Amy VanTassel

Amy “VT” is an elite age-group triathlon competitor and champion, ranking in the top 1% globally to attain the Ironman Gold Level All-World Athlete status. Coached by her husband, pro triathlete Chris Bagg, VT is a perennial qualifier for USAT Age Group Nationals, and the 70.3 and Ironman World Championships. In 2014, she placed 2nd female and 6th overall at Ultraman Canada, beating the

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Beth Ann Orton

Beth Ann has a background in mountain sports, but discovered cycling when she moved to Portland and her mother sold the family station wagon, leaving her without a car. She spent 13 lucky years bike commuting before discovering cyclocross, and she began racing the infamous Oregon Cross Crusade.  Beth Ann owes her love of cyclocross to Oregon’s thriving ’cross culture, and a myriad of local mentors.
This year, you’ll see Beth Ann
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Anna Grace Christiansen

Anna Grace jumped into the NRC road calendar this season and is a bit of a freelancer, guest riding with some of the top professional teams including Specialized lululemon for Tour of California and North Star Grand Prix, and FCS/Zngine. She has proven herself a solid and relentless teammate helping to defend top GC contenders at Tour of the Gila and NSGP, and she’s never afraid to throw it all out there on the bike and in life.
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Nick Lemke

Hailing from Wisconsin originally, Nicholas Lemke is the reigning New Mexico State Champion and a top-10 finisher in the stacked “baby-Masters” Nationals category. Originally a mountain biker during his high school grease monkey days, Nick has married his MTB skills with some road fitness to pursue cyclocross glory.

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8-Track Woosh-Woosh: Wind Tunnel Time

Assume the position.
Assume the position.

Our own Josh Liberles recently had the opportunity to take an assortment of wheels – both HiFis and competitors’ – and his shnazzy new Orbea Ordu time trial bike into the University of Washington Aerodynamic Lab.

We’ll be spending a whole lot more time on CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) and wind tunnel testing, but these early forays proved what we’ve already seen out on the roads. They’re not only beautiful to behold, but our wheels also give the most established brands some very serious competition.

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Electric Feedback: Racing HiFi

Erin swoops down the Barton Park Cross Crusade descent.
Erin Lolich swoops down the Barton Park Cross Crusade descent.

Our “Trial by Mud” continued this past week, culminating with some badass cyclocross racing this weekend here in Portland. There are a whole bunch more HiFi wheelsets out there now — covering most of the categories, too, which is awesome.

HiFi riders will, undoubtedly, have bad results along the way — but this weekend came up all roses across the board. Aaron Coker started things right, winning yet another Clydesdale Cross Crusade race at Barton Park on Sunday — proving both the

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HiFi’s Soft Launch in the Hardest Conditions

Patrick Palmer, post-race, with HiFi MixMaster aluminum tubulars
Patrick Palmer, post-race, showing off his HiFi MixMaster aluminum tubulars.

Why the heck would someone start a wheel company in the fall? It’s simple: we want to put our stuff to the ultimate test.

We at HiFi are all bike racers, and we know that cyclocross in Oregon supplies some of the most grueling conditions for both riders and equipment.

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