A huge thank you to everybody who came out to race the Portland Trophy Cup this season. We had an amazing turnout and I think this year's races were 100x better than last year's. We couldn't have done it with out the staff and volunteers who were out every Tuesday at 8am and went home at 11pm. Seriously, it couldn't have been done without you. A big hearty thank you to my partner in all of this Will as well as Kevin who put in those long days to get those courses ready by race time.
Our awards party is happening on Friday October 16th at The Athletic from 6pm-9pm: http://www.theathleticcommunity.com/journal/2015/10/9/party-timez-at-the-athletic We'll have adult beverages for adults, soft beverages from Ross at Atlas Soda Works for kids and adults like me who don't do the booze as well as Olympia Provisions bringing their hot dog cart. We're celebrating the first anniversary of The Athletic as well so be sure to bring your party caps. Awards will happen around 7:30pm to make sure you all can get there from work with plenty of time.
Our final standings our up and posted and are found on the OBRA site too: http://obra.org/events/24266/results Congrats to all of those folks who got themselves upgraded during the series and stuck it out with the faster racers. Some of you even managed to upgrade halfway through the series and podium in two categories! Instead of you winning two sets of prizes though I think we'll be keeping yours until you upgrade all the way up.
Our sponsors were amazing this year and we need to thank them for everything that they provided. Course tape, hydration, prizes, leading the clinics, cash money and even a truck to help build the course each week. We had amazing support from an amazing group of people. In no particular order:
Portland Design Works
Portland Design Works
Portland Bicycle Studio
A few of you may have noticed that we had some amazing photos all over the Instagram this year and it can't go without saying that we had the best photographers out at the races each week. A smattering of photos from around the web can be found at these great places:
Photos from Jordan at The Athletic: http://www.theathleticcommunity.com/journal/2015/9/10/2015-pdx-trophy-cup-round-2
Jose (if you like a little bit of punk rock in your bike racing photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/brujo/
We have prizes for the podiums in each category including beginners. Be sure to be at the party, if you're not I'll be likely to give your prizes away to a needy junior. We have two prizes that will be sure to get folks wound up. For everybody who raced the series you'll have a chance to win one of two power meters from Stages. The catch is that you will need to be present to win. No phoning it in. If we call your name and you're outside taking a smoke break, no dice. Also thanks to Stages I have prize money waiting for those riders in the As that podiumed last week.
We have some t-shirts left over in a few sizes and we'll have them for sale at the party. If you happen to be reading this from a place other than Portland you can find them on the website right over here: http://www.portlandtrophycup.com/goods/trophy-cup-t-shirt and I'll send it on over to your house.
If you lost something at the races there's a chance that we found it. I'll bring the box full of smelly stuff to the party in case we did.
Again, thank you all for an amazing series and hope to see you at the party this Friday!