Audrey and I were fortunate enough to both be able to take the time off and complete the first week of the Cycle Wild Tour back in August. We rode for 8 from Portland, to the Pacific coast, and back into Eugene to take a bus home.
Enjoy the pictures!
ALL THE PICTURES!
We hope to do more adventures in 2013.
Hanging out a the Velo Cult bike shop and tavern, I have the privelege of seeing all sorts of cool bikes going in and out of the shop.
This customer had a Jamis mountain bike frame powder-coated with a matching basket from Portland Design Works.
I just LOVE the color coordinated accessories.
Living in a tiny house, we have to replace our propane tanks every month. Since we don’t have a car and I’d rather not borrow one for transporting tanks for a quarter mile, I strapped two tanks to my trailer and carefully rode home without issue.
This is how we roll.
-Tomas & Audrey
The Portland Short Track race series is over!
Wow, what a summer of racing. I sold my Gary Fisher 29er, bought a Dawe’s single-speed 29er that I’ve dubbed the Flying-Purple-People-Eater, and raced 7 times.
Each race choked us with flying dust kicked up by knobby tires, pedaled by people fit enough to go pro, and cheered by loving friends and family. It’s hard to not get sucked into the fun of this series.
I’ve waited too long to give a lap-by-lap account of each race, but I can tell you that the physical suffering, the mind games of pushing myself beyond the red-line of going as hard as I could, and staying positive when another racer would pass me, it was all worth while.
I really want to thank Kris Schamp of OBRA for organzing a fun series as I definitely plan on returning next year if I’m not on some grand adventure.
There’s something ridiculous about pedaling a fixed-gear bicycle up and down an extinct volcano, but that’s exactly what my team-mates of Team Slow and I did at the Mt Tabor Series 2012.
We seem to have this odd sense of fun as the majority of the team raced in the fixed-gear category, but we had a few peeps race in Men’s and Women’s beginner’s categories.
Each race ended with me in the far back of the pack as my legs burned, lungs ready to leap out of my throat, and friends on the sidelines cheering enthusiastically. It was heaven and hell all at the same time.
Will I do it again next year? Maybe, if I’m not off on some long-term adventure.
Day 4 of the 2012 Cycle Wild annual tour, Audrey and I stopped at Smelt Sands to have lunch while riding down the Oregon Coast. The winds really whipped up a chill but the view was just gorgeous.
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Racing in 2012 has started!
After losing my job in October 2011, I had to take a break from racing to get my head together and focus on developing a new career for myself. I’m closer to being a freelance illustrator and children’s book author, but have a lot of work ahead of me. To help me stay in shape and have tons of fun, I decided to start racing again.
What am I doing this year?
I’m still a member of Team Slow.
Mountain Bike Short Track racing at Portland International Raceway.
The Mount Tabor Series on a Fixed Gear
and if everything pans out, I should also be racing in:
The Blind Date Series
The Cross Crusade Series
and perhaps some other races that tickle my fancy.