Dirty Circles and Jack Frost Update

From Zone5 Promotions-

We’ve been in a mad scramble the last six days. Please read our notes on the four events listed in the subject line for recent race calendar updates and changes.

*Dirty Circles (Canceled)*

I have bad news about the venue at Dirty Circles in Woodland. Dike road has been damaged by ongoing heavy truck traffic from a sand and gravel operation that will be going on for the next 18 – 24 months (see attached photos). I was up at the site last week inspecting the road and it is overwhelming how bad it is. With the time of year and expected ongoing traffic, I don’t see the county doing timely repairs within the next 5 weeks to make it safe for racing.

With the damage to the roadway, the venue is not viable for the present and near future. We’ll say goodbye to this venue for good.

For the current registered racers, you will receive a refund shortly.

*Jack Frost TT *

With the loss of the Woodland venue, we’re going do all we can to resurrect this event. I have the venue booked for *Sunday March 5th, 2017* (Sunday Feb 26th is already booked by the rescheduled Vancouver Lake Half Marathon). I’m working on the WDOT and city permits right now. We have designed a new 20k course, but need get through the permitting process to be sure that it’s acceptable.

Date: Sunday March 5th, 2017.

Course length: 20k (12.43 miles)

Elevation gain: 384 ft.

Online registration is currently being set up and we hope to have a flier out to you all soon. Stay tuned.

*Piece of Cake RR *

To fill the void created by the loss of Dirty Circles we have been working hard to find a replacement venue. We’ve settled on a new road race course SE of Aurora, OR. I spoke with the traffic engineer at Clackamas County and had a very positive response to the course design and event. I still need to get a TCP and permit figured out but all lights look green for the new venue/event. This will be a one day event. As for the name, Dirty Circles

OBRA Rules Meeting and Awards Party

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January 28, 2017

Chris King World Headquarters

Schedule of Events

2 PM – 5 PM Rules Meeting
6-8 PM Awards Party

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Rules Meeting Agenda:

Introduction and updates
Rule changes
Board member election (2 slots)

Proposed rule changes
Bios of board member candidates

Representatives from teams that paid in 2016-2017 are eligible to vote.

Board Member Candidates

Michelle Mercer (incumbent)

Michelle Mercer is a marketing and P.R. consultant in Bend, Oregon, and the marketing director for Sun Country Tours. She works with small and mid-sized organizations, helping them connect with their clients, community and other businesses. Originally from Indianapolis, Indiana, Michelle graduated from Butler University with a degree in Journalism. She worked in the radio industry for more than 14 years, most notably as the program director of KPWR-FM in Los Angeles. Michelle moved to Bend in 2007, and started the non-profit Bend Velodrome Project in 2010. In addition to serving on the boards of the Bend Velodrome Project and OBRA, Michelle also serves as a board member for Visit Bend. Michelle has enjoyed racing in multiple cycling disciplines including road, mountain, track and cyclocross.

Stephen Bedford

I would like to be considered for an OBRA board position at the upcoming annual meeting. One thing that I feel qualifies me is my extensive racing experience. In the 7 years I have been racing in OBRA I have progressed from a cat 5 to a cat 1. I have logged over 500 races through the years from local crits, Thursday night track omniums, PIR’s, Wednesday night Tabor races, and Stage races across the state. I have been fortunate to have achieved some of my goals along the way, goals like elite OBRA championships in road, criterium, and on the track. I also have experience racing at the national level in events like the Nature Valley Grand Prix, San Dimas Stage Race, Cascade Cycling Classic, and the Boise Twilight Criterium. I have been on 4 podiums in National Championship races including a National Championship Road title. Participating in these events allow me to draw on experiences with various perspectives that I can apply to OBRA at all levels.

I also have professional experience as a corporate accountant using analysis tools to advise on business decisions. My area of focus is statistical analysis using data to identify trends, and build models to forecast future outcomes. As OBRA faces challenges of declining numbers, rising costs, and pressure from USAC to adopt their platform, I can help create effective policies and strategies to give members the best possible experience.

Lastly, OBRA is my community, where I learned to race and developed into an elite racer. I have made many friends along the way, and I want the opportunity to give back. Thank you for your consideration.
Norrene Godfrey

Hello to all OBRA members!

Some of you know me, and some of you may not. My name is Norrene
Godfrey, and I have been a member of OBRA for about 30 years now. It’s
hard to believe that it has been that long; I remember Mike Murray,
shaking his head as I rolled up on my Gitane, toe clips, hairnet, all
American Flyers style. It must have been a sight. I have
evolved since my first race in 1987, but I have not lost that raw
enthusiasm and passion for the sport of cycling and OBRA. I’m
excited about running for a position on the OBRA Board of Directors.

As many of you may know Mike Murray is stepping down from the OBRA
BOD. While I will never be able to fill those big shoes of his, I can
offer up my years of experience and knowledge I have gleaned from the
sport of cycling. A few projects I have been involved in over the
years include:

UCI Team Ownership
•  Land Rover-Orbea LLC-Developed women and U23 athletes
•  Project London-Developed US Olympic Sprint athletes

Business Planning, Brand Building, and Strategic Marketing for:
•  DNA [visit Dallas DNA women’s UCI  team]
•  Pure Black UCI team [NZL]
•  ORBEA USA and ORBEA Spain
•  HIA Bicycles [Handmade in Ameria]
•  AVC [Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge]
•  Nine13 Sports NW
•  LIVESTRONG organization for team[s] involvement

Other Service:
•  Two years as a member of the USAC track committee
•  Worked to reconnect ATRA and USAC
•  Laid the groundwork for reciprocity between Oregon and USAC for cyclocross
•  Behind the scenes work for PVC [Portland Velodrome Committee] in
2017 and beyond

OBRA has always been about having fun and racing your bike. My goals
include: helping move OBRA forward and grow the membership, bring back
road racing and the track, advance new avenues of cycling while
developing youth, women memberships, and keeping strong with OBRA’s
staple of cyclocross.

We are very lucky to have OBRA and live in the Pacific Northwest; not
all states have such a thriving cycling culture as Oregon. We need to
make sure we keep nurturing OBRA to ensure it goes strong for at least
another 30 years. I love OBRA and want to volunteer my time and serve
on the Board of Directors. I’m asking you today for
your support and vote on January 28th.

Jordan Staples
My name is Jordan Staples. I have been involved with OBRA for 14yrs now as an official, promoter and racer. I have decided to throw my name into the ring for a potential board position this year as I feel that I can bring years of officiating experience and knowledge from both OBRA and USAC events. Each person on the board brings something to the table in order to complete the circle that is OBRA and I feel that my experience and knowledge in this particular area will round out the current group of board members. My goal would be to improve upon the training and retention of both current and new officials as we cannot run events without them.

Rule Proposals

Rule proposal – Individual TT, 15.5.5 (proposed by Brian List)

Section 15 Road Racing
Sub-section 15.5 Time Trial
15.5.5 Drafting, passesRemove:
No rider may ride closer than 25 meters behind and 2 meters to
the side of another rider. A rider attempting to pass another rider
must complete the pass within 500 meters, otherwise he must
drop back at least 25 meters behind the other rider.
Add (mostly from USAC rule 3E6 (b) and (c)  with additional language):
No rider shall take pace behind another rider closer than 25 meters (80 feet) ahead or 2 meters (7 feet) to the side.No two riders may ride abreast other than when attempting to pass. Such attempts shall not be maintained beyond a distance of 500 meters. If the pass is not made cleanly within 500 meters then (a) if the passing rider has pulled ahead of the caught rider, the caught rider must drop back to a distance 25 meters behind the passing rider, or (b) if the passing rider has not pulled ahead of the caught rider, the passing rider must drop back to a distance of 25 meters and apologize.Reason for change:
The current rule is ambiguous with regard to the responsibilities of passing and caught riders (who must drop back and when).

 

Track changes proposed by Steven Beardsley

17.3.5 Keirin

A Keirin is a race in which riders sprint after completing a certain

number of laps behind a pacer. The race shall be run over the

integral number of laps nearest to 2000 meters for the particular

To

A Keirin is a race in which riders sprint after completing a certain

number of laps behind a pacer. The race shall be run over the

integral number of laps nearest to 1500 meters for the particular

 

———————–

 

17.3.5 Keirin

 

(a) The starting positions of the riders shall be determined by

drawing lots. The riders shall be placed side by side on the pursuit

line with the sprinters lane being left free. The riders shall be held

by assistants. The start shall be given when the pacer approaches

the pursuit line in the sprinters lane. Unless another rider assumes

the responsibility, the rider who drew #1 may be required to follow

the wheel of the pacer for at least the first lap, failing which the

starter shall stop the race and the rider will be eliminated. The

rider who drew #2 shall lead after the restart.

 

To

 

(a) The starting positions of the riders shall be determined by

drawing lots. The riders shall be placed side by side on the pursuit

line with the sprinters lane being left free. The riders shall be held,

but not pushed by assistants. The start shall be

given when the pacer approaches the pursuit line in the

sprinters lane. At the start, riders shall take their positions

determined by the draw, directly behind the pacer, for at

least the first lap, failing which the starter shall stop the race

and riders that failed to comply shall be disqualified. In the

restart, the remaining riders shall again take their same

relative positions behind the pacer.

 

———————-

 

17.3.5 Keirin

 

(b) The pacer shall ride on the measurement line, starting at 25

kph (13 mph) and shall gradually increase speed to 45 kph (28

mph). He shall leave the track when ordered to do so by the

starter, in principle 600-700 meters before the finish.

 

To

 

(b) The pacer shall ride on the measurement line, starting at 30 km/h

and shall gradually increase speed to 50 km/h. They shall leave the

track when ordered to do so by the starter, in principle 750 meters before

 the finish.

 

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17.3.5 Keirin

 

(d) If the leading edge of the front wheel of any rider’s bicycle

draws even with the back edge of the pacer’s rear wheel while the

pacer is still on the track, the rider shall be disqualified.

 

To

 

(d) If the leading edge of the front wheel of any rider’s bicycle

draws even with the back edge of the pacer’s rear wheel while the

pacer is still on the track or before the pursuit line while the pacer

is pulling of the track, the rider shall be disqualified.

 

———————–

 

17.3.9 Team sprint

 

Successive pulls-

 

(d) The lead rider must relinquish the lead no more than 15

meters before or after the end of the lap that rider is to lead. (A

rider relinquishes the lead by moving up the track and out of the

way of the next rider by at least 1 meter.)

 

To

 

(d) At the completion of their lap, the leading edge of the

leading rider’s front wheel must cross the pursuit line ahead

of the leading edge of the front wheel of the following rider.

Thereafter, the leading rider must draw aside immediately

and ride above the sprinter’s line within 15 meters after the

pursuit line.

 

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17.3.10 Points race

 

A points race is a rolling start scratch race in which sprints for

points are held on certain laps as designated by the official. For

standard points races this is usually every five laps, or every 2 km.

For standard Points races in each sprint, the first four riders shall

normally be awarded points in order of finish as follows: 5 points,

3 points, 2 points, 1 point. The number of points may be doubled

on the final sprint or on intermediate sprints as designated by the

official. Any rider who gains a lap on the main field will receive

20 points. Any rider who loses a lap to the main field will lose 20

points. Other variations of arranging sprint laps and awarding

points may be used in other types of points races, such as

Progressive Points, Point-A-Lap, etc. In all cases the highest

points are awarded to the riders finishing ahead, i.e. there may be

no disincentive points. The arrangement and timing of the sprints

will be explained to the riders verbally at the start and/or in writing

prior to the race. The main group is the largest group on the track.

If two or more groups are the same size, the leading group shall

be the main group.

 

To

 

17.3.10 Points race

 

A points race is a rolling start scratch race in which sprints for

points are held on certain laps as designated by the official. For

standard points races this is usually every five laps, or every 2 km.

For standard Points races in each sprint, the first four riders shall

normally be awarded points in order of finish as follows: 5 points,

3 points, 2 points, 1 point. Points awarded in the last sprint after the

full distance will be doubled (10 points, 6 points, 4 points, 2 points).

The number of points may be doubled

on the final sprint or on intermediate sprints as designated by the

official. Any rider who gains a lap on the main field will receive

20 points. Any rider who loses a lap to the main field will lose 20

points. Other variations of arranging sprint laps and awarding

points may be used in other types of points races, such as

Progressive Points, Point-A-Lap, etc. In all cases the highest

points are awarded to the riders finishing ahead, i.e. there may be

no disincentive points. The arrangement and timing of the sprints

will be explained to the riders verbally at the start and/or in writing

prior to the race. The main group is the largest group on the track.

If two or more groups are the same size, the leading group shall

be the main group.

 

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17.3.11 Madison

 

A Madison is a points race between teams of two or three riders

who relay each other for a specified distance or time. In no case

may more than two members of a team race at the same time.

Sprints for points shall be held in the same manner as a points

race. Generally sprints will be every 5 minutes or an integral

number of laps nearest to 4 kilometers. Lap cards shall be

displayed counting laps down each lap at least 5 laps preceding

sprints. The number of points normally is doubled on the last

sprint. The arrangement and timing of the sprints will be explained

to the riders verbally at the start and/or in writing prior to the race.

Gaining and losing laps and final placings of teams in a Madison

race are determined in the same way as for riders in a points race.

At the start of the race, one rider from each team will be on the

line and the other rider(s) will be on relief. A rolling start will be

used.

 

To

 

A Madison is a points race between teams of two or three riders

who relay each other for a specified distance or time. In no case

may more than two members of a team race at the same time.

Sprints for points shall be held in the same manner as a points

race. Points awarded in the last sprint after the full distance will

be doubled . In Championship Madisons, sprints will occur every 10 laps.

The arrangement and timing of the sprints will be explained

to the riders verbally at the start and/or in writing prior to the race.

Gaining and losing laps and final placings of teams in a Madison

race are determined in the same way as for riders in a points race.

At the start of the race, one rider from each team will be on the

line and the other rider(s) will be on relief. A rolling start will be

used.

Details:

Dress for attendees is casual.  Awardees should dress business casual.  Awardees will be announced and called up to the stage in groups.  We will provide further details at the event.  There will be an opportunity for photos after each group is on stage.

Awardees:

Junior Cyclocross Series Awards

OBRA TT Cup Awards

Oregon Cup and OWPS

Oregon Cup- top 3 will be called up and presented with checks.
1. Austin Arguello
Grixsen Brewing p/b West End Bikes

2. Jeremy Russell
PDX TI/HUB/RCB

3. Marek Litinsky
Team Oregon presented by Laurelwood Brewing

OWPS
1/2 Series
1. Jennifer Luebke, Portland Bicycle Studio
2. Kristina Hughes
3. Nicole Pressprich, Portland Bicycle Studio
4. Mikayla Maier, Portland Bicycle Studio

Cat 3 Series
1. Holland LaRue, Athletes Lounge
2. Gabrielle Lehnert, Hutch’s Eugene
3. Sara Schmitt,­ Athletes Lounge

Cat 4 Series
1. Elizabeth Gardiner, Athletes Lounge
2. Ryan Levering, Unattached
3. Tracey March, Deschutes Brewery

Overall Receiving Awards

Senior Women
Clara Honsinger
Team S&M

Senior Men
Andrew Coe
PDX TI / HUB / RCB

Masters Women
Masters Women 50-54
Lisa Heathman
Team Oregon presented by Laurelwood Brewing

Masters Men
Masters Men 55-59
John O’Brien
Evolution Racing Team/RCB

Junior Women
Junior Women 15-16
Keeley Brownback
Mountain View Cycles Racing Team

Junior Men
Junior Men 13-14
Jacob Smith
PDX Devo Junior Cycling

Team
Team Oregon presented by Laurelwood Brewing

Category and Age-Graded Receiving Awards

Singlespeed/Fixed Men
Seth Patla
PDX TI / HUB / RCB

Singlespeed/Fixed Women
Mielle Blomberg
Team S&M

Clydesdale
Chris Wierman

Athena
Hannah Hart
Hapi-G0!

Category 3 Women
Deann Garcia
West Coast Women’s Cycling p/b Oakshire Brewing

Category 3 Men
Paul Hynes
Therapeutic Associates of Bend/Pine Mountain Sports

Category 4 Women
Taylor Phillips
Showers Pass Racing Team p/b Sage Cycles

Category 4 Men
Chris Sarrett
Pacific Power Blue Sky

Junior Men 10-12
Zachary Smith
PDX Devo

Junior Men 15-16
Duncan Howell
PDX Devo Junior Cycling

Junior Men 17-18
Peyton Logue
Landshark

Junior Women 13-14
McKenna Mckee
Grixsen Brewing p/b West End Bikes

Junior Women 17-18
Kristina Owen
Capitol Velo

Masters Men 30-34
Chris Waggoner
Monster Media Racing p/b Western Bike Works

Masters Men 35-39
Adrian Bosch
Flywheel Bicycle Solutions

Masters Men 40-44
Benjamin Brainard
Flywheel Bicycle Solutions

Masters Men 45-49
Joseph Holcomb

Masters Men 50-54
Jeff Standish
Therapeutic Associates Racing p/b Vancouver Toyota

Masters Men 60-64
Darrell Provencher
Team Rose City

Masters Men 70+
Einar Traa
Portland Velo Racing Team

Masters Women 35-39
Nitzel Hagan
JLVelo Cycling Team p/b The Freewheel

Masters Women 40-44
Sheri Masessa
Flywheel Bicycle Solutions

Masters Women 45-49
Sarah Tisdale
Highfive Cycling

Masters Women 60+
Melissa Boyd
Pacific Power Blue Sky

Categories and Age-Graded Not Receiving Awards
(Not enough disciplines- winners will receive certificates of recognition)

Junior Women 10-12
Madeline Stover
PDX-Devo

Masters Women 30-34
Jasmine Zamora
BriHOP Racing

Masters Women 55-59
Vikki Bourcier
Grixsen Brewing p/b West End Bikes

Location:

Chris King
2801 NW Nela St.
Portland, OR 97210

Parking:

You may park along the areas marked in red, or if you cannot find parking there, you can park along 29th Ave.  You will be towed if you park by Metro or any of the other businesses.  Entrance along alley on left side.

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Annual Officials Training – February 11, 2017

This year’s annual officials training will be on February 11, 2017 from 10:00 AM-3:00 PM at the Mazamas at 527 SE 43rd Ave. in Portland.  The agenda is currently being developed by Terri Camp and Jordan Staples.

The Mazamas
527 SE 43rd Ave.
Portland, OR 97215

There is no cost for the training and we will try to stream out via Google+ for those who can’t make it.  All current officials should at least watch the head injury training.

The address for watching the streaming is here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Ar1vQXOEGc

If you plan on attending or watching online please fill out the form below.

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Names of Attendees

OBRA Rules Meeting 1/16/16

 

Thank you to Chris King and Sierra Nevada
for hosting our Annual Awards Party

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Rules Meeting

The meeting was brought to order at 1 PM on 1/16/2016 at Chris King.

Executive Director Kenji Sugahara and Marketing and Junior Development Manager Joel Fletcher gave a brief overview of the status of OBRA and anticipated trends in the marketplace.  Other topics included discussions with USA Cycling about reciprocity and other issues.

A straw vote was taken on whether the representatives would be amenable to spending OBRA funds to help cover drug testing costs.  The representatives overwhelmingly supported the concept.

Seth May’s proposal on safety (3.6) was not passed.

Brian List proposed the following rule change instead:

3.6 Safety

A race official may remove or disqualify a rider if the rider or the rider’s equipment appears to present a danger to the rider or to others before, during, or after an event.

Brian List made a motion to approve the rule change.  Brad Ross seconded.  The motion was then passed.

The representatives then discussed Mike Murray’s proposal on Masters Women Racing under section 6.6.2- see below. Brian List made a motion to approve.  Brad Ross seconded the motion.  The motion failed on the vote.

The representatives then discussed the proposed cross categories under section 6.4.  (see below).  Kevin Blair made a motion to approve the rule change.  Brad Ross seconded.  The motion passed.

John Wilson then discussed some of the rule changes proposed for junior racing in OBRA.

The representatives then discussed the proposal to modify 6.5.2.  See below.  The representatives modified the proposal to the following language:

JUNIORS may be any age range between a racing age of 9 and a racing age of 18.  Youth is defined as riders under the racing age of 9.

JUNIORS with a racing age of 9 may only race in Cyclocross events and may only be permitted to rider in Junior categories per rule 6.6.4.

Kevin Blair made a motion to approve.  Meg Mautner seconded the motion.  The motion passed.

Steven Beardsley then made the following proposal to prohibit junior racers from racing in Category 1 Cyclocross races.

Junior riders may not race in Category 1 cyclocross races longer than 50 minutes except when a junior field is not provided.

Brad Ross made the motion, Brian Abers seconded.  The motion did not pass.

Board Members

Rule Proposals

Congratulations to Glen Gann on his re-election to the board.  Congratulations to Steven Beardsley on his election to the board.

Grant officials ability to pull riders for injuries or unsafe equiment

Proposed by Seth May- add section

3.6 Safety

3.6.1 Prior to race start

Any rider whose equipment is unsafe shall not start an event unless the equipment is made safe and demonstrated to be safe to a race official.

Riders who pose an inordinate danger to themselves or others shall not start an event.

3.6.2 During racing

In the case of incidents during a race, the race official may remove a rider from the event if:

· They perceive the rider unfit to continue; or

· They perceive the rider to be an inordinate danger to themselves or other riders; or

· They perceive rider’s equipment is no longer safe

The race official will remove a rider if the rider’s helmet has visible cracking or the rider has obvious symptoms of a head injury.

Seth May: Based on the training (on head injuries), it seems clear and appropriate that officials should pull riders suspected of having a concussion even if the rider does not want to be pulled.

Judgments of this nature must often be made by Assistant Referees since, in most cases, it will be impossibly to consult with the CR prior to making the call. It is also an irreversible call (removal from competition), since the rider cannot appeal the decision prior to it being enforced. Although this is not a penalty and is really a rider safety issue, it will feel like a penalty a racer who disagree with being pulled.

From reviewing the rules, I’m not sure that pulling riders for theirs and others safety (as opposed to a rule violation) is well supported.

Remove unused rule provisions

Proposed by Mike Murray:

6.6.2 Women

Women may enter any race for which they are eligible by age, category, and any performance requirements and may enter categorized races for men that are up to one category lower than their women’s category, or in the case of category 1 women, up to two categories lower.

Delete below

Category 1/2 master women can race with master men up to 10 years older and Category 3/4 master women can race with master men up to 20 years older.

Mike Murray: The edited portion of this rule, to my knowledge, has never been used. It is overly complicated and doesn’t really open up more racing for women especially given the provisions of the non-edited portion of the rule.

Change Cross Categorization

Proposed by John Wilson, Candi Murray and Kenji Sugahara:

Change 6.4 to:

6.4 Cyclocross Categories (move from alphabetical to numerical standard))

Category 1 (Existing A riders)
Category 2 (Existing B riders)
Category 3 (Existing C riders)
Category 4 (Existing Beginner riders)
Category 5 (New Beginners starting 2016)

Kenji Sugahara: To help make it easier to race between OBRA and other organizations.

Allow 9 year olds to race cross

Proposed by John Wilson, Candi Murray and Kenji Sugahara:

Change 6.5.2 to allow racers as young as 9.

Current:

6.5.2 Age graded races Age graded races are defined at the discretion of the race organizer subject to the following:

MASTERS may be any age range 30 or older. If no age range is stated on the Entry Form/Race Announcement the default age will be 40 and older.

JUNIORS may be any age range between 10 and 18 Youth is defined as riders under the age of 10.

6.6.4 Juniors Juniors with an actual age of 11 and under are not permitted to be racing on a cyclocross course at the same time and on the same course as adults.

Youth riders may enter only youth races and may not be mixed with other categories. Youth races can only be held on closed courses.

Fields which define a range with an upper and lower limit may only include racers that fall within that range. For example a 46 year old may not race with the 35-44 year-olds group. If a race has a 35+ and a 45+ field, then a 46 year old is allowed to race in either group (or
both groups if the groups race at different times)

To:

6.5.2 Age graded races

· Age graded races are defined at the discretion of the race organizer subject to the following:

· MASTERS may be any age range 30 or older. If no age range is stated on the Entry Form/Race Announcement the default age will be 40
and older.

· JUNIORS may be any age range between an actual age of 9 and a racing age of 18.

· JUNIORS with an actual age of 9 may only race in Cyclocross events and may only be permitted to ride in Junior only categories per rule 6.6.4.

· Youth is defined as riders under the actual age of 9. Youth riders may enter only youth races and may not be mixed with other categories. Youth races can only be held on closed courses.

Fields which define a range with an upper and lower limit may only include racers that fall within that range. For example a 46 year old may not race with the 35-44 year-olds group. If a race has a 35+ and a 45+ field, then a 46 year old is allowed to race in either group (or both groups if the groups race at different times)

John Wilson: To expand the junior age bracket to get more kids involved.

 

OBRA Rules Meeting and Awards Party

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January 16, 2016

Chris King World Headquarters

Schedule of Events

1 PM – 4 PM Rules Meeting
6-9 PM Awards Party

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Rules Meeting Agenda:

Introduction and updates
Rule changes
Board member election (2 slots)

Proposed rule changes
Bios of board member candidates

Representatives from teams that paid in 2015-2016 are eligible to vote.

Board Member Candidates

Glen Gann (incumbent)

Glen has been a long time member of both OBRA and the board of directors.  As the sole representative from Southern Oregon he gives valuable insight into racing from the southern half of our state.  Glen was born and raised in Southern Oregon. He has a journeyman’s license in HVAC and has worked in the trade for over twenty years. Glen has owned the Central Point RV service and repair shop since 2006. He has been racing bicycles since 1985 and races or has tried most every discipline of cycling including CX, MTB, Track, Tandem and Road with a fondness for criteriums. Besides racing he has promoted, volunteered services and officiated bike races for over 15 years. Glen has served as President of the Siskiyou Velo bike club and has been serving on the OBRA board for the past nine years. He stays involved in the local community and serves on the School Board budget committee.

Norrene Godfrey

Converse wearing, caffeine addict, bike racing misfit with a rebel streak, known for pushing the limits . . .too far at times, tegaderm is my friend. Marketing, innovation and creativity are my superpowers, don’t tell me I can’t, I will find a way, as lift is too short to not to dream big.

I’m excited and passionate that I submit my application to serve on the board of directors of OBRA.

OBRA has a long history with cycling as do I and I feel it is my time to step up and help out. As many of you might know, I have run a few successful cycling teams in the past and they consumed all of my spare time and I have not been able to do anything else but work and manage teams.

I have retired from running professional teams and that has freed up personal time and I feel that I can make a solid, thoughtful, commitment to OBRA and all its members, a commitment I do not take lightly.

There are so many opportunities to grow new events in Oregon such as the transcontinental stage race that is just now starting to take flight. I can help OBRA find these events, as I’m well connected within the cycling industry. I also have strong connections within USAC’s BOD, should another reciprocity issue arise, I can reach out and help stop the madness so we do not have another missed opportunity for OBRA athletes.

However marketing, innovation, creativity and connecting the dots are my strongest assets and I can help OBRA with proposal writing, innovative marketing, story telling to help OBRA reach new consumers, and possibly sponsors.

In the end, it’s about teamwork and being a good teammate and I can do both. I love leading people out, if you would have me on the OBRA BOD, I would make one hell of a good domestique member.

Brian Vegter

Brian Vegter is a race promoter, road racer, mountain biker and full time artist. He lives in Baker City, OR where he and his wife Corrine, and along with hundreds of volunteers organize the Baker City Cycling Classic (Elkhorn Classic).

Vegter is running for a position on the OBRA Board because he’d like to see further growth of cycling in Eastern Oregon, and help to foster partnerships with the Eastern Washington and Western Idaho racing communities.

In 2006 the Vegters moved from New York City to Oregon and have been OBRA members from the start. Because of the demands of race promoting, running an art gallery and directing the We Like ‘Em Short Film Festival he doesn’t train as much as he needs to lead the pack so his moto is “I may not be fast, but I won’t be last.”

Rule Proposals

Grant officials ability to pull riders for injuries or unsafe equiment

Proposed by Seth May- add section

3.6 Safety

3.6.1 Prior to race start

Any rider whose equipment is unsafe shall not start an event unless the equipment is made safe and demonstrated to be safe to a race official.

Riders who pose an inordinate danger to themselves or others shall not start an event.

3.6.2 During racing

In the case of incidents during a race, the race official may remove a rider from the event if:

· They perceive the rider unfit to continue; or

· They perceive the rider to be an inordinate danger to themselves or other riders; or

· They perceive rider’s equipment is no longer safe

The race official will remove a rider if the rider’s helmet has visible cracking or the rider has obvious symptoms of a head injury.

Seth May: Based on the training (on head injuries), it seems clear and appropriate that officials should pull riders suspected of having a concussion even if the rider does not want to be pulled.

Judgments of this nature must often be made by Assistant Referees since, in most cases, it will be impossibly to consult with the CR
prior to making the call. It is also an irreversible call (removal from competition), since the rider cannot appeal the decision prior to
it being enforced. Although this is not a penalty and is really a rider safety issue, it will feel like a penalty a racer who disagree with being pulled.

From reviewing the rules, I’m not sure that pulling riders for theirs and others safety (as opposed to a rule violation) is well supported.

Remove unused rule provisions

Proposed by Mike Murray:

6.6.2 Women

Women may enter any race for which they are eligible by age, category, and any performance requirements and may enter categorized races for men that are up to one category lower than their women’s category, or in the case of category 1 women, up to two categories lower.

Delete below

Category 1/2 master women can race with master men up to 10 years older and Category 3/4 master women can race with master men up to 20 years older.

Mike Murray: The edited portion of this rule, to my knowledge, has never been used. It is overly complicated and doesn’t really open up more racing for women especially given the provisions of the non-edited portion of the rule.

Change Cross Categorization

Proposed by John Wilson, Candi Murray and Kenji Sugahara:

Change 6.4 to:

6.4 Cyclocross Categories (move from alphabetical to numerical standard))

Category 1 (Existing A riders)
Category 2 (Existing B riders)
Category 3 (Existing C riders)
Category 4 (Existing Beginner riders)
Category 5 (New Beginners starting 2016)

Kenji Sugahara: To help make it easier to race between OBRA and other organizations.

Allow 9 year olds to race cross

Proposed by John Wilson, Candi Murray and Kenji Sugahara:

Change 6.5.2 to allow racers as young as 9.

Current:

6.5.2 Age graded races Age graded races are defined at the discretion of the race organizer subject to the following:

MASTERS may be any age range 30 or older. If no age range is stated on the Entry Form/Race Announcement the default age will be 40 and older.

JUNIORS may be any age range between 10 and 18 Youth is defined as riders under the age of 10.

6.6.4 Juniors Juniors with an actual age of 11 and under are not permitted to be racing on a cyclocross course at the same time and on the same course as adults.

Youth riders may enter only youth races and may not be mixed with other categories. Youth races can only be held on closed courses.

Fields which define a range with an upper and lower limit may only include racers that fall within that range. For example a 46 year old may not race with the 35-44 year-olds group. If a race has a 35+ and a 45+ field, then a 46 year old is allowed to race in either group (or
both groups if the groups race at different times)

To:

6.5.2 Age graded races

· Age graded races are defined at the discretion of the race organizer subject to the following:

· MASTERS may be any age range 30 or older. If no age range is stated on the Entry Form/Race Announcement the default age will be 40
and older.

· JUNIORS may be any age range between an actual age of 9 and a racing age of 18.

· JUNIORS with an actual age of 9 may only race in Cyclocross events and may only be permitted to ride in Junior only categories per rule 6.6.4.

· Youth is defined as riders under the actual age of 9. Youth riders may enter only youth races and may not be mixed with other categories. Youth races can only be held on closed courses.

Fields which define a range with an upper and lower limit may only include racers that fall within that range. For example a 46 year old may not race with the 35-44 year-olds group. If a race has a 35+ and a 45+ field, then a 46 year old is allowed to race in either group (or both groups if the groups race at different times)

John Wilson: To expand the junior age bracket to get more kids involved.

 

Awards Party:

Food catered by Chris DiMinno of Chris King.  Thank you to Sierra Nevada for providing us with the beer.  Awards party is open to all but we request that you RSVP so we can anticipate the proper amount of food.  Thank you!

Menu:

  • Grand local charcuterie and cheese platter, breads and traditional garnishes
  • Mushroom, chile, and potato with avocado vinaigrette
  • Braised spicy pork belly with pickled onion
  • Smoked brisket with radish and cabbage

Master of ceremonies: Brad Ross

  • Introduction

  • Oregon Cup

  • Oregon Women’s Prestige Series

  • Oregon TT Cup

  • Video Intermission

  • Bar Awards

Details:

Dress for attendees is casual.  Awardees should dress business casual.  Awardees will be announced and called up to the stage in groups.  We will provide further details at the event.  There will be an opportunity for photos after each group is on stage.

Awardees:

Oregon Cup and OWPS

Oregon Cup- top 3 will be called up and presented with checks.
1. Austin Arguello
Therapeutic Associates Racing

2. Paul Bourcier
Smith&Nephew p/b West End Bikes

3. Eric Gushurst
Team Oregon presented by Laurelwood Brewing

OWPS
1/2 Series
1. Kristina Hughes, ­ Monster Media Racing p/b Fight Meso ­
2. Misha Fuller, ­ Unattached ­
3. Brenna Wrye­Simpson, ­ Olympia Cycling Team

Cat 3 Series
1. Gabrielle Lehnert ,­ Hutch’s­Slocum­Co­Motion
2. Kae Erickson, ­ Portland Bicycle Studio
3. Kristin Duyn, ­ Portland Bicycle Studio

Cat 4 Series
1. Sara Schmitt,­ Athletes Lounge
2. Meg Hamilton, ­ Hutch’s­Slocum­Co­Motion
3. Neisha Strait, ­ Hutch’s­Slocum­Co­Motion

Overall Receiving Awards

Senior Women
Kristina Hughes
Monster Media Racing p/b Fight Meso

Senior Men
Jeremy Russell
PDX TI / HUB / RCB

Masters Women
Masters Women 45-49
Julie Ann Smith-Simonsen
Sweetpea Ladies Auxiliary

Masters Men
Masters Men 60-64
Russ Patterson
Portland Velo Racing Team

Junior Women
Junior Women 10-12
Mckenna Mckee
Fred Meyer/Lakeside Cycling Team

Junior Men
Junior Men 10-12
Jacob Smith
PDX Devo Junior Cycling

Team
Team Oregon presented by Laurelwood Brewing

Category and Age-Graded Receiving Awards

Tandem
Jamie Mikami/Cavan Mikami
Veloforma

Singlespeed/Fixed Men
Seth Patla
PDX TI / HUB / RCB

Singlespeed/Fixed Women
Bridget Hildreth
Portland Velo Racing Team

Clydesdale
Mike Reddig
Camas Bike and Sport p/b Sunset Audi

Athena
Kathy Hovermale
Boneyard Cycling

Category 3 Women
Lauren Trolley
Team Cycle Sport

Category 3 Men
Paul Hynes
Therapeutic Associates of Bend/Pine Mountain Sports

Category 4 Women
Julie Baird
Olympia Cycling Team

Category 4/5 Men
Chris Sarrett
Pacific Power Blue Sky

Junior Men 13-14
Parker Green
Beaverton Bicycle Club

Junior Men 15-16
Joseph Lukens
PDX Devo Junior Cycling

Junior Men 17-18
Cooper Irwin
Hapi-Go!

Junior Women 15-16
Kaylie Ragsdale
Fred Meyer/Lakeside Cycling Team

Junior Women 17-18
Charis Darnall
Hapi-Go!

Masters Men 40-44
Joseph Holcomb
Smith&Nephew p/b West End Bikes

Masters Men 45-49
John Weathers
Audi

Masters Men 50-54
Martin Fuss
Team Oregon presented by Laurelwood Brewing

Masters Men 55-59
Paul Mautner
Veloforma

Masters Women 35-39
Hazel Gross
CX Pistols p/b Gigantic Brewing

Masters Women 50-54
Betty Tucker
Pacific Power Blue Sky

Masters Women 55-59
Sue Hanna
Oregon Bike Shop Racing Team

Masters Women 60+
Melissa Boyd
Pacific Power Blue Sky

Categories and Age-Graded Not Receiving Awards
(Not enough disciplines- winners will receive certificates of recognition)

Masters Men 4/5
Robert Tornai
Audi

Junior Women 13-14
Charlie Wirth
Fred Meyer/Lakeside Cycling Team

Masters Men 30-34
Joseph Dengel

Masters Men 35-39
Andrio Abero

Masters Men 65-69
Daniel Caldwell
Audi

Masters Men 70+
Dale Harless

Masters Women 30-34
Heather Johnson
Beaverton Bicycle Club

Masters Women 40-44
Heather VanValkenburg
Portland Bicycle Studio

TT Cup Awards will be distributed

Location:

Chris King
2801 NW Nela St.
Portland, OR 97210

Parking:

You may park along the areas marked in red, or if you cannot find parking there, you can park along 29th Ave.  You will be towed if you park by Metro or any of the other businesses.  Entrance along alley on left side.

parking

2016 Gorge Roubaix

The Gorge Roubaix is back and better than ever for 2016. April 2nd and 3rd, The Dalles, OR will host one of the premier weekend of road racing in the country. Day One on Saturday April 2nd will be the same route used last year with all the gravel you’ll encounter on the climb. Chad and Breakaway Promotions are currently putting together the course for Day Two and it should be better than ever.

If racing isn’t quite you’re thing, and you’d feel me comfortable in a mass start ride, the Gorge Roubaix Gravel Grinder on Sunday April 3rd may be more for you. There are Big Grinder and Little Grinder options so every rider can have a route that fits into their riding abilities.

Registration is open now on the OBRA website. Register early and get yourself a free pair of Gorge Roubaix socks. For more information on the race and updates as they come out check out the Gorge Roubaix website.

The video below is a short clip from a course recon Castelli Cycling did with a few Portland based racers last year.

King’s Valley Update

Hello OBRA and WSBA folks:

Today is the first Saturday in April and that can only mean two things:  The Tour of Flanders is tomorrow AND the Second Saturday in April is only one week away, which means that the Nearly World Famous Kings Valley Road Race is coming up fast. A few things to note for this years race:

We have had such a large turnout for our mens’ masters field in recent years that we are running separate 40+ and 50+ fields this year.  Note that 60+ has a separate 4 deep prize list and will race with the 50+ group.

Our beer sponsor is back with half cases of  Hop Valley Brewing beer to the winner of the first lap of most races.

We always are in need of support drivers to make our races as safe and sporting as possible, so if you are racing and have a spouse, friend, or minion who can drive a vehicle for us, you get a free entry and they get their race gas $ covered as well as a tasty lunch.  Please contact me @ scott.goldstein@summitbankonline.com

Advance weather forecast for race day calls for typically excellent racing weather…as is the norm for Kings Valley.

Further bulletins as the days progess.  See y’all at the race!

-Scott Goldstein

Promoter, Kings Valley RR

Beginner Friendly Monday PIR Begins in 3 weeks!

All levels of bicycle racers invited to the start line for the Monday Night Bicycle Race Series at Portland International Raceway. Races are organized for five months from April 20 – August 31.

PORTLAND, Ore. (April 1, 2015) Portland International Raceway shifts into high gear as the Monday Night Bike Race Series kicks off its season on April 20th. Hundreds of racers of all levels will sprint to the finish in this long-running series. Participants race for fun and prizes all season long every Monday night, April 20 – August 31.

“Bicycle racing continues to grow in Oregon, and we see new racers each year trying it out. PIR is a great place to learn about racing,” said series race organizer Jim Anderson. “The race series is designed for experienced, novice and curious bike racers alike. There are a wide variety of categories to fit the needs of a growing sport. Also, with the track being easily accessible in North Portland, we expect our great bike racing venue to be packed with racers this summer,” said Anderson.

In the Monday Night Bike Races, support for cyclists learning how to race is a priority. The series offers several opportunities to learn and get excited about bike racing for first-time racers. Free introduction to racing clinics will be offered the second Monday of each month at 5:30 p.m., beginning in May. These short, concise clinics are led by coaches and experienced racers to teach the basics of racing to beginners. The series also receives support from Let’s Race Bikes, a women’s racing group. These racing ladies will gather the first Monday of each month from May to August. Let’s Race Bikes members will be available to answer racing questions, engage new riders and provide a fundamentals racing clinic.

This year the series has partnered with Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA) to offer Try Bike Night, an event to encourage novice racers to come out to PIR. Try Bike Night events will be held May 4 and July 13. For these events, OBRA will waive the one-day membership fee ($5) for racers rolling up to the start line for the first time. ($15 entry fee still applies.)

All levels and abilities are welcome and encouraged to attend: all that’s required is a helmet, a road bike and a sense of adventure. There are separate races for novice men and novice women, two categories for more experienced master (age 30+) men, and two categories for women (any age).

The course is a 1.9-mile, flat, wide and smooth paved loop of the Portland International Raceway (1940 North Victory Boulevard, Portland, OR 97217) in North Portland. The raceway circuit is closed to all car traffic.

Entry fee is $15. Registration area opens at 5 p.m. and is located at the start/finish area in the middle of the track, opposite the main grandstand. An OBRA license is required to race and is available at registration for $5 (single-day) or $30 (annual) and is available at the race or at www.obra.org. Online registration is available at www.racemondaynight.com.

Top-placed racers are eligible to receive gift certificates from fantastic local sponsors Laurelwood Brewing Company and River City Bicycles, and Castelli will award monthly leader jerseys along with the competition for the Team Prize. Prize is $1,000 for the team with the most collective points—across all categories—for a month. Teams are encouraged to enter as many racers as they can in all levels to increase chances of winning points. The prize will be awarded twice—once in July and once in August. But the emphasis is on learning, improving and getting a great workout in a fun, sociable and exciting environment. Racing starts at 6:15 p.m. on Monday nights from April 20th to August 31st.

More information at: www.racemondaynight.com.