// ABOUT US //
Lovers of mountain and road. Pioneers of gravel and adventure. Counted on for cyclocross!
As an “R&D Test Team” we were charged with subjecting our equipment to the rigors of Pacific Northwest cycling, on a mission to prove the merits of a well design and built titanium bicycle while otherwise pursuing the development of the finest bikes and equipment package available to our riders.
Equally important, were our efforts to demonstrate as much style, authenticity, goodwill and overall leadership within our community as possible.
In the time that has passed since, it has been our pleasure to recruit an all-star lineup of Oregon-based cycling talents who have helped us contribute to the product development and marketing of several remarkable cycling products and brands…having a lot of fun, and achieving countless top race results along the way.
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We are incredibly thankful.
:: ACTIVE ROSTER ::
ANDREW COE // CX / ROAD / MTB / GRAVEL
A transplant to the Pacific Northwest who excels at going fast on a bicycle, Andrew consistently posts strong results in road, cyclocross, and mountain bike racing events.
Along with being a professional cycling coach for all racing disciplines, Andrew's non-bike interests include being outdoors, roasting coffee, and building Lego castles (though not necessarily at the same time).
Code Name: McRib aka Mr. Coffee // @andrewcoecoffee
2019 Overall winner - 2019 Portland Short Track series, Elite MenSea Otter Classic Masters CX Champion, Oregon Overall #1 Best All-around Rider, Oregon Cyclocross #1 Best All-around Rider, Kansas State Cyclocross Champion, Missouri State Cyclocross Champion, Kansas Cyclocross #1 Best All-Around Rider, Kansas Road #1 Best All-Around Rider, Oregon Cyclocross #4 Best All-Around Rider, 3-time Oregon Cyclocross Grand Prix Series Overall Champion, 2nd Place Rainier Road Race, 3rd Place OBRA Uphill TT Championship, 3rd Place Mt Tabor Circuit Series, 7th Place UCI Masters World Championships, 1st Place Series 60 CX Series, 1st Place Kansas TT Championships, 1st Place Kansas Road Championships, 1st Place Boss Cross Series, 1st Place Kansas CX Championships, 1st Place Missouri CX Championships, 1st Place USGP Madison Cat 2
ALLISON HALPIN// CX / MTB / GRAVEL
Working PDXTi’s Central Oregon offices in the beautiful city of Bend, Allison PDXTi recruited this soul sister in 2018 season a
Code Name: Ms. Halpin // @ali_halp
2019 3rd Place - USA CYCLING CYCLOCROSS NATIONALS!
SETH PATLA // CX / ROAD / MTB / GRAVEL
A longtime Oregon bike racer, Seth loves singlespeeds almost as much as he does bikes in general. He races singlespeed mountain bikes (2015 Portland Short Track Series Champion, 2nd Overall at Sister's Stampede, 3rd Overall Six Hours of Mt Hood, and 2015 Oregon Singlespeed Mountain Bike 1st Place Best All-around Rider); singlespeed and elite cyclocross (Sea Otter SSCX Champion, OBRA CXGP SS Champion, Oregon Cyclocross #2 Best All-around Rider) and dabbles in road racing as well (2015 Oregon Grand Fondo KOM, no singlespeeding) as a member of the elite local Rapha squad. His non-bike racing hobbies include bike riding, home improvement, and occasionally quilting.
Code Name: Sethro // @sethpatla
1st place overall, Oregon Offroad XC MTB series 2019, Singlespeed Men - Seth Patla
1st place overall, Oregon Triple Crown Epic Series 2019 - Seth Patla
1st place overall with multiple wins, Cyclocross Crusade 2018, Singlespeed Men - Seth Patla
1st place overall with multiple wins, Grand Prix Carl Decker, 2018, Singlespeed Men - Seth Patla
1st Place, Six Hours of Mt Hood, 2019, Singlespeed Men - Seth Patla
1st Place, Oregon 12/24, 12 hour 40+ Men - Seth Patla
MAX RITZOW // CX / GRAVEL
Born to bike racers and raised in a bike shop, Max has a connection to two wheels woven into his DNA. After finishing on the podium at the 2017 USA Cycling Road National Championships, Max spent the month of July in Belgium sampling frites and chocolate granola and racing road bikes with the U.S. Junior National Cycling Team development program on the side. All those carbs would pay off promptly upon returning to the US when Max owned the Northwest Juniors Classic Stage Race in his age category, landing on the podium in Criterium, Road Race, Time Trial and General Classification, with an outright win in the latter two. The freshest legs on the team!
Code Name: Max 2 Tha Max // @maxritzow
NOTABLES: 1st Place Cross Crusade: Junior Men 13-14, 3rd place USAC Road Race National Championships: Junior Men 15-16, 5th place USAC CX National Championships: Junior Men 13-14, 5th place USAC Criterium National Championships: Junior Men 13-14, 1st Place Twilight TT Series Junior Men, 1st Place Twilight CX Series Elite Men, 2nd Place Psycho Cross Series Elite Men, 1st Place Twilight CX Series Cat2 Men, 4th Place Cross Crusade Junior Men Overall, 2nd Place OBRA Time Trial Cup: Junior Men 15-16, 1st Place General Classification Northwest Juniors Classic Stage Race: Junior Men 15-16, 1st Place TT Northwest Juniors Classic Stage Race: Junior Men 15-16, 2nd Place Criterium Northwest Juniors Classic Stage Race: Junior Men 15-16, 3rd Place Road Race Northwest Juniors Classic Stage Race: Junior Men 15-16
MITCHELL TRUX // CX / ROAD / MTB / GRAVEL
Mitch is a California native who grew up riding mountain bikes in the Sierra Nevada and has a long history of road and cyclocross racing. He once beat Mario Cippolini in a sprint finish in a Las Vegas criterium and he out-pedaled Floyd Landis in the grueling Nevada City Cycling Classic—after he “won” the Tour de France.
In his 15th season as a competitive bike racer, he says he’s determined to participate in the bicycling community as much as he can, out of habit…
“Perpetuating bicycling is one of the best things I can do with his time. It's makes me a happier healthier human and as my bike love and enthusiasm spreads, it can make the world a happier healthier place.”
In 2019, Mitch is most looking forward to another podium at Cyclocross Nationals.
Code Name: Monster Trux // @mdtrux
In Portland, Mitch is a regular podium finisher in the Elite field of the Portland Short Track series, the Portland Trophy Cup series, Grand Prix Cyclocross series and the coveted Cyclocross Crusade series. In 2018 he finished on the overall podium for each series.
Bronze medal finisher in the 2017 USA Cycling’s Cyclocross National Championships (35+).
On a mountain bike, Mitch is a Six Hours of Mt. Hood Solo Champion and a Leadville 100 “Big Belt Buckle” finisher.
On a road bike, Mitch is a Pro/Cat 1 finisher of Tour of The Gila, Cascade Cycling Classic and Mt Hood Cycling Classic. He won a UCI Kermesse in West Flanders, Belgium, and he was Collegiate Road National Champion (UC Davis).
He is also a podium finisher in Bay Area Super Prestige Cyclocross, Sacramento Cyclocross Series and Super Pro Cyclocross series events in California and MFG Cyclocross series events in Washington state.
:: INACTIVE ROSTER ::
RICHARD POTESTIO // CX / GRAVEL / REN Cycles Ambassador
Iconic Portlander, Cross Crusade founder, and Portland/Seattle 'Grail della Grudge' creator Rick has been racing cyclocross longer than some of us have been alive. Known for his good nature, when not designing buildings, Rick feeds his bike habit as Brand Ambassador for REN Cycles and as a leading member of the Portland-Italian cycling community.
Code Name: Podium // @p0dium
NOTABLES: Cross Crusade co-Founder and Race Director, Cross Crusade Creative Director, PDX-SEA 'Grail della Grudge' Creator, SSCXWC World Championship co-Creator, Bicycle Transportation Alliance Board Member, Travel Oregon Gravel Riding Group Task Force member, Architect
JEREMY RUSSELL // CX / ROAD / MTB / GRAVEL
A perennially great all-around rider, Jeremy had an excellent 2015 road season, earning top-10 GC finishes at Tour of Walla Walla, Capital Stage Race, and Baker City Cycling Classic in the Pro-1-2 fields. Off-road, his prowess is equally proven as the reigning Blind Date at the Dairy CX Series Champion and defending Capital Forest XC 100 mile race winner. Jeremy relaxes by watching Seinfeld episodes and chasing migrant birds.
Code Name: The Ornithologist // @bird8bigbird
NOTABLES: 2015 OBRA Senior #1 Overall Best All-Around, 2015 OBRA Senior #1 Road Best All-Around, 1st Place Eugene Celebration Road Race Cat 1/2, 1st Place Dirty Circles Cat 1/2/3, 1st Place Capital Forest 100 mile MTB race, 2014 Champion Blind Date at the Dairy Men's A Series, 2013 Champion Grand Prix Erik Tonikin Singlespeed Series, 2013 2nd Place SS State CX Championship, 2013 3rd Place Elite Overall Portland MTB Short Track, 3rd Place Senior Overall Mt Tabor Series, 2nd Place Cat 1/2 High Desert Omnium Road Race, 3rd Place Cat 1/2 Bend Don't Brake Road Race.
JOHN WALROD // CX / MTB / GRAVEL
Team founder and mentor, Wally has been racing bikes since age 3. Despite a busy schedule as a father of 2 young children, teacher of several more children at work (he is a first grade teacher), Rapha Ambassador, Argonaut Bicycles Spokesmodel and home owner with ambitions, he still manages to play bikes with the crew. His favorite band is Metallica.
Code Name: Gentleman John // @gentleman_john
NOTABLES: 7x US National Champion, 6x US National Team Member, NCCA National champion and All American, Winner Boxing Day 100th Annual 25mi Scratch Race of Cape Town (S.Africa), Winner Night 2 Dortmund 6 Day (Germany), 1st Place Six Hours of Mt. Hood, Portland Short Track Series Champion, Rapha Ambassador, Smith Optics Ambassador, Argonaut Cycles Ambassador
MEGAN WEAVER // CX / MTB
Nurse by day, wife and mother by night - Megan consistently crushes. A former SingleSpeed Cyclocross World Champion and Blind Date at the Dairy CX Series Champion, in 2015 Megan added more podiums to her record on the winning Two-Person Co-ed team at Six Hours of Mt Hood and a 2nd Place Overall finish in the Portland Short Track Series (both on a single speed). She loves riding her bike, comic book characters, and camping at Whalen Island on the Oregon Coast.
Code Name: MegaloneyBaloney // @megan___weaver
NOTABLES: Oregon Cyclocross Cat A #1 Best All-Around Rider, Alpenrose Blind Date at the Dairy CX Series Champion, Portland Short Track Series Champion, 2nd Place SSCXWC World Championship, 2nd Place Cross Crusade CX, 1st Hood River Double Cross CX, 1st Place Zaandercross CX, 2nd Grand Prix Erik Tonkin, 2nd Place Six Hours of Mt. Hood