The Athletic Sprint Omnium / OBRA Championship event took place a couple weeks ago. I know for a fact that it was not last weekend, because last weekend was the Mt. Tabor circuit race and we were all desperately trying not to puke on ourselves. Or crash. But that is a story for another time.
On an overcast day in Portland, Oregon the Alpenrose Velodrome was packed to the gills with track racers. Now, wait, that doesn't sound right, or true. Well, let's just say that there were some track racers out there on a Saturday afternoon and there happened to be some cloud cover as well.
There were a few interesting things that happened out at the track event this time around.
1. World, meet Cole Lalomia. He might be our first employee at The Athletic Community. The jury is still out on that one. What the jury has come back with, is the fact that he is really fast on a bicycle. Even a bicycle that only has one gear and seems to propel you forward, no matter how hard you try to stop it. In any case, once he figures out this match sprint thing (are there longer races at Alpenrose, I feel like maybe there should be longer races for this guy) he is going to be a sheer force to be reckoned with.
2. The Athletic Skinsuits look good on the track. No matter who you borrow them from.
3. Steven Beardsley's wife, Andrea Fisk-Beardsley is wicked fast. I mean I wasn't writing everything down, but it looked like she won a lot of races.
4. If you were to go out and buy a pair of those Adidas slip on sandals, the Slide I think they were called, you could be considered a "trackie" (do people say that?) All you have to do, when purchasing said Slide sandals is to buy them about 3 sizes too big. Then, when you're event is over, you can just slide them on over your cleated shoes. Bing bang. Mind blown. I kind of feel like Adam Meyerson knew about this one already, or the Velominati might have tucked it away, but it's there.
5. My wife is obsessed with the new tiger striped Janoski's and how well they match with the PDX-Ray socks. It was something that was commented on in multiples. There might have also been a "siiiiick" that was thrown into the mix as well. Same goes for the combination of the Galaxie sock in the tennis ball green. The key there is the addition of the white shoes. It might be the fact that it is pretty much summer here. That could be what is doing it.
6. I got to meet this guy Ari Sonnenberg. He and his friend Patrick from PEDAL Consumption were hanging around the track shooting photos so I went over to say hello. Well, it turns out that there was also a pretty fantastic little film about this guy that Brenton Salo and Juliet Zulu released earlier today — Ari's Bike — the film deals with the positive affects that riding has had on his PTSD. Rad film, rad guys all around. Plus, Patrick was wearing a SUPERB Bicycle t-shirt. Check out — PEDAL Consumption - Random's from the Track.
So, there you have it, six little nuggets to try on for size. There will be another track day later into the summer - probably August - and we will continue to keep it fun out there. Clint Culpepper, if you haven't run into him here or in person, is the man in charge of this and Tuesday Night PIR, so he has a lot on his plate at the moment. But, seriously, cheers to this guy (he doesn't drink) for continuing to push the envelope in the racing (and life) department.