Portlanders make strong showing at Cycle Messenger World Championships

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Some serious loads for the Cargo Race.
(Photos: Mike Cobb)

Five Portlanders just returned from Chicago where they competed in the 20th annual Cycle Messenger World Championships. The event featured the 250 best professional cargo couriers and messengers from around the world who put their skills to the test with a race around Soldier Field, a cargo bike race, sprints, a track stand competition (where riders balance on their bikes in place, without moving), and more.

Former Portland State University track racing star Anita Dilles, now racing for Portland Pedal Power, competed in the track events. She took 1st place in the match sprint, 2nd in the scratch race, and 3rd in the tempo race — an effort that earned her 2nd overall. Dilles also won the women’s track stand (and finished 10th overall among the men). Fellow competitor Mike Cobb sent us updates from Chicago, including the photos below of Dilles in action.

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Portland State cycling team set for another stellar year

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The PSU Cycling Team.
(Photo: PSU Cycling

2010 is set to be another banner year for the Portland State University Cycling Club.

In 2008, team member Anita Dilles represented PSU at the Collegiate Track Nationals and in 2009, Amelia Bjesse-Puffin made two appearances on the podium. These successes on the track, along with their involvement off the race course, has earned them “Collegiate Cycling Club of the Month” honors this month from USA Cycling.

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PSU Cycling Team brings collegiate racing action to Portland

PSU Cycling Club members warm up before a road race.
(Photos: Peter Welte)

The Portland State University Cycling Club will host colleges throughout the Northwest this weekend for two full days of racing action in and around Portland.

On Saturday, teams will compete in a road race around Hagg Lake (40 miles west of Portland). And on Sunday, the action comes to Mt. Tabor, where competitors will zoom around the nation’s only urban volcano in a multi-lap “criterium” race.

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