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Bicycle Center/Collision One cyclists take home big honors

Kent Smith is a self-described former bike shop rat who never could escape the bike scene. He coordinates a team of cyclists in Snohomish County that represents cyclocross, road biking, and mountain biking. The Bicycle Centers/Collision One team consists of men, women, and children of all ages, competing in a wide variety of cycling events.
Theres no limit to our team enrollment, said Smith. Were one of the few clubs that does it that way. Whatever works as far as numbers go, were fine with. Were really all about wanting people to ride, have fun, and be a contributing member of the club.
His team recently completed their 2007 season with outstanding results in all three events. The club gathered 33 wins, 76 podiums, and 203 top 10 appearances this past year. To put that in perspective, many long established bike clubs do not have near the amount of overall success as Smiths team had in only its fourth season of competition.
The thing that we offer, added Smith, is a place to ride for people who have a challenging schedule or arent sure they can make a huge committment. We want to be a team that has a blast being together, as well as does well racing.
Some of the teams members have achieved outstanding individual results. Kristi Berg won the womens open division of the mountain bike series. Other top placers from the club were Nathan Bannerman, Phil Oppenheimer, Justin Bannerman, Dave Pearson, Ashley Cattell, and Cindy Sheppard. Cattell placed fifth in the US Cyclcross Championships for junior women.
Our philosophy isnt necessarily about winning or placing well, said Smith, its more about the camraderie of racing. The core group of people we have is like a family. Weve been getting great results across all categories, but thats an added bonus.
Right now the club consists of 50 members, with an open invitation for others to join. For more information on the club and how to participate conact Kent Smith at 206-412-6966.

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