ENVE is proud to be supporting Sacha White and his reincarnation of the Speedvagen Racing Team who in our infancy helped introduce ENVE to the core of the cyclocross scene. Season after season the Speedvagen team has raced their EDGE wheels and a full 3 years later we still see some of our original 68 tubulars in service.
The Speedvagen Racing Team is comprised of racers from the U.S. and Japan. The team will be traveling between Japan and the U.S. targeting key races and documenting their journey through the lens of team member and uber-photographer Jeff Curtes.
Long time Speedvagen racer Tina Brubaker is a stalwart of
the Oregon bike racing scene and embodies everything we love about bicycle
racing; grit, passion, defiance – fun (like matching her nail color to the team
kit). In addition to Elite cross, Tina is the head of Oregon’s fastest women's
road squad, and races MTB's at the pro level.
Tina’s energy for bringing new racers into the sport and
mentoring them is equal parts sensei, mama bear and confidant. A winning
combination if you ask any of the dozens of young women who have had the
opportunity to race beside her, though Tina would tell you it was her that
benefited most. Post-race you can find Tina getting a snack with her son,
hugging the competition and sharing stories of recent rides.
New to the Speedvagen family but not to bike racing,
Laura Winberry is an accomplished racer in both ‘Cross and Downhill.
Hand-picked by Tina, Laura is a perfect complement and the ladies have placed
Top-10 consistently this fall often finishing back-to-back.
After driving the ‘money truck’ from Chicago to Portland
with a girlfriend Laura wasted no time crawling under it to help with the
cowcatcher installation. Laura’s boundless energy is infectious and she has
stepped in, alongside Tina, to lead out the Kids Cross races held each week
during the Cross Crusade series. They didn’t let a trip to Japan slow them
down, they led out that Kids Cross event too.
Simply, Laura loves to love riding bikes. Talk to her and
US (Living in Australia)
Jeff Curtes takes pictures with both hands while helping
5-year olds clear the barriers at Kids Cross. He’s amazing. The other veteran
Speedvagen racer, Jeff understands and embodies the Speedvagen ethos, fun –
fast. A self-described ‘hands-on kind of guy’ he’s helped shape the machine and
team that pairs his aesthetic with performance and camaraderie. Jeff also gets
the air miles award, logging top finishes in Australia, Japan and across the
U.S. this season.
When he’s not capturing amazing moments on film as
Burton’s principal photographer he’s with his family, splitting his time
between Sydney and Portland.
Leaving a career as a semiconductor engineer to open a
bike shop is a huge leap. But when you love something you do that. Daisuke Yano
appreciates craft and detail and he loves riding bicycles. Heading up Rapha
Japan and Speedvagen Japan Daisuke is a national caliber Cat A racer and a
champion for bicycle racing in Japan, organizing one of the few UCI races in
the country, Nobeyama ‘Cross. On a recent visit to Portland Daisuke pitched in
with the team to get the money truck ready, helped Kids Cross racers over the
barriers and made oatmeal for the team on a retreat at the Oregon Coast.
Daisuke and his family are well known to a handful of
American racers and industry veterans for their warm hospitality and welcoming
home as they house numerous visitors to their village and cultivate excitement
for bike racing in Japan.
Kohey Maeda may be the youngest team member at Speedvagen
and he may have the most to gain. As one of the top U23 racers in Japan he is
consistently finishing top 5 in UCI ‘cross races and was invited to represent
Japan in the Asian MTB Championships this year.
Kohey is modestly making his way and earning some
attention. When you pair that with Tina’s coaching, Jeff’s calm balance,
Laura’s pure energy and Daisuke’s understanding of the racing landscape in
Japan you’ve got a winning recipe. Kohey is the first of what the team hopes
will become a robust development program.
Sacha White is founder, craftsman, footballer and papa.
For 12-years Sacha has been perfecting the craft of bicycle building, team
building and winning-smiling. He’s become quite good at all three.
Speedvagen has always been about keeping it in-house. In
fact, that’s where these racing machines were born, in a stall in the Vanilla
Workshop. So, it should come as no surprise that the team works and is built in
much the same way. Jeff will be providing photo content and documentation for
the team while Laura will be a contributing writer for Speedbloggen and the
occasional print opportunity.