Entries in Anna Christiansen (3)

Saturday
Aug112012

Versatility. And Winning!

The transition between high-speed crit and uphill TT was an easy one. The bike setup, with Hed Stingers, is identical. Add LS skinsuit, Castelli aero gloves & shoe covers and a c.1996 aero helmet (extra credit for goofy sticker) and: Presto! ©VeloformaThere's been a whole bunch of high-speed race action locally here in Portland, Oregon, and, naturally, Veloforma's bikes and sponsored athletes have figured prominently. Anna Christainsen of the Ironclad Performance Wear team won the Franz Bakery Criterium in the Elite women's field last weekend in impressive fashion – she attacked the field midway through the race and consistently extended her lead all the way to the line over the hilly course. The race promoters ran the event as a points race, with every lap worth both points towards the overall result and $5. Christiansen had the event wrapped up with 10 laps to go, but she kept on plugging – and picking up some extra dough along the way.

Veloforma's Josh Liberles, who races for the HPC-RPM Mortgage team, did an unusual back-to-back double on his Veloforma Strada SLR carbon road bike. On Saturday he carved through the high-speed corners in the Franz Bakery Criterium to take a well-earned fourth place before toeing the line on the same rig for the Larch Mountain Hillclimb time trial the very next day.

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Monday
Jul092012

Portland's Crit Season Kicks Off; Veloformas Are All up in there

Anna Christiansen leads eventual race winner Jade Wilcoxson through the corner. ©Dave RothIt's summertime and the living is... damned fast! To make up for dark, wet winters, Oregon is piling on 16 hours of sun per day and lots of high-paced race action. Giro Events hosted its inaugural edition of the St. Honore Criterium in Northwest Portland on Sunday, and Veloforma was well represented throughout the day. Leading the way in the Elite races were Ironclad's Anna Christiansen and HPC-Alpine Mortgage's Josh Liberles. They each landed on the podium with third places in their respective races, good enough for some cash, glory and a reportedly delicious wreath-shaped baked good courtesy of St Honore Bakery.

Steven Beardsley (Right) and Josh Liberles duke it out for podium spots. ©Dave Roth

When you're looking for a new road rig, come and check out Veloforma's carbon Strada SLR – it's a versatile, do-everything bike, and its incredible stiffness and geometry certainly make it a criterium killer. Check out Oregon Cycling Action's post for more on the race, and Dave Roth's gallery for plenty more photos.

Post-race recovery bread-wreaths to the podiumers.

Wednesday
Apr112012

Camp, Corners, Brothels, Bikes: Ironclad Plunges into 2012

Anna Christiansen railing a corner on her way to a dominant solo win at the 2011 Franz Criterium©Catherine Leigh Cooper We are so stoked to be involved with some great teams around the country, and by extension with a slew of really, really cool people. We'll be featuring updates on these teams and individuals regularly on the Veloforma site, so follow along here. Anna Christiansen of Team Ironclad brings the first (bitchin', I might add) post of the season from that unorthodox and super-dope crew. Veloforma is going into its second season sponsoring the Ironcladdies. Find out more about them on ironcladcycling.com, and if you're in the market for gloves – for cycling, digging ditches, jackhammering, gardening or a combo of the above – check out their title sponsor at Ironclad.com.

 

by Anna Christiansen

 

This week kicked off the first series of races happening within Portland. Aren't we lucky to have the opportunity to play bikes in our own backyards almost every night of the week in the summertime? Sure we are, but it's only because we are hearty enough to survive the Portland winters. I feel that I have some authority to claim that Northwest winters are tough, since I come from the land of frost bite and blizzards, and I rode my bike in all weather in Minnesota. In fact, I even trained for a marathon (yes, the running kind) in bitter Fargo, North Dakota during my freshman year of college. I only escaped to the indoor gym when the wind chill dipped below -10 degrees F. And still I say that Portland is more challenging. Winter where it freezes is predictable. If it's snowing, it's dry, not wet. If it's not snowing, it's cold as hell but sunny. In the Northwest, it gets as cold as it can possibly be without freezing, and then it rains. ALL THE TIME. And then we ride our bikes in it. ALL THE TIME. For example, it is not uncommon in the spring for Portland to be like this:

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