Future Tense » The second in Zlog’s summer alleycat race series. Race starts at Cal Anderson at 6:30pm.
All You Can Eat Race » Alleycat race that involves exotic foods in Los Angeles. Korea Daily Building parking lot at noon.
Attack Of The Track People » The last race in Encino Velodrome’s 2010 Bob Hansing Memorial Cup series. This is gonna be a great race day so come and race it or just watch and eat hot dogs!
Brewery Alleycat » Alleycat race in Bern, Switzerland. Meet at Reitschule Kino at 5pm.
Bristol Hillycat 2 » Fixed gear bikes vs. hills. Face Bristol’s steepest at 2pm by the water.
Fast Forward Miami » The DVSxCadence Fast Friday qualifier tour hits Miami this weekend. Be ready for some sprints. Keirin Cycles at 10pm.
Fixie GC » Alleycat followed by BBQ and beer in Gold Coast, Australia. Meet at Sneak & Destroy at 3:30pm.
Tour De Manivela » Manivela Food Delivery service is celebrating their one-year anniversary with an alleycat race in San Diego. Starts at Balboa Park at 6pm.
Bici Drag Race » Drag races of death in San Antonio plus BBQ and other fun shit. I think it’s at Hooligan Bikes at 6pm.
LAFixed NJS Ride V.2.0 » Los Angeles Keirin-o-philes rally together in one big sparkly JKA-approved group ride. Contests and other fun stuff to follow. Little Tokyo at noon.
Rad Massaker » Alleycat race in Oakland. Meet at Mosswood Park at noon.
The Omnium » Part of Dick Lane Velodrome’s Pro Race Series. Racing starts on Friday night with the Need For Speed sprint tourney. More races on Saturday with a total weekend payout of over $4,000!
USAC Juniors Track Nationals » Being held at Valley Preferred Cycling Center (T-Town) all weekend. If you aren’t there yet, you’re already missing out.
The 2010 Juniors Track Nationals are already under way and will be continuing all weekend at T-Town. Valley Preferred Cycling Center has posted some profiles of their own hometown juniors who are competing. Watch out for these kids because they are coming from probably the best juniors track programs in the country. Check out the T-Town talent pool here.
"The Omnium" - This Weekend at Dick Lane Velodrome
The second installment in Dick Lane Velodrome's Pro Race Series is going down this weekend. Everything starts out with the “Need For Speed" sprint tournament on Friday evening. Then on Saturday, "The Omnium”.
Further to my previous post, training fees will be waived at LA Velodrome from July 17th to July 31st. This is to make up for all the closures this month. Of course riders will still need to check in for the session and will also need to be certified to ride.
Those of you who keep telling me LA Velodrome's track fees are too high (you know who you are, you cheap bastids!), here's a chance to get your tires on on the wood for free. Check the training schedule and remember not to show up on a closed day.
Also, current annual pass holders will have an additional month added to their passes to make up for the July closures. Woot!
DONATE TO ENCINO VELODROME / WIN A CUSTOM-MADE FRAME!
Send a $25 donation to Encino Velodrome this week and you’ll be entered into a raffle for a beautiful custom-built steel frame from Los Angeles builder Moth Attack. Better hurry up! The drawing will be this Saturday at Encino Velodrome during the Bob Hansing Memorial Cup. Click the Paypal button below to make your donation now!
Last weekend at the DVSxCadence Fast Forward LA event at Encino Velodrome, this guy slaughtered the entire field and waltzed away with a brand new Giant Omnium frameset and $350 in cash ($250 for the main prize + $100 for the last race of the day prize). A couple weeks before that, the same guy won five Masters State Champion titles in his first year racing as a Master. On top of track racing, this guy competes in all kinds of events from fixed gear alleycats to tandem cyclocross to 24-hr mountain bike races. This guy is Jack Lindquist and he is fast. This week he slowed down just enough for me to catch up with him and ask a few questions…
RTBL: First of all, I noticed that you finally got your other piston tattoo filled in. Are you faster now?
JACK: The pistons started about 3 years ago and yes, now I am much faster. But I’m not sure how much the tattoo has had to do with that. I started training this season, with a coach and a purpose, and that has made a world of difference.
RTBL: So you just won the DVSxCadence Fast Forward event in LA. Are you going to represent LA at Fast Friday in SF?
JACK: I am planning on it. I’ve been looking for a good reason to head up North for a bit and racing bikes seems like an awesome one!
RTBL: Some folks thought the Fast Forward event in LA wasn’t fair because the racing was done at a velodrome and Fast Friday comes out of the street fixed gear scene. Others thought it was sketchy because there were a lot of riders who hadn’t raced on a track before. Where do you stand on that and how do you think the event went?
JACK: From what I understand, there were only a couple of kids that thought the event wasn’t fair. And honestly, I think that’s on them. I had a really good time and everyone else I spoke with did as well. As far as the winner coming from a track racer instead of a street racer, I think that’s completely ridiculous. The winner came from a faster bike racer. If it had been really close between some of the participants, that would have been one thing and tactics and experience could have made the difference.
RTBL: I know that you started racing fixed in the streets of LA doing alleycats as well as riding with Swarm! and Woflpack Hustle. How did that get you into track racing?
JACK: In 2007 [ed. note: I think this was actually in 2006]Squid, from CycleHawk NY, put on an event at 3 velodromes across the country. The goal was to get city bikers and messengers to take their track bikes from the streets to the track. I had just started messengering and was really excited about the grand prize: round trip airfare to Cycle Messenger World Championships in Sydney, Australia. So I came out to Encino Velodrome a few times and started to learn a bit about racing. I came in second place in the LA and Chicago events, then went to NY and won there. It was a great experience and I made a ton of friends and discovered how awesome track racing can be with the help of some amazing people — namely John ‘The Cat’ Campo from Kissena Velodrome and Al Nash from Encino Velodrome, who both helped Squid organize the racing at the events. When I got back from Australia, I kept racing track and got fast.
RTBL: Do you still do any alleycat races? Any favorites?
JACK: I really like the Wolfpack stuff. I haven’t done anything in a little while as my new job and training/recovering are taking a lot of time. I’m looking forward to going up north to race with some of those kids. It’s been a while since I’ve traveled for an alleycat/street race. Should be exciting!
RTBL: You also won five Masters State Champion titles a couple weeks ago. How does that feel for you?
JACK: I’m stoked. It was a nice result, validating all the hard work I’ve put in this year. Also, it got me really excited for some of the Elite State and National Championships that I’ve got coming up on the track.
RTBL: You are doing more racing on the road this year. How is it going and how do you like it compared to track racing?
JACK: The road racing is going very well. I’ve entered 5 crits, and won 4 of them. It’s not quite fair as I’m still a Cat 4 on the road and a Cat 2 on the track. But it’s fun and I’ve won some money and had a good time doing it. Winning is always a good feeling.
RTBL: What other races are you planning to do for the rest of the season?
JACK: I’m heading up to Portland for the Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge in a few weeks. I’m excited to race some keirins and do some elite level sprinting. Should be a good experience for me and it will be nice to go back to the track where I destroyed my first BMC track bike and get a little redemption. If you haven’t seen it, the promo video for this year’s avc has a clip of the crash. I’ll let you guess which one I am.
RTBL: Lastly, is there any gear or equipment that you’re really excited about right now?
JACK: Working at Shimano, I get to see all sorts of amazing new bike technology coming out and being developed. Some of the coolest stuff right now is actually the new XTR product. Some amazing stuff has been done to take advantage of material properties, not just for weight reduction or strength increases, but huge performance increases in temperature control and durability. Also, the ridiculously light track disc from PRO that I have is pretty cool. I’m a little nervous to ride it, as it is a tension disc and there are some reports of people seeing ripples in the surface when I’m sprinting on it. But it looks rad and sounds amazing when I’m going through the corners!
If you want to see Jack’s disc rippling through the corners, come to the next Bob Hansing Memorial Cup Omnium at Encino Velodrome on July 10th. Thanks for the chat, Jack. Congratulations and good luck!
Cogs & Stripes » Alleycat in San Antonio, TX. Where and when? I don’t know. Look it up. Maybe next time they’ll put that info on the flyer.
Escape From New York » A fun checkpoint race/ride put on by the CycleHawk crew. Seven checkpoints with different challenges at each one… based on the John Carpenter film of the same name. Registration at 7pm (after VeloCity) at East River Bar.
VeloCity Tour NYC » Messengers and city bikers racing at Kissena Velodrome. Top messenger gets roundtrip airfare to Guatemala for CMWC. Don’t miss this event!
4th Of July » Celebrate America. Have a beer and go watch some fireworks or something! Not an American? Then don’t worry about it.
International Velodrome 3 Day Race » The International Velodrome at Bloomer Park is holding three days of Madison racing this weekend. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday evenings and at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.
Quake City Rumble » San Francisco is gonna be off tha hook for the entire weekend. Now in its 7th year, QCR is a messenger-organized series of alleycats and events to benefit the SFBMA Broken Bones Fund. Check the schedule for everything that’s going on.
Le Tour De France » It’s this big multi-stage bike race all over France. Starts this weekend and keeps going for the rest of the month.
I’ve been developing a track racing clinic with Jared Thayn from Encino Velodrome and for the past month, every Wednesday night, we’ve been running a four-week version of the six-week course. We’ve had a great turnout with about 22 students and I want to thank all of them for coming out! It’s been a great time and I think everyone is having fun learning about different events, tactics and of course racing.
The course is basically an introduction to track racing events directed at those who’ve ridden on the velodrome before but aren’t exactly sure what they’re doing on race days. It also makes a great program just to practice racing so we have folks of all different experience levels from riders fresh out of the beginner class to Cat 2 racers from T-Town. I’ll keep you updated as to when we are starting the course again and how to register.
The session will be closed to riders who haven’t been taking the Wednesday-night course so far -BUT- we’ll be having a BBQ and giving out prizes and having a good time. So come out and cheer on the riders and bring something to throw on the grill! The Valley Bikery will also be hosting a bike repair clinic on the infield so bring anything that needs fixing. The session starts at 7:30pm and will go until about 10:30pm.
[Click on any photo to see it big] So I’ve finally got my Masi 3V all built up and I couldn’t be happier. I’m so excited about it! I’ve already ridden the bike a few times up at Encino Velodrome and but this past weekend I raced it around the planks at LA Velodrome. Super-stiff! Super-fast! Fits me so much better than my previous bike. I find that I’m working much less to keep a good speed up which is the whole point, right?
The Masi 3V design is pretty much the first frame to use oversized tubing and internal lugs. It was developed by Alberto Masi in the early 80’s and he still swears by this construction method to this day (but under a different name). I’m not saying this bike is completely flawless or anything (it’s kinda heavy) but it’s a great example of a timeless and innovative design.
I wanted to do this frame justice by giving it a contemporary build but keeping a classic feel. I think I may have succeeded but I would love to hear your feedback so leave me a comment if you got something to say. Here’s the deetz:
British cycling legend Chris Boardman recently gave his world-famous Lotus superbike (rebranded as Eddy Merckx) to the new Museum Of Liverpool. This is the bike that Boardman smashed the Hour Record with in 1996.
Along with the bike, Boardman is also handing over a piece of the Manchester Velodrome track (given to him when they resurfaced the track in 2007) and a Yellow Jersey from the 1994 Tour De France.