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More than just bike racing..

As much as we like riding bikes, it’s not always a race.

Barbara Diamond invited us all to come join her in at a table at the Labor Day picnic at Oak’s Park. We joined many other unions all joining together for a day of family fun.

We set up a table with some games for kids and spend the day in the sunshine.

Here’s some photos:

Photo Recap of the Season

We’ve been all over..

Zak at the Madison Cup at Trexlertown:
Zak Madison Cup

He and partner Dan Harm placed 2nd overall.

Gateway Cup


Group Ride season.
John, Daryl, and Chris

Brian doing some cylocross..
Brian Kesselman

Team Track Championships
Team Sprint Podium
(That’s 2 out of 3 podium spots!)

Giro di Portlandia
Heather VanValkenburg

Nate Frechen

Daryl Hemenway

The Embrocation Omnium



The Twilight Crit
Zak at the Twilight Crit

The Vancouver Crit

Zak teaching track class

Marymoor Grand Prix

Zak and Jame Carney

Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge


John Forbes

Dan and Tank lined up for the Keirin


Zak warming up

Pre-Avc Roller Races
John vs Zak

State Track Championships



Ironclad Street Sprints

The Six Day

Men's podium

Brian and Daryl




Zak and Brian

Out of all the photos, this one is my favorite:

Tank and Al

Testarossa Velodrome Challenge Report

After a bit of adventure on the way down, quite a few members of Diamond Law arrived in San Jose, CA for the 2011 Testarossa Velodrome Challenge. Happy to say we came out with some great results!

Our coach, Brian Abers, took the top spot in both the Masters Keirin AND the Masters Sprint.

Zak made his way onto the podium three times this weekend, with an incredible final finish in the Point’s Race where he out sprinted 2010 National Pro Crit Champion Daniel Holloway in the final points sprint.

Some Podium Shots:

Points Race

Miss and Out

Scratch Race Podium

Master’s Miss and Out

Master’s Scratch

Here’s our best results from the weekend:

2nd Elite Points Race: Zak Kovalcik
3rd Elite Scratch Race: Zak Kovalcik
4th Elite Miss and Out: Zak Kovalcik
6th Elite Miss and Out: Al Urbanski
6th Women’s Scratch: Heather VanValkenburg
1st: Master’s Sprints: Brian Abers
1st: Master’s Keirin: Brian Abers
4th Master’s Miss and Out: Daryl Hemenway
5th Master’s Scratch Race: Daryl Hemenway

The Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge is only 2 weeks away! Check out more information at http://www.alpenrosechallenge.com/

We will be racing Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (July 15-17), with morning and evening sessions Friday and Saturday. There’s a lot to see and lots of seating for spectators. Parking and Admission are FREE to see some of the best track racing in the country, right here in Portland.

Round and Round Race Report

Round and Round 24 Hour Mountain Bike Race in Spokane May 28-29–no, not a joke! Brian Abers, Nathan Frechen, Daryl Hemenway, and Jason Crago would have been top half had there been 24 teams rather than 22. We completed 5 laps each for 20 total. Frechen was on his franken-bike, Hemenway had a bad case of food poisoning Friday and a 15 year old hard tail, Abers looked resplendent in his track national champion stripes, and Crago actually looked like a mountain biker. Great race support from Kathy Abers, Elena Larson, and Alissa Maglaty.

We clearly had the largest asses of any team. Tank ate it on a gnarly downhill, then the med tech thought his thigh was swollen and bruised–Tank disabused her of that notion by pointing out that this was just his gigantic tank-like thighs. Brian flew down hills. Crago killed it on his single speed. Daryl actually passed lots of people going up hills (but got smoked in downhills and technical sections).

Team member Seth Daniels lost his mind and decided to do the race solo for his 40th birthday celebration. He finished 10 laps on his own, including two epic laps Sunday morning. For some reason unbeknownst to the rest of the world, Seth decided to use his brand new single speed hard tail. You will have to ask Seth himself if he can sit down without an inflatable donut yet.

Note to self–food poisoning Friday afternoon and evening makes for a difficult 24 hour race–the nausea-meter ranged from 8 to 3 (on a 10 point scale), but I managed to keep food down and fueled up for each lap. The worst part: I couldn’t even stomach the thought of beer. And that was a significant portion of why I decided to do the 24 hour race.

In a typically twisted BRIHOP/Diamond Law Cycling Team sort of way, I can’t wait to do this race again next year. Hopefully without food poisoning.