The Rose City Fix weekend was going great. The race, trick comp, and prize distribution went well, and it was off to the afterparty. It had been a long day, and I was looking forward to listening to Conrad DJ at Rotture, have some drinks, and maybe work my way into a little epileptic shuffle that I attempt to convince people is dancing. Smiles all around, people excited about the prizes that they won. I also had some merchandise to sell, which was proving difficult because of so many great prizes.
All was fine and dandy, until Jake came back in to tell us that the van had been broken into.
- Patrick’s bike
- Jake’s bike
- Jake’s custom Freight Baggage (black) bag that contained a digital and film camera and a $400 Patagonia jacket (black)
- My Timbuktu shoulder bag containing 11 Macaframa DVD’s and 25 Go Means Go shirts
- Custom Dodici Veloce frame (pink/chrome) w/chrome fork
- Leader 721TR Track Frame/Fork (white)
Everything was taken from the van except for a lower priced wheelset and a conversion fixed gear. The perpetrators knew what was valuable, took it, and left the rest. This to me means that whoever did the deed knew that we had the van. They may have been at Backspace for the prize distribution. If they were, then they would have known that all the prizes were given away. All that was left inside was personal items. Anybody that has had stuff stolen knows that it’s a horrible feeling. A feeling of violation, especially when there is a break-in involved. A cut chain, broken lock, broken window, or jimmied door. To me, it sets it apart from something that was taken if left unattended. This was premeditated.
Lots of work went into this event, and it’s unfortunate that anyone, let alone the people that were involved with the organization of it, got the shaft. Sure, there is a financial loss involved, but that’s not the worst part. I view the cycling community as the community that I live in. For this reason, I hope that the thief or thieves involved were just some crackheads that saw a van, and decided to see what was inside. (Our stuff was covered, and not visible.)
If you happen to see some crack heads in Portland rolling with GO MEANS GO shirts on, wearing a black Timbuktu bag, riding a Pista Concept or purple 3Rensho, and they practicing tricks from the movie Macaframa, please get our stuff back. The likelihood of that is slim, but one can hope. A police report was filed, so if you have any information, feel free to call Officer Joel M. Ockunzzi (#49841) of the Portland Police Department. The case number is 090 72910
To finish on a positive note: Portland is a great town. It may have a seedy underbelly, but the reality is: It’s a great town for riding, the people are generally nice, and I like visiting. When something like this happens, keep your head up. It’s not the end of the world, though it may feel like it. Stay positive. As I was reminded (I sometimes forget,) so many good things happen daily. Sometimes bad things happen, but it’s the exception. Keep moving forward, and don’t dwell on the negative.
If you see any of the items, please contact me, Patrick or Jake immediately. Or call the police.
Patrick’s bike: 2007 Pista Concept (53cm), gold H Plus Son Formation Face rims, silver Phil Wood low-flange track hubs, black Thomson seatpost, black San Marco Supercorsa saddle, black Thomson stem, black Nitto risers bars, black Odyssey Twisted PC Pedals, and black Hold Fast straps.
Jake’s bike: Purple-metallic 3Rensho (56cm), front SPIN Tri-Spoke (white), black rear Chub Hub laced to a H Plus Son Formation Face rim, silver Thomson seatpost, white San Marco Rolls Ti saddle, silver Dura-Ace stem, silver Campy headset, silver MKS Sylvan pedals, black Cadence double toe straps, and Syntace pursuit bars.