Women’s Professional Cyclocross | USA
DISCIPLINE: Cyclocross – Preferably when there’s mud.
HOMEBASE: Portland, OR
Team S&M CX is an all-women, professional cyclocross team borne from the ethos and community of Sellwood Cycle Repair. Both the team and the business call Portland, Oregon home.
The team aims to perpetuate Team S&M’s long-standing tradition of top-level racing and rider development, guided by the blue-collar, familial culture of Sellwood Cycle Repair and Team S&M.
MEET THE TEAM
The team is owned and operated by Erik Tonkin ( “The Caveman”) of Kona Factory Team fame. Erik’s naturally kind, northern Minnesotan background belies his ruthlessness on the race course. His palmares are many and varied, from driving the break at NRC road races to lead-lap finishes at Cyclocross Worlds and World Cups–but his roots are on the mountain bike.
The term “Working Class Cyclocross” (our tagline) originated from Erik’s careful balance of managing and growing Sellwood Cycle Repair while racing full-time across disciplines. Team S&M’s grassroots, organic style comes out of this industrious cross-section and has brought forth a strong lineage of top Pacific Northwest racers through the 1990s and 2000s.
(Clockwise – Beth Ann Orton, Clara Honsinger, Erin Tonkin & Brenna Wrye-Simpson)
WHAT RIDER BETH ANN ORTON RIDES
YEARS ON STAGES: 5
FAVORITE POWER WORKOUT: For cyclocross, my favorite workouts involve tempo skills intervals on mixed terrain, often course-specific. Better with friends who will push the limits of my bike handling comfort and fitness. Best in the mud.
WHAT’S ON YOUR STAGES DASH SCREEN: Happy-o-meter, heart rate, power.
BEST THING ABOUT STAGES POWER: In horrible weather. I train in lots of rain, mud, and snow, and have had zero problems with battery doors – always 100% reliable, even with day after day of punishment.EXPLORE FSA SL-K
SOME NOTABLE RESULTS FROM BETH ANN ORTON
MORE ABOUT BETH ANN ORTON:
Athlete Beth Ann Orton (“BAO”) was introduced to bike racing in Portland by the good folks at Sellwood Cycle Repair after spending many years in endurance mountain sports. She began racing the American professional cyclocross circuit in 2013, and has multiple UCI C2 podium finishes and C1 top-10 finishes to her name. Beth Ann will be returning to cyclocross after three years cutting her teeth on the UCI road calendar as a domestique, break-away rider, and top-tier time trialist. She is well known in the racing community for her easy-going smile, humor, and respectful yet competitive nature. When she’s not training and racing Beth Ann works part time as a Physician Assistant in the Family Medicine department at Oregon Health & Science University.
GET TO KNOW TEAM S&M CX’S CLARA HONSINGER
U23 athlete Clara Honsinger (“Baby C,” “Lil Clara”) grew up riding bikes on the picturesque gravel roads of southern Oregon. She debuted her talent as the 2015 USA Cycling D2 collegiate cyclocross champion in the greasy mud of Asheville, North Carolina. Clara has multiple top-5 UCI C2 cyclocross finishes to her credit and an amazing depth of talent and character. Clara placed 6th in the 2017 USAC Cyclocross Nationals U23 race. She is a talented bike handler with a bright future in cyclocross. When not racing, she works at Sellwood Cycle Repair and on her BS in Biochemistry.
CLAIR RIDES: Stages Power for Ultegra 6800
YEARS ON STAGES: 2 years
WHAT’S YOUR GO-TO STAGES DASH SCREEN: “Power 3s” and “Time of Day” so I can see if I’m late for work.
MOST FAVORITE WORKOUT EVER: VO2 Max intervals off-road because nothing is more difficult then trying to ride off-camber when you’re totally cross-eyed.
BEST STAGES POWER MOMENT: My first FTP test: I had no idea what a reasonable FTP number was and tried to hold VO2 max until I completely cracked 8 minutes into the test.
OFF SEASON ACTIVITY: Skiing of all forms, except water skiing.
HARDEST THING IN THE WORLD: Clipping in at the start.
GOALS: Solid finishes at women’s U23 Pan Am Champs and Nationals to qualify for the World’s team. Also, to not miss any flights this season.
FAVORITE THING ABOUT TRAINING: Railing the gravel corners on Leif Erikson at max-effort.
LEAST FAVORITE THING ABOUT TRAINING: Accidentally terrorizing walkers and runners on Leif Erikson at max-effort.
THE THING YOU COULD EAT EXCLUSIVELY FOREVER:
Oatmeal in all its infinite variations: sweet, savory, chunky, smooth, fruity…
PERSONAL MASCOT: Erik Tonkin?
Brenna, AKA, “Bruno” originally hails from Oregon’s picturesque Willamette Valley. She balances a full-time professional road racing calendar while working for Sellwood Cycle Repair and Team S&M CX. On the pavement, she specializes in any circuit-style race with steep, punchy features and technical elements. Working as pit boss and embracing the cyclocross course as a new outlet each September keeps every season fresh.