Sunday, July 5, 2009

USA Cycling, Bissell battle for Alpenrose Six Day crown

With defending champions Steven Beardsley and Mark Blackwelder (Gentle Lovers) pulling out of competition on the first day, the out-of-town contingent representing USA Cycling battled the boys from Bissell in a week-long fight for the overall win at the Alpenrose Six Day June 29-July 4 in Beaverton.

Julian Kyle, a rider on Lance Armstrong's Trek-Livestrong Development Team (which also features world champion Taylor Phinney), teamed up with Rock Racing's Iggy Silva in the red-white-and-blue USA Cycling National Team kit. The pair finished ahead of Bissell Pro Cycling Team's Cody O'Reilly and David Klipper, who rides locally for the Guinness Cycling Team. Land Rover-ORBEA's Evan Elken and Mike Northey finished close behind in third.

Out-of-town riders also won the Women's A race, with Deana Eaton of La Jolla, Calif., joining Chicago's Valerie Brostrom on top of the podium. The BRIHOP team of Emily Charboneau and Emelia Bjesse-Puffin took second place. BRIHOP's Elena Larson joined Swarm!'s Megan Dean for third.

Meg's Maniacs' riders Curtis Bergquist and Patrick Jacks took the Six Day B race. Veloce's Charlie Warner and Team Beer's Nate Frenchen followed in second. Peter Drach and Portland Bicycle Studio's Ryan Kelly finished third.

(The complete photo gallery from the Friday, July 3, session is posted online HERE).

Alpenrose Six Day,
June 29-July 4

Six Day Women
1. Eaton, Deana, La Jolla, Ca (Hawk Relay) 154
* Brostrom, Valerie, Chicago, Il (Bouldogue Tout Noir)
2. Charboneau, Emily, Portland, Or (BriHOP) 95 -4
* Bjesse-Puffin, Amelia, Portland, Or (BRIHOP/PSU)
3. Larson, Elena, Portland, Or (BRIHOP) 38 -4
* Dean, Megan, Los Angeles, Ca (Swarm!)
Six Day A
1. Kyer, Julian, Boulder, Co (TREK-Livestrong) 106
* Silva, Iggy, San Diego, Ca (Rock Racing)
2. Klipper, David, Portland, Or (Guinness Cycling) 79 -4
* O'Reilly, Cody Santa Barbara, Ca (Bissel Pro Cycling)
3. Elken, Evan, Lake Oswego, Or (Landrover/ORBEA) 73 -9
* Northey, Mike, Vancouver, WA (Landrover/ORBEA)
Six Day B
1. Bergquist, Curtis, Portland, Or (Meg's Maniacs) 80
* Jacks, Patrick, Aloha, Or (Meg's Maniacs)
2. Frechen, Nate, Portland, Or (Team Beer) 52 -2
* Warner, Charlie, Portland, Or (Veloce)
3. Drach, Peter, Portland, OR 123 -4
* Ryan, Kelly, Portland, Or (Portland Bicycle Studio)

Complete OBRA results are HERE.