August 19, 2009
Monday night was the 2nd race in the LifeSource Natural Foods MTB Salem Short Track Series, or as I like to call it, the longest named race around! And this week it was even hotter than last week…I think we were in the low 90’s by the time the first race began. The high temps keep hammering racers with a dry, dusty, hot course to race on. We also changed up the course from last week to accommodate all the groups using the grounds the day we’ll be racing during the fair, and the reports were the course was much faster than last week. Photos from the 2nd race are up on Flickr. Matt’s photos are on Flickr too. And Matt made a cool video as well, which is on Vimeo.
Ok, PacificPedaling.com team props out of the way here right off the bat. I was waiting on official OBRA results, but wanted to get the post race up, so I’ll go from the email. James Cloyd, not only took 1st in Cat 2 (again) but then turned around and raced in Cat 1, back to back! Ellen Miller also raced back to back, first as the fastest singlespeed lady around, and then taking 2nd in Cat 1 Women. Martha Paulus put in a solid 4th in Cat 2 Women, and Tyler Jackson knocked out a nice mid 5th spot. So proud of the team! Once they are posted, you can see all the results at the OBRA site.
Now, this was also my very first race of any kind on a bike, and the good news is…I’m still alive! I hadn’t planned on doing any racing until cross season, but couldn’t find any more reasons NOT to, so with borrowed bike in hand, I took my turn around with the Cat 3 men. How was it? Really hard. Brutal. Besides being still way overweight, and not in any kind of race condition at all, it was also stinking hot. But the good news is, I didn’t go down, and I finished in one piece! I started off in the back of the group, figuring it was the safest place for the first time out, and pretty much stayed there. I tried to catch up after a couple laps, but never really made up much ground. Apparently, someone felt bad for me and decided to have a mechanical or just pull out because I wasn’t listed as dead last…just one shy of it though. I may not ever be a fast racer, but I think I’ll find plenty of enjoyment in the times I get out to do it.
Even better than experiencing my first race though, was the fact that my 12 year old son Aaron decided to get out and give it a go as well…and get this, he won his junior category! He came out with me at 3:30 to help set up the course, and after running around the BMX course with other kids there, he decided to try the short track race. Tyler let him borrow is 24″ cruiser, and he cranked away on the larger BMX with the 10-14 Junior class.
Since Juniors and Cat 3 raced at the same time, my favorite moments of the race were catching up to Aaron and getting a chance to tell him he was doing a great job and to keep pedaling! At first he was worried that he wouldn’t be able to even complete a lap, but he actually completed just one lap shy of the old man! My buddy Nate snagged photos during the Cat 3 race and got this shot of us together:
Overall a great night, and a continuation of a great series down here in Salem. Even with the heat, there seemed to be more spectators out cheering on the racers. We had the music blasting (sorry about the offensive word in the track…I found it and have removed it! oops!) and the water guns spraying. Next week wraps up with races on Monday and Saturday, during the fair. Hope to see you all soon!
August 11, 2009
The LifeSource Salem MTB Short Track series was HOT last night, and I’m not just talking about the temperature! Jeff McNamee and crew put on a great first night of the short track series right here in Salem. 68 riders turned out for the first event and rode across fields, dirt, over bmx rollers, table tops, around hairpin turns and even had some cross-like dismounts and run-ups. There was plent of heat as the Cat 3 race started in near-90 degree temps.
I shot tons of photos of the series, which I’ll post soon to our Flickr page, but this was the official first race with out team kits, so allow me to be the proud team poppa and post some shots of the Pacific Pedaling team members rolling in their kits throughout this post. Results are posted at the OBRA site, but I’ll take this opportunity to point out that Pacific Pedaling came home with 2 top place finishes for the night! Yeehaw!
James took first spot in Cat 2 Men and Ellen took first in Cat 1 Women. It’s worth noting here too that both Pat and Ellen rode two categories back to back – Single Speed, followed up by their Cat 1 races. That’s 30 and 40 minutes of racing with just a 5 minute break in between. Just long enough to hit the restroom and change a race number.
And everyone rode great last night. Tyler was up in the front of the Cat 3 Men for most of the race…next week I’ll be relying on him to show me where to go, and how to get there. Martha rocked it in the Cat 2 Women. And as mentioned, Pat not only raced two races back to back, but pulled off and fixed his bike in the middle of the second race.
In addition to the amazing efforts of the entire team, I’m also proud of the fact that Pacific Pedaling team members volunteered as much as possible before, during and after the race to help the event go smoothly. We really want to help do what we can for cycling in Salem…the rest of this series should be great!
Ok, enough of my rambling on about the team like they are all my children! Great first night of the series, and great first team race for Pacific Pedaling!
My buddy Brock and I hopped on down to the State Fairgrounds to meet up with Jeff McNamee, Matt Haughey, Kenji Sugahara. The three of them, along with Pacific Pedaling team member, Pat Kudszus spent the evening pre-riding the course, and determining the final layout.
Having never been to a short track event, we took a few moments to ask Jeff and Kenji about the upcoming race series. Jeff helped lead the way on the Willamette Valley Cyclocross series last fall in the area, and it’s great to see another event added this year. Even if you are a beginner and have never raced before, this would be a great event to make your first!
Come down to the State Fairgrounds tonight and support local cycling and racing events! For more information about the series, be sure to visit their site.
Pro/Cat 1 Men & Women
Cat 2 Men & Women
Cat 3 (Beginner) Men & Women
Junior Men (10-14, 15-18) & Women
2009 MTB Categories vs. 2008 MTB Categories:
Pro 2009 = Pro/Elite 2008
Cat 1 2009 = Expert 2008
Cat 2 2009 = Sport 2008
Cat 3 2009 = Beginner 2008
Race # 1-3 Start Times & Race Durations
5:00pm – Course open for pre-riding
5:45pm – Kiddie race – racing for 5′ (this race is FREE, but registration is required)
6:00pm – Cat 3 Men, Cat 3 Women, Junior Men & Women: racing for 20′
6:30pm – Cat 2 Women, Cat 2 Men, & Singlespeed: racing for 30′
7:05pm – Pro Men, Cat 1 Men & Pro/Cat 1 Women: racing for 40’
Race # 4 Start Times & Race Durations
5:30pm – Course open for pre-riding
6:00pm – Kiddie race – racing for 5′ (this race is FREE, but registration is required)
6:15pm – Cat 3 Men, Cat 3 Women, Junior Men & Women: racing for 30′
6:50pm – Cat 2 Women, Cat 2 Men, & Singlespeed: racing for 40′
7:40pm – Pro Men, Cat 1 Men & Pro/Cat 1 Women: racing for 50’
All races will be held on the BMX track and adjacent grassy field at the Oregon State Fairgrounds; Salem, OR. The course will include a combination of grassy flats, twisty singletrack and bumpy dirt track (BMX course).
I love getting my monthly update from the Man Who Know Everything About Bikes in Salem, Eric Lundgren. Not only does it inform and remind me of what’s going on, but it allows me to pass along his nuggets of knowledge to everyone out there visiting PacificPedaling.com From Eric’s latest email:
The big story in July is the Commercial Street Restriping Plan. The
plan offers the prospect of substantial progress on making downtown
more bike-friendly. It’s scheduled to go to City Council in August.
Make sure August 10th is on your calendar!
(It’s hot, too – so stay hydrated & cool!)
Breakfast on Bikes – Friday, July 31
Commercial Street Striping – Monday, August 10th
Short Track Racing at Fairgrounds – Mondays
Bike Commute Challenge Kick-off – Thursday, August 27th
Kick-off Bike Parade for State Fair – Friday, August 28th
Free Bike Parking at Salem Saturday Market
Salem Bicycle Club introductory Rides
Breakfast on Bikes – Friday, July 31
We’ll be at Mission & Winter, just north of Bush Park, between 7am and
9am. Thanks to Cascade Baking, Coffee House Cafe, and LifeSource
For map and full details, see –
City Council considers Commercial Street Striping – Monday, August 10th
At 6:30 City Council will meet and consider endorsing the staff plan
to restripe Commercial Street downtown. Part of the plan is a bike
lane and sharrows to accomodate bicycle traffic. See a summary of
progress, road blocks, and debate here –
Short Track Racing at Fairgrounds – Mondays, August 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
Buy Local Racing is organizing the Salem Short Track Series at the
Fairgrounds. Check out the note at Pacific Pedaling –
Bike Commute Challenge Kick-off – Thursday, August 27th
Save the Date! Don’t have all the details confirmed yet, but we plan
on having beer and pizza for bicyclists. Get the BCC posters, other
workplace materials, and meet your fellow commuters! Look for
information on the Breakfast blog and for a special email later in
Kick-off Bike Parade for State Fair – Friday, August 28th
Free parade! Costumes and decoration encouraged. Meet at the State
Fairgrounds in front of the Pavilion off of Sunnyview Rd. at 5:30,
parade starts at 6. The bike drill team will be participating.
Additional practices to be announced. Here’s a brief bit about their
first outing, the Monmouth-Independence Fourth of July Parade –
Road Work – on-going
Between the ARRA/Stimulus package, the “Keep Salem Moving” road bond,
and other improvement projects, there’s lots of construction that
impacts bikes. Here’s some of the stories.
Windsor Island Road –
Keizer Rapids Park –
Commercial bike lanes –
In August, look for bike lane delays on Lancaster.
The summer bike counts are going strong, and some counts are already
in. If you are interested in volunteering, please let me know! There
are still some sites available, and in doing counts we’ve identified
some needs for additional counts. Here’s a story on one count at
Liberty S and Commercial SE, where we learned the intersection was
even more difficult than we thought. If you have a work-around you
particularly like, drop it in the comments!
Free Bike Parking at Salem Saturday Market – Every Saturday
Don’t forget about biking to the market! Friends of Salem Saturday
Market offer free, secure, and monitored bike parking. Consider
biking instead of driving!
Salem Bicycle Club introductory Rides – Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons
The Keizer Family Ride leaves Cummings Elementary School at 6:30 pm on
Thursday evenings, and the Sunday afternoon High Wheeler ride leaves
the red lot at 1:30pm on Sunday afternoons. For more information see
July 14, 2009
Races will be held on August 10, 17, 24 and 29, with the event on the 29th being held during the State Fair. All races will be held on the BMX track and adjacent grassy field at the Oregon State Fairgrounds; Salem, OR. The course will include a combination of grassy flats, twisty singletrack and bumpy dirt track (BMX course).
For more information, starting times, directions and information about Buy Local Cycling, be sure to visit the BLC site. Hope to see you at the races!
June 17, 2009
I’ve been chatting so much about my Bike Friday folding bike for our 3 week trip, that I was excited to see this giveaway for a different brand; a Strida folding bike. It doesn’t take much to win the bike either, you just have to prove that your current bike sucks enough to warrant Inhabitat giving you this new Strida SX. According to their site:
“As the weather gets warmer we’re looking forward to spending plenty of sun-soaked days outdoors – and what better way to take full advantage of the beautiful weather than by breezing along on a slick bicycle? We here at Inhabitat want to encourage the use of the world’s most eco-efficient (and fun) mode of transportation, so we’ve teamed up with our fantastic friends at Areaware to give away a styling brand new STRiDA 5.0 SX Limited folding bike!
All you have to do to win is provide us with photographic evidence of why you need this awesome bicycle – is your current ride a crusty old clunker? Is there a mammoth mountain of steps leading up to your 6th floor walkup apartment? Whatever the case, upload your photos after the jump and leave a comment explaining why we should pimp your eco-ride, and we’ll be selecting one lucky winner to receive this beautiful limited edition Strida bicycle valued at $950!”
I don’t know much about this bike, except for watching this comparison race video a long time ago, but hop on out and get your entry in.
I got this update from Alex Phillips, Bicycle Recreation Coordinator for the Oregon Parks & Recreation Department. If you’re interested in the Oregon Scenic Bikeways, this would be a good meeting to attend.
Oregon Scenic Bikeway Committee meets in Salem June 16
The Oregon Scenic Bikeway Committee will meet June 16 at the University of Phoenix* Salem Learning Center, 670 Hawthorne Avenue SE. The session will be from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in a first-floor classroom.
Agenda items will include the criteria for rating scenic bikeways. The committee also will continue discussions on management and marketing plans, and explore the future roles of bikeway proponents and resources to support their efforts. A time for public comments (three minutes per person) is reserved at the start of the meeting.
The committee was established to consider routes nominated by the public for state scenic bikeway designation. Appointed by the director of the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, the 11-member group includes a representative from a bicycle advocacy organization, a citizen *at-large* member, an Oregon Recreation Trails Advisory Council member, an Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee delegate, and representatives of the Oregon Department of Transportation, Bureau of Land Management, Oregon Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus, Association of Oregon Counties, League of Oregon Cities, Travel Oregon and OPRD. More information about the committee and the bikeways program is available from Alexandra Phillips, OPRD*s state bicycle recreation coordinator, at 503-986-0631.
The meeting site is accessible to people with disabilities. Special accommodations may be arranged up to 72 hours in advance by calling 503-986-0655. ###
June 1, 2009
For the past year, I’ve been telling myself I need some sort of cargo bike. I’d love to ride to work more often, but find myself hauling something that ends up pushing me into the car instead. I’ve looked at building up an Xtracycle for a long time, but these sweet Madsen cargo bikes have really been catching my eye.
So I was thrilled to see that MADSEN Cargo Bikes is running a contest, and giving away two bikes in July. If you’d like more information on how to get in on the action, you can click the little banner below for all the details:
Now, I personally don’t see myself on a bike with a big ol’ tub on it. I do like that blue, but the tub just isn’t working for me. I’ve liked both the Xtracycles and Yuba’s for their handy dandy rear racks. This black Madsen really seems to be a great version of that same type of bike.
Of course, I’d probably still have a hard time convincing my cyclophobic 15 year old to hop on the back deck and go for a ride, but maybe if I outfitted it with enough safety harnesses and a power outlet to recharge her phone, I could talk her into it!
May 12, 2009
I got an email from Alexandra Phillips, who is the Oregon Parks and Rec Coordinator, letting me know that the new online guide to the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway is available and ready for use! Here is the official press release that will be issued Thursday, for your sneak peak viewing:
Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway guide now on web
An information-packed guide to a newly signed Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway is now online at www.oregonscenicbikeways.org.
Intended to provide cyclists with all the guidance needed to follow the 127-mile route, the online tour includes printable maps as well as information on places to camp, historic points of interest, side trips and diversity of agriculture seen along the way.
The northern end of the bikeway is at Champoeg State Heritage Area, the site of an 1843 meeting that led to Oregon’s first provisional government. From Willamette Mission State Park to the south, it continues southward on a revised route east instead of west of the Willamette River through Salem, Albany and Brownsville. The south end of the route is in Armitage County Park north of Eugene.
The web guide divides the bikeway into four segments: Champoeg State Heritage Area to Salem; Salem to Albany; Albany to Brownsville and Brownsville to Armitage County Park. The maps include elevation profiles of each segment and detailed maps of Keizer, Salem and Albany.
First conceived by Cycle Oregon, the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway is Oregon’s first and, thus far, only designated Oregon Scenic Bikeway. It is recognized as a prototype for future state scenic bikeways—routes that offer cyclists access to outstanding scenic, historic and natural settings. The Oregon Scenic Bikeway Committee, established in 2008, is charged with designating such routes after evaluating nominations by the public. ###
OPRD Bicycle Recreation Coordinator
Photos from the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway on Flickr.
May 4, 2009
I know I’m a few days into it already, but in case you didn’t know it, May is National Bike Month. Everything you ever wanted to know about National Bike Month can be found at the League of American Bicyclists website. Additionally, May 11 – 15th is National Bike to Work Week, and Bike To Work Day is May 15. If you are looking for information, or are a community organizer of any kind, there is loads of info on the site, including:
- A list of events in your area
- Promotional materials
- Public service announcements and videos
- and a Bike Month Guide in PDF format
Locally, there are cool things happening too:
May is a great time to hop on your bike and get to the Saturday Market. Here in Salem, Breakfast on Bikes just did a write up on the new Bike Parking at the Saturday Market.
As we get towards the end of the month, B on B will do their monthly gathering time, so be sure to check out their site.
This is a truckoad of racing going on in these parts too, and OBRA has all the info on the upcoming schedule.
And if nothing else, here in town you can get out on a weekly Salem Bicycle Club ride, or show up Tues or Thurs evening, or Saturday morning at Scotts downtown and go out with their regular ride as well.
Get out and celebrate National Bike Month!