What is the most commonly heard phrase spoken last week? Answer: “Wow, I didn’t recognize you without your helmet.” Ok, maybe not the MOST commonly spoken, but if you came to the Annual Winter Party last weekend you surely uttered it yourself at least once!
PV riders and their partners met up last week for what will surely be the party to beat all parties. The paparazzi caught pictures (mostly flattering) on the red carpet. Spin catering delivered an amazing yogurt curried turkey breast with smoked Gouda mashed potatoes. The event started with a great video by our own Burk Webb, then a small pickup load of prizes were raffled off. Thank you Western Bike Works, Upper Echelon Fitness and Rehabilitation, Catelli, Reginald Lee, and Clif (courtesy of your race team) for all the great prizes!
The trio of Ops team directors drew focus and showered thanks on outgoing Ops Members Todd Hubble and JRod.
DK highlighted KRhea’s impact on Velo and thanked him for the leadership, dedication, and hard work he has channeled into the club for so many years – building what is surely the best bicycle club in the Nation.
The crowning glory of the evening was our guest star – Bob Roll! Fed questions by Cindy “EMCEE” McCasker, he shared his insights, opinions and hilarious stories from his days riding in the peloton to those covering it. He kept us in stitches for well over an hour. Bobke was truly impressed by the club, declaring that PV and clubs like us provide the international lifeblood for the sport of cycling. He fit right in with our crew and assured us that he’d be back to ride with us in the near future.
The new Ops team also wants to say THANK YOU again to the volunteers, who day in and day out make this club so amazing. Without them all the things that make Portland Velo so special wouldn’t happen – this party, weekly ride maps, ride leaders and all the other ongoing tasks that are so integral to our club.
We've got some exciting stuff in the works this winter and spring:
Off-bike presentations. Get the most out of your training. Be on the lookout for a bike skills seminar in late March/April.
New kit order - thanks to Jenn Levo and Castelli. Place your order by Monday March 10th! A separate cap order will be taken in mid-March.
New bike sponsor - Cannondale. The 2nd deal window just closed. We'll look to have additional offers later in the year.
Social get-togethers. The next one will be on March 13th at Velocult
Let's get ready to race!
Fellow riders, Melanie Pratt and Malcolm Johnson (aka M&M) are working with Canigou Cycling, an outfitter in Spain that leads fully supported rides.
We here at PV have the motto "It's All About the Ride!", but sometimes Mother Nature decides that it would be best if we all stayed at home. In the Pacific Northwest we are no strangers to riding in bad weather, but heavy fog, high winds, slick road conditions and dare we say it, snow have sometimes hampered our ability to enjoy our famous Saturday Signature Rides. Check the link below to learn more about how we decide when to cancel a ride and you can stay up to date.