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Erik Tonkin

Erik is co-owner of Sellwood Cycle Repair, a veteran cyclocross racer for Team Kona and a local hero to his many adoring fans. Last year, he was named to the U.S. World Championships Team along with his wife and top cyclocross racer Rhonda Mazza. Erik will be sharing race reports and cyclocross training tips and insights all season long.

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Tonkin on training: Don’t stress out

[Erik Tonkin] Sometimes, you just gotta wait for it. Here’s the situation… When I was out of town racing the other weekend, I heard that back home my pal Jeffrey was sick and couldn’t race. He’d trained well at our Thursday early morning ‘cross practice, and he was excited for the weekend’s two races, neither … Read more


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Tonkin on Cyclocross: Finding time to train and race

[Erik Tonkin] Here I am at 4am Wednesday morning, finally sitting down to work on what I started a week ago, an article well overdue at this point. The clichés “better late than never” and “something is better than nothing” come to mind. Of course, those tired old sayings cut more than a slice of … Read more


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Erik Tonkin on cyclocross training

[Editor’s note: This is the first contribution from local cyclocross racer and co-owner of Sellwood Cycle, Erik Tonkin (it was actually written a few weeks ago). Stay tuned for more articles and race recaps from him throughout the season.]


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Pre-worlds weekend

During Euro ‘Cross Camp, Geoff Proctor and I concluded that he (with USA Cycling) really nailed it when they made a top-30 finish at a world cup tantamount to discretionary selection to our world championship team: it is, in fact, really tough to finish in the top-30 at a WC. Consider the American results at … Read more


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Reed College Faux Prix

What would I do without my friends? Last year and this year, they’ve helped me stage a pseudo but otherwise full-on ‘cross race, so Rhonda and I could get in a serious training effort as we prepare for ‘cross worlds. Yes, life in general is easy with such willing (and clearly none too bright!) pals, … Read more


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Report: Hooglede-Gits World Cup and 10K Fun Run

Be very careful what you wish for. I prayed for a good old slogger, but somebody upstairs took me a little too literally. After Loenhout’s 1 in 1,000 high-speed ‘crosses (easily the fastest I’ve done), the pendulum swung way back to make Hooglede the 1 in 1,000 slow-speed ‘cross (easily the slowest I’ve done). Consider … Read more


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Report from Hofstade World Cup

Oh my god that was hard. Thankfully, even the top guys consider it one of the toughest. The sand is long and deep and then wet and mucky, and the course is short. We did 10 laps, the leaders doing just around 6min. per lap. I’m happy to say that I survived on the lead … Read more


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Report: Diegem Superprestige (C1)

Hey there from Belgium. So, as some know, I was shitty sick just after Nats, and left for Belge in its throes. I have improved but don’t feel like I usually do when I get here. Mostly, the trouble comes from taking over a week off the bike. I tried to train here on Wed … Read more