There’s lots of pictures of everything here. Check ‘em out, enjoy them, laugh at them. Much to talk about, albeit in brief
1. Brianna Walle took another win at the Rose Garden, in a super light women’s field.
2. Dave Davis won the Rose Garden race in his fairly large field.
3. Trevor got 3rd in the 1/2 in his race also at the Garden.
4. Crawford scored a top ten in the 1/2/3 PIR Tuesday
5. Anona, McCoy, and Chelsea went over to Walla Walla, and all raced well, with Anona slotting into the top 15 GC in the 1/2, and McCoy finishing strong in the men’s 1/2 as well. Chelsea continued to race into shape in the women’s 3′s, finishing well after all was said and done. A little bit of hometown Portland pride in UEF taking 1 and 2 in the 3′s up in Washington, too. Nice work!
6. The Ronde happened. The Anti-Ronde happened, both were excellent.
7. THIS JUST IN: Stephanie Croy raced and won the women’s open at PIR tonight! Well done Stephanie! And Dizzy 11th in the charge to the line in the 1/2/3!
PIR, Portland cycling’s own laboratory, is off and running for 2012!
Monday we fielded Ditto and Conley; and Tuesday we sent Smith and Conley in the 3/4′s along with Crawfy and McCoy in the 1/2/3, with everyone turning in good shows. Upright and intact means everyone was a winner, but of note was Ditto’s 3rd on Monday, and Crawfy and Conley’s top tens on Tuesday, as well as the return of Ryan Smith after a year off. Also, McCoy slaying himself in almost every move on Tuesday is noteworthy.
Let’s hope spring springs sometime fairly soon….for real now….there’s hope for the weekend!
Conley and Ditto prepare for battle
This coming weekend we have Momany, Whitley, and McCoy heading up to the Tour of Walla Walla, and here city-side, we’ll send some idiots to the Ronde.
Otherwise, we’ll avoid arrest and take in some sun! Thank the imaginary sky friend of your choice – SUN IS COMING!
The majestic Kings Valley race is behind us now, and we can only gawk at the leftover scepters, crowns, maidens, and serfs. and sombreros. Wait, what? For our team, it was a fairly mixed but evenly represented bag of results, capped by Dave Davis’ fine win in the 4/5, to build on his win from Thursday’s Rose Garden victory. Riding solo in a large and varied field, Davis kept his nose clean and minded his positioning, arriving at the base of the final climb in the perfect spot to open up a gap, and hold it solo to the line on the uphill grind of a finish. His days as a 4 are surely numbered!
soon to have a shitter named after him
Crawfy, me, and Joel all represented the rear ends of our respective fields and made sure everyone was supplied with hot dogs and other assorted red hots and cured meats. It’s a thankless but important job, no doubt. Seems more 3′s care for relish, while the Masters tend to stay away from mustard for it causes gastrointestinal problems. Just an observation.
Willis was in the 1/2′s with Crawfy and bobbed along in the group, slotting in a nice to 20 when the bunch came to the hilltop for the last time. I have to thank him, and Beardsley, and the others in the 1/2 field, who all gently touched my ass when they were lapping me. And a second round of thanks to the Lovers in general for sharing their hard fought and won beers with me, even if it was Michelob Ultra. (I keed, I keed)
In the large ladies field (which was awesome to see) we took care of business by getting Brianna a fine 2nd place finish, to consolidate her lead in the Oregon Cup points race. Despite a somewhat questionable attack when Brie flatted, the classy machinations of Tina B. and the UEF squad kept a return to the group possible. You can spot class when you see it, and that was a classy move by the pink and black squad. That allowed Brie to rejoin, along with selfless riding by Steph Croy, and a wheel donation by Anona Whitley, signaling the end to both their days. More needless angst in the sprint was easily deflected and 2nd place was locked up. Of note was Cristina Mihaescu’s all-or-nothing move in the closing k’s, which kept Brie in a good spot to go for a good result. Team riding, team results. A great field of teams in the race, showing that the year to come will be full of good action.
discussing the parameterswith Walter
In the ladies 4 race, Sharon Sandoval continued her upward streak with a fine 6th place in a large field. If anyone is on track for Most Improved rider in 2012, it’s our dear Sharon. Our poor rookie Ditto was snakebitten and dropped all her food early, forcing the abandon. But she’ll be swinging soon enough out at PIR, honing her skills.
Afterward, we celebrated Cristina’s 19th birthday with a fine Mexican feast replete with pitchers of tasty Margaritas, and delicious food at the nondescript Ixtapa restaurant in Dallas, OR.
silly hats for the birthday girl
We have a smattering of sub par photos right here for you to look at.
A great day with great weather and great results. Can’t file a complaint about that.
On Friday, it was Filmed By Bike day, and our Brody Boeger added his .02 cents with this fine offering, which was a hit with the crowd.
Wait, that doesn’t make any sense. Neither do gun-toting yokels drawing down on OBRA officials, but that’s another story entirely.
Hats off to the Presto Velo/Bicycle Attorney squad for hosting another fine edition of the Piece of Cake road race, down in lovely, scenic, and heavily armed Amity, Oregon. The nasty spring chill finally split and we were bathed in sunshine and gravel for our races.
We had Crawfy in the masters flatting and calling it a day. Joel, Bakker and Dave in the 3′s, with Joel finishing a squad-best 12th. Alana, Sharon, and Alex took on the lady 4′s, and Alana slotted herself nicely in 3rd place in a good sized field. Willis the Immaculate Dick Party went solo in the 1/2 and held on for a solid 10th place. “AT” Davis and the Colonel took to the fray in the 4′s, and after detonating the field the first time up the climb, played their cards for the finale, where Sanders ended up 9th, Davis 11th. In the lady 1/2/3 race we had Steph, Brianna, Levo, Clark-i-tack, Mihaescu, and Whitley, all throwing punches. The race fragmented after our communist friend took a digger in the gravel, isolating Brianna in the lead group. But, Brianna took care of business in the gallop for the line, showing a clean pair of wheels for her 4th victory in the 1/2′s of the season. Nice work to everyone, and extra special gratitude to the promoters.
Like idiots, we forgot our cameras, but there are a few phone photos soon to be uploaded to our Flickr site. Of course, Pat Malach has the goods for you here, as well.
So much little things! Or, in the vernacular “Zo mooch leedle zings, eh?”.
So, the Rose Garden Circuit Race has been born, and we sent Anona “l’il bit” Whitley into the fray in her new Castelli gear. She looked good and she rode well too, snaring 4th on a slippery and twisty course. Several crashes on the descent were seen by our crack spectating crew, and we were happy to see everyone get up and walk away. Cool race though, and will be waaaaaaay better when it’s dry.
Tomorrow we’re off to Piece of Cake, and Sunday the Western Bike Works TT at PIR. Somewhere in between that we plan on finding some time to watch Paris Roubaix. Good luck to any and all bike racers this weekend. We’ve managed to win Piece of Cake a few times in the past, we hope to maybe snag one of our squads a win to keep the streak alive, but surely the competition will be thick! Speaking of thick, our trusty transport Walter got hisself a nice bath today to show off at the race tomorrow. We apologize in advance if he flashes you his man tits. He’s a bit impulsive like that.
And hey! The weather actually looks to be in our favor! Puts smiles on faces, don’t it? Even if you have to endure spiteful idiotic rantings from sad, unstable people from time to time. The sun shines, just smile, feel slightly sorry for the person, and strike the pose….
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