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River City Bicycles: Portland’s Belt Drive Cyclocrossers Wrap Up a Successful Season

  December 16, 2011

The River City Bicycles/Gates Carbon Drive cyclocross team has wrapped up its first season with some impressive race results–and some good memories and foolishness as well. The team placed two guys in the top 20 of the final standings in the A Class of the Cross Crusade series.

Based in Portland, the belt drive singlespeed team is comprised of John Walrod, Ryan Weaver, Alex Criss and Seth Patla. Criss headed to Bend, Oregon, last weekend while Seth Patla represented Gates Carbon Drive in southern Washington, where he raced at Washougal.

“All in all, it’s been a super-successful season for us,” says Patla. “We have demonstrated the durability of Gates CenterTrack belt drive design and proven that racing a singlespeed cyclocross bike against geared competition is a viable option. “

Here are some of the highlights as compiled by the RCB squad:

Number of races: 76

Number of times the drivetrains required maintenance: 0

Best race results: Ryan and Seth, 20th and 7th Overall in Cross Crusade category A
(full team results here: http://obra.org/teams/25923/2011 )

Best video: Seth http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QV13u2mB4ZQ

Thanks for representing Gates Carbon Drive in the PacNorWest. Here’s to kicking butt again next season.