In this second installment from Clara’s 3-week block in Europe, she dives right in to share her race day at U23 World Championships in Bogense, Denmark—a day we’ve been building to all season. Erik and Brenna made the midnight trip across the Atlantic to join Clara’s family and support her race day in person. Our friend and team partner, photographer Patrick Means, traveled with us to capture scenes from the weekend.Read More
Clara chimes in with an update from Europe! She’s currently in the Netherlands with USA Cycling, having just raced the Pont-Château World Cup. Tomorrow she races the final World Cup of the series in Hoogerheide, with 2019 World Championships just one week away!Read More
Three riders and our photographer share our tales from CX Nats in Louisville, a race weekend that’s already fabled. These stories combined provide a lovely insight into the internal dynamic of Team S&M CX.Read More
There are always two questions friends ask me after I get back from a long block of travel: “did you see any cool places?” and “what delicious foods did you eat?”. Whether I have just returned from a tour of the Midwest or two weeks abroad in Europe, it is always difficult for me to answer with a concise answer.Read More
We are proud to announce that Clara claimed the gold medal in the 2018 Pan American U23 Women’s race in Midland, Ontario, CAN!Read More
“[The 2018 US Open of Cylocross] was a great reminder of the planned uncertainty that is quintessential to the sport of cyclocross: temperatures can plunge, equipment can break, and ruts can change, but we just try to be ready to adjust.”Read More
There is no “I’m satisfied now, let’s stop”. Cyclocross does not permit such graces, but it provides a delicate sanctuary for learning process, and presence, and contentment. All of these things are gifts given to me by bikes, which I carry carefully into the rest of my life.
"At the beginning of the season, I remember this emotion I had the first night of Jingle Cross, way back in September. Erik had asked me what my feelings were before the race. I could soundly identify the sensation of excitement and anxiety, the fluttering heartbeats we all feel at the start of the race."Read More
On the eve of her last race of the '17-'18 season, Beth Ann penned some meditations on the season behind her and the road ahead. Congratulations on an awesome last leg of the season: a solid lead-lap finish at the Nommay World Cup in the messiest of conditions, and a top 20 at Cyclocross Rucphen. Read on...Read More
"Team S&M is my people. We ‘do it the hard way’ not by choice but by necessity, and the argument could be made that it’s the only path worth taking. Perhaps the compelling thing about 'the hard way’ is not fearing failure. Having "less" predicated expectations but "more" belief in what is possible."Read More
Just over a week ago we traveled to Texas for our last collective team race weekend before Nationals. The weekend was cold but sunny, and the course was ripping. Our friend, photographer Adam Koble, was on hand for Saturday's race and captured some really wonderful shots of the team in action.Read More
U23 rider Clara Honsinger recently had her first European cyclocross experience, joining USA Cycling's 'Cross Camp for ten days of training, coaching, and racing. This trip was made possible by our friends and sponsor BikeFlights.com, and this recollection of her experiences is cross-posted on their blog. Thank you, BikeFlights! #packshipride #bikeflightsRead More
Bike racing is a sport full of creatives and romantics. We are storytellers, photographers, filmmakers, poets, painters, comics, dramatists, directors, players, and more. Most of all, we are collaborators, as evidenced by the ways in which bike racing (in its various formats) fundamentally works.
Drew Coleman of Local Cycling Network is a longtime Sellwood resident and friend of the shop and Team S&M. Drew is a rider, a racer, and a teacher of English as well as film making.
Drew has partnered with us throughout this momentous season to document our story and capture our message, beginning with an introduction to the team in September. This latest work of his, "Working Class Cyclocross: Do It The Hard Way" dives into the spirit of our team and of the shop. Please enjoy his beautiful presentation. We're so excited by and grateful for his work.Read More
Definitively speaking, the current league of American U23 cyclocrosser women are some of the fastest in the nation, regardless of age. Check out the results of any UCI or ProCX elite women's event this season and you'll see their names concentrated in the top fifteen more times than not.Read More
I’m a long time fan of Stages Cycling and use their power meters on all my bikes (road, TT, and cross), but this is the first season I’ve added them to my cyclocross race bikes, and I have to say, race day power numbers are really cool! As a caveat, my knowledge of power data is quite limited; I’m a big picture person and I generally give this information to my coach to dissect, but I admit it’s quite fun to see, especially with the large number of graphing tools available on the new Stages Link software.Read More
We are lucky in our grassroots community, built around the pursuit of bike racing, to continuously meet and connect with diverse, creative people. While racing is a pursuit that requires singular focus, taking everything that the individual can commit to offering it, it is also definitively a community-building practice, offering physical (both place-based and biomechanical) outlets of expression, passion, entertainment, and cooperation. It can take you out into your backyard or around the world, and it will continue to introduce you to motivated people. Your spiderweb of connections grows the longer you stay in the sport, enriching your race-day experiences, your closest relationships, as well as the health of your heart.Read More
The season opening race block for Team S&M CX wrapped up just over a week ago. We came away with a smooth operating dynamic and some excellent experiences, both on and off the bike. Riders Beth Ann Orton and Clara Honsinger also earned some excellent results in the UCI Elite Women's races. Here's a two-part recap of our first trip, from the voices of both riders.Read More