This just in from local race promoter Jim Anderson:
- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bicycle races at Portland International Raceway start up for the summer – Featuring an introduction to bicycle racing clinics for women!
Summertime at Portland International Raceway on Monday nights means bicycle racing. For 2008’s series we are featuring clinics to introduce women to the sport. These clinics coincide with the Monday night races. This summer will be the 12th season of bicycle racing on Monday nights at PIR.
The new clinics will run on the second Mondays of the month, and will focus on the basics of how to get started in racing. There will be a brief intro talk prior to the race start, followed by debriefing after the race. Experienced women racers will lead this. This is a great way to see what racing is all about, ask questions and meet other women that are riding.Clinics will run approximately 30 minutes before the novice women’s race and 30 minutes after the race finishes.
“There is a huge growth potential in women’s cycling, and the introduction to racing clinics we have planned will allow for a easy way for women to see what the sport is all about,” says Jim Anderson, Race Organizer. “We partnered with some great local women racers and coaches to provide guidance, support and information for a sport that is somewhat complex.”
All levels and abilities are welcomed and encouraged to attend: all that’s required is a helmet, a road bike and a sense of adventure. Experienced riders from local racing teams are on hand to provide guidance and answer questions. There are separate races for novice masters men (aged 30+), novice women, two categories for more experienced masters men, and an open women category for women of any age and ability.
The course is the flat and wide 1.9-mile loop of Portland International Raceway (I-5 Exit #306B). Featuring high-quality pavement for cycling. The raceway circuit is closed to all car traffic for the Monday night bike races.
Entry fee is only $13 for women and master’s men, $5 for women under 18. Racers who avoid traffic on I-5 by bike commuting, carpooling or taking MAX to PIR receive $1 off entry, and race organizers will donate $1 to the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, a local non-profit working to make Oregon one of the best places in the world to ride a bike.
Series is sponsored by Lakeside Bicycles. Clinics start at 5:45pm on 2nd Monday’s of each month. Racing starts at 6:15pm on Monday nights May 5–August 25 (no racing July 21st).
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