(All photos by Brian List/OBRA)
The Oregon Bicycle Racing Racing Association (OBRA) has announced details of the first-ever High School Cyclocross race series. The new series will consist of five races and will be run under the existing Junior Cyclocross Series, which is in its second year.
OBRA has named seven regional coordinators who are available to answer questions and to help organize High School teams. Prizes will be awarded to the top team, “Best Girl,” and “Best Boy” from throughout the state. The series begins in Eugene on September 25th and makes stops in Dayton, Hillsboro, Salem, and possibly Portland (exact venue is TBD).
A truck full of equipment belonging to the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA) was broken into earlier this week in Eugene. OBRA director Kenji Sugahara says as estimated $5,000 worth of equipment was stolen out of the truck while it was parked outside of Co-Motion Cycles in southwest Eugene.
An OBRA official and race promoter stationed in Eugene says the theft occurred sometime between Sunday night and Tuesday morning. According to Sugahara, the loss of equipment will have a significant impact. “Many items critical to racing were taken. This makes it difficult for our officials to score races and for us to provide equipment to our promoters.” (more…)
The Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA) will launch a cyclocross development league and training program at high schools throughout the state this fall. OBRA, a non-profit with nearly 5,000 members across Oregon, has created a white paper on the new initiative that identifies cyclocross as “a great way to introduce young athletes to the sport of cycling.”
OBRA membership numbers show that cyclocross has been the fastest growing discipline every year since 2006, outpacing road, mountain and track racing. Kenji Sugahara, OBRA’s executive director, says the program’s first season will begin in September and they’ll plan to expand it next year. “We’re going in with the understanding that the first year will be small, but it’s a matter of getting a foothold and moving up from there.” (more…)
David Oliphant, 47, collapsed after crossing the finish following a race at Portland International Raceway last night. After being attended to by on-scene medics, Oliphant was rushed to a local hospital but doctors were unable to revive him and he later died.
Kenji Sugahara, executive director of the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA) confirmed the incident this morning, saying Oliphant died of a heart-related condition. “We’re all deeply saddened by it. He was a great racer and a great friend. It’s a huge loss to the community — everyone liked him. Our deepest condolences go out to his family, friends and team.”
[Editor’s note: This guest article was written by Pat Malach, editor of www.OregonCyclingAction.com, a blog covering competitive cycling in and around Northwest Oregon. Malach kindly agreed to help us get the word out about opportunities to race and learn in the Portland area for seasoned racers and novices alike. And there are a lot of them!]
Although Oregon’s hearty peloton has been braving torrential rains, unforgiving winds and sometimes snow-covered courses since February, the first week of May really marks the beginning of the non-stop onslaught of races around Portland and beyond, with racing opportunities nearly every day of the week.
A robust and determined self-selected group of local stalwarts kicked off the 13th season of the River City Bicycles Monday Night Race Series this week at Portland International Raceway. The record-setting rainfall dampened turnout for the opener, but not the enthusiasm of the people who showed up. (more…)
Members and leaders of the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA) had a lot to be happy about in 2008. Year-end stats from OBRA officials show that there were 3900 licensed riders at the end of the year — a 13% increase over 2007.
Numbers aside, much of what makes OBRA a success is that they focus on fun. That was on full display when racers and everyone that keeps OBRA ticking got a chance to relive the successes, the pain, the fun, and the camaraderie of 2008 at their annual meeting and awards banquet on Saturday in Southeast Portland.
As usual, the event recognized 2008’s best racers and best teams in a variety of categories and disciplines. In addition, this year OBRA unveiled a new set of “fun awards” that included such honorable titles the “Best Crash Caught on Film”, “Biggest Fan”, and the “OTB Award” which was given to the best story about finishing last or near-last in a race (a.k.a. being OTB or “off the back”). (more…)