Monday, May 4, 2009

Tandems ramp up in May for Northwest racing scene

May is a big month for the big bikes with eight tandem events around the Northwest. Tandem teams kicked off the month at the third installment of the Estacada Time Trial series along the Clackamas River.

Roadies and knobby-tired folks can share in the fun May 10 with the Cascade Chainbreaker in Bend or the Icebreaker Criterium, held in the same Eugene industrial park used by the Co-Motion Tandem Stage Race criterium.

"(Cascade Chainbreaker) is held on private land on some great, west-side trails that are not normally open to the public," according to Northwest Tandem Racing. "Tandems will do two laps (1 lap = about 11 miles). The race is mainly single and double track, often dusty, and is frequented by local pros Carl Decker, Ryan Trebon and Adam Craig."

New for 2009, tandems will tackle two laps of the 17-mile Silverton Road Race course May 17.

"This could be the most challenging, and rewarding one day tandem race of 2009," according to Northwest Tandem Racing.

The challenging OBRA Rehearsal Road Race in Rainier follows the next Sunday, May 23.

Ultra-endurance tandem teams get the chance to test their mettle May 23 with the Lewis and Clark Ultra Time Trial in Vancouver, Washington, or the 12 Hours of Weaverville in Weaverville, California. Tandem teams that head for Weaverville can also race the downhill competition the next day.

That provides plenty of options for doubling the fun in May. Check for more information.

(Photo courtesy of Henry Abel)