Travis Smith, Christopher Sellier and Angel Pulgar on the podium for the Men’s Kilo TT.
Results are in from the Pan American Track Championships which took place in Aguascalientes, Mexico last week.
The Colombians definitely ruled the competition, bringing home 17 medals with 7 of them being the Gold variety. They are evidently developing some fine athletes and just might be a country to watch for at the next Worlds.
I also want to give a shout out to Canada's Travis Smith for a great performance in the Sprint and the Kilo earning him a Gold and Silver medal in each event respectively.
Aguascalientes Velodrome is definitely proving to be a fast track. Just take a look at those Kilo times! I hope that I get a chance to visit some day…
Below are the podium positions for all the events. I haven’t found any website that has all the results consolidated on one page but if you want to see full results and times for a certain day, click on the DAY (thanks to Canadian Cyclist for posting them).
DAY 1 Women’s 3000m Individual Pursuit 1. Sarah Hammer (USA)
2. Maria Luisa Calle (Colombia)
3. Dalia Rodriguez (Cuba)
Women’s 500m TT 1. Lisandra Guerra (Cuba)
2. Monique Sullivan (Canada)
3. Nancy Contreras (Mexico)
Men’s Team Sprint 1. Colombia (Narvaez, Tamayo, Puerta)
2. Venezuela (Pulgar, Marcano, Canelón)
3. Trinidad & Tobago (Phillips, Kellar, Sellier)
Men’s Points Race 1. Weimar Roldán (Colombia)
2. Jorge Montenegro (Ecuador)
3. José Ramón Aguirre (Mexico)
DAY 2 Women’s Team Pursuit 1. United States (Tamayo, Bausch, Hammer)
2. Cuba (Rodriguez, Dominguez, Gonzalez)
3. Colombia (Calle, Vargas, Muños)
Men’s Keirin 1. Hersony Canelon (Venezuela)
2. Barry Forde (Barbados)
3. Leonardo Narvaez (Colombia)
Men’s Scratch Race 1. Carlos Ospina (Colombia)
2. Cody O’Reilly (USA)
3. Luis Mansilla (Chile)
Women’s Team Sprint 1. Cuba (Gurra, Herrera)
2. Colombia (Garcia, Gaviria)
3. Mexico (Contreras, Gaxiola)
Men’s Individual Pursuit 1. Juan Pablo Suarez (Colombia)
2. Juan Esteban Aranjo (Colombia)
3. Eduardo Sepulveda (Venezuela)
DAY 3 Men’s Kilo TT 1. Christopher Sellier (Trinidad & Tobago)
2. Travis Smith (Canada)
3. Angel Pulgar (Venezuela)
Women’s Scratch Race 1. Yumari Gonzalez (Cuba)
2. Sofia Arreola (Mexico)
3. Paola Muñoz (Chile)
Men’s Team Pursuit 1. Colombia (Suarez, Castro, Roldan, Avila)
2. Chile (Cesario, Seisdedos, Cabrera, Mansilla)
3. Cuba (Sibila, Perez, Carlos, Campanioni)
DAY 4 Men’s Madison 1. Colombia (Ospina, Roldan)
2. Republica Dominicana (Garman, Sanchez)
3. Argentina (Crespo, Ercila)
Women’s Sprint 1. Lisandra Guerra (Cuba)
2. Diana Garcia (Colorado)
3. Daniela Larreal (Venezuela)
DAY 5 Men’s Sprint 1. Travis Smith (Canada)
2. Njisane Phillips (Trinidad & Tobago)
3. Leonardo Narvaez (Colombia)
Women’s Keirin 1. Lisandra Guerra (Cuba)
2. Daniela Lerreal (Venezuela)
3. Diana Garcia (Colombia)
Women’s Points Race 1. Theresa Cliff-Ryan (USA)
2. Lorena Vargas (Colombia)
3. Daniely Garcia (Venezuela)
Women’s Omnium 1. Sarah Hammer (USA)
2. Angie Gonzalez (Venezuela)
3. Maria Luisa Calle (Colombia)
Men’s Omnium 1. Carlos Uran (Colombia)
2. Ruben Campanioni (Cuba)
3. Luis Mansilla (Chile)
I’m no photographer by any means so pretty much non of this comes from a pro perspective. I’m just someone who likes bikes. Maybe you are too. Over years of drooling over bicycle portraits across the internet and in catalogs, I’ve learned a few things about what makes these bikes look so good in photos. It’s not really that complicated but still, even the pro’s get it wrong sometimes. I don’t profess to do it right all the time. I’m just a guy with a Nikon point n shoot. Still, I’ve compiled a few tips on how to make your bike look nicer on photo so that next time you shoot your trusty steed, you really get to show it off in all of its glory.
1) DRIVE SIDE!!! Come on, people. You should know this. We want to see what’s on your bike. The drive side is the important part. Taking a picture from the non-drive side is like photographing a car engine with the hood down. Remember, this is your bike’s GOOD SIDE. I’m pretty sure we’re not missing any important details on the left side of your bike.
A rare example of a bike where I might like to see some of the non-drive side.
2) Clean up the background. Have a neutral, non-distracting background. Any object in the setting that’s removable, remove it. That means trash, leaves, dirty socks, girlfriends (optional), etc. Watch out for hard shadows which can also be distracting, especially if the shadows are cast by the bike. If you’re shooting against a wall, it should be mostly one solid color with no patterns or anything that takes the focus off your bike. Speaking of focus, make sure your camera is focussed on the bike and not a part of the background.
See how important a neutral background is? Here I can show a lot of background and it’s still just about the bike.
3) Clean up your bike. This doesn’t just mean giving it a good wipe-down (which I hope you’ve already done). This also means removing anything that isn’t necessary. Everything in this photo is something that’s representing your bike. So you must ask yourself why you have such-and-such on your bike while you’re photographing it. For example, “What is that removable Knog blinky light really saying about who I am and what this bike means to me?” If you don’t have a good reason for it, take it off.
This is my touring bike, so I photographed it with touring gear.
And now… the nitpicky stuff. These are all the anal retentive details that will make your bike look better because it shows that you paid attention to them. The main reason to pay attention to this stuff is because everything in this photo is there for a reason. You need to make it all look very intentional. Just like how all the features of the bike are built into it for a reason (hopefully). This shows that you are damn proud of owning this bike and that you put thought into how you want to display it.
4) Align your crankset. There’s a few ways to do this. It usually looks best if the crank is lined up with one of the tubes or parallel to the ground. Personally, I prefer lining the crank up with the seat tube. Other people line up with the down tube and some line up with the chainstay. In any of these cases, the non-drive side crank arm should be behind the tube you’re lining up with — obscured by it — so that the line is continued by your drive side crank arm. If you choose to line up your crankset so that it’s parallel to the ground, the drive side arm should be pointing towards the front of the bike. Some people choose to line up the crankset so that it’s perpendicular to the ground but I don’t think it looks that great.
This is how I like to line up my crankset.
5) Align your wheels. This probably bothers me even more than the crankset. Most people don’t even think about this, even photographers shooting bicycle catalogs. Again, this is just so that it looks like you meant to do it. Attention to details! You want to line up your front and rear wheels so that the valve holes are both in the same position — 12 o’clock or 6 o’clock looks the best. This just looks cleaner and also lines everything up. If you’ve got fancy deep carbon rims, the logos will line up. The tire logos should line up too, assuming they’ve been installed correctly. HINT: with clinchers, the tire logos should line up with the valve holes and with tubulars, the valves should line up with the valve holes. And if you’re looking at the drive side of your bike thinking “Gee, my tires don’t seem to have logos”, that means either your tires don’t have logos or they’re on backwards.
Line up your wheel graphics even if the valves say otherwise.
6) Choose your gearing (if applicable). Proper gearing not only makes your chainline look better, it can also make your bike look faster! How? I always set it to the fastest gear (smallest cog, largest chainring). This also happens to make the derailleur and downtube shifters look better. I’ve seen some old catalogs that shoot their bikes on the smallest chainring/largest cog. I guess that’s too show off their incredible hillclimbing ability. I guess that’s cool. If you really want to show off your triple chainset, go for it. I just hate it when I see a bike portrait and the chain is just in the middle doing nothing.
The fastest gear on my classic roadie not only brings the chain to the front but also makes my downtube shifters stand out more.
7) All the other details. I’m not sure it’s possible to be TOO neurotic when photographing your bicycle. Just pay attention to the details. Let’s face it, if you’re reading this chances are you like to look at photos of bikes. Ask yourself what it is about certain photos that you like and compare it to your own bicycle photos. I’m always looking at my own bike photos thinking, “Ah shit I should’ve done this.” For example, I only recently realized that all the photos in 1986 Miyata catalog (IMO the finest example of perfect bike portraiture) have the steering angled so that the bars are perfectly lined up dead-on with the camera. As a non-photographer, it’s a constant learning experience but evidently, even pro photographers don’t have it all down. So basically, don’t feel bad if you get made fun of for the goofy saddle tilt in your photo. Just adjust it next time you take a photo of your bike (unless that’s how you ride it, in which case good luck to your naughty bits).
Chari & Co. 2 Year Anniversary » Celebrating their 2nd anniversary with a track day at Kissena Velodrome and it’s gonna be awzum! Session starts at 1:30pm.
Circulus » Second opening reception for a little mini-velodrome art project built in an old empty library at Pomona College. 8pm - 10pm. And if you can’t make it, there’s a live feed on the website.
Coast Cycles & Seth Rosko Open House » BBQ, & music with brazing & welding demos from a couple of NYC’s finest custom frame builders. There will be a group ride to the shop from Tompkins Square Park at 12:30pm.
For A Fist Full Of Handlebars » Encino Velodrome’s third big race of the season. Expect to see some speed. Women, Juniors & Masters race at noon. Elites race at 3pm. Don’t miss this.
Get Ready For Summer » Great pre-summer track races at Hellyer Park Velodrome. Racing begins at 1pm. Don’t miss it. There’s only a couple more chances to get ready before summer is actually here.
Hell Track 2 » Toronto fixed gear riders getting down. This is going to be a pretty fun event. Bickford Park at 7:30pm.
Macashreda » Tricks and all that fun shit presented by Macaframa. Fremont Park in Sacramento at 3pm.
Pier Pressure » Cover less miles in more hours and have the time of your life doing it. Meet at the top of the Santa Monica Pier (by the cannon) at 2pm.
Red Bull Arena Ride » Red Bull is a hosting a group ride from NYC to the Red Bull Arena in Jersey for a football (soccer) match. Meeting at Zen Cycles at 4:00 with two different distances to choose from.
Velo-Studio Open House » A new bike boutique is opening up in Burbank. Celebrate with food, music, drinks and goldsprints. All happening from 1pm to 8pm.
Amgen Tour Of California » The big stateside stage race starts this Sunday and continues all week long. Always fun to go out and catch one of the stages.
Bay Or Die » Mash SF is throwing this alleycat in SF to challenge anyone who naysays The Bay. Show up! Judah & La Playa at 10am.
MadEx’s GuerrilLA Drive-In » The infamous GuerilLA Drive-In is back! This week MadEx will be showing us one of my favorite movies — Falling Down. Garey & 2nd St in the DTLA Artist District at 9pm. Tune in to 104.7fm for audio. And yes, it’s free (but the hot dogs aren’t). This is a really fun event. Make it if you can.
Mid-Season Criterium » Flat, four-corner crit in Ontario, CA. Third race in the 2010 Ontario Crit series.
New York Bike Jumble » New York’s only bicycle flea market returns to Brooklyn. At the Old Stone House in Park Slope from 10am to 4pm.
Mt. Whitney Stage Race » Think you got legs? Try this one on for size. Over 12,000 feet of climbing in just 52 miles in this multi-day behemoth in Lone Pine Park, CA.
It’s going to be a great day of races. Fun + excitement = funcitement!
Let’s review the series so far…
Hammer Nutrition's Shane Ellis and CJ Boyenger are ruling the women’s field but Vanderkitten's Jennifer Wilson is hungry and ready to pounce. Will she sink her claws into her prey or will the Hammer girls continue to pound it out?
In Masters, John Allen of Velocity is trailing behind Herbalife Lagrange rider Richard Kim by a mere point. This Saturday could be the decider between the two. Will Kim be able to outsprint John Allen and increase his points lead or will Allen’s appetite for neverending torture shoot him into a breakaway lead?
After all, it’s John Allen's incredible endurance that has him leading the Cat 1/2/3 field as well. However Allen was involved in a nasty crash last month during the Cat 1/2/3 Points Race at Gone In 250 Meters. Nothing broken and he was back on the bike within a week but he wasn’t able to finish the Omnium and that gave Jack Lindquist a chance to start catching up in points. If Lindquist rides well (i.e. fast!) this Saturday, he might be able to close in on the series leader.
Encino Velo's juniors are ruling their fields with the top 3 spots in both Junior Categories. James Horvet leads the 12 & Under’s and Daniel Kosykh leads the 13-16’s. However Kosykh’s teammate Scott Cohen is very close behind and could very likely take the lead.
[Ryan Barrett (PAA), a new Cat 3/4 rider to watch out for.
Photo by Pat Benson.]
Well, Kosykh probably isn’t very worried about that since he is leading the Cat 3/4 field by a longshot. This is where he’s focussing his efforts and it shows. I doubt any other contender in the field will be able to close in on Kosykh’s points lead this weekend. What a star! That said, this Saturday won’t be too easy for Daniel with riders in the field like Aram Goganian from Predator Cycles and newcomer Ryan Barrett of Pasadena Athletic Association.
And as usual, the Cat 5 racers have been in and out of the series (or upgrading) so the series title could very well become a perfect attendance award. We’ve still seen some very good racing in Cat 5 so far especially from Encino Velo’s Iain Patterson who took the win during The Fast, The Slow & The Ugly in March and Ritte Racing's James Downs who slaughtered everyone at Gone In 250 Meters. I’m looking forward to seeing some more rookie talent this Saturday.
A Fist Full Of Handlebars — and every BHMC race day at Encino Velodrome — is split into two sessions. Women, Masters and Juniors race the first session at noon. At three in the afternoon is the second session, when the Cat 1/2/3, Cat 3/4 and Cat 5 races are.
Don’t miss this event! Race days under the Southern Cali sun are the best!
Well, there’s the Individual Pursuit and Points Race which were already eliminated from the Olympic program. Also, there’s the Kilo TT (and 500m for women) which was dropped from the Olympics in 2008. Now they are all grouped together in this kitchen sink Omnium. What does this mean?
A lot of people are saying that UCI and the International Olympic Committee are gradually phasing out track cycling in the Olympics. Is this move really foreshadowing the death of Track Cycling?
There are now only 8 events in Olympic Track Cycling (including the separate men’s and women’s contests):
In 2008 we had 10 events. In 2004 we had 12 events. It definitely seems like it’s shrinking.
With the new Omnium format, we’ve got 6 contests housed under one medal. Well so much for specificity. Now if Taylor Phinney wants to win an Olympic medal for his Individual Pursuit effort, he must also ride a killer Kilo and Flying Lap. Could he do that? Yeah, but he’d have to compromise his very specific Pursuit training in order to include training for other events.
The Individual Pursuit is a very specialized event and that’s why there are Pursuit specialists in the world. The same thing goes for the Kilo. The Omnium kind of kills all of that. It’s beginning to look like the IOC only has one Gold Medal to award to an “Overall Track Champion”.
Compare this to swimming with 34 events in 2008 (not including the Diving, Synchronized Swimming or Water Polo events). There are athletes who specialize in very specific swimming events and even still, one man took home 8 Gold Medals, which pretty much made him “Overall Swimming Champion”.
The difference is Phelps had to be the best at ALL those events. In the Omnium, you don’t have to be the best at any of the individual contests. You could come in second for all six races and you’d have an excellent chance at winning the single Gold Medal award. In fact, that’s probably your best bet. You have to be the Jack of all trades, master of none. So this is the new Olympics where mediocrity is rewarded.
With the trend we’re seeing right now, I bet that by 2016 we’ll only have the Omnium and the Team Pursuit. They will take the Sprint competition (which has been narrowed down to 8 qualified riders instead of 18) and throw it into the Omnium, replacing the Flying Lap. Keirin might also become an Omnium contest, replacing the Miss n Out. And that’s that! One Gold Medal to rule them all.
Now I don’t really have a problem with the Omnium as an event in itself. It’s an event contested at the World Camps (since 2007) and obviously most local track race days are set up as Omniums (which is great of course). But this isn’t a local track meet. This is the Olympics. It’s supposed to be a major international event that celebrates and awards the best athleticism shown in ALL disciplines.
That’s why there’s the Shot Put, Hammer Throw, Javelin Throw and Discus Throw… not the “Omnium of Throwing Shit Around”.