Fred Marx

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Following the race…. Oregon Ho! (part I)

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The Fred recently had the opportunity to spend a week following the North American pro circuit into mountainous Oregon.  What’s going on in Oregon in June you ask?  The 2010 Indie Hops Mt Hood Cycling Classic.  From a sodden speedway prolog, to sun drenched roads in east central Oregon, the folks from Breakaway Promotions and the Oregon Bike Racing Association (OBRA) gave a clinic on how to run a great bike race.  Begin with a race director, Chad Sperry, who obviously loves the sport.  Chad put his heart, soul and back into running this event.  Add to this some incredible terrain, strong course selection, and a herd of volunteers, and you have the makings of a great race.

All that remained was to get a solid field to contest the race.  The Classic drew United Healthcare p/b Maxxis, the Bissell Professional Cycling Team, Hagens-Berman out of Seattle, Red Truck Brewing, Total Restoration Cycling from the Okanogan Highlands, as well a collection of  teams and individuals from the western states. Olympic medalist Billy Demong, came to contest the race, riding for Colesport out of Park City Utah.

United Healthcare brought the strongest team.  They demonstrated their power by taking the leader jersey worn by Paul Mach (Bissell Pro Cycling)  on the first road stage, and never letting go.  Morgan Schmitt wore his first ever leader jersey following a slippery circuit race on the slopes of Mt Tabor Park in Portland.
During a puncture filled Mt Adams Road Race, Schmitt was penalized 20 seconds for “excessive drafting” behind the neutral support car after a flat.  UHC, unaware of the penalty, rode to control the tempo and reel in a break away of four riders.  Nic Hamilton (Red Truck Brewing) survived a long day in the break to win the second stage over a fast closing pack of riders including UHC’s Marc de Maar and Sam Johnson of Hagens-Berman.  At the conclusion of the stage Schmitt was preparing to don the yellow jersey for a second time when the officials posted the penalties and protests.  As a result of what DS Gord Fraser felt was a debatable penalty, the Yellow Leader Jersey was bestowed upon Marc de Maar. At the height of the action Torsten Kjellstrand of The Oregonian caught the UHC team car and crew in an unusual predicament. Having picked a bad line through a corner, the team crew was forced to do a wheel change.  No neutral support for caravan vehicles.

No stage race is complete without a time trial.  The Mt Hood Classic obliged with the Scenic Gorge Time trial.  18 miles from The Dalles west along the old Columbia Gorge Highway, US 30, to Hood River.  This section of road, famous for the Rowena Loops and the Mosier Twin Tunnels, is far from flat and presented a course that made it difficult to settle into a strong rhythm.    The morning dawned gray, cold and rainy.  By start time the clouds had fled and the sun burst forth.  Then came the one thing that Hood River is well known for, the wind.  Windsurfers and Kite Boarders don’t call this place heaven for nothing. Note the prominent white caps marking the Columbia River below.

Following stage 2 the overall was close between Marc de Maar (UHC) and Bissell’s Paul Mach.  De Maar was able to extract 14 seconds from Mach in the time trial.  The groundwork was laid for a decisive Queen Stage, The Wy’East Road Race, to be run on a 91 mile loop from Mt Hood Meadows to Dufur Oregon and back.

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June 13, 2010 at 12:53 pm

Seals

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Today is Sunday.  It’s chilly (all of 48º) here in La Jolla.  Since early morning is a good time to wander around without crowds of look-loos, it was time to walk along the beaches.  There are birds.

Beachmaster

There are also seals.  These are controversial seals.  They took over a popular La Jolla beach many years ago.  Now some people think the seals should go, others feel they should stay.  Go, stay, I care not.  I like pictures of sea life.  Seals count.  On this beach there are signs.  Some signs are Official.  They say plainly; only signs with the San Diego City Seal are official signs.  The local Seal Protection Forces also have a sign.  It says in not so many words, Seals scare easily.  Watch the seals from the sidewalk or the breakwater.  Small print: stay off the beach.  Farther down the stair is the Official Sign, it has a City Seal on it.  It says plainly; This beach is open to the public.  Please respect the seals.  Harassment of sea mammals is a federal crime.  No loud noises please.  In fact both sets of signs ask for quiet.  As I decided where to shoot the following picture, I read all the signs.  I walked down the stair to sand level.  Apparently the Seal Watcher assumed I had not read the signs, and wanted to make sure I would not disturb his charges.  “Sir, sir, They scare easily” he reminded me. Shouting from the top of the stair……

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I think this sums it up nicely.  Please note that no seals were harrassed, intimidated, or in any way disturbed by the making of these photos.  Not even by the yelling.  Telephoto lenses are a beautiful thing in these cases.  There are a couple more shots at Pbase.

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November 29, 2009 at 11:51 am

Mud…..

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This past weekend, we at Fred Marx, undertook to make the perilous journey to the Peoples Republic Of Boulder.  The reason for the trek, in the days that followed a record October storm on the Front Range you ask?  Two days of UCI cross action.  Saturday saw the running of the Blue Sky Velo Cup in soupy conditons at Longmont.

Bo Pitkin (Church Of The Big Ring)

The winter storm left the roads to Colorado layered with snow and ice.  The Utah contingent was stopped in various parts of Wyoming.  Two members of the new Utah congregation The Church Of The Big Ring, made the perilous journey.  Bo Pitkin and Mike Kracht took the start in cat 3.  Bo finished the Saturday slop fest while Mike suffered a mechanical.  The days Elite cat spoils went to Katie Compton (Planet Bike) and Tim Johnson (Cannondale/CXWorld). Both motored to decisive, nay dominant victories.

Katie Compton (Planet Bike)
Tim Johnson (Cannondale/CXWorld)

The real heros were in the pit.  A good change meant a clean bike and a brief respite from the drag of clogging mud.

Meredith Miller (Cal Giant Berries) executes a smooth change
The Problem

The Solution......

More Dirty Pictures…..

At Fred Marx, we determined on day one, that mud is a very entertaining way to create havoc with a bike race.  On Day two we learned about sand.  More words are needed to further detail the trials of the 801 mission to Colorado.  These words will follow in due time.