Sunday, November 21, 2010

Thanksgiving Morning "Dog Dodge Ride" ***POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO WEATHER***

In honor of teammate, Matt Becker, who took the big hit from "The
Silent Psycho Dog" last Thankgiving Day during our ride, we are
gearing up for another try at this. Matt has bravely volunteered to
join us again and will be there with gun in hand. To help ward off
dogs, we ask that you will bring "silver bullet" dog propellant (they
say it works with werewolves, use your imagination, I hear Coors Light
is a possibility).

Date: Thanksgiving Morning 11/25 *****POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE*****
Place: Meet @ Susannes Deli @ 8AM
Route: Same as last year (Olalla, Port Orchard)
Length: About 2-3 Hours of Dog Dodging Fun
Pace: Social 14-16

Please Chime in if you will be there. Bring your "competent" riding
friends, it's an open ride. Hope to get a big turnout.

Friday, November 19, 2010

New Ride Location and Start Time:

During the winter season we will be starting our Saturday rides from the Manolin Cafe on So 12th Street at 9:00AM

Monday, November 1, 2010

Winter Rides

We have been riding from the Mandolin Cafe on Saturdays at 8:30 AM. Show up early for a coffee or preload pastry.

Please bring Fenders with buddy flaps in the event of rain.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Saturday Ride 10/2

8AM ride leaving from Cutter's departing 8:05. Route TBD. GH crew
meeting @ 7:15 @ Susannes and heading across bridge to meet up w/Tac
Don't know about a Sunday ride yet...
Over and out

Friday, September 10, 2010

Meet the Team Ride - Saturday 9/18

The Old Town Bicycle Racing Team would like to invite fellow bicyclists for a "Meet the Team Ride” at Point Defiance Park September 18, 2010 8:45 AM and rolling at 9:15 - look for the blue Old Town Bicycle Tent at the main Park entry (please arrive early to allow time for filling out a waiver form and introductions).

The Old Town Bicycle racing team consists of 50 team members who race in primarily in Washington featuring several Senior Olympic medalists, Washington State Bicycling Association points’ leaders and numerous road race podium finishers. The ride provides an opportunity for those who have considered racing on a bicycle team or seek information on a bicycle racing to discuss with team members.
The ride will be divided into three groups A, B and C rider. C riders will be +/- 35 miles and will be a "no drop" ride. B riders will be a fast pace with several opportunities to regroup. A riders - give us what you got!
The route will take us…. I propose we do the GH Olalla route. C rides will stay on crescent valley drive. B&A rides go up the hill.

Please visit our website at or blog at

Thursday, March 18, 2010

2010 Masters/Juniors Road Race State Championships

2010 Masters/Juniors Road Race State Championships

We are hosting the Masters/Juniors Road Race State Championship Sunday May 2nd on a new course! The start/finish location remains at the Longbranch Improvement Center, but the course adds a mildly rolling loop. Check out the race flyer for more info.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Congrats to our racers last weekend, Victory for OTB!

Props to Steve Matson for placing 1st in the Masters Race at Mason #1, and also for Jodie Bolt (6th) and Lori Swanson (7th) for placing top 10 in the Womens. Outstanding! Also job well done at the Icebreaker Timetrial (photo).

Race Report (snippet) by Steve Matson:
We had a great day today in the Masters C/D race with eight guys in   
the field: Joel, Choi, Nelson, Michael, Chuck, Swanee, Darol, and me.
Awesome turnout! Right after the neutral roll out our guys went to
the front and pushed the pace; everyone worked hard (except me), and
in the end I got lucky and won the sprint. The results weren't posted
when I left, so I don't know how others placed, but everybody
finished and we had a blast. It was cloudy and cool, but with no rain
at all. 

Race Report by Lori Swanson:

Thanks to everyone for all the Congrats to Jodie and I! We had a great time
and I was thankful to get the 1st race jitters out of the way. 

 In the Cat 4 women's races there's never a dull moment!  Jodie and I were
thankful to survive several near misses and some sketchy pack riding.
Overall, it was Group Health that dominated the race by sending riders,  one
after the other,  off the front of the pack. 

Jodie and I maintained our positions in the front of the pack for both laps.
In the last 200 meters I had great outside position for the sprint but
completely blew it by going way too early. As I was about to cross the
finish line, I see this streak of blue and white go flying by me at top
speed! There went Jodie, blowing through the front of the pack for another
top 10 finish! Jodie you are amazing! Not to mention that you have been
dealing with injuries the past 2 weeks.  Scary to think what you'll do when
you are 100%!!!!! 

Congratulations again to the OTB Men!  Steve - what a way to start out the
season with a 1st place finish!  Great job to all the guys who worked to set
up the win and fought to stay rubber side down.  Matt said that was the
craziest Master's race he's ever raced in.   

Thanks again for allowing me to race with OTB! We have an amazing group of
people on this team! 

Have a great week! Lori J 

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

What's Happening? Where is Everyone? What's going on?

We just wanted to give everyone that checks in on our blog that there is actually quite a bit going on (training wise that is). Currently we are wrapping up our winter training and moving on to the 2010 race season! With thousands of rainy cold base miles behind us, we can hopefully look forward to sunny skies and lot's of big wins.

This weekend kicks off the official race season with the Mason Lake Series Road Race and Icebreaker Time Trial. The next few months are going to be a blast with so many races happening every weekend. We especially encourage you to come witness our own race put on by Narrows Velo (Old Town Road Race Team) on Sunday, May 2nd. This will be the state championship race for the Masters and Juniors. A must see event! There will be some great prizes given out by our sponsors. The race is located in the Longbranch area and the start/finish will be at the Longbranch Improvement Club located off of the Key Peninsula Highway.

We look forward to another great year of road racing and thank the WSBA, the sponsors, and the local folks who help make this possible.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Saturday 1/23/10 Ride

Wanted - Riders for this Saturday.

60 miles. Victor Falls - So Prairie - Orting and back. One monster
climb out of Sumner (regrouping at the top of the hill) then
relatively flat. Those who do not want to climb can stay on the
lowlands and meet up with us in So Prairie. The pace will be a base pace and easy on the hill working on strength.

Pending weather conditions the ride will have two hot spots. One going out at the Puyallup Town Line on Levee Road and then coming back at the Fife Town Line. Town lines will be called out ahead of time
with a safe/not safe.

Remember your Fenders and protect your buddy with a buddy flap!

Meet at Cutters 9:00 and rolling at 9:10 sharp.

Sunday 1/24/10 Ride

Save some energy for Sunday's Ride! Don't let Victor Falls Get you
down (Sorry Joel).

 We will be meeting at Susanne's @ 9AM for some Sunday fun. I haven't
mapped it out yet but it will be a Port Orchard Loop (50-70 miles
depending if you ride from T-Town) with 2-3 "hot spots" for sprints
and climbs. No drop policy. Good times, Tempo Pace Zone 2-4.
Fenders and Mud Flaps a must if there is even the slightest chance of

Route Link:

Saturday, January 16, 2010

***W.D.O.B. Ride*** Sunday, January 17th 9AM

The GH Matt's will be leading our ride tomorrow from Susanne's Deli on Harborview Drive in GH @ 9AM, should be around a 3 hour ride from Susanne's and back and about 50-60 miles (no interval work, paceline rotations, sprints, or KOM's, just nice easy group riding...that will be next week!). Show up and ride the Port Orchard Loop with us and then find out what a W.D.O.B. is. Please chime in if you are coming so we know whether to wait for you or not. Don't forget your fenders, lights, and buddy flaps! Later!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Starbucks Rider Injured And It Gets Worse

(Story Written by OTB Team mate Darol Tuttle. Thanks for sharing this, Darol.)

I was horrified to learn that a racer from the Starbucks Race Team was almost killed on Saturday.  A King 5 Website described the accident as follows: 

The Washington State Patrol is seeking witnesses to a bicycle accident on SR 202 east of Redmond Saturday that left a 49-year-old Seattle man seriously injured. The State Patrol says at 11:45 a.m., a group of about 10 bicyclists with the Starbucks Racing Team were traveling westbound on SR 202 near Ames Lake Road when one of the riders was forced off the road and into a ditch to avoid being hit head-on by a minivan.

Witnesses said the red minivan, possibly a newer model Honda Odyssey, was traveling eastbound at an extremely high rate of speed as it crossed the yellow center line and passed several eastbound vehicles while in the westbound lane.

The minivan forced the westbound bicyclist to take evasive action to avoid being struck.

This reported version sounds less alarming than the version reported to me by my former team mates.   Starbucks Race Team, soon to be SCCA Race Team (Seattle Cancer Care Alliance), rode on the shoulder of SR 202.  They only intended to use 202 as connector for a few miles.  They, as typical of this well drilled team, rode in a rotating paceline, i.e., single file.  The driver of a red van passed traffic coming from the opposite direction and veered over the fogline into the shoulder where the team road.  According to a Starbucks team member, the driver “quite literally just about killing all of us in the pace line as he had drifted over the fog line into the shoulder while accelerating close to 70 mph.  It was friggin scary.”

On the King 5 website, readers were able to post comments.  Several of the readers’ comments are truly shocking.  The first reader to comment, wrote “Give the guy a medal for trying to clear the road of irritating vermon.”    

Another wrote “I would have more sympathy if bicycle riders did not act like they own the road. . . When you ride on a two lane road with no shoulder then you risk getting hit or run off the road. There are plenty of bike trails . . .”

The one that bugs me the most is this one: “Sorry people, but if the road was not built to accommodate bicycles then your taking your chances. Ride at your own risk.” 

In the early 1900s, one of the most popular spectator sports in Americawas cycling. There were hundreds of velodromes across the nation.  Thousands trekked to the races and cheered as enthusiastically for the racers as any Superbowl.  Now, cyclists are “vermon”, worthy of being run down like dogs. There are clearly some who clearly believe that if someone kills or injures a cyclist, they should be given a medal. 

What happened to the American respect for human effort?  One answer is simply that Henry Ford invented the automobile.  From that moment, the thrill of watching machines race with far less effort but at much greater speeds captivated America.  Bicycle racing became a footnote. 

I recently viewed two photos of Pioneer Square in downtown Seattle. One was taken in the 1900s and the other by the Google Maps cameras recently.  The architecture is the same. The lay out of the streets is the same. The difference is the girth of the people in the photos. People in the 1900s photos were rail thin.  The people in the modern photos were, well, large.  Let’s face it -  Americans are becoming obese. 
According to a Time magazine article,  “[j]ust two decades ago, the incidence of overweight in adults was well under 50%, while the rate for kids was only a third what it is today. From 1996 to 2001, 2 million teenagers and young adults joined the ranks of the clinically obese (see "What Is BMI?"). People are clearly worried. Here is the link to the article.
There are many causes of obesity in America but one of them is the automobile.  At the time thin Americans enjoyed bike races, it took much more effort to do everything.  Work was hard.  Obtaining and preparing food took effort and there was far less of it.  Today, we can literally drive our cars, stop at places that give us food in our cars and actually arrive at our destination with a net GAIN in calories.  
The Starbucks rider who was almost killed was 49 years old.  He has a broken left clavicle and rib along with fractured radius and a fractured wrist.  Before he was injured, he was training with his team and burned, on average, 750 calories per hour.  Had he not been injured, he would have been on his bike for at least three hours.  He would have burned in this one training event as many calories as the caloric budget of the red minivan driver for the entire day.  Yet, this is the guy who should get a medal? 
Several days ago, an Al Queada operative attempted to ignite a bomb on a jet.  It has been said to re-focus America’s efforts on the fight against terrorism.  Several millions, if not billions of dollars, will no doubt be directed to Yemen to fight the extremists who are training there and planning new attacks on Americans.  
In 2008, 34,017 Americans were killed by automobiles.  I understand that this is too simply stated but check out the more detailed statistics at this link.
In contrast, 2,973 people were killed on September 11, 2009.  I am not comparing automobiles to terrorism but it is strange that Americans are essentially of like mind when it comes to fighting terror, yet 32,000 more American are killed every year by cars.  
Cars have changed us.  Our nation is different because of them.  We are fatter because of them.  Many of us are killed or injured because of them.  Worse, they have changed our national character.  Think of the last incidents you have had in the last year in which you felt incredible stress or extreme rage and chances are the incident involved a vehicle.  Cars have made us obsessed with ease, convenience and speed to the point where it is more important to us than human life. Anyone who gets in our way is “vermon.”   Here is a quote from a reader on the King 5 website:  “I have no empathy for the riders who force everyone else to slow down for them as if they think they have the right.”
What happened to us?