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Words by Matt Karre
Photos by J.Dunn from the PDW Omnium in Portland, Oregon.
The most apt comparison is likely to be Robbie McEwen. A touch grandiose perhaps but watching Timmy Reinhart race is a reminder of how the Australian master positioned himself with amazing stealth and courage to be in the right spot at the right time, almost always without a leadout. Timmy is not Robbie McEwen to be certain, but he can easily be called Mr. Consistent.
Timmy is one of the core members of the Rapha River City Bicycles race team based in Portland, OR. The team is comprised largely of members of the three-time champions of the Rapha NW Gentleman's Race, including former Prime Alliance professional and team road captain John Walrod, Oregon bicycle racing legend Ryan Weaver, cyclocross champion and road racer Seth Patla and myself who, if nothing else, is charged with keeping the Strava portion of racing under control.
Kyle Valenta, Patrick Marzullo, Brian Schanning, up-and-coming Leland Gilmore, and Aaron Tuckerman round out the elite team. The team races throughout the Pacific Northwest and West Coast and has become one of the more recognizable squads on the road. This could be due in no small part to the hi-vis pink Pro Team jerseys but much credit is given to the consistent palmares of the team, specifically Reinhart's. Basically, he'll be there in the finish and he'll definitely be top ten and usually on the podium. Reinhart and Walrod have controlled the weekly 'world championships' races at Portland International Raceway this season. Between them they have won many and have consistently been the determining factor in the races; Walrod shatters the field and Reinhart is there to finish the job.
Reinhart comes from a cycling family. His sister, Nicole Reinhart was a top professional on the Saturn Cycling Team in the late 90's and 00's, winning multiple national championships on the road and track. Nicole tragically died in a racing accident in 2000. Her family started the Nicole Reinhart Foundation in her honor. Inspired by his sister, Timmy continued racing in Pennsylvania and soon joined the junior development teams Future Champions Cycling Club, East Coast Velo, Hot Tubes and the US Junior National Team for both road and track. His natural ability quickly apparent, in espoirs he moved onto the illustrious Saturn U23 Team where he raced throughout the US with several stints in Europe, before a young 'retirement' in 2004. He frequently offers stories about racing track at the world famous Lehigh Valley Velodrome in Pennsylvania with the likes of Marty Nothstein and doing stage races in Belgium against the Rabobank team.
On the track is where he learned to race the road. Sometimes chastised for riding wheels too often, Timmy learned the fine art of efficient energy use. Timmy's racing experience is unquestionable and readily apparent as he'll get into the wind when the race is happening, when the right move is about to go. Otherwise, conservation is the key. And while he's not a pure sprinter, Reinhart has a formidable kick on virtually any type finish, from a long straightaway at 35mph to a punchy climb to the line. In 2011 Reinhart made his return to racing a serious endeavor. This year, he's wholly committed to road racing, often getting in four races a week in Portland.
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- @ServiceCourse @richardhier @daithetooth You’re all too kind, thank you.
- @richardhier Thanks Richard, have a good weekend. Will pass on your thanks to Peter.
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