PSU Cycling Team poised for first-ever conference title

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The Portland State University Cycling Team is rolling toward their best year ever. With a potent mix of talent, sheer numbers, and team chemistry, they sit atop the rankings of the Northwest Collegiate Cycling Conference — ahead of such powerhouse programs like University of Oregon, University of Washington, and Oregon State.

I caught up with the team last Friday as they loaded their team trailer and vans to head to North Bend, Washington for a trio of races hosted by the University of Washington.

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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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