Posted by Elly Blue (Columnist) on October 3rd, 2009 at 10:11 pm
All day yesterday, the thirty offerings in the Oregon Manifest Constructors Challenge were judged. Today, they were put through their paces on a 77 mile course, from Vernonia to Portland via some epic hills, gravel roads, and city traffic.
The winners are in, and fifteen prizes were awarded — the top three finishers in the race, and the top twelve frame builders on the merits of their submitted design.
For the race (by total race time — the departures were staggered):
- 3. Dan Boxer racing for (and builder of) Boxer Cycles in Seattle — 5 hours 21 minutes (he was first across the finish, making a splash with bloody knuckles and handlebars)
2. David Wilcox racing for Circle A Cycles in Providence, RI — 5 hours exactly.
1. Mike Kath racing for Sprout Cycles of Portland came in at 4 hours, 56 minutes.
And the design winners were:
12. Donkelope Bikes : Bellingham, Washington
– One of the more distinctive frames in its overall shape
11. Signal Cycles : Portland, Oregon
10. Circle A Cycles : Providence, Rhode Island
9. Hufnagel Cycles : Portland,
– “Where’s your front rack?” yelled someone in the crowd — it had been taken off during the race after it came loose on the bumpy gravel
8. Rex Cycles : Sacramento, California
— Josh Simmonds, the impossibly tall rider of the Goodrich bike, hoisted this high above the crowd for Steve Rex, who had broken his collarbone during the race.
7. Metrofiets : Portland, Oregon
– It took three people to hoist the only cargo bike in the competition (they then tossed it into the air a few inches)
6. DiNucci Cycles : Sisters, Oregon
– DiNucci did not show up for the race today, and was nowhere in sight when his name was called. His mom, Doris, jumped up on stage instead. “Where are you, Mark?” she demanded into the microphone. “Mark DiNucci, I didn’t raise you to be a quitter!”
5. Retrotec / Inglis Cycles : Napa, California
– Another distinctive frame with amazing, artistic details
4. Ahearne Cycles : Portland, Oregon
– A step through bike with beautiful racks and front light cage
3. Vertigo Cycles : Portland, Oregon
– The judges were particularly impressed by the details on this bike, including what one called “the best execution I’ve ever seen” of a split for installing a belt drive.
2. SyCip Design : Santa Rosa, California
– A gorgeous bike with handmade front and rear bags, a retractable cable lock, embedded quarters, and many more details
1. Pereira Cycles : Portland, Oregon
– The crowd saw this one coming a mile away, and you could barely hear the judge call Tony’s name.
A big congratulations to all the winners — and to all the builders and racers. It was tremendously exciting to be there — and to see the energy from these builders from all over the country all in one room.
We’ll be bringing you more coverage from today. In the meantime, check out our photo gallery from the finish line (with many more photos, including some from the course, coming soon).