Guest Spotlight: Tina Brubaker

Guest Spotlight: Tina Brubaker

Posted: February 15th, 2018

Tina Brubaker

Tina “Earthquaker” Brubaker:
Former Pro Cyclist, Coach

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Tina on Cycling

I was outside one day and my neighbor walked by and said, “do you ever ride that?” while pointing toward my crappy $200 commuter mountain bike. Without waiting for an answer, he followed up with, “a bunch of us are going to do a downhill race at Mt Hood tomorrow, you should come.” So, I did. I won the beginner category having ridden off-road maybe once or twice prior to that day. I was elated! But, more than that, I connected with other crazy bike nuts that day and felt an energy at the race that I wanted to feel more. In the years that followed, I discovered cross country, cyclocross, and, at the suggestion of a friend, bought a road bike for training. I fell in love with two wheeled machines and found ‘my people’. Campovelo is an awesome weekend that brings together bike nuts from all walks of life.

Cycling is what all other activities are planned around in our home, Bend, Oregon, which is a cyclists paradise. With beautiful weather and quiet roads and trails a few short minutes from the front door, it’s pretty easy to get motivated to pedal. Between exploratory rides and the occasional for-fun races, I now travel and work locally coaching mountain biking, cyclocross, and road riding. I am grateful daily to be giving back to the sport that has given me so much.

Tina on Food

Growing up with an Italian grandmother is a blessing and a curse – so many calories, so much cheese! However, sparking a passion for all things food was inevitable. Pizza, manicotti, fried zucchini flowers, cannoli… I get hungry just thinking about it! Living in the hills of wine country in the Willamette Valley was a perfect pairing. I worked at a local winery in high school and still have an appreciation for Oregon Pinot Noirs.

One of the things a solid bike ride brings on is HUNGER, so an earnest food-bike-wine relationship is also an inevitable one. Communing with your friends over a beautiful bottle of wine and a well thought-out meal after a big day in the saddle is one of the greatest joys of being a cyclist.

Tina on CampoVelo

The whole weekend was my favorite moment! But, if I had to pinpoint a few, one would be the refuel stop at the Clif Family Farm on Sunday. I’ve long respected Clif’s support of women in cycling going back to the Luna Chix, now the Clif Pro Team. It was a real honor to meet and personally thank them for all the ways they give back to our community. My other favorite was the Friday night benefit dinner for No Kid Hungry at Acacia House. Watching chef Chris Cosentino and all the other chefs in action was as exciting as watching your favorite racers sprint for the line, what a rush! Oh, and the pig roast on Sunday! Amazing!

Something special happens with the confluence of so many passionate people. It’s a magical weekend that brings together all of the things we love. For that reason alone, it is worth going. Add in that it’s a benefit for No Kid Hungry and there is no excuse to be on the fence. Doing what you love, while giving back to a worthy cause, makes this event an obvious choice.

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