The Mt. Hood Cycling Classic, a major, multi-stage road race that draws top professional athletes from all over the country, is set to return to Portland in 2010.
The six-stage race will begin with a prologue on June 1st at Portland International Raceway in north Portland. The following day, the race moves to Mt. Tabor Park in Southeast Portland for a “lung and leg busting” circuit race.
After Portland, the race travels into Washington and then out to the Columbia River Gorge and then ends with two stages in and around Hood River.
Race director Chad Sperry also announced that Portland-based Indie Hops is the event’s new title sponsor. The company, who grows and supplies the craft beer industry with Oregon-grown hops, is owned by Roger Worthington, a bike racing fan who competed (and won the Masters Division) in the event in 2009.
In a press release, Worthington said, “It’s a perfect fit. We think a well-hopped beer should be a vital part of every athlete’s training table.”
Sperry says that thanks to Indie Hops, he plans to “build a rock concert atmosphere” at the Mt. Tabor and downtown Hood River stages. “Picture high speed action on the course with vigorous debate by beer lovers on the sidelines over which IPA, Stout or Red has the best flavor and aroma.”
Posted by Elly Blue on September 16th, 2009 at 10:22 am @ BikePortland.org
I have reprinted this here simply as it bothers me a great deal. As it continues to change, go back to the BikePortland.org link (Title above) and see what is going on.
Update: A candlelight vigil for Gordon Patterson will be held at 8pm on Thursday, September 17th at Hudson’s Bay High School (map).
The trick to the local trips is to jump on the bike and go, not to worry about anything but the joy of riding and the hardfun of getting there. I think I view real riding the same way despite everyone talking about the bike and its rider as a unit. My advice is to view yourself and your bike as a system, and while you are at it to pay attention to both parts. My issue was a calf-pirformis issue and minor knee skirmishes. And I viewed them as unrelated to my bike, despite their regular occurrence when I pushed my speed up a notch.
The October, 2009 Bicycling magazine, a great magazine that still doesn’t get the Internet so don’t look for the article to ever be online, had a great article on repositioning your cleats to maximize power as well as removing painful conditions. They apparently got the information from Joe Friel who wrote the “Training Bible”. The article includes pictures and details, but is similar to the first paragraph of this article by Jennifer Sherry.
So I moved the cleats back. Tomorrow I will go out and find out if the adjustment has an impact or needs further tweaking. The point I am making after I made the decision to adjust and before I know the impact is to read the articles, make your mind up, and think about the system as a whole. Makes sense.
Well it does, of course the rules on unitards also is beyond believable, why not simply switch to costumes and do it like Dance Team?
In any event, for an exhibition of bike handling skills, this was something.