by Holland LaRue
Hi all! As some of you will soon be jumping into the joys of bike team politics by joining the TF board, I thought it would be helpful to pool our knowledge about the history of bike teams in the Gorge.
- Team Finger – Co-ed team of racers and riders of all biking disciplines. The more organized version of ourselves started in 2017, but we have OBRA results that go all the way back to 2008. Affiliated with Dirty Fingers Bicycle Repair in Hood River, OR. Currently this is the largest team the Gorge has ever seen…which is why we’re asking for lots more help to keep it going strong!
- Team Mountain View Cycles – Co-ed team of racers and riders of all biking disciplines. Active from 2006 to present (OBRA results are hard to decipher prior to 2006 so it might be even older than that). Affiliated with Mountain View Cycles in Hood River, OR. Currently the team doesn’t seem to be as organized as it was in the past. However, it still has a great group of dedicated riders with a high potential to pull in new riders if it becomes more organized again. (Primary info source: Holly LaRue.)
- The Dirty Harlots – Women’s mountain bike race team. Active from 2011 – 2018. Affiliated with Dirty Fingers Bicycle Repair in Hood River, OR. Currently not active, but this was a highly successful team that could easily be started back up again. The team was put on pause to help focus on building Team Finger. The team name was born out of a word blend of Dirty Fingers and an all ladies MTB clothing line at the time, Harlot Clothing. (Primary info source: Heather Pola.)
- Pfriem MTB Team – Co-ed elite mountain bike team. Active from 2018 to present(?). Affiliated with Mountain View Cycles in Hood River, OR. Not sure if it’s still active or has plans for the future? (Primary info source: Holly LaRue.)
- Hood River Velo – Co-ed team of racers and riders of all biking disciplines. Active from 2014 to 2017. Initially affiliated with Mountain View Cycles in Hood River, OR, in its final year it also became affiliated with Dirty Fingers. The objective of including both shops on the kit was to make the team bike shop neutral. HRV was a very successful team that was beloved by its members. I’ve heard a few different stories as to why it dissolved but I don’t know what’s true. The politics surrounding this team seem very complicated. Discussion about it dissolving can be a painful topic for those that were involved. Maybe we can piece together what happened through respectful and thoughtful discussion? (Primary info source: Holly LaRue, Mike Schrankel.)
- Disco Velo – Co-ed team of racers and riders of all biking disciplines. Active from at least as far back as 2000 to 2013. Affiliated with Discover Bicycles in Hood River, OR. (Primary info source: Chris Van Tilburg.)
- Gorge Velo – Co-ed team of racers and riders of all biking disciplines. Active pre-1999. This was a small team that trained together but raced for PDX teams, such as Upper Echelon Fitness and Team Oregon. It’s likely this was the original attempt to organize Gorge riders. (Primary info source: Chris Van Tilburg.)
- Team Thomas Toyota – Co-ed team of racers. Active 1998 to 1999. Jeff Lorenzen negotiated with Toyota to fully subsidize race fees, food, and lodging for the racers. Tom Morgan was part of the team, which mostly raced road and cross, including several races that no longer exist such as the Tour of Willamette and Columbia Plateau. (Primary info source: Tom Morgan).
- Gorge riders that race for PDX teams.
- Gorge riders that aren’t attached to any team.