Thursday, May 08, 2008

Another women's race series

Thursday, 8 May

The Oregon Bicycle Racing Association is pleased to announce the inaugural Norman Babcock Cat 4 Women's Series. Named in honor of Norman Babcock, a strong supporter of women's cycling who recently passed away from cancer, the goal of the series is to encourage women cyclists to try racing. In conjunction with the Monday Night Portland International Raceway women's intro clinics and women's clinics throughout the state, the series will provide an opportunity for Cat 4 women to try out their racing skills.

Promoters have agreed to run separate Cat 4 women's fields at the Swan Island Criterium (Portland, June 8), Salem Fairview Circuit Race (Salem, June 29), High Desert Road Race (Bend, August 3), Mary's Peak Hillclimb (Corvallis, August 16), and Eugene Celebration Stage Race (Eugene, August 30-September 1). "This is a great opportunity to increase grass roots participation in women's racing," says Kenji Sugahara, Executive Director of OBRA. "We are working closely with many sponsors and promoters to create an exciting and supportive environment for women's cycling." With a wide variety of races, the series will give women with different strengths a chance to compete for the top prize, a bike frame from the title sponsor, Veloforma, a Portland-based manufacturer of carbon bicycles.

For more information, contact Kenji Sugahara at

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