Local Venues and Races Highlighted in Media

Check out this great KATU news piece on Tuesday PIR:

http://www.katu.com/sports/Bike-races-at-PIR-318084421.html

KGW spotlights Monday PIR:

http://www.kgw.com/videos/entertainment/television/programs/live-at-7/2015/04/20/pdx-tonight-pir-bike-races-/26108417/

KGW’s Drew Carney rides Alpenrose Velodrome:

http://on.kgw.com/1Mrqot7

A KATU segment on the Alpenrose Velodrome:

http://www.katu.com/sports/Bike-races-at-PIR-318084421.html

 

Beginner Friendly Monday PIR Begins in 3 weeks!

All levels of bicycle racers invited to the start line for the Monday Night Bicycle Race Series at Portland International Raceway. Races are organized for five months from April 20 – August 31.

PORTLAND, Ore. (April 1, 2015) Portland International Raceway shifts into high gear as the Monday Night Bike Race Series kicks off its season on April 20th. Hundreds of racers of all levels will sprint to the finish in this long-running series. Participants race for fun and prizes all season long every Monday night, April 20 – August 31.

“Bicycle racing continues to grow in Oregon, and we see new racers each year trying it out. PIR is a great place to learn about racing,” said series race organizer Jim Anderson. “The race series is designed for experienced, novice and curious bike racers alike. There are a wide variety of categories to fit the needs of a growing sport. Also, with the track being easily accessible in North Portland, we expect our great bike racing venue to be packed with racers this summer,” said Anderson.

In the Monday Night Bike Races, support for cyclists learning how to race is a priority. The series offers several opportunities to learn and get excited about bike racing for first-time racers. Free introduction to racing clinics will be offered the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m., beginning in May. These short, concise clinics are led by coaches and experienced racers to teach the basics of racing to beginners. The series also receives support from Let’s Race Bikes, a women’s racing group. These racing ladies will gather the first Monday of each month from May to August. Let’s Race Bikes members will be available to answer racing questions, engage new riders and provide a fundamentals racing clinic.

This year the series has partnered with Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA) to offer Try Bike Night, an event to encourage novice racers to come out to PIR. Try Bike Night events will be held May 4 and July 13. For these events, OBRA will waive the one-day membership fee ($5) for racers rolling up to the start line for the first time. ($15 entry fee still applies.)

All levels and abilities are welcome and encouraged to attend: all that’s required is a helmet, a road bike and a sense of adventure. There are separate races for novice men and novice women, two categories for more experienced master (age 30+) men, and two categories for women (any age).

The course is a 1.9-mile, flat, wide and smooth paved loop of the Portland International Raceway (1940 North Victory Boulevard, Portland, OR 97217) in North Portland. The raceway circuit is closed to all car traffic.

Entry fee is $15. Registration area opens at 5 p.m. and is located at the start/finish area in the middle of the track, opposite the main grandstand. An OBRA license is required to race and is available at registration for $5 (single-day) or $30 (annual) and is available at the race or at www.obra.org. Online registration is available at www.racemondaynight.com.

Top-placed racers are eligible to receive gift certificates from fantastic local sponsors Laurelwood Brewing Company and River City Bicycles, and Castelli will award monthly leader jerseys along with the competition for the Team Prize. Prize is $1,000 for the team with the most collective points—across all categories—for a month. Teams are encouraged to enter as many racers as they can in all levels to increase chances of winning points. The prize will be awarded twice—once in July and once in August. But the emphasis is on learning, improving and getting a great workout in a fun, sociable and exciting environment. Racing starts at 6:15 p.m. on Monday nights from April 20th to August 31st.

More information at: www.racemondaynight.com.

2/15 LRB Paceline Clinic- Portland

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Paceline and Race Riding Skills Clinic – this Sunday, 2/15!

This is a FREE CLINIC for all ladies interested in working on race riding skills, practice being in a paceline, and get comfortable riding close to other cyclists! This clinic is good for new riders interested in racing and for experienced riders who want to shake the cobwebs off their skills.
We’ll meet at 9am at Portland Design Works (15 NE Hancock & Williams), get into small groups, and ride out Williams and across the I-5 Bridge to Vancouver. We’ll practice skills on the road toward Vancouver Lake and Frenchman’s Bar, a nice flat route with low car traffic.

Plan for a flat 2-3hr ride, and dress to stay warm and dry. Bring your bike, a helmet, a flat kit and a smile!

All ladies are welcome! Bring friends!

2015 Annual Meeting

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The following are the results of the 2015 OBRA Annual Meeting that was held on February 7, 2015.

Congratulations to John Wilson and Meg Mautner who have been elected to another term on the OBRA Board of Directors.

Rules Passed

Public urination and/or defecation:

Riders who are caught urinating and/or defecating in public will be subject to penalties up to and including suspension. In general, the chief referee shall take into account the following when imposing a penalty or making a recommendation for a suspension.

1. availability of toilet facilities

2. type of event

3. type of venue

4. presence of the public and/or minors

5. sophistication of the rider

6. location of behavior

7. any extenuating circumstances (medical condition etc)

8. previous violations

In any recommendation for suspension, the Chief Referee shall document the above criteria and submit to the Executive Director. The Executive Director shall consider the above criteria in determining the appropriateness and duration of a suspension.

Any rider punished for public urination and/or defecation must send a note of apology to the venue owner if appropriate and to the promoter of the event.

If the behavior results in a direct loss of a venue e.g. the urination/defecation is cited in a letter denying use of a venue, the Board of Directors may impose any punishment up to a permanent suspension from the organization.

Modify rule 1.1 Rule application

These rules are the rules for OBRA races. They apply to all competitors from the time they register until all prizes have been awarded.

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These rules are the rules for OBRA events. They apply to all members and/or participants from the time they arrive at the event venue until they leave the event venue.

Modifies rule 1.5 Event specific rules

An organizer may use “special rules” for their event as long as they are approved, in advance by the Chief Referee and the OBRA Executive Director. Special rules will be clearly communicated to the riders prior to the start of the event, preferably in written form.

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Special rules will be posted in writing on the race flyer and on-site at the event, and clearly communicated to the riders prior to the start of the event.

Modifies rule 2.14 Omnium

An omnium is a set of races in which riders compete for points in each event and final placings are determined by total points in all events. Different numbers of points may be given in different events. The scoring scheme shall be specified in writing prior to the start of the first race. Generally the points awarded in each event shall be 7-5-3-2-1 for first through fifth places.

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An omnium is a set of races in which riders compete for points in each event and final placings are determined by total points in all events. Different numbers of points may be given in different events. Unless otherwise posted prior to the start of the event, the points awarded in each event shall be 7-5-3-2-1 for first through fifth places.

Modifies rule 3.3 Officials Assignment

The OBRA Executive Director will assign the Chief Referee. Subordinate officials will be assigned by the Chief Referee.

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The OBRA Executive Director or designee will assign the Chief Referee. Subordinate officials will be assigned by the Chief Referee or the OBRA Executive Director’s designee.

Modifies rule 7.3.4 Wheel restrictions

Fully enclosed or disc front wheels or spoke covers on front wheels are not allowed in mass start events.

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Fully enclosed wheels are only allowed in time trial events, with the exception of track events, where a rear fully enclosed wheel may be used in all events.

Modifies rule 7.5 Radios

Non-handheld radios with only one earpiece providing communications with coaches, managers or other riders may be used only in road races that include Category 1 or 2 riders and do not include Cat 4 or 5 riders. Audio playback devices are specifically prohibited.

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Use of race radios and audio playback devices by competitors is prohibited during competition.

Modifies rule 8.1 Race numbers, General

Race numbers shall either be the numbers provided with OBRA membership for the current year or numbers provided by the race organizer. Numbers from other races or OBRA numbers not from the current year may not be used. Penalty or disqualification is at the discretion of the Race Official.

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Race numbers shall either be the numbers provided with OBRA membership for the current year or numbers provided by the race organizer. Numbers from other races or OBRA numbers not from the current year may not be used, unless approved by the Chief Referee. Penalty or disqualification is at the discretion of the Race Official.

Modifies rule 13.1.5 Suspendable offenses

Associated entities wishing to have a rider or club suspended under 13.1.4 must provide documentation in the form of a signed contract.

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Associated entities wishing to have a rider or club suspended under 13.1.4 must provide supporting documentation.

Modifies rule 15.1.2 General rules- centerline

Unless instructed by the Chief Referee, all riders must stay to the right of the centerline, or another point on the road designated by the Chief Referee.

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Unless instructed by the Chief Referee, all riders must stay to the right of the right-most centerline marking, or another point on the road designated by the Chief Referee.

Modifies rule 15.4.3

The Chief Referee may remove lapped riders from the race. If lapped riders are allowed to finish, they will finish on the same lap as the leader. Lapped riders may not interfere with the final sprint. Lapped riders will be placed after those who completed the entire distance according to the number of laps down.

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The Chief Referee may remove lapped riders from the race. If lapped riders are allowed to finish, they will finish on the same lap as the leader. Lapped riders will be placed after those who completed the entire distance according to the number of laps down.

Modifies rule 15.4.6(C) Free Laps

In case of a mishap, the rider(s) will report to a pit with his bicycle. Riders may not ride backward on the course to get to a pit, but may cut through the course to reach a pit. A rider may proceed backwards to the pit carrying his bicycle.

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In case of a mishap, the rider(s) will report directly to a pit with their bicycle as quickly as possible or within a time period determined by the Chief Referee.

Modifies rule 15.4.6(F) Free Laps

If the mishap was legitimate the rider will be returned to the place he was in the race at the time of the mishap. If he was in a group he will be returned to the rear of that group. The rider will be ineligible for any sprint prize for one lap after his return.

To:

If the mishap was legitimate the rider must return to the place they were in the race at the time of the mishap. If the rider was in a group, the rider must return to the race at the rear of that group. The rider will be ineligible for any sprint prize for one lap after their return.

Modifies 7.8.2 Freewheel requirement

Bicycles shall have a freewheel mechanism EXCEPTION: A fixed gear and single front brake may be used in time trial events or in races where all the competitors are similarly equipped. Freewheeled and fixed gear bikes shall not be mixed in the same mass start event.

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Bicycles shall have a freewheel mechanism EXCEPTION: A fixed gear and single front brake may be used in time trial events or in races where all the competitors are similarly equipped. All competitors must keep both feet on the pedals while racing except in cases of emergency. Freewheeled and fixed gear bikes shall not be mixed in the same mass start event.

Move:

18.4.2(e) Laws and ordinances of appropriate jurisdictions shall be observed during participation in any event.

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11.1 General

Riders are responsible for their own conduct, including arriving on time with the correct equipment. No rider shall benefit from his or her misconduct. No team shall benefit from its misconduct, or the misconduct of one of its members. Laws and ordinances of appropriate jurisdictions shall be observed during participation in any event.

Add 7.10.6 Singlespeed bicycles

A single speed bicycle is defined as a bicycle with no functional means of altering its gear ratio during the competition.

Welcome to OBRA!

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Dear OBRA Member,

Thanks so much for joining OBRA in 2015! Thanks to all of you, we have become the most successful grass roots bike racing organization in the United States.

If you are renewing and indicated you had your card, you likely received just a renewal sticker- just peel and stick it on top of your old one. Bring proof of membership to all your races. If you do not, you will be charged a non-refundable fee.

Acceptable forms of proof of membership:

  • 2015 license
  • 2015 road numbers
  • printout/e-mail of your online membership purchase confirmation
  • picture of your current license
  • https://obra.org/people showing your license as current

All membership questions should be sent to: membership@obra.org.

Please remember that OBRA and organizers do not provide insurance coverage for injuries that occur at races. The costs related to those injuries are the responsibility of the individual participant. Please race responsibly and race with insurance.

Results are generally available on our website within 24-48 hours after a race on our website. If your team is an official OBRA team and your team name does not appear next to your results, please send an e-mail to kenji@obra.org. If you have questions about our team listing policy on results, please also send us an e-mail.

If you wish to upgrade on the track or on the road, you must send a request to upgrades@obra.org with a race resume. Upgrades to A in cyclocross and upgrades to Elite in mountain bike must be requested.  Upgrades are not automatic and must be requested even though you may have met the requirements. Otherwise, you may be disqualified at your next event if you race out of your assigned category.  Upgrade rules can be found at

http://www.obra.org/upgrade_rules.html

If you do not receive our e-newsletter, we highly recommend that you join. There is a lot of information that is distributed via our monthly communication including news, upcoming races, interviews, recipes and other great OBRA information. If you would like to join fill out the form below.


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Thanks our generous sponsors River City Bicycles, Castelli, Rolf Prima and Michael Colbach for their continued support.

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Let’s Race Bikes Kickoff Ride

It’s time to kick off the new year and the 2015 road racing season with a social group ride! LRB will meet at 9am at Portland Bicycle Studio for coffee, socializing and to talk about the ride plans. The group will roll at 9:30am on a no-drop ride to work on group riding skills.

Plan for a 2-3hr ride, and dress to stay warm and dry. Bring your bike, a helmet, a flat kit and a smile!

All ladies are welcome!

OBRA Rules Meeting and Awards Party

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February 7, 2015

Chris King World Headquarters

Schedule of Events

1 PM – 4 PM Rules Meeting
6-9 PM Awards Party

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Rules Meeting Agenda:

Introduction and updates
Rule changes
Board member election (2 slots)

Proposed rule changes (OBRA Rule Change Proposals – 2015)
Bios of board member candidates

Meg Mautner (incumbent)

Meg Mautner is a teacher in the Beaverton School district. She currently teaches middle school math and algebra. Meg started racing bikes in the mid 1990’s and found a sport she is passionate about. While track cycling is her favorite discipline, Meg has raced road, crits, time trials, cyclocross, and even a few short track races. In addition to racing, Meg is the lead instructor for the Alpenrose Track Development classes. She has served on OBRA’s board of directors for the past 9 years.

John Wilson (incumbent)

John Wilson is a R&D Engineering Manager at Hewlett Packard, and has been a Board member of OBRA since 2011. John has been a racing enthusiast most of his life including 10 years motorcycle racing and 15 years of bicycle racing. He carries his passion for cycling, along with his organizational and management skills into Junior Development. In 2009 John created the OBRA Junior Cyclocross Series that has helped lift Oregon up to the highest junior participation levels in the country. John followed up with the creation of a High School Cyclocross League helping to introduce cycling beyond racing families to the general public. John continues to provide administrative leadership to both the Junior and High School CX series, and is working with OBRA to extend the model into other disciplines. 2015 marks John’s 6th year coaching a Junior Cycling team. He was a co-founder and vice president of the Willamette Valley Cycling team. John graduated with a degree in Physics from University of California Davis, and completed graduate work at the University of California, San Diego.

Representatives from teams that paid in 2014-2015 are eligible to vote.

Awards Party:

Food catered by Chris DiMinno of Chris King.  Awards party is open to all but we request that you RSVP so we can anticipate the proper amount of food.  Beer provided by Ninkasi Brewing Company of Eugene.  Thank you!

Menu:

  • Grand local charcuterie and cheese platter, breads and traditional garnishes
  • Chris King cafe chocolate chip cookies
  • Pulled pork sliders
  • Roasted mushroom and goat cheese sliders

Master of ceremonies: Splinter Wrenn

  • Introduction

  • Oregon Cup

  • Oregon Women’s Prestige Series

  • Oregon TT Cup

  • Video Intermission

  • Bar Awards

Details:

Dress for attendees is casual.  Awardees should dress business casual.  Awardees will be announced and called up to the stage in groups.  We will provide further details at the event.  There will be an opportunity for photos after each group is on stage.

Awardees:

Oregon Cup

  1. Tim Reinhart, Rapha/River City Bicycles
  2. Joshua Liberles, HiFi Sound Cycling Components
  3. Eric Gushurst, Team Oregon p/b Laurelwood Brewing

Oregon Women’s Prestige Series Cat 1/2 p/b Yakima

  1. Sydney Running, Team Ironclad
  2. Brenna Wrye-Simpson, Team Ironclad
  3. Kristina Hughes, BMC Total Care Racing

Oregon Women’s Prestige Series Cat 3 p/b Yakima

  1. Cristina Mihaescu, Team Ironclad
  2. Jennifer Haliewicz, Upper Echelon Fitness and Rehab
  3. Emily Boscacci, Oregon Bike Shop

Oregon Women’s Prestige Series Cat 4/5 p/b Veloforma

  1. Dawn Andres, Portland Bicycle Studio
  2. Neisha Strait, Poplollies
  3. Helen Kennedy, West Coast Women’s Cycling p/b Oakshire Brewing

Oregon Women’s Prestige Series Team Competition

  1. West Coast Women’s Cycling p/b Oakshire Brewing

Oregon TT Cup

  • P/1/2 Men, Colby Wait-Molyneux, Hagens-Berman LLP Cycling
  • P/1/2 Women, Bre Rue, Fred Meyer/Lakeside Cycling Team
  • Category 3 Women, Heather Johnson, Beaverton Bicycle Cub
  • Category 3 Men, Ron Sines, Pacific Power Blue Sky
  • Category 4/5 Women, Hazel Gross, West Coast Women’s Cycling p/b Oakshire Brewing
  • Category 4/5 Men, Joe Tysoe, Unattached
  • Junior Men 10-12, Jacob Smith, PDX Devo Juniors Cycling
  • Junior Men 13-14, Grayson Szczukowksi, unattached
  • Junior Men 15-16, Alex White, Word-RCB by Cyclisme
  • Junior Men 17-18, Adam Oliver, Hutch’s-Slocum-Co-Motion
  • Junior Women 10-14, Kaylie Ragsdale, Fred Meyer/Lakeside Cycling Team
  • Junior Women 15-18, Gillian Bergmann, Word-RCB by Cyclisme
  • Masters Women 30-39, Erica Rinella, Fred Meyer/Lakeside Cycling Team
  • Masters Men 30-39, Carl Hoefer, HCH-RPM Mortgage Cycling Team
  • Masters Women 40-49, Brenda, Middleton Pacific Power Blue Sky
  • Masters Men 40-49, Ron Babcock, Team Oregon p/b Laurelwood Brewing
  • Masters Women 50-59, Laura Wanker, unattached
  • Masters Men 50-59, Dean Anderson, unattached
  • Masters Women 60+, Joanne Heilinger, RAO/Imperial River Racing
  • Masters Men 60+, Gregory Hartman, Team Rose City

Best All Around Rider Age-Graded Recognition (did not race 4 disciplines)

  • Junior Women 17-18, Gillian Bergmann, Word-RCB by Cyclisme
  • Masters Men 35-39, Nick Skenzick, Hutch’s-Slocum-Co-Motion
  • Masters Women 35-39, Heather VanValkenburg, Portland Bicycle Studio

Best All Around Rider Category

  • Category 3 Men, Marek Litinsky, Trusty Switchblade
  • Category 3 Women, Heather Johnson, Beaverton Bicycle Club
  • Category 4/5 Men, Matthew Brock, Team Lazy Tarantulas
  • Category 4/5 Women, Vicky Hanson, West Coast Women’s Cycling p/b Oakshire Brewing
  • Singlespeed, John Penfold, Oregon Bike Shop Racing Team
  • Clydesdale, Scott Pierce, Sappo Hill Soapworks

Best All Around Rider Age-Graded Juniors

  • Junior Women 10-12, Roxanna Hart, Hapi-Go!
  • Junior Men 10-12, Jacob Smith, PDX Devo Junior Cycling
  • Junior Women 15-16, Kristina Owen, Capitol Velo
  • Junior Men 15-16, Peter Newlands, PDX Devo Junior Cycling
  • Junior Men 17-18, Kent Ross, PDX Devo Junior Cycling

Best All Around Rider Age-Graded Masters

  • Masters Men 30-34, Carl Hoefer, HCH-RPM Mortgage Cycling Team
  • Masters Women 30-34, Heather Johnson, Beaverton Bicycle Club
  • Masters Men 40-44, Jamie Mikami, Veloforma
  • Masters Women 40-44, Sarah Tisdale, Highfive Cycling
  • Masters Men 45-49, John Prosser, Pacific Power Blue Sky
  • Masters Women 45-49, Virginia Xing, Bicycleway.com/Oregon Paddle Sports
  • Masters Men 50-54, Martin Fuss, Beaverton Bicycle Club
  • Masters Women 50-54, Jan Moss, Highfive Cycling
  • Masters  Men 55-59, John O’Brien, Evolution Racing Team/River City Bicycles
  • Masters Women 60+, Flo Leibowitz, Pacific Power Blue Sky
  • Masters Men 65-69, Daniel Caldwell, Sunnyside Sports
  • Masters Men 70+, Einar Traa, Portland Velo Racing Team

Best All Around Rider Overall

  • Team Bicycleway.com/Oregon Paddle Sports
  • Senior Men Steven Beardsley, Gentle Lovers
  • Senior Women Bre Rue, Fred Meyer/Lakeside Cycling Team
  • Overall Masters Men, Masters Men 60-64 Ken Rodgers, Bicycleway.com/Oregon Paddle Sports
  • Overall Masters Women, Masters Women 55-59 Melissa Boyd, Pacific Power Blue Sky
  • Overall Junior Women, Junior Women 13-14 Lauren Ziehnert, Beaverton Bicycle Club
  • Overall Junior Men, Junior Men 13-14 Kyler Ervin, Smith & Nephew p/b Westend Bikes
  • Tandem John Cacabelos/Margareta Germeaux

Location:

Chris King
2801 NW Nela St.
Portland, OR 97210

Parking:

You may park along the areas marked in red, or if you cannot find parking there, you can park along 29th Ave.  You will be towed if you park by Metro or any of the other businesses.  Entrance along alley on left side.

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2015 OBRA Criterium and Cyclocross Championships

The 2015 OBRA Criterium and Cyclocross Championships have been selected.  Congratulations to Charlie Warner and the selection of the Vancouver Criterium as the criterium championships.  Congratulations to Carol Cohen and the city of Sandy and the selection of the Sandy Corn Cross race as the 2015 OBRA Cyclocross Championships.