(Please welcome new collaborator Hannah Moraes! You may remember her post-race interviews with the Red R Crit last week.)
A biker on Mt. Tambourine? During the weekly cycling race?
After a collision between a rider and a skateboarder which brought an abrupt end to the third week of the Mount. Tabor Race Series on June 16, attendees and organizers worried about future incidents in the final weeks of the series. With an open course, volunteers at intersections do their best to keep the myriad of other summer climbers from interfering with the run.
However, one person saw an opportunity to step up and offer an additional safety measure that had not been used before: a moto-pacer that would stay ahead of every race to make sure the road was clear. pedestrians and revelers. .
I caught up with Moto Man after the race last week. He was revealed to be Dan, who happens to be the husband of another important player in Oregon bicycle racing, the advocate for women’s cycling and a member of the board of directors of the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, Christy Hawk. Dan graciously accepted an interview just after getting off his bike after a long evening of work.
Dan, how did you get this job?
Well, there was a wreck last week, and I have some kind of new bike that doesn’t smell too much of gasoline, so I volunteered. I spoke to Christy and Steven Beardsley (OBRA Board Chairman) made it easy.
Have you already done this route on your motorbike?
No, I hadn’t. I got there a little bit before the junior race and I did a lap and I was like, “Yeah, I remember the lap now. It had been a long time since I had done this by bike as well.
Was one of the turns particularly difficult?
Not really; the hardest thing was the ravers snaking around there trying to make sure everyone stayed safe.
You did a very good job. Everyone said they felt safer with you there.
Do they have? Its good. That’s why I wanted to do it.
So, close calls today?
Not that I had seen – there were times when there were people coming up to a level crossing and I was like, “Hey, stop, wait! And they watched me go by and then out onto the road as the bikes pulled up. But, I haven’t seen any close calls.
Was it difficult to try to stay ahead of the runners?
It was pretty easy. The place where you do the big 180 and go around the tank is a big curve, so on a big bike [like this], I really had to bank it and run away a bit, because the riders were catching me on that turn.
You were doing that, what, for five straight hours today?
Dan: I guess so!
Christy: I bought him a burrito!
(We all laugh)
Dan: I realized, my back hurts a bit, how long have I been on the bike? I could have gone to Les Dalles now.
Ok, last question: what kind of bike is it?
It’s a Triumph Scrambler 1200. It’s the coolest thing I’ve ever bought.
Many thanks to Dan for giving his time and energy to make the Mount Tabor Race Series even safer for everyone!
– Hannah Moraes, @han_sanitizer
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