2015 Annual PVC Clothing and Membership

While Saturday’s Doppio Ciclo (SMR double loop) brings to a formal end the Portland Velo Club official riding season, the planning for 2015 has already begun, and we have some exciting news to share!

PVC has opened our annual PVC clothing order on bikereg.com (click here). With the generous gift of one of our sponsors, this year the first 100 members to order a club kit (any combination of jersey and shorts) may use a coupon code to save $20 off your order! (email: president@portlandvelo.com ).

PVC clothing features high quality, Giordana Italian cycling gear with the new 2014-2015 design introduced this past year. The PVC Clothing order is offered once each year, and for 2015, the order closes Friday, December 19, 2014!

NEW for 2015 

By popular demand, PVC will be offering the high-end Giordana FR-C Men’s clothing line as well as women’s tri tops and tri bottoms. These items are offered in addition to the middle/club line VERO clothing line offered this past year. Look for items marked New for 2015! towards the bottom of the online order form. The FR-C line is considerably more expensive than the VERO line (which is also available), but many have attested to the better quality when offered in past years.

Fit samples for the women’s clothing (Vero) and men’s (Vero and FR-C) have arrived and will available at Cyclemania until Monday, December 1st. If you’ve never worn the FR-C line, you will definitely want to make the trip to try on a pair of bibs and a jersey before ordering as these are Euro cut vs. club cut for the Vero line.

Ladies should contact Suzanne “Spence” Brink with any questions, and guys may contact Wayne Larochelle, both of whom PVC wishes to thank for their volunteer efforts.

We expect clothing to arrive in early March, and it be disbursed from Cyclemania at that time.

A special thanks to our sponsors – OA Centers for Orthopaedics, CycleMania, Mechanical Services, IDEXX, Coffee by Design, Athlete’s Touch, Portland Sea Dogs and VONT Digital.

Thank you!

Ted Darling, Portland Velo Club

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34th Annual Yarmouth Clam Festival Race – July 20, 2014

It’s time for the 34th Annual Yarmouth Clam Festival Bike Race to be held on Sunday, July 20th. Register HERE! (Pre-registrations only for men’s field – no day of registrations. Day of registrations permitted for women’s race.)

2013 Race Photo’s
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Starting in beautiful downtown Yarmouth, the route is a 3.6-mile course with the men taking 10 laps (total of 36-miles) and the women taking 6 (total of 21 miles).

The race begins at 9am on Sunday, July 2oth on Main Street, Yarmouth. The 3.6 mile course takes a right on East Elm street, right on Leighton Road, right on North Road, right on East Main Street to the bottom of the hill then a sharp right on Marina Road (a great spot to watch the race), which turns back into Main Street to the start/finish line.

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There are between 2 and 3 primes (sprints) per lap of each race, which make this very exciting to watch. This race typically attracts 150 of the finest cyclists in New England with 3000-4000 spectators lined up throughout the course to see one of the best bicycle races in the area.

2013 Men’s Podium
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2013 Women’s Podium
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As you can imagine, it also takes many volunteers to make this event happen. If you are able to volunteer, please email David Brink.

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Cyclemania | PVC Time Trial – 5/18/2014 – OVERALL RESULTS

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33rd Annual Yarmouth Clam Festival Race – July 21, 2013

It’s time for the 33nd Annual Yarmouth Clam Festival Bike Race to be held on Sunday, July 21st. Register HERE! (Pre-registrations only for men’s field – no day of registrations. Day of registrations permitted for women’s race.)

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Starting in beautiful downtown Yarmouth, the route is a 3.6-mile course with the men taking 10 laps (total of 36-miles) and the women taking 6 (total of 21 miles).

The race begins at 9am on Sunday, July 21st on Main Street, Yarmouth. The 3.6 mile course takes a right on East Elm street, right on Leighton Road, right on North Road, right on East Main Street to the bottom of the hill then a sharp right on Marina Road (a great spot to watch the race), which turns back into Main Street to the start/finish line.

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There are between 2 and 3 primes (sprints) per lap of each race, which make this very exciting to watch. This race typically attracts 150 of the finest cyclists in New England with 3000-4000 spectators lined up throughout the course to see one of the best bicycle races in the area.

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As you can imagine, it also takes many volunteers to make this event happen. If you are able to volunteer, please email David Brink.

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Kennebunks Tour de Cure

 

The Kennebunks Tour de Cure is a one-day celebration bringing together cyclists of all ages and levels. With five route length options anyone can participate. All routes, except the 5K follow Maine’s scenic coastline, featuring rocky coves, sandy beaches and breath-taking vacation homes, all in the bicycle-friendly community of Southern Maine. The routes range from a family-friendly 5K on low traffic neighborhood roads to a challenging 100- mile Century ride that includes hilly terrain and the rolling farmlands of York County. All routes include rest stops with refreshments, mechanical support, and medical volunteers to fuel and cheer your journey. Following your ride, celebrate at the post ride festival, which includes lunch and live entertainment. For more information and route maps, please visit the website at www.diabetes.org/kennebunkstourdecure.

 

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Membership and Kit Order

For 2013, the club will again be offering a subsidized PVC clothing at a heavily discounted price. This is due completely to the generosity of our sponsors, and is greatly appreciated.

(Our 2013 sponsors include OA Centers for Orthopaedics, Mechanical Services, IDEXX, CycleMania, Coffee by Design, Athlete’s Touch and Vont Digital Marketing).

PVC Club clothing is intended for purchase by PVC members only. By placing an order on this page, $30 for club dues will be added to your order, and you will automatically be a PVC member for 2013.

If you have already paid your 2013 dues (we know who you are!), then check the box indicating you have already paid.

We expect clothing to arrive in late April, and it be disbursed from Cyclemania at that time.

Again, you may register for PVC club clothing at BikeReg.com from now until February 28, 2013. CLICK HERE to place your order.

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Cyclocross Worlds Race Recap – Louisville, KY – February 1, 2013

Submitted by Paul Weiss:

Ok, well it was pretty epic conditions today.   Temperatures dropped 40 degrees in one night and winds kicked up to a nice teen temperature.   Half inch of fresh snow.   Rutted course was freezing in place with some water still on the course.   These are the conditions I like because no one south of New England ever gets them.   These are the type of conditions I relish because they require a lot of riding skills and you cannot go at your max most of the time.   Normally great for me since I am not the fittest in today’s race, but felt very confident in riding this nasty stuff.

Got a good 45 minute warm up in a tent on a trainer, after riding the fields “off” course for about 15 min.   Took a single lap around the course at noon and realized it was going to be really difficult.   Not only were the ruts and frozen sections really treacherous but there was enough mud to pick up on your bike and instantly freeze when hitting the frame or wheels or gears, or brakes etc.

This was going to be a day for a good pit bike and support crew.   Luckily I had both (Ridley pit bike) with Derek Briggs pitting with the help of John Mcgrath.   I started in way last rows (since I barely qualified with Wed. performance), seeded somewhere in the 70’s.   The start was fun going off the gravel into a giant puddle that was half frozen and rutted.  Riders were going down all over the place and I managed to gain at least 15 spots before getting to the pits.   This was going well!   Guys were falling all over and I knew how to ride this stuff.  After a pretty good 1st lap my bike was really filling with about 10 lbs of ice/mud.   No joke.   I went into the pits and had a good exchange.    Never stopping, dismount, run, remount.   The new bike felt so light, it was awesome!   Around the corner before the frozen barriers I heard something pop and all of a sudden I was in my hardest gear.   Got off the bike and realized my derailer and cable had frozen and then the cable snapped.    No gear worked except my hardest, and that was basically impossible at the slow speeds we were racing in.
Shouldering the bike for what seemed like an eternity got me to the run-up which was really hairy coming down.   It was dangerous to carry the bike do hard to run with it next to me.   Meanwhile it was filling with more ice and adding the 10lbs back.    I ran the rest of the course and was in no place, to do well.   Got to the pit and did another exchange in what seemed like a 10 mile run.   Got back on the (Stevens) bike and Derek had cleaned as best he could.   The bike worked, but was building up ice fast.   It got to the point of not shifting and then not really working.   At this time the leaders were to be upon me and as with many others, the UCI officials pulled all riders from the course.   Not what was planned for this event for me, but it was a life experience that is for sure.   What was really weird was; I was not last.
Not my best luck today but it was fun while it lasted.   Today you really battled the conditions and had to have luck on your side and a major pit crew.   Winning riders had 4 bikes and 3 people working in the pit cleaning.   I saw all kinds of antifreeze, non stick sprays, even windshield washer fluid used there.   All the pressure washers had froze solid and were not in service so we were forced in what it seemed back to the stone ages with scrapers, brushes and hands to break ice.
Sitting back after cleaning bikes at the hotel room and cleaning my body clothes and belongings for 3 hours, I am humbled again at this sport.   Epic conditions are part of it and we all are tested by them.   Lucia and Ziggy get top honors for trudging around a muddy frozen field and driving for hours to get to it and putting up with a tired bleary bike racer.
Tomorrow they will be doing 4 elite races in 1 day instead of 2 days because the venue is predicted to be flooded by the Ohio River on Sunday.   It should be interesting to watch the races and the break down of the whole venue before the river washes it away.
Wow Feb 1, this really late in the year, end of the Cyclocross season for me…….now it is really ski time.

We even made NPR today:

http://www.npr.org/2013/01/31/170754787/cyclo-cross-championship-takes-u-s-by-storm-mud-and-sand

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