B.A.O. - Lil Clara - Bruno - The Caveman
Team S&M CX is an all-women, professional cyclocross team borne from the ethos and community of Sellwood Cycle Repair. Both the team and the business call Portland, Oregon home.
Athlete Beth Ann Orton ("BAO") was introduced to bike racing in Portland by the good folks at Sellwood Cycle Repair after spending many years in endurance mountain sports. She began racing the American professional cyclocross circuit in 2013, and has multiple UCI C2 podium finishes and C1 top-10 finishes to her name. Beth Ann will be returning to cyclocross after three years cutting her teeth on the UCI road calendar as a domestique, break-away rider, and top-tier time trialist. She is well known in the racing community for her easy-going smile, humor, and respectful yet competitive nature.
U23 athlete Clara Honsinger ("Baby C," "Lil Clara") grew up riding bikes on the picturesque gravel roads of southern Oregon. She debuted her talent as the 2015 USA Cycling D2 collegiate cyclocross champion in the greasy mud of Asheville, North Carolina. Clara has multiple top-5 UCI C2 cyclocross finishes to her credit and an amazing depth of talent and character. Clara placed 6th in the 2017 USAC Cyclocross Nationals U23 race. She is a talented bike handler with a bright future in cyclocross. When not racing, she works at Sellwood Cycle Repair and on her BS in Biochemistry.
Team manager & mechanic Brenna Wrye-Simpson ("Bruno") originally hails from Oregon's picturesque Willamette Valley. She balances a full-time professional road racing calendar while working for Sellwood Cycle Repair and Team S&M CX. On the pavement, she specializes in any circuit-style race with steep, punchy features and technical elements. Working as pit boss and embracing the cyclocross course as a new outlet each September keeps every season fresh.
The team is owned and operated by Erik Tonkin ( "The Caveman") of Kona Factory Team fame. Erik's naturally kind, northern Minnesotan background belies his ruthlessness on the race course. His palmares are many and varied, from driving the break at NRC road races to lead-lap finishes at Cyclocross Worlds and World Cups--but his roots are on the mountain bike.
The term "Working Class Cyclocross" originated from Erik's careful balance of managing and growing Sellwood Cycle Repair while racing full-time across disciplines. Team S&M's grassroots, organic style comes out of this industrious cross-section and has brought forth a strong lineage of top Pacific Northwest racers.
This project, animated and elevated by entirely Pacific Northwest sponsors and supporters, aims to perpetuate Team S&M's long-standing tradition of top-level racing and rider development, guided by the blue-collar, familial culture of Sellwood Cycle Repair and Team S&M.