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Portland team wins ‘Rapha Ladies Prestige Race’ in San Francisco

Posted by on April 10th, 2012 at 6:20 pm

The Upper Echelon Team post-race.
(Photo: Emily Haddad/Rapha Cycle Club)

After 114 miles and over seven hours in the saddle, a Portland-based team was victorious in the Rapha Ladies Prestige Race held Saturday in San Francisco.

Fashioned after their Gentleman’s Race, the Rapha Ladies Prestige is an unsanctioned, unsupported race that features teams of six riders. Unlike traditional road races, this was more of a time trial and each team was required to finish the grueling course with all their riders together in order to be counted. This format means team unity and cohesion can often lead to more success than pure strength.

Out of 13 teams that entered, the winning team was fielded by Upper Echelon Fitness, a sports medicine and training center in northwest Portland. The team included Tina Brubaker (whom you might recall from her UPS bike delivery stint), Susan Peithman (a BTA staffer who is also training for the Reve Tour), Megan Chinburg, Elise Huggins, Alexandra Burton, and Amy Campbell. Other teams from Portland included Sorella Forte and Rapha’s own women’s team.

The route had over 9,000 feet of climbing.

Megan Chinburg shared a recap of the race on her Facebook page. Here’s how he she describes the finish:

“… we rolled into the Rapha clubhouse, looking around for other teams. Seeing none, we began to smile with the knowledge that without any professional riders, with very little early season sunshine, and without any race support we proved to the ladies of California racing, that the women of Oregon’s Upper Echelon Fitness have something special. It’s not faster legs, and it’s not necessarily better training, it’s something much deeper and harder to develop: it’s the trust and faith in our teammates, it’s the understanding that we are in this together from the first turn of the wheel to the last, and together is the only way we could make it through.”

Way to go ladies! Thanks for representing Portland and Oregon so well.

Photographer Nick Kova has some great images of the action.

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  • John Lascurettes April 10, 2012 at 9:55 pm

    Go Megan and team. I knew you were a badass.

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  • dmc April 10, 2012 at 9:58 pm

    Amazing job ladies! Portland represent.

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  • Dolan Halbrook April 10, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Nice job, and you got to ride some amazing roads on top of it!

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  • Ben Guernsey April 11, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Great job ladies. Way to represent!

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  • Gerik April 11, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Also, I have it on good information that our home team was handicapped at the start line. They were the last to be allowed to start, first to finish. Even more impressive.

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  • rebecca April 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    That route must have been beautiful! Way to go, ladies – you make PDX proud.

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