2010 OBRA Meet the Team Rides

If you're a newer cyclist wanting to get into racing and looking for a group of riders to train and race with, an unattached racer looking to join a team, or you simply want to find out more about a specific team, here's your chance to ride with Oregon racing teams.

The Meet the Team rides are a perfect opportunity to ride with local teams and find one you'd be a good fit for. There are a variety of both men's and women's teams hosting rides this year, and all of them are looking for new riders heading into the 2011 season.

These are social rides at an easy conversational pace. These rides happen rain, wind, or sunshine. Bring a functioning road bike (full fenders are appreciated on damp days), helmet, water, ride food, weather-appropriate clothing, and an extra tube in case you flat.

If you have any questions about the rides or would like to know more, please contact an individual ride leader or Omer Kem.

Details and additional rides will be added as they become available.

Portland-area Team Rides

Saturday, October 2nd

Team: Guinness Cycling
Team Contact/Ride Leader: David Klipper, 503-957-8937
Team Details: Men & Women, All Categories
The Ride: Albina Press Coffee Shop, 4637 N Albina Ave. Be ready to ride at 10:00AM. The ride will be around 2 hours and mostly flat (Sauvie Island ?), however, depending on the turnout, a longer and hilly ride are an option.

Saturday, October 16th

Team: Team Oregon
Team Contact/Ride Leader: Jim Anderson
Team Details: Men & Women, Approximately 45 riders, All Categories
Disciplines: Road, Cyclocross, Track
The Ride: Be ready to ride at 10:00AM at Upper Echelon Fitness (NW Portland) 1420 NW 17th, Suite 388. The ride will be a flat loop out and around Sauvie Island, approximately 35 miles. Bring a working road bike and helmet and be sure to wear clothing appropriate for the weather conditions. The ride will end at Laurelwood NW Public House (NW Portland) 2327 NW Kearney Street for a special meet the team ride lunch and appetizer deals. Bike parking available. Meet for ride, ride with us or meet for lunch!
About the Team: As one of the largest and oldest amateur teams in Oregon, Team Oregon's mission is to enhance the sport of cycling in Oregon by organizing an accessible team with resources to help all members reach their goals. Team Oregon has sizeable racing teams in all categories, from elite riders to beginning category 4 & 5 racers. The team welcomes riders of all ability levels and has an open membership policy. If you want to race your bike, then you are welcome on our team.

Saturday, October 23rd

Team: Bike Tires Direct
Team Contact/Ride Leader: Nick Blacklock
The Ride: Meet at 9:00am at Grand Central Bakery (2249 NW York Portland, OR 97210). We'll ride to and around Sauvie Island. For those with an appetite for more, we'll head up into the hills, along Skyline and back to the Bakery. For those who wish to return we will have riders lead the return on Hwy 30. Total ride should be around 40 miles.
About the Team: 2010 was the first year for Team Bike Tires Direct. We are a very enthusiastic and active group of almost 20 racers (Men/Women/Junior) with a strong mix of Cat 3/4/5 riders. We are very active in Road, Cross, TT and MTB racing. During the off season we ride just about every weekend on a variety of terrain and select routes to manage drive time. We are a close knit group that puts the highest priority on team fit, support and enjoying the experience together. Our goals for 2011 are to continue the success we enjoyed in 2010, and find additional like-minded riders to share the experience.

Saturday, October 23rd

Team: Presto Velo
Team Contact/Ride Leader: Lisa Heathman & Sarah Eustis
Team Details: Men & Women, Approximately 50 members/riders, all categories
Disciplines: Mainly Road, Cyclocross, MTB
The Ride: Be ready to ride at 9:00am from Bike n' Hike, 400 S.E. Grand Avenue, Portland, OR.The ride — approximately 30 miles — will be a flat loop heading North through St. Johns, then East along the Columbia River, and South along the 205 bike path. The ride will end back at Bike n' Hike on Grand Avenue.
About the Team: Presto Velo is one of Portland's premier cycling teams. We're a group of dedicated cyclists and bike racers striving to improve ourselves through training and racing throughout the Northwest. Our title sponsors are bicycleattorney.com, Hopworks Urban Brewery and Bike n' Hike. Beer, bikes, and legal representation...what more could you ask for? To see some race results from our members, visit http://obra.org/teams/32/2010. At the races, we're easy to spot: our kits say "bicycleattorney.com." We are a co-ed team, but we're especially focused on growing our women's team. If you're interested in joining a team, please come out on Saturday, October 23 and join us for a ride!

Saturday, November 13th

Team: Bridgetown Velo
Team Contact/Ride Leader: Sara Fletcher
Team Details: Men & Women (especially interested in recruiting women), Approximately 45 riders, All Categories
Disciplines: Road, MTB, Cyclocross
The Ride: Be ready to ride at 9:00am from Cyclepath, 2436 NE MLK Blvd, Portland OR 97212. Our ride will be 20-30 miles.

Saturday, November 13th

Team: Team Veloforma
Team Contact/Ride Leader: Russell Cree
Team Details: Women
The Ride: Be ready to ride at 10:00AM at Upper Echelon Fitness (NW Portland) 1420 NW 17th, Suite 388.

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