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Team Profile: Jens Voigt’s Army, seriously funny

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

“If you’ve ever been at a race where someone got mad and threw their bike, we’re the opposite of that.”
— Team member Dylan Robbins (aka Admiral Longpour)

[Publisher’s note: As part of our ongoing racing coverage (made even better by our embedded racer and journalist Josh Liberles) we’ll be featuring profiles of local teams. From the super fast to the super silly, Portland is full of them! Last week we featured the Ironclad Performance Wear cycling team; now we turn our attention to the paisley platoon: Jens Voigt’s Army. — JM]

Jens Voigt (@thejensie on Twitter) is a perennial fan favorite in the European peloton known for his aggressive racing, affability and longevity – he’s 40 years old and as tough and fast as ever. Portland’s Jens Voigt’s Army cycling team has added to the legend, both via its hero-worshiping name and through a compilation of Jens Voigt’s fabulous quotes assembled into an online “soundboard” that has gone viral.[Read more…]

Team Profile: Ironclad’s lighthearted, winning ways

Friday, May 25th, 2012

[Publisher’s note: As part of our ongoing racing coverage (made even better by our embedded racer and journalist Josh Liberles) we’ll be featuring profiles of local teams. From the super fast to the super silly, Portland is full of them! And, as the subject of our first profile proves, those attributes are not always mutually exclusive. — JM]

The Ironclad Performance Wear Cycling Team is a road-racing-centric team based in Portland that focuses on helping novice riders to develop. It’s a diverse bunch, ranging from an architect to a former army ranger to a semi-pro hippie, but somehow it all works, and amazingly well.

Team Ironclad (photographed by Catherine Leigh Cooper in August 2011).

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Racing on the Volcano: Mount Tabor’s 60th Season

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Then and now on Mt. Tabor.
(Photo L: James Mason/Photo R © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Calling all road-race-curious: Banana Belt Series starts Sunday

Friday, March 2nd, 2012

Racers roll during Banana Belt in 2009.
(Photo: Jose Sandoval)

Early season road racing is upon us in Portland, and right on cue the Banana Belt Series of circuit races around Hagg Lake starts this Sunday. The 11-mile lap challenges racers’ late-winter fitness as the different categories complete from two to seven loops.

The event has historically proven popular among those looking to give racing a try for the first time.

David Hart of Wenzel Coaching is helping to organize a free clinic for beginners (Cat 5 men and Cat 4/5 women) on Sunday, March 4th. It’s the second year the company has selected the kickoff race to entice new Oregon racers. “We felt that most racers pick this race as their first of the season. We saw an opportunity to be available to those racers who might be a little gun shy and want a little extra advice before the event,” Hart tells BikePortland. “The race is also close to Portland, so we knew there would be a higher interest in the clinic.”[Read more…]