Matthew O’Neill Memorial ride

This event was held to honor our friend and fellow cyclist Matthew, whose life was ended far too early in October of this year while on a ride. A gathering of friends and acquaintances turned out to ride one of Matt’s favorite local rides, in his honor. Local news article on the tragedy here.

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Over 20 riders showed for this Sunday event along with several of Matt’s family members. With the spectacular weather forecast it is surprising that there weren’t more. Perhaps a competing local event can be blamed for stealing a few riders.

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This article in it’s entirety was written for publication in the American Randonneur magazine later this year.

Luciano Berutti, the face of vintage cycling

Luciano Berutti, the face of vintage cycling

There is a new subcategory in cycling events these days, one that has much in common with randonneuring including: love for the traditions of cycling; the camaraderie of overcoming a challenging course with your fellow riders; and the personal rewards gained through a courageous effort. There is no popular name for this genre of cycling yet, but Classic or Vintage Cycling events seem to describe it the best. These events are somewhat of a cross between a celebration and a sporting event with a good measure of “party” thrown in. The category may be a little hard to define, but like many unique events you will know it when you see it. (more…)

We try and plan our personal travel to Portland so that I can participate in local events. This trip the schedule worked out so that the Molalla Foothills 200 km brevet would be a ride that I could attend. The Oregon Randonneurs don’t do this ride every year but it is a route that I had not ridden before and the weather looked great so I was all in!

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Friday, September 26, 2014

This is the time of year when the fall colors in the Utah high country can be spectacular, particularly around Navajo Lake. I always try to get some late season rides in while the weather is still good because when the curtain of winter drops for the season it is usually final! This weekend was the last weekend expected to have decent weather so I was on it!

Starting off on the Navajo Lake loop.

Starting off on the Navajo Lake loop from the Dike trailhead

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Outbound along the Columbia River

Outbound along the Columbia River

The Portland Century is really just another hundred mile ride, but is does have one distinguishing characteristic. Each year the course is on a different and mostly unique route. This year, I believe for the first time, the route left Oregon altogether and crossed over the Columbia River and into Washington and the rural country in outlying Vancouver.

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This bike came to me from Portland Oregon when I was looking for a bike to ride in L’Eroica Italia in 2012. I ended up taking another bike to that event and so this one sat in the shop as an unfinished project for a couple of years. It is now finished and well ridden, and has completed one heroic event so far.

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I took this bike to the 2014 inaugural L’Eroica Britannia last month in the Peak District and completed the 100 mile route. Just a simple century you say, but this one had almost 10,000 feet of climbing in its course! More on L’Eroica Britannia here.

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It is now two weeks since the event and I have to admit that I am still reflecting on my trip to L’Eroica Britannia. If I had any expectations about what to expect here (after attending L’Eroica Italia) they were totally shattered the first day. Although the two events share a name and a common theme they could not be more individual in character.

My registration kit and bag of goodies

My registration kit and bag of goodies

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