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My ride with Doug Ollerenshaw

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on February 23rd, 2006 at 10:06 am

My ride with Doug Ollerenshaw

Yesterday I met up with pro bike racer, Doug Ollerenshaw. Doug is a Portland native and races for Health Net/Maxxis, one of the top teams in the U.S.

Long time BikePortland.org readers might remember hearing about him last April when I reported on his epic victory at the Sea Otter Classic race down in California. You also might have seen him at the Twilight Criterium which took place downtown last August.

My ride with Doug Ollerenshaw
My ride with Doug Ollerenshaw

A few days ago I noticed he'd registered in the Forums so I dropped him a line and he suggested going on a ride. I'd never ridden with such an established pro and since I hadn't been on a real (spandex-clad) ride for a long time I didn't quite know what to expect. Luckily for me, Doug was just out for an easy spin and he had no intentions of pushing the pace. He'll have plenty of hard rides in the coming months.

Doug's season just started last weekend with the Cherry Pie Road Race but that is just a tune-up to much bigger things...like his planned trip to race in Europe this May and the Tour of Taiwan which starts in early March.

2006 will definitely be a big year for Doug. In addition to just purchasing his first home (a "shoebox sized" condo in NW Portland) he'll continue his rise as a top U.S. racer. You can keep up with his adventures on his brand new website, DougOllerenshaw.com.

Best of luck Doug! We'll all be rooting for you back here in Stumptown.

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  • mr.macadam February 23, 2006 at 11:37 am

    Good Luck, Doug! We're rooting for ya!

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  • yesss February 23, 2006 at 12:59 pm

    also: nicest guy ever (in contrast to lots of pdx bike racers with huge egos and attitudes)

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  • twotyretinker February 23, 2006 at 3:54 pm

    And doug is mechanical engineer to boot, with a undergrad and masters degree! Go Doug !

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  • patrick February 24, 2006 at 10:25 pm

    NO WAY!! This guy passed me on my commute to work yesterday afternoon. I remembered thinking hmmm I bet that guy is a Pro. How weird.

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  • [...] A few months ago I rode along with Doug on a training ride around Sauvie Island. Now, due to the wonders of his new GPS-enabled cycling computer, we can all ride along with him at the Tour of Georgia. Check out this link for a list of rides (including a recent training ride up on Skyline Blvd.) and click around to view all sorts of neat information including his heart rate and elevation charts. If you’ve downloaded Google Earth, you can even export the ride data and have it overlayed with a 3-D, aerial photo of the route! It’s the next best thing to being there. [...]

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  • [...] This year they’ll have live music, a beer garden, a food court and free helmets for kids until 7:30 (provided by Health Net). Come down and support a great local race. You can even cheer on Portland’s very own Doug Ollerenshaw, a member of Team Health Net (seen here in last year’s race). [...]

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  • [...] Portland-based professional bike racer Doug Ollerenshaw—who I rode with back in February—is currently in Melbourne, Australia battling with world’s top road racers in the week-long Herald Sun Tour stage race. [...]

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