped up to advocate within the peloton for positive changes to the rules effecting new racers like himself.

Take a look at a few of Mr. Davidson's words:

Brad Davidson - October 9, 2015 at 4:01 PM

Unlike the Crusade call-up points schedule which is apparently fixed-depth, the upgrade points schedule varies by race type and field size:
http://www.obra.org/upgrade_rules.html#cyclocross
... but yeah, it would be nice if the upgrade points list existed somewhere outside Candi's spreadsheet, like maybe at the bottom of the user page where it lists your category?
Not sure it'd help the immediate issue though, which stems from folks earning call-up points and then getting upgraded. There's been a lot of list chatter about the whole upgrade/series points/call-up issue with no clear solution other than just drinking a beer and trying not to think about it too much.

Brad Davidson - September 30, 2015 at 3:31 PM

I don't think a rule change is necessary. I get why promoters want to do things like leader jerseys and series podiums - it's fun to be recognized and rewarded for your skill - but look at how that's worked out for GPRM. I'm just a lowly B newbie, but it feels like everyone who's received a leader jersey in a lower category has been upgraded in short order - sometimes before they even get a chance to wear it in a race.
The long and short of it is that you don't get to win much, and I think that's how it's intended to be. Just a few podiums and you are kicked up to the next category. If you're good, and racing even half of what's available in the Portland metro area, that can happen in just a week or two. If promoters kept that in mind, it might feel a little bit less like folks are getting punished for their success.

Category B has been pretty good to me so far, all things considered. I've been doing better in the weekly series than at Cross Crusade, where (unless you have a call-up) much is dependent on when you're picked to line up. Lots of crashes and early-race slowdowns if you're at the back of the chute. Even so, there's been some fun back-and-forth battles with folks, people are starting to recognize me and come up to chat after races, etc. At this point I'm hoping to spend a year or more in B to build some sort of continuity. I've got another 2 years before I'm eligible for any of the Masters 35+ categories.

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Smooth!

video

Ben lifts.
See Ben lift.

See Ben lift in the style of Cleen and jerk.

Friday, October 02, 2015

Sunday, see God.

See Ben win the sprint.
Be 
strong 
and 
courageous, 
for 
your work 
will be 
rewarded.  
2 Chronicles 15:7

Fergus, Mickey and Ben meet at RCB.

 
Of course, intensity  
Early appeal for Justice.
this big might just help you meet your maker prematurely.




Steep climbing to Fairmont Loop made Sunday a soul burner of Biblical proportions. 

Willy anaerobic.


Meeting at River City Bicycles at Noon, Mickey led the climb up the team's traditional, "Paris Robaix," but Ben retained the sprint sign on Fairmont. A week later it was Tony Escobar.

Boys sit out a lap

Justice "Jetty" Spears made an early appeal for preeminence when the climb was still on Montgomery, but had to run with his bike when the slope hit SW Upper.


Fun on Fairmont Loop.
First lap around Fairmont was spent teaching Jetty the pace line, 
then 



Ben and Fergus gave a more advanced lesson on the second lap.

Ben is taking the team in hand, and shaping a racing machine. 

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Fall is the power season.


Warrior in Pidgeon.






Ball hollow halves.

One leg hollows on the ball.
Good form 

is 
fundemental.

Especially with Olympic lifts
Victory arrives in push press preparation.
like
Cleen and Jerk.

Lighter weights
and
Tony is getting ready.
compartmentalizing the movement into separate practice routines, is key.
Before the big  
January Team miles of Rocky Rabbit Winter Training,
a little weight lifting is great.

The training regimen in this video is ideal.
Tony's hang cleen quick.

Joshua is fast.
Leg speed and power are the building blocks of a fast bicycle racer's engine.

Climbing hills, and spinning on stationary rollers are just part of the Cyclisme Racing Program's recipe for winter season preparaton.

Fall season power comes first.