Last Saturday’s race at Encino Velodrome — Attack Of The Track People — was a lot of fun and made a great finale to this year’s Bob Hansing Memorial Cup Series. We had a lot of people show up (at least for the second session) including a few heavy hitters like Kit Karzen and Cody O’Reilly. Each category of racers competed in three races (Match Sprint, Points Race and Scratch Race). Their placings in each race earned them points for the overall omnium position. On top of that, each of the four Bob Hansing Memorial Cup omniums is scored cumulatively to determine who wins the overall series. Series trophies are also awarded for Best Endurance Rider, Best Sprinter and Most Aggressive. Read on to see how it went down on Saturday.
The first session had a light turnout with the biggest field being 5 deep. Nick Rakauskas (Encino Velo) won the Juniors 12 & Under omnium and took the trophy home for the series leader. Scott Cohen (Encino Velo) won the Juniors 13-16 omnium and also took the series title. Anthony Gianatasio (Herbalife La Grange)won the Masters 40+ omnium but Richard Kim (Herbalife LaGrange) — who did not compete on Saturday — already clinched victory for the series. Shane Ellis (Hammer Nutrition) won the 2-person omnium over her teammate CJ Boyenger and also sealed the deal for the series title.
The second session definitely had more people showing up both to spectate and to compete. Alfred Nash put together a great surf playlist for the Attack Of The Track People theme. After the Flying 200’s and a couple of just-for-ribbons Keirin races, the omniums started.
The Cat 5 field was full of riders who’ve been attending our Wednesday night track racing class like Tim McGee who won the Match Sprint and got third place in the omnium and Zach Scott (UCLA) who earned the Best Endurance Rider trophy for the series. The omnium and series title went to James Downs (Ritte).
I was riding in the Cat 3-4 field and I didn’t place well (I should probably spend more time riding and less time blogging) but I had fun. Especially when my pal Christopher Reed (South Bay Wheelmen) and I took an ambitious breakaway off the start of the 16-lap Scratch Race. It’s antics like that which earned Reed the Most Aggressive trophy for the series. Alexander Walters (Encino Velo) and Ryan Barrett (Pasadena Athletic Assocation) were neck and neck for each race but Walters was just a little bit faster. He won the omnium and took the series trophy. Barrett still went home with the Best Sprinter series trophy (and a 2nd place medal plus prizes for the omnium).
The Cat 1-2-3 field was very fun to watch with National Champion Cody O’Reilly (Bissell) riding circles around everyone else (literally). He lapped the field twice during the 60-lap Points Race and I think he would have kept on lapping them again and again if the lap cards never reached zero. O’Reilly won all three races and the omnium. Jack Lindquist (Ritte) came in second place in the omnium but he had earned enough points from earlier in the season to win the series trophy.
Thus the 2010 Bob Hansing Memorial Cup comes to a close. It was a really cool series and I look forward to next year. But first must come Encino Velodrome's Far West Champs.
Of course the best place to see velodrome racing is at the velodrome. But if you are stuck at home today and can’t make it to Encino Velodrome for the final race in the 2010 Bob Hansing Memorial Cup, Attack Of The Track People, then there are a couple alternative options for you to keep up with the action…
» Encino Velodrome will be streaming the races live on their Ustream channel.
» Yours truly will be updating my Twitter feed with race results as they become available. If you aren’t following me yet, do it now! I will be starting with the 3pm session (elite races).
If you can make it to the velodrome today, then do. Women, juniors and masters race at noon. Elites race at 3pm. There will be Keirin and it will be awezum!
One more thing for the weekend! Here’s an exclusive mixtape I put together with Chris G for your riding pleasure. One hour. All vinyl (if you know us, you know we both love to collect records). Mostly rare records from hi-nrg to Italo disco to electro funk to Belgian EBM. A preview of the first ten minutes is embedded above or you can just download VeloDisco Vol 1 here!
Don’t forget to let me know what you think!
song / artist / label / year
1 - Don’t Stop / Digital Emotion / Break / 1983
2 - Disco Baba & The 40 Thieves / Electronic Disco Boogie Band / Music Master / 1984
3 - You Are A Danger / Gary Low / Break / 1983
4 - Eckhardts Party / Robert Göl / Mute / 1983
5 - Cause I Love You Cause I Need You / De-De-Mo / Queen’s Club / 1984
6 - My Forbidden Lover / Tapps / Blow Up / 1983
7 - C’mon Girl / Break 3000 / Meuse Muzique / 2002
8 - Big Ideas (Babytalk Remix) / LCD Soundsystem / DFA / 2008
9 - English ARP / Legowelt / CEM / 2002
10 - I’m Ready / Kano / Emergency / 1980
11 - Soho Phaze / Elixia / Record Shack / 1983
12 - Nice N Soft (Uptown Version) / Wish / Perspective / 1981
13 - Countdown (Here I Come) / Kofi & The Lovetones / BMC / 1984
14 - Theme From American Flyers / Lee Rittenour & Greg Mathieson / GRP / 1985
15 - Ultrawarp (The Final Conflict Mix) / Laser Cowboys / ZYX / 1984
16 - Aerodynamik (Kling Klang Dynamix) / Kraftwerk / Astral Werks / 2004
17 - Headhunter (v1.0) / Front 242 / Wax Trax / 1988
18 - Accelerate / Kode IV / Kk / 1992
19 - Sin (Long) / Nine Inch Nails / TVT / 1989
20 - Take A Chance / Mr. Flagio / Squish / 1983
21 - Believe In Yourself (Special Remix) / The Creatures / Full Time / 1983
22 - Electricity / Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark / A&M / 1988
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!