Road racing resumes with Cake & TT
After several weekends off, Oregon road racing returns with a double-header on Saturday and Sunday. The traditional Piece of Cake Road Race picks things up Saturday in Perrydale with the second event of the 2012 Oregon Cup, while the inaugural Western Bike Works Time Trial at PIR takes off Sunday for the second round of the Oregon Time Trial Cup. The weather seems to be cooperating, with sunny skies and actual spring-like temperatures dominating the Willamette Valley forecasts.
SATURDAY, April 7
Piece of Cake — Perrydale
Founded in 1975 by David Auker, Piece of Cake is one of Oregon’s longest continuously running races. In the early days, David and Sarah Auker traditionally awarded cakes to the race winners — and the name of the event, as well as the tradition, stuck around as one of Oregon’s spring “classics.”
The 2012 course follows the same 17.4-mile clockwise circuit as 2011, including more than three miles of gravel road. While mostly flat, the course has a few rolling hills and is often windy, conditions that reward breakaways and riders with a little extra grit.
Jake Hansen (Word-RCB) added to his Oregon Cup lead at in the 2011 men’s race, soloing away from a small breakaway group near the end of the race. Sue Butler (River City Bicycles) won the women’s race under the arch of a rainbow after a brief spring squall swept through the valley.
The primary changes for 2012 are the new 40+ Cat 2-3 / Masters 50+; Men Cat 4-5; and Women 4-5 fields. There will be a single Juniors field, and promoters have recommended that this race is best for older, stronger youths. Eleven fields will compete on the course throughout the day, starting at 10 a.m. Online registration closes at midnight on Thursday, April 5.
SUNDAY, April 8
Portland International Raceway Time Trial — Portland
Sunday will see the first of two time trials scheduled for the road racing tarmac at PIR. Sponsored by Western Bike Works, the race against the clock will test riders with six counter-clockwise laps of the two-mile racing surface. Sunday’s event will also be the second event of the seven-race Oregon Time Trial Cup.
On-line registration available thru OBRA. Day of race registration opens 8:30 a.m. and closes promptly at 9:30 a.m. First rider off the day will go off at 10. The second scheduled race is May 28.
Men 1-2, 3, 4-5
Men Masters 30+,40+, 50+, 60+
Women 1-2-3, 4
Women Masters 30+,40+, 50+, 60+
Men’s/Women Eddy class