A while ago I reported on a guerilla urban renewal group called MowerGang who went and cleaned up Detroit’s abandoned Dorais Velodrome. Their mission was not to fully take on the restoration, but to invigorate the community’s interest.
And that’s where Thunderdrome comes in, a series of races taking place at the still-cracked and dilapidated Dorais Velodrome. Not just bike races either, we’re talking scooters and moped categories too — perhaps taking cues from these guys.
Given the condition of the track surface, it’s not really suitable for actual track racing yet. There will be a race category for road bikes and also a mountain bike course which strays from the velodrome surface a bit. Hey, someone should be throwing cyclocross races here!
All profits from Thunderdrome events will go towards restoring and revitalizing Dorais Park and the velodrome. Let’s see what you got, Detroit!
The first Thunderdrome race day is scheduled for Oct 16th. Check their website for more info and pre-registration.
I’ve been a reader of Bike EXIF for a long time ago — a site dedicated to the appreciation of beautiful photographs of beautiful motorcycles — and I was delighted to see that they’ve started a sister site called Cycle EXIF. Yep, it’s dedicated to the appreciation of beautiful photographs of beautiful bicycles.
“It seems [the UCI] are set on destroying the sport… I don’t think any decisions are made with the athletes in mind. They don’t seem to understand the sport. It’s as if track is an inconvenient add-on behind road cycling.”—Sir Chris Hoy talks more smack on Union Cycliste Internationale for their absurd qualification processes. I’m sure a lot of track cyclists share his point of view, especially considering how UCI is treating the Olympic track cycling events.
With all the trouble brewing in New Delhi around the 2010 Commonwealth Games, it seems like there’s some ancient gypsy curse at play here. With most athletes scheduled to arrive in the next couple days and competition scheduled to start in about 11 days, already there are already a slew of dramatic problems:
It all seems like the first half hour of some epic disaster movie. The concerns have apparently gotten so bad that a few countries are considering withdrawing from the Games unless the situation improves. Apparently, the organizers are being given 48 hours to figure shit out or a bunch of the main competing countries will leave the competition.
Of course nobody wants that to happen. Hopefully despite all the chaos, things will come together and we can all enjoy a great 2010 Commonwealth Games. Good luck, India!
Kean and Anna are two physical therapists living in New Zealand who’ve started a blog focussing mostly on the physiological aspects of track racing. Really great stuff including lots of coverage on international track racing athletes.
Park(ing) Day » If you notice a playground or a park bench and astro turf in a metered parking spot during your ride in to work today (or anything that you wouldn’t normally find in a parking spot) — that’s Park(ing) Day. It’s a worldwide event so look out for reclaimed parking spots in your town.
Babes In Bikeland 4 » All-female alleycat race in Minneapolis. Meet at Soap Factory at 5pm.
C.R.A.N.K. MOB’s CRANKMAS III » Three years ago I started this little social/party ride… and the rest is history. Now LA’s infamous MOB is back for the annual all-out celebration of F.U.N. Emphasis on everything in that last sentence. Meet at Westwood Park at 9:30pm.
Londons Calling » Big fixed gear weekender in London. All kinds of fun to be had including alleycats, goldsprints, skid comps, tall bike jousts and parties. Check the program for the three-day event schedule.
Please note that the new time for Encino Velodrome's Intro To Track Racing class beginning October 6th is 7:00pm to 10:00pm. But don’t worry too much if you can’t make it there till 7:30, you’ll just be missing the warm-up period.
The course begins in less than two weeks. If you’ve never ridden the track before, take the Beginner’s Class this Saturday at noon.
Our previous Intro To Track Racing sessions wrapped up last night and everyone had a great time racing and BBQ’ing. Thanks to all the riders who attended the course. You’ve all come a long way in just six weeks.
For the next two Wednesdays, everyone is welcome to come back to the track and have some fun riding and informal racing. We’ll hold a pre-intro orientation session on the 29th for folks who haven’t taken the course before and are planning to attend the Oct 6th course.
REMINDER: Space is limited for the Oct 6th course so don’t forget to reserve your spot!