April 27, 2009

A Full Weekend of Riding and Racing

Riders of the 2009 Monster Cookie line up at the registration in front of the Oregon Capitol building. Chilly morning...

Riders of the 2009 Monster Cookie line up at the registration in front of the Oregon Capitol building. Chilly morning...

It was a weekend full of riding and racing for the entire PacificPedaling.com team in one way or another!

Tyler took on the WOU Sprint + Triathlon on Saturday, finishing 19th in his division, and putting his whole body through the paces of not only cycling, but swimming and running as well. He took a breather on Sunday from riding, but was out in full team support in the temporary BMW SAG vehicle, laying down the familiar TJ encouragement we all know and love.

Pat and Ellen were both up in the 26 degree weather, with new snow on the ground at the Bear Springs Trap Cross Country and Short Track events. Once I can get a complete report together, I’ll put it up here, but while out on the Cookie, James got a text that essentially said Ellen had knocked out her THIRD victory in a row for the year! Again, details are shaky until I can get some confirmation, but the intial report rocks!

James, Martha, and myself skipped the racing and took the casual route of riding the Monster Cookie out to Champoeg park and back. Friends of PacificPedaling – Darrell, Kim (father of James) and Kurt (husaband of Martha) also joined us along the ride. Actually, Kurt and Martha took off a bit later, but we saw them at the lunch break, and later heard they had a great ride. James, Kim, Darrell and myself hoofed out the 62 miles together on a steady but comfortable pace, and talked and laughed the entire way. (Watch out, that laughter can be dangerous….enough said!)

Speaking of dangerous, I hadn’t heard any reports of incidents along the ride until today, when my good friend Trish emailed in a report that her buddy and riding partner had gone down around the 35th and Quinaby corner and eventually was taken away in an ambulance. Another rider also went down in the commotion, but was able to get back up and continue on. Trish’s friend ended up with a dislocated shoulder, and will need some PT, but overall is doing much better today.

For the most part, the Cookie went down without incident. It was cold all day long, but the company was fantastic, the ride was good, and I’m always happy to say I threw down 70 miles in a day. After the ride we hit Breakpoint coffee for some final chats and drinks and then headed home. Good times, good times! A few random photos from the day from the iPhone:

James laid his bike on the side of the ditch, next think you know, hed started a new craze. When we saw someone knock down a bike on the rack, we opted for the ditch all day long.

James laid his bike on the side of the ditch, next thing you know, he'd started a new craze. When we saw someone knock down a bike on the rack, we opted for the ditch all day long.

Some of the riders at the lunch stop at Champoeg park

Some of the riders at the lunch stop at Champoeg park

Bikes and riders all over the place at lunch.

Bikes and riders all over the place at lunch.

Lunch. Bagel with peanut butter and jam. And Macaroons...good gosh, Macaroons....

Lunch. Bagel with peanut butter and jam. And Macaroons...good gosh, Macaroons....

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