Sequim #2 and Roald Dietzman

20 03 2011

Sequim #2 offered a lot of encouragement for the RCR racing crew, and I’ve got a lot of beautiful photos that I normally would put on this blog. I am not going to do that today.  Today everyone associated with our team is wishing Roald Dietzman a speedy recovery.

Roald approached our team during the fall of 2010 as a young, strong, rider who was interested in racing the road season with a smaller team where everyone knew everyone else and had a passion for the bike.  I remember the day I met him, at a CX event that Ian, Roald and a couple of other people rode to check out.  He had a brat from the grill and shared his passion for bikes with the CX riders.

Roald is serious guy with a wry sense of humor, who is mostly quiet and entirely competent.  On rides and at RCR events he and I have talked about his passion for engineering, and his ambitions for this summer of 2011, the year he will graduate from Seattle U. I am fully confident that he will do whatever he wants.  He works hard, is focused and passionate. Roald is a hell of a young man, and our team is enriched to have him as a member.

At Sequim #2 Roald was taken out by a rider in his category who was fishing for a water bottle.  He went down hard.  Rob and Ben who were in a group behind him, came upon him seconds later.  I got the word from Rob that Roald was down and joined the race EMT in a hectic dash to the crash scene.  By the time we got there (10 min later) the ambulance was on the scene.  I got out of the way until Roald was loaded, and then joined him for a ride in the ambulance to the hospital.

For a very nervous hour I stood around in the waiting room, trying to keep calm while the staff did CT scans and x-rays.  Matt and Rob got there with the van as soon as they could.  All of RCR was worried about Roald and the rapid assessment of the EMTs varied in severity.  When I finally got to talk with Roald and his doctors they confirmed that our worst fears were ungrounded.  Though his collarbone was smashed, and he had a concussion, his brain was fine.  Roald confirmed this by sharing his dry sense of humor, polite firmness about his discomfort on the back-board and helped me to contact his folks. I want to thank the ER nurse Jessica at Olympic Memorial Hospital for her calm support, professionalism and compassion.

This morning at 7am Roald went into surgery at Harborview.  His surgeon inserted plates and pins to reconstruct his clavicle.  Several of the RCR crew have broken bones before and are sharing PT advice.   All of our thoughts are with Roald, and we will be working to lend our support any way that we can.

Finally, I want to exhort bicycle riders and racers to wear their helmets.  Helmets can save your life and help you retain your memories. The RCR riders are very lucky to have a helmet sponsorship from Bell, and we value their support immensely. No RCR riders goes out with their kit on without a helmet, and nobody can ever join a team ride, a race or roll with RCR unless you have a helmet. You don’t have to have a sponsorship to get a helmet, they are cheap and provide essential protection.  Please wear one every time you ride.

Sincerely – Tyler Davis, Chairman of RCR


Mason Lake #2… an underwater experience

14 03 2011

Bryan from Recycled Cycles Racing gives the report from North Mason County.  There is a reason there are no pictures!

So, I hate to say it, but I don’t own an under water camera. The day was miserable, no doubt about it. My first time doing Mason Lake in my short bike racing career and I think it’s a great course.  I’d like to race it when the whether is at least half decent.

There were only a few breakaway as the weather was so miserable, we all stayed huddle together pretty much for all 4 laps. Paul had some great pulls early on at the front and was drilling it and really pushing the pace. Then he’d sit in and go back at it. It was great.

I’m not sure where it was at, maybe 5 miles out, but Steve got up front and really started driving the pace. He pulled away for a bit and at the 1k mark the group dropped the hammer and pushed it in.

RCR finished throughout the pack, but overall, we all came in rubber side down.  And when I look back at the conditions we rode in, that was a win itself.  Nice job everyone.

Sequim #1… the season begins!

12 03 2011

Tyer, Bryan, Nick, Josh and Browner at Sequim #1. Yeah, that is sunshine in the background!

The clouds parted, the sun came out and the gents in blue in gold of Recycled Cycled came out to play! Ben Tankus and Rob McGarty rolled the 5s, Tyler, Bryan, Ian and Paul rolled the 4s, and Mick Brown, Simpson, Adsero, and Matt rolled the 3s.

Tankus finished well for his first race and had all the enthusiasm in the world to show for his morning’s efforts.  Rob wondered why road racing was less fun than Cross.  Rob said we should brought beer, called Bill the Butcher and brought out the grill.  Rob loves the bike, but he is only learning that road cycling and cross bring out different crowds.  You can drink beer in December because you got down to 7% body fat by racing the road and drinking PowerBar Recovery, not beer!

In the 4s, Ian, Bryan, Paul and Tyler got their first taste of the road season without water falling from the sky.  Paul is strong, when he times his sprints he will finish well.

Bryan and Paul see eye to eye

Finally, in the 3s there was action of a bad sort.  Adsero was taken out by a fellow in a yellow and black jersey who decided to crash right in front of him.  We won’t mention names or teams.  His Raleigh is ok, but I’m sure he is happy he has one of these on the way!  Oh, and I’d like to go on the record for saying that Recycled Cycles Racing LOVES the Bell sponsorship.  Thank you for saving our noggins! (and we’ll be by for a new Sweep size M this week!)

RCR would politely like to suggest that other teams invest in some of these before the next race… they will help you, and the rest of the peloton say upright.

Alas, Nick broke his wheels, but fortunately the local branch of FSA will have a pair of these available for him soon.  I think if Nick gets a pair he will be able to console himself!

The Recycled Cycles Racing team had a heck of a time, and we are ready for next week.  Sequim #2 and the rest of the season, here we come!

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