This has been a warm and productive May so far for Portland Velo Racing Team.
First and foremost, a huge congratulations to PVRT Director Sasha Lacey! He finished the Rose Garden Series as the overall winner of the Master 4/5 40+.
Coming out of the Rose Garden Series, we knew we wanted to set Sasha up for another potential win. With that goal in mind, we decided to focus our energies on the Banana Belt Series. Overall, the Banana Belt series has been a tremendous success for us from both team building and results perspectives. Banana Belt #1 saw 10 PVRT racers out in force.
A large crash put many competitors out of commission, including a number of PVRT riders. Luckily, no one was seriously hurt, and our resident family physician, Luis Liu, abandoned his own race to help tend to the minor injuries. Despite this setback, three PVRTers made it through the crash to help place Sasha in third place in the Masters 4/5 standings. Banana Belt #2 had a PVRT lighter turnout, but we took two podium positions, with Sasha in second and Joseph Kim in third.
Further congrats should be passed along to Mark Guilfoyle, who came out on top Tuesday night, May 14, at PIR! PIR is a great location to get your feet wet, if you are interested in racing. Now that the weather is warming up, if you have thought of road racing, Tuesday PIR or Monday PIR would be a great place to come check things out. We look forward to seeing you out there.
As for future planning news: There is a great opportunity for some team-togetherness and general warm fuzzies, while suffering together on bikes. The 6 Hours of Hood mountain bike race is coming up! At least one team has formed, and we are looking to pull together a few more. If you are interested, drop a line to the MTB captain, Russ Speirn, or to Brandon Cornejo.
Speaking of mountain biking, the perennial favorite – Short Track at PIR is coming up! Mark your calendars and get ready to get – well – dusty.
Planning for the Ankeny Road Race, scheduled for June 22, is well underway, BUT we can’t do it without help from PVRT or PV! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Brandon Cornejo.