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Tonkin joins Mazza on world’s team

Posted by on January 13th, 2006 at 1:33 pm

Cross Crusade #2 - Alpenrose Dairy, Portland OR
[Erik Tonkin – more photos here]

Local racer and co-owner of Sellwood Cycle Repair, Erik Tonkin has just been named to the U.S. team for the 2006 UCI Cyclocross World Championships. He joins his wife Rhonda Mazza who was recently named to the women’s team.

Congrats to the world’s facest ‘cross couple! The big race is January 29 in Zeddam, the Netherlands.

I guess this is a good time to mention that Erik will soon have his own column here on so you can read all the juicy details and race reports from the Netherlands. Stay tuned for more on this early next week.

Check out my photos of Erik and Rhonda in action (on bikes that is).

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This is such great news. Congrats Erik & Rhonda. I can’t wait for the column(s) as I really enjoyed/ lived vicariously through Erik’s emails from “cross camp” (as posted by Jon Meyers on the OBRA listserv)

btw: 3 of the 5 men selected for the Worlds team are from Oregon (and all ride for Kona). Erik, Barry Wicks & Ryan Trebon.


Here is a nice online picture of Rhonda and Erik together:

Isn’t that sweet?


[…] Local cyclocross veteran and member of last year’s U.S. World’s team Erik Tonkin is a driving force behind the clinics. Last year I set up a blog for Erik to write about his races. I’m excited to announce that Erik will be sharing his insights with us again this year. I’ll be posting his articles here on so stay tuned for tips, tricks, and race reports from Erik. [Mud happens.] […]


[…] Five years later, now healed and racing again, Sylvester was once again on top of the U.S. ‘cross scene and in 1988 he was named to the U.S. Worlds Cyclocross team and competed in Switzerland. Based on this experience, it was Sylvester who encouraged a budding racer named Erik Tonkin to venture to the hallowed grounds of European cyclocross. Tonkin wisely took the advice and was named to the World’s team himself last year. [Official race flyer fromPortland Cross Series, 1984] […]