PRESS RELEASE: PORTLAND, Ore. Ã¢â‚¬â€œ The two headline events of the 2009 Oregon Manifest Ã¢â‚¬â€œ the Constructor’s Design Challenge and Rapha-produced multi-terrain race Ã¢â‚¬â€œ were both dazzling successes recently in Portland: The Design Challenge attracted 29 creative bike designs from the nationÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s most-accomplished custom frame builders Ã¢â‚¬â€œ each a stunning, innovative solution to creating the ultimate transportation bike. And the Rapha-sponsored and organized 77-mile race from the Coast Range foothills to downtown Portland proved a worthy test of both rider mettle and bike metal.
When the judging and racing were complete, Tony Pereira of Pereira Cycles of Portland, Ore., earned first prize in the Constructor’s Design Challenge, with his exquisite steel-framed machine. Mike Rath of Portland’s Sprout Cycles came home first in the Rapha-produced race, covering the variable, grueling terrain in a time of 4 hours, 56 minutes.
Click ‘more’ for a list of Constructor’s Design Challenge and race results and a picture of the winner’s bike.
Pereira Cycles’ winning bike is the blue one (It also happens to be for sale).
Constructor’s Design Challenge results, top 12 (Click on name to go to their website):
1. Pereira Cycles : Portland, Ore.
2. SyCip Design : Santa Rosa, Calif.
3. Vertigo Cycles : Portland, Ore.
4. Ahearne Cycles : Portland, Ore.
5. Retrotec / Inglis Cycles : Napa, Calif.
6. DiNucci Cycles : Sisters, Ore.
7. Metrofiets : Portland, Ore.
8. Rex Cycles : Sacramento, Calif.
9. Hufnagel Cycles : Portland, Ore.
10. Circle A Cycles : Providence, R.I.
11. Signal Cycles : Portland, Ore.
12. Donkelope Bikes, Bellingham, Wash.
Race results, top three:
1. Mike Kath, Sprout Cycles, Portland, Ore. – 4 hours, 56 minutes.
2. David Wilcox, Circle A Cycles, Providence, R.I. Ã¢â‚¬â€œ 5 hours flat
3. Dan Boxer, Boxer Cycles, Seattle, Wash. – 5 hours, 21 minutes
The Constructor’s Design Challenge presented the builders with the problem of developing an innovative, modern transportation bike Ã¢â‚¬â€œ one that is flexible, durable, able to portage reasonable loads with ease, and ready to accommodate the many small and large challenges of everyday riding. A prestigious panel of cycling experts judged the bikes: Rob Forbes, founder of Design Within Reach, now launching Public Bikes; Sky Yaegar, designer of Swobo Bikes, and industry revolutionary; Ron Sutphin, president of United Bicycle Institute, Ashland/Portland; and Bryant Bainbridge, product creation, Specialized Bicycles.
Points were awarded in the 10 demanding Design Consideration categories The top 12 winners (and the three race winners) will be displayed in the Oregon Manifest Bike Union storefront (539 NW 10th at Hoyt in Portland’s Pearl District) for more than five weeks. All entries will also be displayed at the Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association Handmade Bicycle Show. In addition, all participants will be featured in a coffee table book being produced around the event.
ABOUT OREGON MANIFEST
Running from October 2 to November 8 in Portland, Oregon Manifest 09 (presented by Chris King Precision Components with generous help from the City of Portland) will highlight the bike’s influence on culture, sustainability, and urban design. ThereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s something great in store for every type of bike lover Ã¢â‚¬â€œ a national bike design challenge, an acclaimed Danish bike cultural exhibit, two bike races, guest speakers, and a cycling apparel fashion show, and a pop-up storefront Bike Union in the Pearl District.
SUPPORTERS OF OREGON MANIFEST
Oregon Manifest, a non-profit organization, wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of its partners. Presenting sponsor Chris King Precision Components and the City of Portland have been instrumental in seeding the event. Other Champion supporters include Scan Design Foundation by Inger & Jens Bruun, Cycle Oregon, Hopworks Urban Brewery, Metro / Drive Less Save More, Portland Development Commission, the Pearl District Business Association, and Rapha. Additional support comes from the Ace Hotel, Alta Planning + Design, Castelli USA, Clever Cycles, Company Tonight Catering, Grey Matter Design, Momentum Magazine, Nau, pdxcross.com, River City Bicycles, United Bicycle Institute, and Wells Fargo.
For more information on Oregon Manifest visit www.oregonmanifest.com.