OBRA Rules Meeting and Awards Party

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Febraury 3rd, 2018

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
Proposed Rule Changes

Bios of Board Member Candidates (Bios coming soon)
Board Member Election (2 Slots)

*Representatives from teams that paid in 2017-2018 are eligible to vote.

Board Member Candidates

David Saltzberg

Hello, my name is David Saltzberg. I am seeking to fill one of the upcoming vacancies on the OBRA board of directors.
My love of bicycles and racing career started back in 1986. I have been an active Cat 3 Master’s racer within OBRA since 2004, averaging about 35 races per year. I have raced within TT, Road, MTB, Crit, and Cyclocross disciplines. I have been an active promoter since 2010, acting as the president of Zone 5 Promotions. Zone 5 Promotions is responsible for bringing the racing community Dirty Circles, David Douglas CX, Het Meer CX, NINKROSSI, Washougal CX, the GP Cyclocross series, and most recently Jack Frost TT and Piece of Cake RR.
I believe that my participation as an active racer and my work as a promoter uniquely qualifies me for the position of board member. We’ve hit a bit of a rough patch within OBRA in the last few years and I’d like to be part of revitalizing the sport and organization.

Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,
David M. Saltzberg

 

Mike Hilbrandt

Greetings all-

My name is Mike Hilbrandt and I am applying for a Board member position.

You may not know me by sight or name, you may have even mistaken me for Jordan at some point in time, but odds are we have crossed paths. I began racing with OBRA in 2005, competing in all disciplines. While the loss of a family member quenched my desire for competition in late 2008, my desire to remain in OBRA was strong. I transitioned from being a racer to being the medic, then from medic to camera operator, assistant referee, assistant judge, chief referee, and eventually a chief judge. I have nearly done it all, though I will admit my track officiating is non-existent.

So why do I want to be on the board? First and foremost, OBRA needs to grow and retain a strong field of volunteers and officials. This past season was particularly challenging for many reasons. We had instances of assault, theft, vandalism, professional misconduct and of course always the public urination, intoxication, etc. In several cases, officials who spoke to racers or spectators were immediately met with anger, cursing and a misplaced sense of entitlement. This is absolutely uncalled for and must not be tolerated. Towards the end of the season, it reached a point that the Cross Crusade had to write their own code of conduct. Our officials and volunteers are out there working for minimum wage or less – mostly for their love and support of the sport and fellow racers. It is very difficult to recruit fresh people and perspectives when their exposure to the sport shows an abusive relationship, all for little to no pay. I want to change this.

Secondly, there have been rumors about upcoming proposals and from what I have heard, I fear they are a serious misallocation of resources with little to no return on the significant investments. I am for growth and evolution of OBRA, but I also strongly feel that we have some housekeeping due before we start spending money on anything that does not increase membership or restructure our race calendar. We have lost nearly all of our stage races. Our criterium schedule consisted 5 individual races, the road was down to 7 (weekday evening series notwithstanding). We failed to have a Road State Championship. On the other hand, we did have a lot of mountain bike races while grinders and fondos are still gaining popularity. I feel there is a great opportunity for OBRA to further support and capitalize on these types of events.

What I would like to see happen is the following:
A bigger network of officials and volunteers.
A more robust race calendar.
OBRA to continue to grow and evolve with the sport of cycling.

How I see this happening:
More accountability and respect from racers and spectators stemming from a zero tolerance policy for abuse (verbal or otherwise) against any official, volunteer, racer or spectator. I am saddened that I even need to write this down. A new OBRA BAR / Ironman point system. A new fee structure that allows for more flexibility for promoters. Increased pay/perks for officials and volunteers new rules that provide a safer environment for all.

I have already suggested a few changes and perks help with some of the challenges OBRA is facing; some have been in place for a while, another major one has recently been enacted, and I have more ideas to share. I am excited about the prospect of change and growth and I hope you allow me the opportunity to enact more of my ideas.

Best wishes for a successful 2018 racing season!

Mike Hilbrandt

 

Jake Von Duering

Born and raised in Southern California, Jake received his bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology from Chapman University. After graduating from Chapman in 1998, he went on to specialize in the field of Strength & Conditioning and trained athletes of all ages, including many high-level professional athletes from a multitude of sports. In addition to his love for health, fitness, and nutrition, Jake has been a passionate cyclist since he was a young child. He has always used cycling as a means of staying fit and began competing in mountain bike races in 2008 as a way of nurturing his competitive spirit. Wanting to enhance his fitness for mountain bike racing, he found himself on his road bike more and more, which naturally led to his first road race and subsequent love for road bike racing. Jake loves constantly pushing himself to find new levels of fitness and speed while having a deep passion for all things cycling.
At the age of 25, Jake started his own business that he owned and operated for 15 years. In that process, he feels as if he became very proficient with project management, budgets, forecasting, marketing and advertising, staff management, and communication. These were by no means his areas of expertise when he first started, but they were innately in his DNA. This all became very important as the business grew to employ 35 people to serve the community. In late 2014, he sold the business and was finally able to fulfill his dream of moving to the Pacific Northwest in March of 2015.
He then pursued an itch to start another business in the arena of cycling, which spawned Dialed Cycling Lab. However, DCL was ultimately built to support his passion for what is now the Dialed Cycling Team, which he started in 2017. The team has grown to 70 team members who are all great people. DCT takes pride in the direction the team is headed, the support it is providing the
community and the charitable endeavors it has taken on in its short time. Jake is an OBRA member and about to embark on his third season of racing with OBRA. He also thoroughly enjoys being active in the cycling community. He would love to bring his experience to OBRA’s Board of Directors to help build for the future. Membership growth, event promotion, communication, growing women’s and junior’s participation, assisting with bringing in financial support for OBRA, and bringing both the OBRA community and general cycling community closer together are some of the areas where he would like to be involved. Why is Jake interested in taking a position on OBRA’s Board of Directors? Simply put, he loves the sport of cycling and sees this as an excellent opportunity to give back. He feels that his passion and experience could be positively used to ensure a bright future for our sport. All three of his children have an expressed interest in racing someday and he wants them to benefit as well. He has the ability to help, he is able to make the time to help, and he has additional human resources who are willing to help as well. Jake lives in Camas, Washington. When he’s not building bikes, cooking up new training programs, or out logging time in the saddle, he loves spending time with his wonderful wife and three children. You will also find him on the baseball diamond coaching his son’s teams. Additionally, he really enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, cooking, photography, music, tinkering, time with friends, and gardening.

 

Rocky Serna

To members of OBRA,

I would like to formally announce my run as a board member. I have been racing since summer ’95. Raced every year till 2003, and have been off-and-on since then.
I’ve had a few opportunities to help officiate a few cyclocross races. Portland is my home even though I spent several years in Tucson most of which was spent training to race. While there I worked at Arroyo Design a custom heirloom woodshop where we solved problems on a daily basis. I would like to apply that problem solving and collaborating skills in an organization that I hold dear to me. Now is my time to give back to the sport that has given me so much. I’ve been able to travel, work hard, and benefit from a passion that all of us enjoy. Whether voted in or not I will make a positive impact by racing honorably, volunteering, sharing knowledge, and possibly organizing.

Thank you all for your consideration,
“The Peleton is more than that, it is a brotherhood, sisterhood, and a family”
Rocky Serna

 

Rick Wilks

Rick Wilks moved to Camas Washington with his family in 2007. He developed a passion for cycling during college while riding with Cal Poly’s Wheelmen. Upon graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 1992 he continued fueling this passion by launching a career within the cycling industry. Throughout his 20+ years in the cycling industry, Rick has been instrumental in growing several leading cycling brands. Always looking for a challenge, he enjoys a friendly rubbing of elbows in business or on the race course. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, cycling with friends (and family) and being involved with his son’s high school robotics team. Grateful for an amazing career and inspiring local cycling community, Rick has been looking for ways to pass on his knowledge and experiences.

 

Proposed Rule Changes

Policy on Transgender Athlete’s Participation (Sponsor: Parry Sample)

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Code of Conduct (Sponsor: Hazel Gross, Jen Featheringill, and Mike Hilbrandt) *Passed by the OBRA Board of Directors.*

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*Advisory Votes. Executive Director will make the final decision.

Cross-Upgrade (Sponsor: Kevin Blair)

My Proposal is that after the first month of racing or October 1st there would be no more upgrades for the season. This will then allow riders who are participating in series races to not lose the podium or the dream of being a state champion. At the end of the season, there would be the main list of all the people who need to upgrade for the next season. This would also allow them time to train for the new category.

Admin. Rules (Sponsor: Adam Angert)

J. Event Organizer Responsibilities

J.7. The event organizer shall evenly divide prizes for each
category between the Men’s and Women’s fields. Including but not limited to,
cash, gift certificates, and product.

J.7.a Equal prize distribution shall be enforced if there is a field
category differential. As an example, where there is a separate Category 3
field for the Men, but Women are combined Category 1/2/3, the Category 3
Women’s prizes shall be combined with the Category 1/2 Women’s prizes. The
organizer shall have discretion as to whether combined fields will be prized
separately.

 

We will be reviewing the TT Cup Results from 2017. If you spot any errors please let us know.

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 Women’s Prestige Series, Oregon Cup, and TT Cup Awards will be handed out at the Awards Party.

Overall Receiving BAR Awards

Big

Senior Men
Jeremy Russell
River City Bicycles

Senior Women
Kristina Hughes
Therapeutic Associates Racing p/b Pacific Office

Masters Men
Masters Men 70+
Loren Russell
Vegan Fleez!

Masters Women
Masters Women 60+
Melissa Boyd
Corvallis Cyclery Racing

Junior Men
Junior Men 10-12
Ian Brown
Bend Endurance Academy

Junior Women
Junior Women 10-12
Madeline Stover
PDX Devo Junior Cycling

 

Small

Junior Men 13-14
Owen Rogers
Grixsen p/b West End Bikes

Junior Men 15-16
Gavin Bowen
Bowen Sports Performance

Junior Men 17-18
Duncan Howell
V.C. Cascade p/b Slocum

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

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

Masters Men 40-44
Benjamin Brainard
Flywheel Bicycle Solutions

Masters Men 45-49
Michael Moody
Team Cycle Sport

Masters Men 50-54
Perry Lund
Hutch’s /Slocum

Masters Men 55-59
Robert Huff
Half Fast Velo presented by Ninkasi Brewing

Masters Men 60-64
Michael Longmire
Team Revenge Cycling & Racing (RCR)

Masters Women 30-34
Clara Terrell
English Cycles

Masters Women 35-39
Jordan Faulds
Team AF

Masters Women 40-44
Hazel Gross
Team AF

Masters Women 45-49
Julie Ann Smith-Simonsen
Sorella Forte p/b St Honoré Bakery

Masters Women 50-54
Christine A Holland
Fast Fun Nice Racing Team p/b Wattie Ink

Masters Men 65-69
Edward Lanton

Athena
Sonja Ebert
Team 10 Barrel

Category 3 Men
Masters Men 35-39
Chris Sarrett
Hutch’s Eugene

Category 3 Women
Sophie Russenberger
Point S Racing

Category 4 Men
Jason Whitley
Team Oregon presented by Laurelwood Brewing

Category 4 Women
Anne Liggett
Stages Cycling

Singlespeed/Fixed Men
Seth Patla
PDX TI

Singlespeed/Fixed Women
Mielle Blomberg
Team S+M

Tandem
Jamie and Cavan Mikami
Veloforma

Clydesdale
Chris Wierman
Dialed Cycling Team

 

Categories and Age-Graded Not Receiving Awards
(Not enough disciplines to recieve an award)

Masters Men 30-34
Alex Wilson
Hammer Velo

Women 55-59
Lora Melkonian
Mountain View Cycles Racing Team

Masters Men 4/5
Webster Wilson
Cyclepath Racing

Category 5 Men
David Johnson
WesternU Cycling

Category 5 Women
Kristina Owen
Capitol Velo

Category 5 Women
Shelly Boelter
Pedal PT

Category 5 Women
Amanda Abel
Team Planet X USA p/b Xiologix

Women 17-18
Kaylie Ragsdale
Fred Meyer/Lakeside Cycling Team

 

Location:

Chris King
2801 NW Nela St.
Portland, OR 97210

Parking:

You may park in 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 the alley on the left side.

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Job Announcement: Executive Director

OBRA Executive Director Position

Job Brief:

Oregon Bicycle Racing Association [OBRA] is looking for an experienced Executive Director to oversee all operations, functions, and activities. As OBRA’s ED, you will be the face of the organization, an influential manager with the ability to lead and motivate. Excellent communication skills are a must, and you will take a holistic approach to managing the organization’s operations. You will be responsible for working with the OBRA Board of Directors developing, then implementing, the strategic vision outlined by the Board.

The goal is to manage and lead the organization towards the realization of OBRA’s mission; OBRA advances the sport of bicycle racing by providing leadership, facilitating competition, and inspiring participation.

Executive Director Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement strategies aimed to promote the organization’s mission and “voice.”
  • Work with Board of Directors to develop and implement strategic plans, goals, and objectives and provide regular reports to Board of Directors.
  • Build an effective team of leaders by providing guidance and coaching to OBRA’s staff. Supervise and support employees and provides regular performance reviews. Hire and terminate employees as needed. Reviews and executes contracts with independent contractors.
  • Analyze programmatic areas, creates consensus-driven goals and solutions and executes or assists in the execution of solutions to achieve goals.
  • Manage and maintain financial records and budget of the OBRA organization. These include authorizing payments, purchases, and payroll.
  • Ensure regulatory compliance including the filing of annual forms with Oregon Department of Justice, IRS, Oregon Employment Department, and Secretary of State.
  • Tracks state legislation and agency rule-making for any issues or proposals that could negatively impact the organization and provides testimony or information to legislators if needed.
  • Conducts risk assessments as necessary, and maintains adequate insurance including liability, auto, property, workers’ compensation, and Directors’ and Officers’ insurance.
  • Hires and or works with legal counsel for lawsuits or other issues that require legal assistance.
  • Organizes stakeholder meetings including board meetings, promoters’ meetings, officials’ training, and annual membership meetings.
  • Oversee multiple program areas of OBRA. These include membership, marketing, junior racing, women’s racing, racing, officials, scheduling and sanctioning, equipment, and competition.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of programs and modifies programs to increase efficiency.
  • Work with the women’s racing coordinator and committee to increase diversity in racing. Develop and enacts policies that support the goals of diversity and inclusion and supports participation by racers from underserved communities.
  • Coordinate with promoters to create a logical and cohesive calendar.  Provides logistics support to promoters in dealing with private landowners and federal, state, and local officials. Assists promoters with product development.
  • Manage all permit processing for events, revises forms, releases, and ensures compliance with OBRA rules. Acts as custodian of organization records.
  • Identifies, assesses, and recommends potential programmatic rule changes as needed. Analyze and implement rules as applicable, including upgrade rules, racing rules, and administrative rules.
  • Communicate with internal stakeholders including staff, members, officials, promoters, and others as necessary. Ensure stakeholders work together as a team to increase the efficiency of OBRA and create ownership in the organization.
  • Helps manage websites and social media assets.
  • Engage with stakeholders external to the bicycle racing community (such as IMBA, The Street Trust, USA Cycling, and Destination Marketing Organizations) to leverage commonalities to strengthen bike racing and provide additional avenues for funding.
  • Represent OBRA to external audiences such as print and television media.
  • Oversee NABRA operations and work with promoters to manage risk.

Qualifications, Required & Requested Skills:

As OBRA ED, you will bring 5-years or more of management experience in public or private organizations that includes working with a governing body, developing program rules and policies, long- and short-term planning and goals, program evaluation, and budget preparation. This position requires a high degree of complexity and analytical ability combined with a comprehensive knowledge of the functions, processes, theories, and principles of management; and the methods used to gather, analyze, and evaluate information.

Desired Attributes:

Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate the following desired attributes listed below:

  • Experience in organization management (public or private).
  • Professional experience leading programs or projects.
  • Experience leading collaborations of private and public organizations to achieve strategic goals.
  • Experience managing projects or programs.
  • Experience performing the following:
  • Development of goals and objectives for projects or programs.
  • Development or recommendation of rules and policies.
  • Evaluating projects or programs effectiveness, efficiency, relevance, and compliance.
  • Preparing or managing a budget.
  • Cycling enthusiast and evangelist.
  • Leader, motivator who understands the importance of collective action. Team Builder or Team Player, as needed.
  • Communicator and strong public speaker.

The successful candidate will have demonstrated skills that include:

  • The ability to work efficiently with a board of directors.
  • Leadership with a track record of highly ethical and professional behavior.
  • Proven ability to be collaborative, fair, and unbiased in carrying out professional responsibilities.
  • Forward-looking organizational leadership, supervising and motivating employees for peak performance and excellence in customer service.
  • Expert experience communicating effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, and leadership techniques; of accounting, budgeting, and financial principles; and the principles and practices of administration and management.
  • Knowledge of Quickbooks, Microsoft Office, Google Apps, WordPress, Tableau, and Ruby-on-Rails desired.
  • Strong experience interpreting and following the requirements of rules, statutes, legal opinions, and regulations.
  • Skill in planning and directing services provided by a non-profit organization including:
    • development of program rules and policies,
    • development of long- and short-range goals and plans,
    • program evaluation, and
    • budget preparation.

Primary Location

Oregon

Organization

Oregon Bicycle Racing Association

Schedule

Part-time

20-25 hours per week

Travel

Yes, 25 % of the Time

Compensation

Compensation starting at $2,000-$3,000 per month depending on experience.

To apply:

Send resume and cover letter not exceeding two pages, detailing how your qualifications meet our requirements, how you have inspired and motivated others, and your vision to grow OBRA membership. E-mail materials to kenji@obra.org or mail to OBRA, PO Box 5773, Salem, OR 97304.

Due date:

Ongoing until position is filled. Initial review of applications will occur on January 5th, 2018. Applications not received by January 2, 2018 at 5 PM may not be considered in the initial review.

Non-discrimination:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.

11/11/17 Promoter’s Meeting Minutes

OBRA Promoter’s Meeting
11/11/17

Announcement

  • Code of conduct; working on redline [editing] the text so it’s easy to read.
  • Kenji is retiring 6-9 month from ED position, we will be search for a new ED, system wide search, smooth transition.

Membership report

  • Down a couple of percentage points from 2016 – 3700 members, 8% down.
  • Increase in Cat 5 memberships is the growing, need to retain these people.
  • Jen will be taking on upgrades

Marketing / Junior

  • Focusing on getting people racing – getting the word out and doing more creative MTK campaigns.
  • Opening OBRA to more to the NWCP racers
  • Helping drive the message about WMNs racing, WMN road peloton
  • JR cross clinics were very successful this year; wants to continue the JR drive
  • Suggestion from NWCP – can there be a bridge built between Junior racing to colleges and NWCP racing
  • College license? can there be a connection or how can OBRA membership help connect kids with license
  • Suggestion – push out more information on clinics in emails.

Women’s committee

  • Working on the 2018 prestige series
  • Splitting the series into Road / Criterium
  • Sell passes to their series
  • Need to know the calendar
  • On the search for a title sponsor
  • Event in December; working with the non-cycling groups working together to get women signed up [Sunday parkways, women’s cycling summit]

NWCP

  • Issues with low numbers of WMNS – possibility to open it up to non-NCCA events; build community and cross connect; build a mentorship program
  • Kenji asked if NWCP students will be interested in becoming officials to offset cost and making money. There is interest in doing this. Clint is interest in helping out with this as he works with PSU; would like to bring back dual sanctioning to increase fundraising for college teams.
  • Suggestion from NWCP – can there be a bridge built between Junior racing to colleges and NWCP racing
  • College license

Promoter reports

  • Matt – Monday night PIR; ups and downs; 4/5 and 1-3 women’s field showed up every night. Track category was very successful; once the track peeps figure it out the riders where racing two events. Track riders from PIR moved to racing Alpenrose. Successful for June and July was the dropping of Monday night PIR. Go earlier in April.
  • NWCP – down every category; mainly the WMN. On the national level, WMN have been doing great. Lack in and disconnect from NWCP women and amateur racing. Cost is a barrier to entry for college students.
  • Track – good racing season; two new promoters, Tuesday and Thursday nights. Increased road rider attendance. Senior WMN numbers was down, Friday night numbers of steady with beginner WMN up. Velodrome Challenge; numbers are up from last year, so growing. New track committee; new ideas coming to the table, push on Madison racing.
  • The David’s: Worked hard to save some of the road races; Would like to bring back cherry pie and the Lebanon race. Cross, was solid, but disappointing, decrease in participation about 20%. Saw an increase in beginner fields, decrease in “season racers.” Winter? Was the decrease in attendance due to weather?
  • Barton park road series -SteveStruggle over the WMNs fields. Shaking up the fields a bit. Run a co-ed race together; Grand Fando event? Last event of the day?
  • PDW Omnium – went well this year. 6-day was down with teams; lack of promotion. Suggest that the PVC take over promotion of 6-day.
  • North plain circuit race – cancelled; bummer. Road couldn’t get the closed through center of town.
  • Trophy cup – attendance up by one rider over 2016. Gorge fire delayed it by one week. Need to speak to people you don’t usually talk to, encourage new people to enter cycling. Create a safe space for new riders try something new.
  • Do more clinics, maybe do a clinic the week prior to over actual race courses. Give teams more incentives to bring new WMN on and help them cultivate new WMN riders.
  • WMNS clinics after events?
  • Uphill TT – 11% increase in riders. Involved High school to set up and teardown event; introducing kids to cycling by putting up flyers at schools. High school that set up and teardown events will expose the kids to cycling.
  • Baker city stage race – 30% increase, jump in master participation, biggest Pro men’s 1 & 2 field; two rider short of a close field. WMNs field was down, overlapping with other events. Send postcards to other events for cross promotion, hand out free entries to Baker City Stage race to other events as “primes.”
  • Eco – had to move the date, due to snow – numbers were down, lots of challenges. 2018; rejoin the Oregon Cross Country series; 40% out-of-state. Move the race to March 17th, two weeks later, due to weather. Mt. bike trail being built in Pendleton, Oregon – trail out by airport.
  • Mike Ripley – Mt Bike scene; Work with NWCP to get teams into sport, price shouldn’t be a barrier. JR Mt. bike series went well. Maybe pick up state championship for 2018. Southern, Oregon participation down. Oregon triple crown making it a pass event. Oregon, Grand Fando was down due to weather. Shop teams are down sharply this year, devalued. Trying to make an effort to connect with bike shops. Open age groups for triple crown.

Championship committee – to bring back OBRA championships luster; looking people to join the community. BOD member to sit on this committee??

  • Joel Fletcher
  • David Hart
  • Stephanie Myers ?
  • Catherine Cooper

 

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.

 

———————

 

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.

 

———————

 

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.

 

————————–

 

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.

parking

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Names of Attendees

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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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.