Speaker Series: Inspiration for 2014
Sat. Feb 22, 2014 4:00pm
Racing Around Oregon, and from Oceanside to Annapolis
with Chris Ragsdale and David Longdon
Despite our consistently drippy weather, the Pacific Northwest has perhaps the deepest bench of long-distance cycling enthusiasts in North America (if not the world). Join us for two perspectives on this grueling yet rewarding form of bicycle competition.
- High Performance Cycling’s David Longdon will discuss the fun and camaraderie that are inherent to ultra racing in a team format. Although doing an ultra race might seem out of reach, it is perfectly doable in a team format by anyone who can ride a one-day STP. David, who has twice competed in the 500+ mile Race Across Oregon (RAO) as part of winning four-man teams, will talk through High Performance Cycling’s success at the 2013 RAO and what’s involved in a team ultra race.
- Apex/CycleU’s Chris Ragsdale will talk through his successful rookie attempt in the 2013 Race Across America (RAAM) in which he was the top-finishing American. Chris will share the trials and tribulations of this annual epic and what it takes to complete "the world’s toughest bicycle race.” With slides, video and the bikes that made it happen, he will bring ultracycling's greatest race to life. Chris' extensive ultra competition resume includes being a five-time national 24-hour winner and record holder, holding the 1000km road world record, and being the fastest American finisher at the 2011 Paris-Brest-Paris.
Whether you're looking to get into long-distance cycling or just a little motivation for the morning commute, this presentation promises to be full of insight and inspiration.
- Cascade Bicycle Club’s High Performance Cycling Team
- CycleU/Apex Racing Team
- Cycle University
- Velocity: The Seattle Area Cycling Blog