September 5, 2009

Contact: Kenji Sugahara, Executive Director, 503-383-1228,

Event brings back championships to Salem after an absence of over a decade.

Salem, Oregon (September 5, 2009) – The Oregon Bicycle Racing
Association (OBRA) announced last Saturday at the Oregon State Fair
that the organization has chosen the City of Salem, Ore. to host the
2009-2010 OBRA Cyclocross Championships.

This two-year commitment brings the Oregon championships back to the
state capitol after an absence of more than a decade. The last
championships in Salem were held at Wallace Marine Park over ten years
ago. The Oregon State Fairgrounds has been chosen as the new venue
for the event.

“Salem is the perfect location to hold the championships in Oregon.
It has a central location and a rapidly growing base of cyclocross
enthusiasts,” said Kenji Sugahara, Executive Director of OBRA.
“Oregon has a reputation as having the best cyclocross community in
the world and I am excited to bring that to the Cherry City.”

The 2009 championships will be held on November 7th and is expected to
attract approximately 800 competitors with an additional 300-400
visitors including staff, spectators and families.

“We at the Oregon State Fairgrounds are thrilled to have a part in the
OBRA Cyclocross State Championships,” said Lydia Blackburn, the Sports
and Recreation Coordinator for the Oregon State Fair. “This
opportunity is a perfect fit in our objectives to open the State
Fairgrounds to our bicycle community, and of course it will be a lot
of fun.”

Jeff McNamee of Buy Local Cycling and Chad Cherefko of Bicycle
Attorney Cycling, promoters who directed last year’s Heiser Farms
cyclocross race will serve as race directors for the championships.
“We are thrilled to be working with the Oregon State Fair for the
championship. Our Mountain Bike Short Track series in August was a
success thanks in large part to the Oregon State Fair,” said Jeff

About the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association:
The Oregon Bicycle Racing Association is a non-profit organization
dedicated to the sport of competitive cycling. For more information
contact OBRA at 503-383-1228 or visit

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Oh No! They Paved Paradise and Put Up A Parking Lot!

The new pavement that covers my favorite trails in Keizer Rapids Park.
The new pavement that covers my favorite trails in Keizer Rapids Park.

Last night I broke out the cross bike for an evening ride as the sun was going down. I had waited for it to cool off a bit and finally got out around 8 pm. I cruised on down to my favorite local off-road training area, the Keizer Rapids Park, and got set for a good night of tearing it up off road style. However, within just a few minutes I was caught offguard by a strange site; pavement, on the trails I loved to ride.

Now before I go too far, I should note that not ALL of the trails have been paved. In fact, the majority of the park is not paved. I made the following crude map to show the new paved areas below:

The red lines above loosely show the new paved areas.
The red lines above loosely show the new paved areas.

If you’re familiar with the park at all, you’ll note that the paved area starts at the parking lot (which you can’t see in this older ariel shot) and then goes around the big open field that borders up to the Willamette River, then winds through the outer edge of the forest. There are still tons of area that have natural paths, gravel roads, and rough grassy fields. In fact, the wide open areas down towards the water are growing wild and seem even more rugged than last fall.

I rode until about 9:30 or so, when the light was pretty much gone and I couldn’t see anything through the forest trails, and headed home. (I didn’t want to bump into the cougar after dark, of course.) When I got home my wife asked how the ride went and I sat her down to brace her, and broke the bad news to her. “Honey, they paved a bunch of the trails in Keizer Rapids.”

Where the paved meets the unpaved.
Where the paved meets the unpaved.

“Oh yeah, that was always part of the plan.”

What? Oh yes…I remember that she had actually attended meetings about the park long before it became a reality. She was indeed more informed than I was about the entire plan. And according to the Statesman Journal, the 4500 feet of trail that was paved was to meet the Americans With Disabilities Act regulations ….so I suppose you can’t argue too much with that.

As I stopped by this morning to take a few photos, I bumped into a friend…a mother who’s three children were out on bikes and scooters. She asked what I was doing and I mentioned being heartbroken over the pavement. I told her that I understood it was a bittersweet necessity, and she said something that made appreciate the pavement more than I previously had.

“It makes it a lot nicer for those of us with little kids to get them out here on their bikes.” And then I saw the good. Yes, kids on bikes….ok, I can live with that. And besides, there are still plenty of unpaved trails to be had in the park…time to get cranking…cross season is just around the corner!

One of the untouched, unpaved paths that heads into the forested part of the park. Keizer Rapids probably has the best of both worlds now.
One of the untouched, unpaved paths that heads into the forested part of the park. Keizer Rapids probably has the best of both worlds now.
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Oh Happy Day! I Drew The Golden Ticket!

An Ira Ryan cyclocross bike, in its natural environment.
An Ira Ryan cyclocross bike, in it's natural environment.

I woke up early this morning sometime in the wee hours of the morning and happened to check my iPhone to find the best email I’d seen in a while; my Ira Ryan frame is next in line to be built! Oh Happy Day! I’ll be going up to get all dialed in this week, but I emailed Ira back to say that I’m really thinking I’ll have him build a cyclocross bike, but would love for it to be flexible enough to serve other road/utility duties beyond that. I love Ira’s enthusiam for all things cycling, and of course his response was as expected…

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Seriously…Too Legit To Quit


Ok, any thoughts I might have had about slipping quietly into the spectator arena for the cross season, were dashed today when these babies showed up. I told my wife they missed it by one year….since I was born in 1969, but she said ‘nope, it’s my year!’

So if you roll up behind ol’ number 1970, take a good look, because once you go past me, you may not see that number again! Seriously, got a tear in the eye…gotta go put these babies with my gear.

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Warning: Keizer Rapids Park Eats Chains


Up until Saturday, it had been 10 days since I’d been on any bike, of any kind. Meetings, rush projects, kids activities…you name it, it pulled me away from being able to ride. Fortunately, I found a window -albeit a chilly one- on Saturday, and got out for a little combo road/offroad riding with teammates Pat and Ellen. Actually, I should say I tried with all my might to hang on to the back of whatever speeds they graciously slowed down to for me…but I’ll go ahead and pretend like we were all out riding at the same intensity…

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Check Back Monday, Fun Stuff Coming!


I’m looking forward to posting on Monday and all of next week, please come back for lots of fun stuff!

cyclocross Riding Training

25 Random Things About This Video – Beginner Cross Practice

I’m a victim of popular culture. While watching some clips I shot of myself to see what I can keep working on for the 2009 cyclocross season, I started taking notes…next thing I know, I had 25 of them. Thanks to the beauty of the interweb, you get to endure them along with me. In no particular order, my random thoughts while watching my own video….

Keizer Rapids Park Cyclocross Practice from nwduffer on Vimeo.

1. Dang, that’s 220 lbs of rolling brown guy right there. I’ve got some work to do on the weight, it’s a good thing I’m still making progress.

2. What the heck was I thinking with my fashion choice for the day, I kind of look like a “Blue Man Group meets Oscar Meyer Weiner Mascot” mash up.

3. Yes, that IS a titanium hose clamp on that seatpost…. no, I can’t get you one.

4. Just shortly after putting my camera away, I was working on some tight corner practicing around a stump and fallen branch and found out what happens when a branch gets between the spokes and fork of your front wheel.

5. I’ve been told there’s a cougar out in Keizer Rapids Park, but no worries, I have yet to see Morgan Fairchild on any of my outings.

6. Dang, that really is 220 lbs of slow rolling brown guy right there….

7. When I see this video, I’m reminded of how every time I’m out on any of my bikes and I think to work on my form, the song comes up “Wanted, Dead or Alive” by Bon Jovi. Why you ask, because it sings “I’m a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride,” and there I am on my steel horse….and when I see the shadows of my legs on the road or dirt, I see how I look like a big ol’ cowboy….BOWLEGGED as all get out. Hooters may be famous for wings, but if I were a restaurant I’d be famous for thighs….and you would always be full if you ordered them. I walk the same way if I’m not careful…more reasons to keep making progress.

8. KRP (I’m not typing out the full name anymore) is just one letter short of WKRP, which was the radio station in one of the great sitcoms of my younger days.

9. If you watch the whole video, you’ll notice I DON’T have any run-ins with bordering neighbors. That’s because I clearly understand where the boundaries are now, and stay out of private property. Just trying to bring peace and unity to the city of Keizer.

10. In a pinch, I default to iMovie for my video editing, even though I have tons of more powerful tools at hand.

11. In the same pinch, I tend to gravitate towards free GarageBand loops as well.

12. You won’t see it in the video, but I actually did my first moving dismount here on this day and the Russians gave me a 10!

13. Shortly after the dismount, I decided I would pick up my bike and practice running over fake barriers. You can thank me now that there is not video of that.

14. Shane Witham is the Grand Poobah of KRP and Keizer in general. I’ve known him since he was in middle school – back when he flicked my earlobes marvelling at the sheer mass of them, back when a few of us rode with him the day he got his license and drove through peoples lawns, and back when we logged some decent nighttime wiffle ball championships in the State Hospital parking lot.

15. Shane, I’m going to be calling on you for some favors with the park soon, count on it.

16. I had “I Am I Said,” by Neil Diamond in my head all day during this ride.

17. I’m not sure what the ettiquite is in a park like this…do you yell “On Your Left,” or just slow down and sneak past someone, or just go around them. Somehow I still feel like most walkers are looking at me like someone who doesn’t belong.

18. I’ve got a nice little 8-10 minute loop where I go uphill, downhill, across dirt, mud, sand, gravel, bark chips, etc. I even have a section where I run over fake barriers and do a run-up up a steep dirt path. I’m going to keep working on bettering my time on that loop. I’m pretty sure that Pat, James, Ellen, Tyler or Martha would all do it in about half the time.

19. Before my last ride, I took off my second water bottle cage, and even left my bottle at home since it’s just a 10 minute ride to the park from my house. I’m not going to wait until James makes me get tough enough to race for 50 minutes without water.

20. I also got one of those old people emergency bracelets, so when I pass out from dehydration, they can notify my next of kin.

21. There is never a time, rain or shine, that I don’t shake my head in disbelief that we live where we do, and get to see such a beautiful place everyday. I am thankful.

22. I’m a photographer, but I still can’t help but look at the camera when I’m coming up on it. I would never be good on a soap opera that way.

23. I have no idea what a Poprad is, and I don’t plan on Googling it. I will not Google the Poprad.

24. Dang, I gotta say, that’s 220 lbs of rolling big brown guy right there….

25. I know I’ve got a lot of work to do, but I’m really getting pretty pumped. Gonna be fun to watch the progress! Thanks for reading and watching!

BMX Misc News Training

Drop It Like It’s Hot

snoopIn the words of the great philosopher Snoop Dog, “when the pimp’s in the crib ma, drop it like it’s hot…drop it like it’s hot.” Well the pimp is in the crib, and we are officially dropping an *L* from our name, as of today. Although a technically correct spelling, most people find us by searching for pacific pedaling, with just one *L.*

Turns out those crazy cyclists across the pond like to double up on the consonants, but not so much on this side. Plus, we *are* facing tough economic times, so we figure it’s time to cut back a little. Not to mention, it fits better on a jersey….

Now don’t worry if you’re linked to us…all incoming links will still work, we’ve crossed all our Ts and dotted our Is to make sure stuff don’t break. But, if you are linked to us, or have us on a blogroll, consider changing out that link at some point if you don’t mind.

In Other News – Don’t forget the Salem Community Briefing on the Minto Island bridge proposal. It’s tonight from 5:00 – 7:00 pm at the Salem Library.

In Other Other News – There is some decent off-road riding at Keizer Rapids, just be careful not to miss any of the signs and accidentally end up on the roads leading to private property. They don’t take kindly to trespassers out there, even if you didn’t mean it!

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First Time In The Mud and The Muck

The bike, back at the office after the inaugural day out.
The bike, back at the office after the inaugural day out.

I know the cross season is over, and most folks are heading into the road season. As the winter days turn to spring, everyone’s getting out on skinny tires and gettin’ all fast and stuff. I know others are dusting off mountain bikes and getting ready to head up into the trails and trees. And while I love the sunny days on the road too, I feel pretty comfy on my road bike — I’m not as strong as I’d like to be, but at least I’m comfortable on it. Yes, there will be many more days on my road bike, that’s such a love of mine, and I look forward to them. But up until this week, I’ve never really been off road, so for me, training for cross 2009 starts right away! On Monday, in the cold and rain, I got my first schooling….

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UCI CycloCross World Championships Online

Racers line up at the World Championships.
Racers line up at the World Championships.

By the time you read this, the UCI CycloCross World Championships will have come and gone. I won’t ruin it for you with spoiler information in case you’re still somehow holding out, and living in a dark cave. Obviously, coverage is sparse on TV, and on a day when most people are dialing in the Super Bowl, you likely wouldn’t be able to find it anywhere.

For those that don’t know, you can watch the Men’s and Women’s Elite races online at Universal Sports. Also, here is the Cycling page with schedules of other events being brodcast.

By the way, I typically fancy myself up-to-date with all the current browsers and plugins, but I had to do some updating to get the video to display properly on my Powerbook. Both the Flip4Mac and Quicktime plugins needed to be updated on my computer. Let me save you the trouble of getting yours to play, and give you link to the Video Support Page. Have fun!

PS – Thanks to Pat Kudszus for passing along the link to me!