LA OCHO draws its inspiration from a hugely popular Canadian race series held in the late nineties called the Dunhill Alley-Cat Scramble, aka the Human Powered Rollercoaster. The HPR, as it was also known featured a wooden figure-eight track that attracted the fastest messengers from around the globe.
The anomaly, entitled LA OCHO which literally translates as The Eight, is proving to be an attention grabber. Racers will compete in heats of four, jockeying through two days of preliminary racing to accumulate enough victories to lead themselves through to the final day of elimination rounds. Each competitor will be striving to be crowned as the victor of this 200-meter long figure-eight track.
Reviving the exciting spirit of the original, while adding an old-school Guatemalan feel, the LA OCHO track will instead be constructed and run outdoors and on a foundation of dirt and clay rather than wood. Featuring banked turns and a bridge crossing in the middle, the track promises to be fast and challenging for even the most skilled riders.
The Guatemalan Government and Municipal Government of Panajachel have pledged their full support in the effort to construct this ambitious course, inviting the global messenger community to build LA OCHO at their main outdoor stadium, Stadio Municipal de Panajachel. “The courage to rebuild this lost messenger artifact is an impressive tribute to Bicycle Messengers around the world, and is sure to be a heroic display of racing!” proclaims CMWC President NADIR OLIVET.
Make plans now to attend the 18th Annual CYCLE MESSENGER WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS and be in Panajachel, Guatemala from September 3rd to 13th, 2010 to catch all the festivities of this year’s adrenaline infused CMWC.
Bike Love » The third annual bike-themed art show fundraiser for Team Midnight Ridazz. Food, live art, live music, beer and bike art by cyclists in our community.
Keirin School » Henry Shibata’s class returns to Encino Velodrome after a month-long hiatus. Starts at 9am. This is one of the best track training session in LA!
Little 500 » The famous single speed coaster brake race from Bloomington’s Indiana University now in it’s 60th year. Yes, that climactic race from the movie Breaking Away. The Men’s race is on Saturday and the Women’s race is on Friday (TODAY!) which can be even more fun. Both days will be broadcast live on HDNet.
“I prefer the regularity of road racing… On the track it’s one big race per season and it’s difficult to focus all year on that. But on the road it’s a totally different lifestyle. You have a target in front of you, and then another and another. If a race doesn’t work out, you have another chance the next day, or the day after.”—Theo Bos on leaving his track racing career for the road.
Hey Boss, maybe you should try coming to California. We’ve got track races all year ‘round for ya!
I’ve been following Johnny Prolly’s blog since day one. The other day he announced that he’s planning to race on the track this year so I reached out to him as a fellow urban fixed gear rider who recently started taking it to the oval. Yesterday, Prolly had nothing but nice things to say about this blog. If you don’t have his site bookmarked already, you should.
Chris Bennett followed by Collin Berry, Jack Lindquist and Ben Stern.
Photo by Pat Benson.
Results were posted for the races at Encino Velodrome last Saturday. Despite the crash during the Cat 1/2/3 Points Race, it was a great race day full of good vibes and fast riding under the SoCali sun (see some video here).
During the first session, Encino Velo's kids dominated the Junior Categories with Scott Cohen and James Horvet both winning in their age groups. The Hammer Nutrition girls continued their reign of terror over the Womens category with Shane Ellis and CJ Boyenger taking 1st and 2nd respectively. Richard Kim of Herbalife LaGrange won the Masters 40+ taking the lead in the Bob Hansing Memorial Cup series standings.
The Cat 1/2/3 Omnium in the second session was marred by a bad crash which sent three riders to the hospital. Only three riders were left in the category for the Scratch Race and Match Sprints. The gold went to Ben Stern (Team Roaring Mouse) who came down from San Jose to qualify for the American Velodrome Challenge.
Daniel Kosykh (Encino Velo) won the Cat 3/4 Omnium even after grabbing 3rd place in the Juniors 13-16 earlier in the day. James Down (Ritte) won the Cat 5 Omnium and I’m guessing he won’t be a fiver for much longer.
The next race in the 2010 Bob Hansing Memorial Cup is May 15th. Be there.