Caveat: this is a pretty crap little video. And a little redundant as, I’ve posted it up already on the ol’ social interwebs:
There you go. That is where I spend a lot of my time these days. I love my job, I love/hate the bicycle industry.
I love custom cycling and the personalities involved in creating it.
I am just back from a great weekend in Southern Oregon. The Portland Bicycle Studio road team made the trip 5 hours south from Portland to race the Table Rock road race last Saturday and spent the rest of the weekend training in the beautiful Rogue River – Wolf Creek area.
The road race was a punchy – hilly loop. We ended up riding about 80 miles. Short, steep climbs. In the first lap our team mate Devin Zoller got in a 3 man break with Jason Riffle and those bastards stayed away for the better part of 70 miles. We caught them in the final lap on the lone 10 minute climb on the course. Devin and Jason were going backwards and covered in sweat. I patted Devin on the back as I rolled past: “need food? water?” nope. Good work Devin.
Kelly, Steven, Doug and myself had the pleasure of sitting in for most of the race. The climbs were steep enough that they hurt but, short enough that everyone could catch back on. There was even a 50+ mile section of the descent that had me off the back hoping no one’s tyres blew out.
Doug and Steven were our leaders for the day and they both got popped off the lead group of about a dozen guys as we caught the early break on the last long climb. I saw it all going down and rolled up to them and slapped them into shape. “hey, ease off a little” No f’ing way bitch! I am going to get you back onto the leaders if my life depends on it.
I got to cuss and spit a little bit as we spent 10 minutes chasing the leaders. It was just the 3 of us PBS riders and then a Sellwood VTTer caught us and added some strength to the chase.
We got there right at the bottom of the finishing climb, a steep 1k kicker. ouch.
I barked at my boys to move up and get in good position then, I pulled the plug as, I was cooked and could not see anyone behind us for at least a minute.
7th place for me. We got Steven into 3rd and Doug a solid 5th place. Go team!
A few videos for you:
Really, help me out people.
Do I go to Japan? (check out this gallery of a local Japanese cyclocross scene!) Daisuke is super rad and his race will be a first year UCI C2 in 2 seasons. Should I go over and help it out before it goes UCI?!
Shall I put in the efforts in the UK? Will the Brits give a shit about another anglo-phile coming over to get shelled? Is there cyclocross on Islay?!
I had a conversation a couple years back. About “sandbagging” and “cherry picking” UCI points and races. Traveling around the US and hitting all of the smaller races to rack up the UCI points. I thought it was crap back then and, I still think it is crap. I LOVE giving the smaller communities and small cyclocross scenes some love and attention. Help them build their cx programs and series up. And these days, there is no cherry picking. There are FAST riders at even the smallest UCI cx race anywhere in the US!!
Let’s hear some stories from the UK, the South East US, Southern California and Nippon!
What are the dope local races to do? (I did just get some emails from the UK with advice, thanks guys!)
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Gabby you are one tough lady. Maybe I should think about heading over to the UK and racing?
Was just talking with Jeremy Dunn (JD) about writing. I’m impressed with the amount of words he puts to paper. Some exciting shit going down this spring. Hanging out late this evening in the Rapha North America office because soon, I won’t see him for 2 months. Peace out! We are getting tons of work done tonight. Dinner + chocolate. boo-yah. Totally my style. —>
I’m just calling Roger Hammond out to win Paris-Roubaix this weekend. Why? I love an underdog. And, because when we lined up to start a shitty little cyclocross race in Wachtebeke 4 years ago we looked at each other and snickered, as we both knew we were going to get lapped on this 4 minute a lap course.
Oh man… Whaaaaa? Come on. When I was a kid, I wanted a PK ripper so bad. Cause it was the shit. It was the best bike you could buy. The top shelf. I did not know shit about riding BMX bikes but, I knew that one day, probably when I was an adult, I could afford one.
I don’t want a cheapened version of one of my dearest memories. Fuck these walmart dropouts, integrated headset and BS hipster geometry.
Total cost to produce: $83.37 and a small part of your soul.
No thanks. Let’s try to keep it real, eh?
I do, however want to buy a stainless steel road bike. 1100 grams?! That is lighter than a Pro Machine!
What does NSFW mean anyways?
So, when IS a lesbian NOT a lesbian? Besides on the “L” word…
I like buying my fancy chocolate HERE. Thanks for putting in the work and writing a decent blog Robin. Don’t worry about my vegan sensibilities. I can appreciate beautiful things, even if I am not interested in eating them myself.
My coach and my employees are hating me for these videos:
I am turning into an electro-slut. The best part of this video is at 3:40.
Electro-slut theme continuing:
And this takes me back. Punk shows at the BART stations in the Misssion!
Thanks Kyle Valenta for the heads up on this band. I don’t get out so much anymore and keeping up with new music is challenging.
Simon is a british bastard with a loud INTERNET PRESENCE. But damn it if I don’t LOVE keirin racing myself… And Japanese documentary videos about keirin racing. Take some time and watch all of these. SO damn good! Keirin is so very interesting. The culture around it. Something so f’ing far removed from what I have ever experienced.
I’m going to go to Japan and make Daisuke take me to temples to eat vegan food.
Here is a
MEGA SHARK! infografic for you to enjoy. I too watched as Deborah Gibson negotiated her way around a submarine.
(written last Sunday)
I’m sitting with JD at a cafe working. We both have our laptops open and are commenting on our projects, emails and shit we see on the interwebs.
We spent the day today (Sunday) doing some of this. A classic road ride with super strong pals. I got beat up. And then beat up some more.
It was a beautiful weekend. I had an excellent time on and off the bike. Spending a little time being social and riding in the sun sure does a lot for your mental outlook!
Now it is time to reflect on the past. Take a look at this piece of history. Explore the Independent Fabrications blog. Really really good times.
All right, this update lagged as I was on the coast for a few days this week. Moving on to more exciting updates!
Maybe I am just new to the scene but damn. This video interview with Die Antwoord B L E W my mind. It is kinda long so, make a few minutes and open your mind to the future.
“It is kinda like progressing to the next level, like in a video game…”
And thanks Ethan for this video: