LAVRA Upgrade Race » Los Angeles track racers earn their upgrade points and build their race resumes on one of the finest velodromes in the country. No track fees for this one! Racing begins at 3pm.
Aloha Sunday » Sunday is a fun day for fixed gear riders in Hawaii. Sprints, footdown, polo. All completely free thanks to Aloha Fixed. Cannon Club at 11am.
Chubby Boob Summer Games 2010 » Chubby Boob and Trackosaurus Rex present a three-stage alleycat with accumulated times. This is part of LA Brakeless’ Summer Fix weekend and it’s gonna be fun! Fern Dell entrance to Mt. Hollywood at 2pm.
Fast Forward Hamburg » The dead end road to Fast Friday. Revealing the weakest suicyclists from around the kiezes of the world with a small chance to compete and represent their area at Fast Friday in SF. A full day of events planned so check the schedule.
Ontario Grand Prix » Crit race in Ontario, CA. Cash prizes and a flat course with seven corners.
Tour De French Toast » Juice Cycling Club is hosting a Tour De France viewing party with French toast and waffles! La Cita bar at 6am.
West Side Story » Supposedly Erie, PA’s second ever alleycat. Frontier Park Ampitheater at 2pm. Bring a bag!
Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge » One of the biggest track racing weekends on the West Coast and sure to attract some very fast legs. A part of ATRA’s National Championship Series. Racing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday with a swap meet on Sunday morning. It’s gonna be off tha hook!
Bicycle Film Festival - Minneapolis » Check the sched for screenings, parties and probably a bunch of rides and races. After all, MPLS is the number one bike city in the country.
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”.