Opportunity Knocks for Those in Search of Mountain Biking Adventures in the Northwest in the Months Ahead

March 18, 2013

From Press Release –

Cog Wild Bicycle Tours offers a full range of tours starting with half-day and one-day trips to Bike & Brewery Weekends and multi-day adventures. Learn about the natural history of the area and make new friends on a tour customized for each guest. Cog Wild’s guides have many years of experience riding in Central Oregon, prepare scrumptious, nutritious meals and are known for entertaining tales.

Cog Wild is also a supporting sponsor of Central Oregon’s Pacific Crest Weekend Sports Festival. In addition to offering transport of participant’s bikes to the swim/transition venue at Wickiup Reservoir on race weekend (for a fee), they also have ongoing bike tours and shuttle service available for those venturing to east of the Cascades for Pacific Crest, or any other time during the coming months.

The trails surrounding Bend, Sunriver and Sisters are perfect for riders of all levels from beginner and family up to expert level. Each tour is paired with riders of similar level riding experience to ensure a great trip. Bike rentals and pick up in Sunriver is available. Interested guests are encouraged to call Cog Wild or look at Cog Wild’s website for details.

Cog Wild Bicycle Tours is owned by Melanie Fisher and Lev Stryker, two experienced mountain bikers pooling their talents to create fun, once-in-a-lifetime adventures perfect for riders of all levels. “I have mountain biked in many places across the globe, and Central Oregon has some of the most amazing trails I have ever seen. There are few places you can choose from a 10 mile, 30 mile or even 100 mile route and still never cross your tracks once” shares Melanie Fisher. Central Oregon is home to a huge network of cross country trails crossing through forests and meadows complete with breathtaking views of the Cascade Mountains. “One of my favorite rides takes you through Happy Valley where I am still waiting for Smurfs to appear from behind rocks as you cross little streams and fields of flowers, all the time surrounded by huge mountains.. it is a surreal experience,” continues Melanie.

Cog Wild is a supporter of COTA, the local Trail Alliance that ensures a wonderful riding experience by keeping the hundreds of miles of trails in perfect riding order every year. Many guests coming to Central Oregon are overwhelmed by their choices in where to ride, and this is where Cog Wild comes in. Guests can share with Melanie and Lev what type of terrain and riding experience they are looking for, and the owners of Cog Wild can help them choose a tour to fit their needs. “Guests always leave us tired and with a big smile, the usual feedback is that their time riding with us was the highlight of their visit to Central Oregon” explains Lev.

To contact Cog Wild please call 541-385-7002 or 866-610-4822 or find them at www.cogwild.com.

Muscle Milk® Race to Kona Contest Announced – Winner to Receive a Trip to Kona to Watch the Top Triathletes Compete This Fall

February 5, 2013

From Press Release –

RaceToKona_logoAA Sports Ltd. and Muscle Milk® have announced the return of the Muscle Milk Race to Kona contest for the 2013 triathlon and duathlon season. Participants of the events outlined below will be entered to win a trip for two to Kona, Hawaii and hang out at the Muscle Milk House on Ali’i Drive this coming October. The trip will coincide with race week of the world championships, so winners will have a chance to watch the big race!

“We are thrilled to once again be offering the participants of this year’s AA Sports Multi-Sport events this opportunity to see some of the world’s best athletes compete in Hawaii this fall,” remarks AA Sports President Carol Atherton. “Watching this annual event on television has inspired so many people across the nation, and many of those local athletes find their way to our events each year looking to fulfill a dream. We feel that the Muscle Milk Race to Kona is a unique way to give something back to the participants of these Northwest events.”

Entry into the Muscle Milk Race to Kona contest is based solely on a participant’s entry into the AA Sports Multi-Sport races (listed below) during the 2013 season. Each entry gives the athlete one chance to win. Entering multiple races provides the athlete with the corresponding number of chances. No additional purchases are required, and your performance in any race does not factor into increasing your chances of winning. Race entries may not be sold or transferred. All entrants must be at least 18 years old and legal residents of the United States.

4/21/2013    Heart of the Valley Triathlon/Duathlon – Corvallis, OR

6/8/2013    Blue Lake Sprint Triathlon/Duathlon – Fairview, OR

6/9/2013    Blue Lake Olympic Triathlon/Duathlon – Fairview, OR

6/29/2013  Pacific Crest Long Course Triathlon/Duathlon – Sunriver, OR

6/30/2013  Pacific Crest Olympic Triathlon/Duathlon – Sunriver, OR

7/6/2013    Hagg Lake Triathlon/Duathlon – Forest Grove, OR

8/3/2013    Wahine All Women’s Triathlon/Duathlon – Fairview, OR

8/4/2013    Mid-Summer Triathlon/Duathlon – Fairview, OR

For additional information and contest rules, visit www.racecenter.com/racetokona.

Muscle Milk Race to Kona Winner Announced

August 4, 2012

From Press Release –

AA Sports and Muscle Milk® are proud to announce the winner of this year’s inaugural Muscle Milk® Race to Kona contest. Sherrie Austin of Portland, OR is this year’s winner and will receive the following:

  • Five (5) night stay for two at The Royal Kona Resort (October 9 – 14, 2012 )
  • Two (2) Round Trip Airline Tickets (Must depart and return to Portland International Airport)
  • Assorted Muscle Milk and industry gear pack

Congratulations to Sherrie and a warm thank you to all of the participants of the AA Sports events this year included in the Muscle Milk® Race to Kona.

To check out a video of the prize drawing held at the My First Tri event in Portland on Saturday, August 4 head to the AA Sports YouTube page.

For more information about the contest, and for details about next year’s Muscle Milk Race to Kona, visit www.racecenter.com/racetokona.

Race Report: 2012 Pacific Crest Long Course Triathlon

July 16, 2012

Submitted by Craig Dean –

The annual Pacific Crest Weekend Sports Festival on June 22-24 drew endurance athletes from all 50 states and several countries to the beautiful resort community of Sunriver, Oregon.

The weekend was highlighted by the Long Course Triathlon and unseasonably chilly conditions leading up to the start of the race.  After delaying the race for an hour from the previously scheduled 9am start time, race directors made the difficult decision to shorten the bike course away from the snow packed mountain pass of Mt. Bachelor and onto the lower elevations of the 28-mile Olympic bike course.

As triathletes are generally a hardened bunch, most of the entrants took the change in stride and focused on the job at hand.In the transition area, athletes chatted and joked about what lay ahead on the chilly and rather wet bike ride.  Some participants traded tips and techniques for battling the harsh conditions with a few key garments that could be added before the ride.  The normally quick transition from swim to bike was going to be a bit more involved than usual.  A few veterans from the similarly harsh Boise 70.3 race just two weeks prior, shared from their experience and helped others prepare for what lie ahead.  Moments before the start, the sun peeked out from behind the heavy clouds and offered some much needed hope to the masses inching their way to the water’s edge.

An elite wave of silver caps lead the charge into the clean and crisp waters of Wickiup Reservoir.  Returning champion, Kevin Everett out of nearby Boise, ID, bolted from the opening gun and swam the majority of his leg uncontested, covering the 1.2-mile clockwise course in 25:34.  Kevin commented after the race that the beauty of the nearby hills dusted with snow and the warm (looking) sun in the skies above made the swim a pleasant journey.

Meanwhile, a couple minutes behind Kevin’s wake, a small chase pack developed.  In the pack were a couple silver capped elites as well as two speedsters from the red cap wave that entered the water one minute later. A second chase pack of silver capped elite racers trailed Everett by roughly five minutes.  In the pack was three-time women’s champion Mackenzie Madison alongside OSU standout Molly Macgraw, as well as a trio of males battling their way for position.  Macgraw lead the pack out of the waters with a 31:39 split with Madison tight on her heels for the short run to the bike racks.  Behind the women, the trio of men emerged in near unison in what would become the cover shot for Bend Bulletin’s Sunday sports page.  The top women’s swim split on the day came out of a later wave when Nicole Pressprich crossed the timing mats with a 29:16 swim split.

Everett wasted no time at the racks as a result of wearing his arm and leg sleeves under his wetsuit while on the swim.  After the race he commented that the temporary sun that poked through the sky just after the swim made him contemplate the necessity of his thermal vest that lay draped over his waiting bike.  Kevin adorned the vest and still turned a quick 1:17 transition.  The 2nd and 3rd elite’s out of the water, Tom Campbell and Todd Riley, flipped positions in transition and rolled out of the park just seconds apart.  Riley nearly matched Everett’s blazing pace on the bike while pedaling clear of all chasers.  His 1:09:23 bike split was second only to Everett’s 1:08:09.

While the top two males sailed clear from the field, the men’s race was tightening behind them.  Campbell held comfortably in 3rd position nearly two minutes ahead of pursuers Nick Alden and Cameron Dorn.  Alden and Dorn traded positions late in the ride when Dorn flipped his chain and had to stop momentarily to flip it back into place.

On the women’s side, Macgraw loaded onto her bike first out of transition, about a minute up on Madison and nearly three minutes clear of third place Julie Glade. Macgraw held onto the women’s lead for nearly half of the bike before Madison reeled her in.  Madison held onto the lead for the remainder of the ride, but didn’t create a gap on the rest of the field.  Joanne Gilchrist utilized the top women’s bike split on the day (1:19:17) to eat into the leader’s margin and pull into T2 in 3rd position just seconds behind Macgraw.  Anne Heiner quietly picked off riders ahead of her and eventually joined Glade in pursuit of the leaders heading into the run.  The women’s race would be decided on the run and the twisting bike paths in Sunriver.

As one of the top professionals in the Pacific Northwest, Kevin Everett had only the clock to compete with while winding his way around tight turns and weaving bike paths of the resort community.  His four minute lead on Todd Riley coming out of transition exploded to a 13 minute margin of victory thanks to his race best 1:19:31 run split (6:08 pace).  Riley fought hard to hold onto 2nd position overall by running over two minutes faster than his run split at the 2011 Pacific Crest long course and held off his nearest pursuer by 40 seconds.  Riley turned to wait for the 3rd finisher at the line when Cameron Dorn out of Waterloo, SC sprinted home.  After having his chip stripped during the swim and chain pop during the ride, Dorn overcame early adversity to pass Alden in the opening miles of the run before gobbling up Campbell several miles later.  Campbell completed his masters win by pacing an identical run split (1:27:33) to that of 5th placed overall Alden.

The women’s race was separated by less than six minutes for the top five heading into transition.  The run shuffled the deck for everybody except the leader, Madison, as she held onto her thin lead with a 1:38:09 run to the line.  Charging hard behind Madison was Ann Heiner and her 1:36:27 run split.  Heiner started the run in 5th position and picked off competitors until she hit the tape within two minutes of the winner and good for 2nd place overall.  95 seconds later, Gilchrest crossed the tape after an impressive 1:39:46 run split to grab 3rd place.  A few minutes later, Glade completed her gutsy run and late pass on Macgraw to finish in 4th place.  Macgraw hit the line just 20 seconds in arrears.

For all the competed in the 2012 Pacific Crest long course triathlon, it was a test far greater than merely swimming, biking and running.  The unseasonable wintery conditions altered the course and challenged the athletes to compete against a fourth element – Mother Nature.  Congratulations to all that displayed the wonderful spirit of camaraderie and perseverance that thrives in our Northwest triathlon community.  The conditions may never repeat themselves in the races future, but the bond amongst the athletes certainly will.

A special thanks to AA Sports, presenting sponsor Sunriver Vacations and the community of Sunriver for hosting and supporting this fantastic annual event.

For complete race results, CLICK HERE.

Men’s overall winner:  Kevin Everett – Boise, ID  2:56:02
Women’s overall winner: Mackenzie Madison – Eugene, OR  3:36:06

Age Group Winners:
M 16-19  Ian Merkel – Redlands, CA  4:15:57
M 20-24  Cameron Dorn – Waterloo, SC 3:10:35
F 20-24  Molly Macgraw – Corvallis, OR  3:43:05
M 25-29  Chris Depner – Corvallis, OR  3:20:19
F 25-29  Anne Heiner – Portland, OR 3:37:44
M 30-34  Nick Alden – Eugene, OR  3:14:16
F 30-34  Julie Glade – Seattle, WA  3:42:45
M 35-39  Todd Riley – Bend, OR  3:09:37
F 35-39  Kristin Yarris – Salana Beach, CA  4:02:59
M 40-44 Tom Campbell – Renton, WA  3:12:22
F 40-44  Joanee Gilchrist – Chico, CA  3:39:19
M 45-49  Raymond Whitlow – Yamhill, OR  3:23:54
F 45-49  Sheila Donahue – Dundee, OR  4:09:12
M 50-54  Rob Saxton – Sherwood, OR  3:58:58
F 50-54  Carol Beebe – Bellingham, WA  4:34:22
M 55-59  Ross Wheeler – Kirkland, WA  4:22:38
F 55-59  Christina Anderson – Issaquah, WA  5:46:38
M 60-64  Bob Jordan – Lake Oswego, OR  4:36:54
F 60-64  Sharon Jensen – Bellingham, WA  6:00:11

2012 Blue Lake Triathlon Kicks Off Northwest Season, Club Champions Crowned

June 11, 2012

This year’s Blue Lake Triathlon & Duathlon is in the books and the 2012 Northwest triathlon season is officially under way. Seven different events were held over the weekend with Saturday, June 9 playing host to the sprint distance events and Sunday attracting athletes competing in the Olympic distances races.

In addition to individual competition, the Blue Lake Olympic Triathlon doubled as the 2012 TRI NorthWest Club/Team Championship. Coming out on top was the Willamette Valley Tri Club. The Portland Triathlon Club placed second with VO2 Multisport in third position. Points are awarded for both participation and also for age group placing. Although the WVTC fielded less participants than their Portland rivals, their age group performances gave them the advantage to take this year’s title.

Complete results for the weekend’s events can be found at www.racecenter.com/results or for a complete rundown of the Club/Team Championship, check out the results HERE.

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