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Great to see the Portland Criterium bring back bicycle racing to the Portland Park Blocks after being gone for 12 years!

Here's a flash back: The Oregonian August 6, 2009 By Seth Prince

Portland Twilight Criterium rescued for this year, but could be on final lap

"Normally lawyers in the same field are each other's competitors and don't team up on anything," he said. "But I figured, maybe we could come up with a non-traditional collection of people who thought the race was important." Of the attorneys he called, half responded with support. They are part of the reason the Twilight Criterium -- the only bike race staged downtown each year and one of the most popular for spectators anywhere in the state -- will happen Friday night. [...] In Mike Colbach of, Mark Ginsberg of Berkshire Ginsberg and Bob Mionske of, Thomas thought he might have willing partners. Colbach is a former racer who sponsors a team that shares his practice's name.
Bicycles Change Lives


In 2022 and 2021 Mike sent 18 new bicycles to the Peru Orphanage bicycle team and some members of the team to train and teach the boys some bicycle mechanic skills.

KGW did a news story about this:

Avid cyclist Hugh Givens joined Centrone's team on a recent trip in November. Givens races with the cycling team. [...] A fiend and fellow cycling teammate, Kevin Chudy, joined Givens on the trip. For decades, Chudy ran his own bicycle shop and spent years assembling and repairing bicycles.[...] The team rode bikes with the kids for nearly a month, teaching them how to repair them, and Givens and Chudy said they know the boys gave more to them than they received.

The Presto Velo team folks are always working on cycling for good causes. 

Health Bridges International started a cycling team with formerly abandoned boys in the city of Ica, Perú, The Casa Girasoles Cycling Team.

"The Casa Girasoles Cycling Team, it's more than just riding a bicycle. It is moving to a new life. It is a bridge to the future."

Hugh wanted better bicycles to send to this team. So, I bought another 13 or so new bicycles for the team in 2022, which headed for Peru in the Fall. (I previously bought 5 new bicycles from West End Bikes that Hugh picked out in 2021, in addition, I gave Hugh two of my old Hi-Fi wheels which Hugh sold and with the cash, secured enough parts to build and send two more bicycles for this awesome cycling team.)

But in order to be eligible for participation in sanctioned events, the team must possess a "national" level of equipment and clothing. This includes a "high end" bicycle with disc brakes, integrated shifting, wheels and tires in an excellent operational state, and personal cycling equipment including a team jersey and shorts, matching socks and helmet.

We're working to provide the boys with equipment that is durable, efficient, and suitable for the extremely rough surfaces they encounter in the desert environment near Ica. We've specified a robust steel frame outfitted with sturdy wheels and tires, disc brakes, and a dependable, smooth-shifting gear train that can endure heavy use and help the boys to be competitive.

Casa Grasoles cycling team sporting some of the new bicycles built by Hugh of the team and some of the new bicycles Mike donated built from West End Bikes.
Above: Casa Girasoles Cycling Team on some of the new bicycles and repurposed bicycles Huge built from assorted donated parts, and repurposed parts, in 2021.

In addition, I sent members of the team to their first Gravel Camp 2022 November 2-9.

This November, we are going to combine two loves together. We're holding a Gravel Cycling Camp over the dates of November 2-9. We will be based out of the Casa Girasoles in Ica and riding on some amazing gravel and dirt roads. One day will be a true adventure – rising to over 3,800 meters above sea-level on a gravel road in the Andes.

And they are off to Peru delivering the 13 new bicycles that I bought which Hugh selected from West End Bikes  to the orphange and the Casa Girasoles Cycling Team, then enjoying an epic cycling adventure.

Bicycle Attorney cycling team off for Peru delivering 13 or so NEW bicycles to the orphanage bicycle team purchased by Portland attorney Mike Colbach.

And here they all are in Peru.

2022 Gravel Camp - Video Blog for Health Bridges International

This is much of what our first week of adventure was like in Peru. (18 minutes of video.) We volunteered to instruct the foster boys on bicycle repair and maintenance. We also donated gear: bottle cages, tools, new and used cycle clothing, etc.