WCWC Event - The Oregon Timber Trail: Pushing On

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This summer, five WCWC teammates embarked on a 303-mile bikepacking trek from the southern terminus of the Oregon Timber Trail to Oakridge, covering the Fremont (Section 1) and half of the Willamette (Section 2).

This weekend they’ll share their stories about riding on this newly-created trans-state trail. The Oregon Timber Trail: Pushing On will feature a short movie they made from the trail and a chance to check out their rigs, gear and set-ups as well as beer sales and a benefit raffle to support the Oregon Timber Trail Alliance - the badass trail stewards who put in the hard work to make this incredible opportunity possible for everyone.

Raffle prizes have been generously donated by Showers Pass and beers are provided by Oakshire Brewing. Thanks to both of our sponsors for helping to support this event!

New Teammate!

The West Coast women are excited to add Heather Van Valkenburg to the roster! 

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Heather lives in the Vancouver/Portland area but can be found shredding all across the Pacific Northwest. She's and experienced racer and has been making cameos in WCWC's mountain biking photos over the years, as she's been a go-to partner in crime for many of our fat tire-inclined teammates when they hit the trails.

Heather says: "Although I've raced almost every cycling discipline (no BMX... yet), my heart currently lies on my mountain bike. I plan to do a few enduro races this year, but really want to adventure, camp, and just continue to be outside. I love hiking, camping, and backpacking too." 

Welcome, Heather! 

Lumberyard Ladies Night

Did you know that every Thursday night is Ladies Night over at the Lumberyard, Portland's own indoor bike park? Women get discounted entries and bike rentals. This week, the deal is even better. WCWC and the Lumberyard are sponsoring free entry to the first 20 women who come! Bike rentals are just $10 if you'd like to try one of their purpose-built bikes.

We'll also be partnering with Pulehu Pizza, the pub inside the LY, to offer cans of Oakshire beers for just $3, with a $1 from each beer going to support scholarships for Oregon's new chapter of NICA. The newly-formed Oregon Mountain Bike League offers opportunities for students in grades 6-12 to learn to ride, grow their skills in a supportive environment, and race their mountain bikes against other teams across the state.

Please come on down to Ladies Night, meet some cool chicks on bikes, test your skills, and support a great organization. It's all going down Thursday from 6-10pm at 2700 NE 82nd Ave in East PDX. See you there!

What We Did on Our Summer Vacation - MTBO Eurostyle

Have you ever heard of Mountain Bike Orienteering? Neither had we, until we met first-year team members Sue and Abra. They’ve introduced us to a whole world (literally) of this niche sport that combines riding on trails, racing, and backcountry navigation and map-reading skills.

Competitors are handed a map shortly before the race start with checkpoints (called controls) that they must reach in a certain order, but how they get there is up to them. That’s where the navigation skills come in - choosing the most efficient route (smoothest trails, least hills, etc) is key to speed. Whoever makes it to all the controls and back to the finish line in the shortest time is the winner.

Like anything related to mountain biking, the sport requires a great deal of fitness, and also the ability to improvise when things go wrong (like getting a flat tire), while also forcing athletes to think and plan under pressure. While it’s still a fairly small scene in the US, it turns out that MTBO is huge in Europe, with orienteering festivals including both bike and foot races with upwards of 11,000 participants. 

So what else would true WCWC ladies do, but spend their entire summers adventure racing in Europe? Sue and Abra have headed overseas for 5 weeks to train, race, and do some sightseeing in between some of the largest MTBO events in the world in Sweden, Lithuania, and France.

If you’d like to follow along with their travels and learn a bit more about this emerging discipline, check out their blog right here. Sue and Abra host orienteering events in the Northwest as well, so if you missed the event at Growler’s Gulch this spring, stay tuned for your chance to give it a try!

What, What?! Slip n' Sliding Into Summer

Our new kits could not have come at a better time, when the sun decided to shine in Oregon!  And WCWC has taken full advantage of this weather to show off their new gear!

 Rebecca - Making Summer Look Easy

Rebecca - Making Summer Look Easy

 New Kit Day For Callie

New Kit Day For Callie

 Oakridge Weekend Adventure - A true WCWC quote, "The meadow flowers were all out on Alpine. Hardesty was also a sh*t load of fun, once we finished the 3k climb to the top.  Lots of hot break rotors on that steep beast."  No fake news here.

Oakridge Weekend Adventure - A true WCWC quote, "The meadow flowers were all out on Alpine. Hardesty was also a sh*t load of fun, once we finished the 3k climb to the top.  Lots of hot break rotors on that steep beast."  No fake news here.

 Those shorts are HOT!!! Actually... they are quite cool and super comfortable - thanks Qloom for making rad shorts!

Those shorts are HOT!!! Actually... they are quite cool and super comfortable - thanks Qloom for making rad shorts!

 Dylan?  Girl Scout Camp?

Dylan?  Girl Scout Camp?

 It can only mean one thing... Summer Casual Short Track! 

It can only mean one thing... Summer Casual Short Track! 

 Aliza Enduro-ing it up at Cascadia Dirt Cup Enduro Tiger Mountain

Aliza Enduro-ing it up at Cascadia Dirt Cup Enduro Tiger Mountain

 And Aliza is not afraid to make new friends.  Here she is rubbing shoulders with the locals at Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain Enduro.

And Aliza is not afraid to make new friends.  Here she is rubbing shoulders with the locals at Sturdy Dirty Tiger Mountain Enduro.

 Christine found summer a little earlier than the rest of us - here she is down in Phoenix this past winter. The ride was out of Lost Duchman State Park to Tortilla Flat.  Here's to finding longer summers!

Christine found summer a little earlier than the rest of us - here she is down in Phoenix this past winter. The ride was out of Lost Duchman State Park to Tortilla Flat.  Here's to finding longer summers!

 Summer Solstice means you get to ride well into the evening.

Summer Solstice means you get to ride well into the evening.

 And we'll wrap this entry up with a win in the books!  Deann rocked the podium last week in Eugene racing in the Twilight Crit - congrats Deann!

And we'll wrap this entry up with a win in the books!  Deann rocked the podium last week in Eugene racing in the Twilight Crit - congrats Deann!

Bikepacking Tips: What to Pack

Last week we hosted a panel discussion on one of our favorite subject, bikepacking, over at Oakshire Brewing in Eugene. One question that came up was around what to stuff in your packs, and what is better left behind. Below is a handy-dandy packing list with our suggestions of what to bring with you on an off-road trip. Download the full list here.

Beers, Bikes, and Babes - Always a Winning Combo

Well, it's been a couple weeks since our inaugural BB&B happy hour over at the Oakshire Public House, but forgive the lateness on a recap. Spring Break followed hot on its heels, complete with sunshine (as long as you got out of the state) and tons of saddle time.

Around 40 women came out to celebrate bikes and meet other like-minded ladies. As it turns out, there is a great need in the South Valley for women to have an outlet for connecting and organizing. The one thing we heard over and over was "I had no idea so many women rode around here." The close second was "I ride with a bunch of old dudes but it's lame, maybe we should ride together instead?"

The afternoon felt almost like a cyclist's speed-dating event, as phone numbers were exchanged and facebook accounts were connected. We gave away chamois cream samples to nearly everyone who came, and raffled off prizes from our amazing sponsors every 15 minutes. The prize table was so stacked, we're pretty sure 3/4 of the crowd went home with some goodies. Joe worked his magic with the brand new ReTul saddle fitter, letting everyone in attendance know what size their sit bones were in order to guide them in future saddle purchases. The guys from Ding Ding cycles fixed up several bikes, and even tuned the suspension of mountain bikes that people brought. 

We called the party a smashing success! So good, we plan to have another meet up in June. Have any of you wanted to get into BIKE PACKING?? Or maybe you've done a bit, and you're looking for some new route ideas? Well, keep your eyes peeled, because in early June we'll be hosting the 2nd BB&B event focused especially on overnighting by bike! Our ladies have a lot of experience, here in Oregon and beyond. We'll bring our own expertise and call in a few friends to help as well. We really hope to see you all there again!

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