The University of Oregon Cycling Team is extremely pleased to announce we will be fueled by Hammer Nutrition for the 2015 racing season. Nutrition is important, and it becomes even more important when we compete in the omnium style of racing. Proper recovery and hydration between and during our races is critical, and we are very grateful to be backed by a company that is so innovative. Not to mention they are family owned out of WhiteFish, MT!
Here is a bit from their “Core Values” page on their website:
“We do not engage in self-serving circular reasoning or the use of selective science to support dubious products and formulations. Instead, we rely on the entire collective body of research and knowledge about the human body and how to achieve and maintain peak health and performance through diet, hydration, and lifestyle choices.”
Be sure to scope out what they have to offer at their website: http://www.hammernutrition.com.
2014 has been a learning year for the University of Oregon Cycling Team. The atmosphere of the team lacked cohesiveness. Although we don’t aspire to be an elite pro-team, (as we are a club sport after all) our club strives to lead our conference and work responsibly where each member, regardless of ability fulfills their potential. One way potential is attained, is through a strong team atmosphere.
That being said, new team president, John Morehouse, has organized our first ever pre-season camp for returning riders. The idea is to build camaraderie among the existing team with long rides and off the bike activities. The team intends on holding a second camp during the winter with a focus on integration and welcoming our new-members onto the team.
Other than the camp, a major goal of the team is to create a self-sustaining, highly organized, and cohesive team environment. A guide for future team presidents will be built with the intention for a more consistent cycling team, regardless of who is managing.
Stay tuned for future updates on our website and Facebook.
If you were following our results at all last weekend, you probably have a good idea of the dissatisfying nature of the remainder of our team’s 2013 Collegiate Road National Championships. Here’s a brief recap.
Saturday’s downtown criterium saw 130+ starters for the highly anticipated Division 1 competition. The Ducks only fielded two of those racers, but neither finished the race. After about 70 minutes of dodging crashes, Austin Arguello and Dillon Caldwell were both poised for a good shot in the final showdown. Sitting at the front of the enormous mass of hungry young men, our boys were just two laps from the checkered flag and feeling particularly strong about their chances. It wasn’t meant to be. Entering corner 5 of the 8 corner boulevard-style course, both the Ducks went down hard. The race was over before they even got off the ground. Alas, it’s always hard to be upset when you walk away with only minor abrasions and broken plastic, especially considering the outcomes of the dozens of other crashes throughout the day. Saturday may have proved bittersweet for both Caldwell and Arguello, but Sunday’s RR was still on.
That wasn’t meant to be either. Arguello and Caldwell lit bonfires during the three-lap circuit around Pineview Reservoir in hopes of finding a successful break before the Category 1 climb that would ultimately decide the race. Nothing lasted for much more than a minute, however, and both our boys were more or less tanked by the time the peloton reached the flanks of Ogden’s infamous Tour of Utah hill climb. Arguello stuck with the lead group for the first minute or so of action, but popped hard by about the quarter mark of the climb. Caldwell started out the hill with a bit more of a defecit to the leaders, but found a good tempo and pounded through to the top quarter of the 166 man field by the top. Picking off a few more riders on the descent back down into the Valley of Eden, that same TT strength (“Old Man Strength” in Mr. Arguello’s lexicon) that helped him on Friday allowed him to drive it home for a mediocre 44th place finish on the day.
Crashes and bad tactical plays are usually a part of the experience for this team when it comes to competing against the top 100+ riders in the American collegiate racing scene. These things are to be expected, just celebrated when we’re fortunate enough to avert them. It wasn’t our year in Ogden, once again, but we’re incredibly thankful nonetheless for the opportunity to represent our school and our state at this capstone event. We look forward to next year’s event in Richmond, Virginia. Hopefully this 2015 World Championship course will prove more fruitful for what is sure to be a larger contingency of University of Oregon athletes.
The University of Oregon Ducks started their 2013 season strong, dominating the Men’s A team competition for the first few weekends of the Northwest Collegiate Cycling Conference’s earlier-than-ever regular season. Two months later, due to injury and academic concerns, only two Ducks made it out to Utah for the National Championships — conference champion, Austin Arguello, and club president, Dillon Caldwell.
Friday’s team and individual time trial events on Antelope Island State Park marked the start of the 2013 USA Cycling Collegiate National Championships, held in beautiful Ogden, Utah for the second-straight year. The men’s D1 Individual Time Trial, a first-year event for this competition, was the last race scheduled for the opening day. The boys gave no complaint, however, as the island’s bison population proved troublesome for the racers in the morning’s team events. Only Caldwell registered for the event for the Ducks, and was seeded at the bottom of the field due to his lack of history in USAC-sanctioned events. By the time all was said and done, however, Caldwell more than proved the classification system wrong by laying down a silver-medal performance on the 20k rolling course. Only Spencer Oswald of Lees-McRae college (Iowa) had a faster time in the D1 field, besting Caldwell by more than a minute. Full results can be found here.
The Ducks look forward to the remaining two days of competition here in Ogden, including this evening’s criterium (downtown Ogden) and Sunday’s 120 kilometer road race (Pineview Reservoir). Arguello was mentioned in USAC’s D1 race preview as a favorite in both races, but will face a good share of stiff competition from several other notable programs in the American collegiate cycling program. Expect more details and images as the weekend progresses. You can always follow us on both Twitter and Facebook for more immediate updates.
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From left (top): Dillon Caldwell (Club President, Men’s A), Craig Speck (Men’s D), Michael Shelver (Men’s C), Blake Elliott (Men’s B), Brian Fawcett (Men’s B), Jonathan Marshall (Men’s C), David Wells (Team Coach); Brian Fox (Men’s D), Austin Arguello (Men’s A), Brian Santiago (Men’s D), Keith Fawcett (Men’s D), John Morehouse (Men’s C); Brooke Bilyeu (Women’s C), Maire Osborn (Women’s A), Noah Jones (Men’s B), Laura Thompson (Women’s B), and Chloe Conrad (Women’s C).
Not Pictured: Annaleise Girone (Women’s C), David Kuhns (Men’s A), Cameron Clark (Men’s A), Hwang Seungjin (Men’s B), Stephen Moran (Men’s D), Brad Engel (Men’s D), Evan Pardi (Men’s D).
2013 NWCCC Road Season Opener to be held in Eugene
Announcing the University of Oregon Cup, a full omnium (RR + TTT + Criterium), to be held in Eugene, OR on March 2nd and 3rd 2013.
|Come see what our award-winning team is all about! All University of Oregon students are welcome. Light refreshments will be provided.|
Help us pay off a tremendous spring racing season!
2012 NWCCC Road Season Team Highlights:
- Team Omnium – 2nd Overall
- Men’s A – 1st
- Women’s A (Ali Davis) – 2nd
- + too many fantastic individual results to count
Full listing available at: http://www.nwcollegiatecycling.org/2012R.html
It probably would still be in my best interest to keep my mouth shut but I know many of you are eagerly anticipating a report from our camp, so here you go. 2 versions are to follow (1 long, 1 short). I was hoping to have pictures for you, but I just realized that my camera didn’t make it into the van this morning. It’s being shipped. Stay tuned.
Ali crashed. Ali crashed again. Bernstein Bear crashed and was sent to the hospital in an ambulance. His aluminum frame cracked in two places. Ryan Short crashed. Brian Morra was spotted at the medic with blood on his arm. Brian Morra. So I guess that may just be because that’s his style but I assume he crashed as well. And then Ali crashed hard and had to get stitches. If you tried to race a bike this weekend in Utah, chances are pretty good that you crashed. David stopped for a pee break and got lost. I rode my nipples off and lost.
Long – and slightly self-interested (sorry, I’ve found that racing bikes tends to have that effect on people):
As we speed across the desert of Northern Nevada, I can’t help but feel… angry. Part of this is because we just had a heated discussion about Club Sports’ new funding scheme and the dismal state it has left its teams to try and come to terms with. But I was angry even before that was brought to mind. I think we’re all a bit angry. But let me back up.
I’m unequivocally grateful for this experience. We’ve had an exciting, unique and beautiful trip – one for the books. But it’s been a long road and I sense that we all feel we should have had a lot more to show for it than broken things (mere egos in the case of David and myself). I feel like a bit of a punk right now at the thought of my minor complaints when I think of poor McKenzie or look around me at bandaged and bruised friends (some of whom actually finished better than I did anyway!). Regardless, here is my report.
Day 3 (criterium):
Ali went down twice and somehow still managed to finish within a few seconds of the leader. Kevin Bernstein from Willamette (whose family so graciously housed and fed us) secured our conference its top finish on the weekend, earning himself a 10th place high-five in the men’s D2 race. David brought it home nice ‘n easy, saving his energies for Sunday’s race. I wish I had done the same. My only bottle popped out in corner 4. I cursed and spit and charged ahead anyway. After about 35 mins., the scorching pace and the relatively high altitude started to get to me. Having no water didn’t help. Thankfully I was finally able to spot my parents and communicate my situation to them (my sister got some pretty entertaining pictures of this). At the 1 HR mark, I drifted to the back of the peloton and took a perfect feed from my dad (right handed!) then hopped back on for a middle-of the pack finish. Finally, we ate tacos to celebrate the cinco de mayo holiday that I almost cried about missing back in March.
Day 4 (RR):
I drove Ali to her 8 o’clock start at the reservoir. She seemed a lot more comfortable than she did before the start of the crit. I mistakenly took this to be a good sign. I was impressed as I watched Ali round the corner onto the finishing stretch as our conference’s 1st female finisher in what seemed to be great position. “Seemed to be”. Until I saw the blood covering her body from head to toe and heard the story.
The race course simply looped around the reservoir several times until the finishing lap. That lap entailed an easy descent into Ogden down one of the most picturesque western canyons I have ever seen, a 4-mile category-1 climb to ~6,200 ft., and a descent that would make your mother faint. let me break this down.
Imagine that delusional, wasted, empty feeling that you got after the most grueling climb of your life. Multiply by 2. Add a 40 or 50 mile RR as a warm-up. Add some surface conditions that make Whitman’s criterium course look good (we needed you, Miles). Add the inverse grade from that which you just climbed and some nice sandy shoulders. Top it all off with a national championship title on the line and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what to look forward to next year.
Ali crested that climb In about 8th position. Then she kissed the pavement half-way down the descent and took a seat as the nurses patched her up and assessed her brain. 15 minutes later she was wrapped in tin foil at the finish line and dreaming of gluten-free Grape Nuts. But through it all, she kept a smile on her face and a better attitude than the rest of us crybabies. What a trooper. This girl’s going somewhere.
I almost fell asleep on the starting line, waiting for the million or so call-ups. Long nights and early mornings are not the best way to treat your body if you want to compete at that level. To top off my morning, my white kit that I have been dreaming of wearing for the past month for this very event had to be replaced by my dad’s sweaty, baggy black kit (way better than a sweaty skinsuit though). A lack of communication left me with my orange sleeping bag in place of my red clothes bag. Oops. Got team?
Finally the race began. Dave and I chilled out in the pack for the first lap, then jumped for all the wrong chase efforts once it broke up. Oops. Got team? My legs didn’t feel great after Saturday’s efforts anyway by the 4th time around the reservoir, so it was probably best that I sat in. By the time we finally hit the climb (~2:20) I breathed a sigh of relief and shouted some more swear words – this time in thanks.
I followed Jake McA’s lead up the wall for the first bit, passing a dropped Husky with back issues as we rolled. We started out slow but the steady pace paid huge returns by the top. Unfortunately, Jake’s race ended at about the 3/4 mark as his front tire let go. I might have shed a tear or two by the top, but I made it up towards the front of the shredded remains of the peloton. A few terrifying turns later I had landed in the valley and crept up to the train of 8 riders from all around the country that would lead/follow me home. Middle-of the pack once again. Definitely shed a tear or two as I sat slumped in the van trying to get my soul back.
-Nationals is about the money. It’s a showcase event dominated by not necessarily the strongest riders or those who train the hardest/best, but by those who are fortunate enough to have a large team backing them along every step of the way.
-The fields are large and the course is unforgiving, to say the least. Inexperience shows its face. And it hurts.
-It’s expensive. And our school has decided to make it that way without any discussion whatsoever as to why or whether that’s in their best interest.
-IT’S INCREDIBLE. If you are planning to be around next year, I highly recommend that you do everything in your power to find yourself a spot at this event. I apologize if I have weighted this report too heavily on the side of disfavor and ungratefulness. I’m in a rare mood inspired by far too little sleep, far too many heart beats, and bad luck all around. We made some timeless memories, opened our eyes a bit more, and we’re all heading home in one piece.
Special thanks to Taina and Will Raff, Anne and Paul Bernstein, and our support from back home!
P.S. Laura rocks. Unfortunately, Motor Pool vehicles often do not.
*Photos have now been recovered. They are posted at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.361716023886673.81788.145487595509518&type=1