doug ollerenshaw

Catching up with a former Portland pro in Atlanta

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 18th, 2009 at 11:25 pm

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Doug Ollerenshaw
(Photo © J. Maus)

Last time we checked in with ex-Portlander Doug Ollerenshaw he was recovering from a heart-breaking crash at the end of the Twilight Criterium. Also that night, he broke the news that he was retiring from racing and leaving Portland to go to graduate school in Georgia.

Ollerenshaw is the consummate good guy so it was sad to see him go — not just from Portland, but from the racing scene. Thankfully, according to, he couldn’t stay away for long:

Retired pro Doug Ollerenshaw will lead the Southeastern US regional Team presented by United HealthCare, the team announced this week. Ollerenshaw… will be mentoring and racing [although not seriously, as he explains below] with the team. Ollerenshaw raced his final year with the Rock Racing squad after seasons with Health Net and Jelly Belly.

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New ‘cycling performance center’ opens downtown

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 26th, 2008 at 3:08 pm

Veteran bike racer and physical therapist Russell Cree has opened Upper Echelon Fitness (917 SW Oak St.) in downtown Portland. The business will offer coaching for cycling and triathlon, state-of-the-art bike fitting, and exercise physiology services to all skill levels.

Cree, 32, previously ran a similar business in Seattle and is also the former vice president of the Hagens Berman Cycling Team.[Read more…]

Twilight Criterium delivers thrills and a poignant goodbye

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 11th, 2008 at 10:39 am

The VIP Lounge was packed as racers sped by during the Twilight Criterium Friday night.
(Photo Gallery — Photos © J. Maus)

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And they’re off! Racers speed along Portland waterfront

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 14th, 2008 at 9:23 am

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A rider leaves the start ramp.
Waterfront Park is in the background.
View the Stage 1 Photo Gallery
(Photos © J. Maus)

The Mt. Hood Cycling Classic got off to a fast start in downtown Portland last night.

It was a surreal sight. All the northbound lanes of Naito Parkway were closed and lycra-clad pro bike racers sped down the road while rush-hour traffic sat in a gridlock all around the course.

227 of America’s fastest cyclists (143 men and 84 women) went through the start ramp — which was located right in front of Salmon Street Fountain. They tested their bodies and machines against the clock in front of hundreds of appreciative fans. [Read more…]

Olympic hopefuls will compete in Portland next week

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 9th, 2008 at 1:07 pm

Racing at Mt. Tabor

After a downtown time-trial on Tuesday,
racers will tackle Mt. Tabor.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The sixth annual Mt. Hood Cycling Classic will kick-off in Portland early next week. The event be the most prestigious professional cycling race ever held in the city.

Race director Chad Sperry says the race will be a qualifier for the Beijing Olympics and, with its prime place on the National Racing Calendar (NRC), it has been given the highest possible ranking (in terms of importance) on the U.S. racing circuit. [Read more…]

Local pro among world’s best in Tour of California

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 25th, 2008 at 9:46 am

Northwest Portland resident Doug
Ollerenshaw competing in
the Tour of California.
(Photo: Stefan Heymanns/Flickr)

The Amgen Tour of California — a seven stage, 650-mile race that featured the world’s top teams and riders — wrapped up in Pasadena California on Sunday. Among the finishers were all the big names of elite international racing including the legendary sprinter Mario Cipollini, World Champion Paolo Bettini, and Paris-Roubaix winner Tom Boonen.

Also mixing it up in the Peloton was a name familiar to many Portlanders; our very own hometown hero Doug Ollerenshaw.

The Northwest Portland resident is a member of the controversial and star-studded Rock Racing team and he rode to a very respectable 37th place overall finish.[Read more…]

Twilight Criterium packs the Park Blocks

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 27th, 2007 at 12:36 pm

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Winner of the pro race, John Murphy.
View Gallery
(Photos by Jonathan Maus)

The Portland Twilight Criterium wasted no time warming up to its new North Park Blocks location. The race — which has been held around the South Park Blocks for the past five years — thrilled a massive crowd on Friday night.

This event is what bike racing is all about.
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Top talent set for race around North Park Blocks

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 23rd, 2007 at 10:04 am

Twilight Criterium

Racers blur past spectators
at the ’06 event.
(Photos by Jonathan Maus)

Imagine standing a few feet from a whirring pack of racers as they speed by, elbow-to-elbow, at over 40 miles per hour, throwing sparks from their pedals as they hammer into sharp turns.

Tomorrow night is your chance to experience this when some of the nation’s top professional bike racers battle it out at the sixth annual Health Net Portland Twilight Criterium.[Read more…]

Portlander takes second at Tour de Georgia

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 16th, 2007 at 4:29 pm

Doug Ollerenshaw on a
ride around Sauvie Island.
File photo: 2/23/06

Northwest Portland resident and professional racer Doug Ollerenshaw finished second in today’s opening stage of the Tour de Georgia. The event is one of the premier races in North America and draws top competitors from around the world.

Ollerenshaw is riding for the Health Net Pro Cycling Team (presented by Maxxis).

Last year started out rough for “Doug O” when he fractured his hip in an early season race in Belgium. Later in the year, a gnarly crash in Australia landed his rear-end in the newspaper.
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Portland pro gets rear-ended Down Under

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 12th, 2006 at 9:27 am

Photo: Herald Sun

Portland-based professional bike racer Doug Ollerenshaw—who I rode with back in February—is currently in Melbourne, Australia battling with world’s top road racers in the week-long Herald Sun Tour stage race.

On Monday, at the finish of the second stage, Doug was in a crash. From the picture you can tell it was bad, but the worst part is that this photo ended up being plastered on the inside back cover of the Herald Sun newspaper, the largest circulation newspaper in Australia.

Here’s more on the story from Doug’s blog:
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