Time for a little treat for the weekend. American Flyers is probably my favorite bike racing movie. I mean I love Breaking Away just as much as the next guy but this year I’ve been watching Am Flyers a lot and I’m really beginning to appreciate just how awesome it is. It really gets me hyped a few days before a race… Especially cuz of the score by Lee Ritenour and Greg Mathieson. I’ve been trying to get a copy of the score for a long time now and earlier this week I scored! I happened upon a mint condition LP of the soundtrack while digging through the crates at Record Surplus for $2.50!
You’ll be hearing some more of this soundtrack next week as a part of something that my friend Chriz G and I are putting together. For now, hit play on the embedded MP3 above to hear one of the tracks that really gets me into it. Right around 3:15 is where it really takes off. Disclaimer: this is recorded straight off my vinyl copy so don’t be alarmed by the record crackle.
Festival Of Speed » The world-famous Valley Preferred Cycling Center (aka T-Town) opens their 35th season of racing with the US 10-mile Championship, the first race in the World Series Of Bicycling. Racing starts at 7:30pm.
LAVRA Cup » Track racing at the LA Velodrome (aka ADT Event Center). Time trials in the morning and races in the afternoon. Come and check it out! Racing begins at 3pm.
Ontario Airport Criterium » Fast crit racing action out in Ontario, CA. Flat course, 0.7 miles long with 3 wide corners and good pavement.
Race Against Time » The tenth anniversary BFF alleycat in New York City. A custom frame from Dodici is up for grabs for the winner. Fort Greene Park at noon.
SCNCA Junior Track Championship » Junior categories will be racing for State Champion jerseys down at San Diego Velodrome. The gear restrictions are so that you don’t get too embarrassed, slowpoke. Racing starts at 10:30am.
Blue Ribbon Track Omnium » A big day for the trackies at Alpenrose Velodrome in Oregon. A total of 24 events will be contested! That’s a lot of racing. Kicks off at 10:30am.
A Bridge Too Far » Alleycat race in York, England. Fulford Millenium Bridge at 2pm.
For the Testarossa Velodrome Challenge:
» A great recap of the big weekend in San Jose up at Affinity Cycles.
» NCNCA Racing rounded up a ton of race videos and photo sets from TVC.
» A great set of photos from DJ Twinky’s Flickr.
Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, PA will kick off their 35th anniversary season on June 18th with the World Series Of Bicycling. This is probably the best place in the States to see some truly world-class track racing. The World Series Of Bicycling features 10 weeks of fast and furious races contested by competitors from all over the globe. Check the schedule below to see what’s coming up and visit VPCC’s website for more information.