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ATHLETICS


Cyclists Stay Active, Sport New MAC Jerseys A


ugust is here, and with it comes warm riding weather. MAC cyclists have completed another Wine Ride, and the 20th anniversary of Randy’s Ride is just around the corner. The Cycling Committee has some exciting programs planned for this fall that continue into 2011.


New MAC cycling jerseys


The Cycling Committee and member Coach Mike Sheppard have developed a new set of cycling gear for MAC. Many saw the new jerseys at the Wine Ride. The new garments are made by Castelli in short-sleeve and long-sleeve jersey, bib tights, arm and leg warmers, and gloves. The jerseys and shorts have the MAC


logo on the front and back.


ages 10 through 18. The program is expected to start in mid-September with instruction on cyclo-cross racing and riding skills. The program continues in the spring and summer with camps for youngsters. Cyclo-cross is an incredibly popular


type of hour-long racing that is a combina- tion of riding on dirt, grass or mud and then running with the bike if the course is not rideable. It is also the best excuse in the world to get dirty, and people of all ages love it. Riders compete in different races throughout the day. There are cate- gories for males and females, and riders are also separated by skill and age groups. Portland has the largest cyclo-cross series in the United States, and possibly the world. The fi rst race of the year typically sees 1,200 racers competing in different age- and skill-graded events during the day. These events are great for spectators; the courses are compact and the racers ride multiple laps in each race. Food and beverage are available at each venue. For the full schedule and location of each race, visit the cycling page on theMAC. com. Those interested in competing in cyclo-cross should contact member Coaches Mike Sheppard, Shari White or Ian Penner for information on training and riding techniques.


National cycling championships The U.S. national cyclo-cross champi-


Anyone who


missed preordering the new clothing may contact Committee Chair Andrew Usher, who is coordinating another clothing order, through Athletic Services.


The committee has a few of the white red and black MAC jerseys in long sleeves. Those who are interested should contact Robert Burney through Athletic Services.


Junior cycling program planned The Cycling Committee is starting a


junior cycling program for MAC members 48 | The Wınged M | AUGUST 2010


onships is held in Bend Wednesday, Dec. 8 through Sunday, Dec. 12. The champion- ships are for riders of all ages. This is the second and fi nal year the race is held in Bend and it is worth a trip to watch it. The winners of the men’s and women’s races represent the U.S. at the world champi- onships in early 2011. MAC has several members who race in the age-graded championships, so come out and cheer them on.


The U.S. masters national champion- ships is in Bend Oregon Aug. 30 through Sept. 4, 2011 and Aug. 27 through Sept. 2, 2012. In cycling, men and women achieve master status at age 30. Racers compete in fi ve-year age groups: 30 to 34, 35 to 39, 40 to 44 and so on. Anyone can compete in


Enjoy the warm cycling weather with fellow MAC cyclists.


this event, even those who have never done a time trial. MAC member coaches have lots of information and training tips avail- able starting in January 2011. Men and women racers have their own competitions in road, criterium and time trial. National championship jerseys are awarded in each of the three types of races. Road racing is mass start, and the fi rst rider to cross the line at the end of the race is the winner. The course is usually fairly hilly and comprised of several laps of a fi ve-mile or longer course. Criteriums are held on an approximately half-mile course with multiple laps. These races are fast and exciting for both the participants and spectators. Time trials are individual events where competitors start at one- minute intervals. There is no drafting, and the racer who fi nishes the course in the shortest time is the winner. MAC has funds available for these championships; contact the Cycling Committee for more information. Check the cycling page at theMAC.com for infor- mation; the site is updated as information becomes available. Members may also call Athletic Services at 503-223-8740.


–Robert Burney WM


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