Aug 26, 2012
Why we like Umbria. It’s a simple as coffee. Other than riding bikes, no other image captures the persona of cycling, especially in the Northwest better than enjoying a cup of coffee pre, post or in the middle of a ride. For Thumbprint racing the ONLY place to do that is at Caffé Umbria in Occidental Square. For us it’s our own little escape to the tree lined cobbled streets of Italy.
Here is a little more abour Umbria: Caffe Umbria is a Seattle based coffee roasting company that specializes in the blending and roasting of authentic Italian coffees. Our beans are shipped all over North America to a wide variety of cafes, restaurants, hotels and gourmet grocers. We also operate cafes in Seattle and Portland where we serve Italian style espresso drinks and light fare.
The Bizzarri family has been roasting coffee for three generations, starting in the 1940’s by Ornello Bizzarri in Perugia , Italy and now carried on by grandson Emanuele Bizzarri here in Seattle . Emanuele’s father Umberto pioneered Italian style espresso here in Seattle with his company Torrefazzione Italia. Caffe Umbria was founded in 2002 by Emanuele along with partners Pasquale Madeddu and Jesse Sweeney.
Our café in Pioneer Square occupies the same space that Torrefazzione Italia was founded in 1986 where the tradition lives on! We are both cyclists and fans of cycling. Our café customers come to watch the Tour de France and Giro D’Italia (when airing) each year. In Portland , we have co-sponsored the Twilight Criterium in the Pearl and many biking groups use our cafes as a meeting hub each weekend to fuel up or relax after a ride. Each year we sponsor the Portland Taste of the Nation which supports Share our Strength as well as the Vancouver Beach Soccer Blast.
We also support charitable organizations such as Mercy Corps and Coffee Kids which benefit people in need in the coffee growing regions. What are Umbria 's plans? To continue to champion the cause of great coffee and espresso through the traditions of italian coffee culture and to provide a great environment for people of all walks to enjoy that culture.
Grazie molte, Cin Cin.
Aug 19, 2012
Photo courtesy of Stan Eisen
|Event Name:||Ronde Ohop Kermesse|
|Date:||August 19, 2012|
|Description:||2 or 4 laps on a 6 mile rolling road loop, 10 laps on a 2.5 mile paved/dirt loop|
|Pro/1/2/3 Men:||12th - Jed Barden|
14th - Aaron Griffith
Dead Flatting Last - Jesse Nofziger
|Cat 4/5 Men:||2nd - Andrew Eisen|
15th - Tim Farrell
Aug 17, 2012
|Event Name:||MFG Pre-Season CX #1|
|Date:||Sunday August 12, 2012|
|Description:||20 min race, Eliminator semi-final, 1 lap final|
Cat B Men:
1st - Ryan Dean
Sporting a replacement seatpost on my CX rig (who knew my road post would fit!)...I met Michael Pruitt tonight for the first time - and I win? Coincidence? I don't think so.
Greg and I raced the "B" category and the first heat was 6 laps on the grassy cricket pitch at Mag park encompassing two baseball diamonds. There were two barrier sections, a couple tight camber sections, and a very slippery sand section in one of the batting areas of one of the diamonds.
Top 20 finishers of the first heat advanced to semi finals. Top 5 finishers of the two groups of ten racing the semi advance for a final round elimation of 10 guys. We both made the first round, then Greg narrowly missed the second round placing.
I got a bad start for me on the final round but made up ground by accelerating a little more aggressivley into the slippery diamond. kept power on inside leg through the turn and held traction well as we got back to grass and then started picking guys off till i was at about 4th wheel into the longish straight away section. Started thinking about passing more guys as we were getting into first barriers and following Gregs advice sprinted after the remount which allowed me to take over the lead and just tried to pick my own lines through till the final barriers where i focused on cleaning that section and sprinting hard the end line coming just 20 meters after the last barrier and following a left hand 90 degree turn. Couldnt quite get one pedal clipped but tried to close down the best line into the corner and managed to get clipped in time to throw down a sprint which probably easily topped 400 watts.
MFG was kind enough to award me my entry fee for winning ($12) so Greg and i pedaled to 7/11 for some post race PBR 24 oz cans.
Not having won bike race of any kind since early 2010 I'll take pleasure in this for a few days!
Good night for racing!
Aug 12, 2012
|Event Name:||Crystal Mountain Hill Climb Time Trial|
|Date:||August 12, 2012|
|Description:||6.1 mi steady climb with 1,530' Elevation Gain|
|Cat 3 Men:||5th - Jesse Nofziger (30:06, 23rd Overall)|
|Cat 4/5 Men:||3rd - Andrew Eisen (29:28, 19th Overall)|
Despite the small field in the Cat 3 race times were widely spread. Jesse Nofziger left most of the aero kit at home in favor of staying cool and turned in a respectable time for 5th place.
Look for the gold and gray at the Ronde next weekend.
Aug 6, 2012
Does the gray and gold call you? Thumbprint Racing is now recruiting for the 2013 season. Contact us with questions or to meet up for a ride and learn more.
Established in 2009, Thumbprint Racing is a USA Cycling registered, Seattle, WA based amateur bicycle racing club. In the Pacific Northwest, hundreds of people race bikes and there are dozens of area race teams. What makes Thumbprint Racing unique in the community was our foundational principal that this team would always donate the title sponsorship position to an important nonprofit organization. By shining a light on the important work of a worthy organization we feel that our narrowly-focused athletic endeavors can help bring awareness to something bigger than simply bike racing. We refer to this as “leaving our mark” and it informs our thinking through all aspects of the team. But before you think we're too serious just check out the CX pics.
While we were founded as a co-ed squad, circumstances led to a departure of the women racers in 2012. We want to remedy this in 2013 and warmly welcome women racers back into the fold! Our membership actively participate in nearly all forms of sanctioned bike racing from road, track and cross to single speed mountain, duathalon and triathalons.
Posted by Jesse Nofziger
Aug 4, 2012
|Event Name:||Boston Harbor Circuit Race|
|Date:||August 3, 2012|
|Description:||6 mile circuit - Rolling Hills|
|Masters 1/2/3 Men:||2nd - Greg Kauper|
|Cat 3 Men:||16th - Jesse Nofziger|
|Cat 4/5 Men:||33rd - Tim Farrell|
|Masters 50+:||2nd - Dave Hecht|
By the time the 3pm start for the Cat 3 and 50+ races rolled around, temperatures were close to cracking 100 degrees.
Aug 3, 2012
|Event Name:||Marymoor Friday Night Omnium|
|Date:||August 3, 2012|
|Description:||10 lap scratch, Miss and Out, 30 lap Points Race|
|Cat 3 Men:||Tony Bravetti - 4th (Scratch), 7th (Miss and Out), 1st (Points Race), 2nd Overall|