Harsh Kings Valley weather punishes Trusty, but does not dampen efforts

Trusty fought the ever changing, but always numbing coastal mountain weather this past weekend at the Michelob Ultra and Classic Events sponsored Kings Valley Road Race.

 

Ben Guernsey fought a hard race in the Men’s Cat 3, sitting in a strong position during the first 20 mile lap of the 56 mile race and really put the hammer down the second go around when he moved into the top five with a look of determination and the big ring of the leader only a few wheel lengths ahead.  But sporadic driving rain, strong winds and frigid chills forced him back into the group for the finish.

 

“Really was not prepared for that weather,” Guernsey said.  ”Some days you eat the race and some days the race eats you.”

 

Will Hawkins continues to stake his claim in the early season with a 3rd place finish in the Men’s 4/5 field.   Also helping to ramp up the pace in the 4/5 field was Andrew Yeoman and Erik Borghoff.

 

Our Trusty lady on loan for the road season, Jen Pereau nailed down a solid 12th place in the Women’s 4/5 field.

 

Resident Trusty Jake Tong summons the inner street demons to OIC

Our man Jake Tong is at it again.  Trusty through and through, www.thewolfsmouth.com founder, maker of fine tattoo’s and all around creative madman – Tong has his sights on everyone and everything.

 

Make no excuses and rally out to his next battle of bravery the Open Invitational Classic on April 20th.

 

A straight hustle through the streets of inner and outer PDX and a surprise finish will test the fitness of any set of legs.  Be the first male and female to claim the OIC win and soak up the prestigious glory.

 

“Invite only,” says Tong, but “you’re invited!” 

 

All bikes allowed, helmets required and bring $5 because this sort of pain and adventure is not free.

 

10am registration and 11am roll out all from Chrome PDX hub.  More information and course route to be released closer to race date on www.thewolfsmouth.com

Trusty slices through the mud and pave to earn podium places

Braving ridiculous mud and 25 mph winds, Gabriel Linn earned a second place finish in the Men’s Cat 1 field at last weekend’s Mudslinger XC – the second race of the Oregon XC series.

 

Linn is making a run towards dominance in the Men’s Cat 1 XC overall after a first place finish at Echo Red2Red last month.

 

Sean Corey rallied a very impressive 12th place finish in his debut in the Men’s Cat 1 field.  And Jenn Pereau came across the line in 5th place in the Women’s Cat 3.

 

“That beer in the shower was the best one in recent memory,” Corey said of the post race cleanse and recovery.

 

Also earning a podium spot was Trusty team co-founder, Ben Guernsey.

 

Guernsey pulled down a solid 3rd place finish in the Eddy Senior Men TT Cat (Eddy Merckx Cat, means no aero equipment allowed) at the Crank Bicycles TT at Portland’s International Raceway.

 

Guernsey was only off the top spot by five seconds, which could have been due to crushing a 100 miler the day before with teammates Corey and Doug Sporston.

 

No matter the conditions or the rig raced upon, Trusty is breaking folks down in the early 2013 race year.  Raise a beer and roll with us.

Rain or shine Trusty is about to get down at Rickreall Gravel Classic

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It’s the eleventh hour and the much anticipated gravel grinding premier of the Rickreall Gravel Classic in Rickreall, Oregon will no doubt live up to the hype.

 

This unsanctioned, unsupported and totally free race is the love child of our good friend Jason Britton of velograph.net fame.  The RGC attacks 80 miles of gravel and paved roads that will reward racers with views of farms, orchards, reservoirs and even the noted Black Rock downhill MTB trail system.

 

Steep climbs and thrilling descents will be rewarded with a finish that includes kegs, a bonfire, BBQ, a pump track and free camping – all the things required for an acceptable Trusty adventure.

 

Stay tuned for a post race review and interview with founder Britton.  In the meantime, make haste, clear the day, get your tyres sorted and roll with us.

Will “Sonny” Hawkins fights for victories in early season road exploits

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Just last month, the Trusty crew shared high-fives and beers all around while celebrating the new addition of Will “Sonny” Hawkins to the team family.  But Hawkins has made quick work of putting in big efforts to stand on two top podium spots since slipping on the Trusty kit.

 

During the final installment of Dirty Circles, Hawkins pushed up the pace in the Men’s 4/5’s after finding that the rest of the group lacked the confidence to set the tempo on the wet roads.  Our man Doug Sporston, in the same field, was forced to chase after an early rear flat and wheel change, but was then struck again by a front flat and headed off to start the party in the parking lot.

 

After growing frustrated with a field that lay on his wheel, Hawkins jumped. “Felt good to get the win with some legitimate solo work,” Hawkins said after the race, “just good legs and a little bit of anger if you know what I mean.”

 

During last weekend’s Gorge Roubaix, Hawkins again raced to the top in the Men’s 4/5 field.   After working his way up from the back third just before the race began to fire up, Hawkins held tight to the front group during the first climb while the rest of the field scattered.

 

“I got to the gravel and looked back to see that our new group had put minutes into the rest of field who were nowhere to be seen,” Hawkins said.  “I got on the front and drove everybody to the summit of the climb on the gravel and then we came down the decent as quick as we dared.”

 

Back on the pavement, there was a group of nine, including team mate Gabriel Linn (in his first road appearance since winning the Cat 1 XC opener in Echo last month), that worked together to maintain the gap from the rest of the field.

 

Linn, who finished 5th, had the lead group straining – not only because of his big pulls, but also because during the gravel decent his computer sensors took a direct hit from flying gravel.  With his mod out, Linn had no sense of distance and his sensor set off an audible tick with each revolution for the last 13 miles that had the group worried.

 

“Gabe was a man possessed and really drove it on at the front, doing a disproportionate share the work,” Hawkins said.

 

“I was at the front of the group as the final climb began and was ready to jump on anyone’s wheel who came around me. About halfway up I realized that no one was making any moves, so I just turned it on and managed to hold my spot through the finish,” Hawkins said about the race to the line and win.

 

In addition to Hawkins and Linn, Trusty was also fighting with Doug Sporston, who held tight in the same 4/5 field after working through some muscle pain and Erik Borghoff, another new Trusty teammate who made his first race appearance with the crew.

 

Trusty CX and short-track specialist, Jen Pereau, who is on loan to the River City Bicycles lady squad for the road season had a strong 5th place finish in the Women’s 4 field.

 

Trusty Switchblade is primed and ready for the next venue – be sure to roll with us.

 

Photo by Jason Britton, www.velograph.net

Trusty Switchblade comes armed with more than bare knuckles and blades

Muhammad Ali and Sugar Ray Leonard had the likes of Angelo Dundee pitted in their corners – a constant weapon for these legends, setting them straight in their quest for dominance, style and rallying them when the fight went long.

 

Support is vital and Trusty Switchblade has an all-star cast of companies in our pit when we step to the line.  They help keep the blade sharp and reflect a sense of style that cast envy as we roll to the fight.

 

2013 is the year of Trusty, all ready our crew is leading the way across the line, throwing down good vibes and generally making it all look better.  We give thanks to the support we have this year – both new and old.

 

Keep an eye out and be sure to roll with us. 

Aumsville Skate and BBQ

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Saturday we spent the afternoon at the Aumsville skatepark; one of my favorites. Lucky for us we came to skate not ride bikes. We met up with Jose Flores, the new Trusty Switchblade Skate Team Manager, and a handful of other rippers for some BBQ and good ol’ fashioned fun. 

Before we left, we hooked some of the locals up with Trusty stickers and they had a little slap-fest. 

On the road to conquer the Oregon XC Classic’s opener Echo Red 2 Red

Sean Corey rips on his new rig Ghost Dogg, which attracted all sorts of attention throughout the weekend..
Savage never ignores the importance of hydration.

Savage never ignores the importance of hydration.

 

Racing in remote locales requires keen attention to pre-race nutrition.  Savage’s Law of beef intake rule #3: Stock up at your local burger joint of choice and be sure to use your rewards card.

Racing in remote locales requires keen attention to pre-race nutrition. Savage’s Law of beef intake rule #3: Stock up at your local burger joint of choice and be sure to use your rewards card.

 

“You’ve GOT to try the white meat – it’s delicious!”  No truer words were ever spoken Todd and Trusty will forever remember your box of piping hot mid-night treats.

“You’ve GOT to try the white meat – it’s delicious!” No truer words were ever spoken Todd and Trusty will forever remember your box of piping hot mid-night treats.

 

The service course at Trusty sponsor Portland Bicycle Studio looked over many of our rigs before departing PDX for this race, including Matt Savage on his new Rocky Mountain rig.  Big thanks to Molly Cameron and her team at PBS.

The service course at Trusty sponsor Portland Bicycle Studio looked over many of our rigs before departing PDX for this race, including Matt Savage on his new Rocky Mountain rig. Big thanks to Molly Cameron and her team at PBS.

 

Could not make it to the race?  No worries, we’ve got you covered and will post our adventures on the Interweb.

Could not make it to the race? No worries, we’ve got you covered and will post our adventures on the Interweb.

 

Yes, outside is free.  But to properly enjoy it is a privilege.

Yes, outside is free. But to properly enjoy it is a privilege.

 

Gabriel Linn of Trusty Switchblade hits a sprint finish, earning the top spot in the Men’s Cat 1 race.

Gabriel Linn of Trusty Switchblade drops the hammer on a sprint finish, earning the top spot in the Men’s Cat 1 race.

 

 

A handful of the Trusty Switchblade crew set their sights on the remote Eastern Oregon town of Echo this past weekend intent on crushing the Oregon XC Classic Series opener Echo Red 2 Red.

 

The team was well represented by the PDX crew of Erika and Jason Miranda, Sean Corey, Matt Savage, Dave Condon, Andrew Yeoman and Brian Hobelman. Brad Pfeiffer and Gabriel Linn crossed over from Bend and Jeremiah Williams came up from Salem.

 

Jason provided vital start and finish support while shredding the local skate park during the race. Condon and Williams fought back into their fields after mending flats while Savage and Yeoman both earned respectable positions in their first ever Cat 1 XC race. Corey missed the podium by one while fending off a tough chase group in Cat 2. Pfeiffer and Hobelman both had solid efforts in their Cat 2 fields and Erika held her ground despite having a hydration malfunction that had her desperate for water throughout her nearly three hour race.

 

However, it was our man Gabriel Linn who earned the Men’s Cat 1 top podium spot in an epic sprint finish. Linn hit the final stretch with three contenders battling for the win, they hit the throttle, but it was Linn’s last punch for the ribbon that left the lesser men behind. We are very proud of him and it’s great to see his early 2013 efforts already paying dividends.

 

Of course, no Trusty Switchblade outing would be complete without raging bonfires, a pick-up load of adult beverages, fireworks, single track and great company. And with the unadulterated influence of the legend known as Matt Case, who hitched a ride with Erika and Jason – we no doubt left the town with an impression that will be discussed at length at the next Echo town hall meeting.

 

And not to be forgotten, Todd, a true gentleman and scholar from the team of Rebound/Tireless Velo who decided that no MTB camp should be without a Southern inspired mobile deep fryer, a 16 pound turkey and 15 lbs. worth of fries. You know that feeling of everything tasting better when roughing it? Well, this was just about a thousand times better than that. Todd knew how to party and shared his culinary aptitude with the folks about the fire – Rebound/Tireless Velo; you can hang with Trusty anytime!

 

Huge appreciation goes out to Shayne and Stephanie Myers of the Echo Hills Trail Builders for their diligent work at putting this brilliant race together. And Sno Road Winery for offering their support and land for the race – the entire course is located on their property. This event is a huge financial support to this small community and we look forward to bringing an even bigger squad next year.

 

Trusty Switchblade is sharpening the blade and ready to throw down in 2013. Stay tuned and be sure to roll with us.

Team Trusty Switchblade at the 2011 Rapha Gentlemen’s race

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Okay so a lot went down at the race yesterday and I can't express how proud I am of our team. Our guys stuck together and truly competed as a team on every level. Against the odds, they not only hung in there but crushed it. Sure, we were along with 3/4 of the other teams that were cut off at mile 105 but it was an epic day. Stay tuned for a detailed writeup on the race including pics and rider profiles.

Tour De Wednesday Morning

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Let's Ride! Join Trusty Switchblade this Wednesday, August 10th, for our second official Tour De Wednesday Morning ride. Last month's kickoff ride was a hoot and this next ride is shaping up to be even better. Meet us at 21st Avenue Bicycles (916 NW 21st Avenue ~ Portland, Oregon 97209 at 10AM Wednesday August 10th for pre-ride coffee and any last minute items that you might need to pick up. The ride will be 2 - 3 hours long and is a no rider dropped ride. Expect hills, gravel pot holes and great company and lots of shenanigans. See you there!  

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