Battle Of The Bay » Alleycat followed by goldsprints in Ybor City, FLA. All beginning at Czar at 3pm.
Boulder 6 » A fast-paced and action-packed night of racing at Boulder Indoor Cycling in the theme of a traditional European Six-Day. Races will likely include Match Sprint, Team Pursuit, and Points Races while the premier event of the night will be the Madison.
Hole Shot » Portland’s Backyard Blam presents fun bike races and a bike-in screening. I don’t know what to expect from this crew… except fun. All starts at 15 NE Hancock at 4pm.
Night Of The Living Dead » Checkpoint-style alleycat race in Bristol. Meet at the waterfront at 5pm. If it’s raining, this race might be postponed a few weeks.
Sins & Sprockets 4th Annual Dice Run » Los Angeles crew presents a slow and easy social ride with stops for dice rolls. Highest and lowest accumulated scores win prizes — just like the old motorcycle club runs. Starts at Chinatown Metro station at 1pm.
VeloCity 2010 » The VeloCity Tour hits San Jose’s Hellyer Park Velodrome. Messengers and city cyclists race at the track. There will also be a trick comp. An Affinity frame is up for grabs and the top messengers win airfare to Guatemala for the 2010 CMWC. All the fun starts at noon.
You’re Not Worthy » LA’s messenger crew Downtown’s Finest presents this century ride from Downtown Los Angeles to Stone Brewery in Escondido. Starts at Denny’s on 9th & Fig at 5am.
Bicycle Kitchen Firesale & BBQ » Bicycle Kitchen in Los Angeles is having a bike-related yard sale and BBQ fun to help them move. Heliotrope and Melrose at 2pm.
Bottom To Top » Fixed gear alleycat race featuring some of Sydney, Australia’s toughest climbs. Starts at 3pm at Bondi Beach.
Emerald Sprints » Series of goldsprints tournaments in Seattle presented by Go Means Go. Boxcar Alehouse at 6pm.
Fortune 700 » Fixed gear and road race and two-man team time trials at the Pasadena Rose Bowl presented by Stryker LA. Exact time TBA.
San Clemente Criterium » Fast 8-turn crit course in hilly San Clemente. Home of the John Cuchessi Memorial Trophy.
Bang-King » Keirin and track racing for street riders at the Uchinada Velodrome in Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan. Races on Saturday and Sunday. Good times!
Bicycle Film Festival — Milwaukee » BFF hits Mill-e-wah-kay, which is Algonquin for “The Good Land”. Screenings on Friday and Saturday with some other events probably happening too.
Chill And Go 2 » Big CMWC pre-event in Mexico that already kicked off last night with some film screenings. The fun continues today with live street art followed by an exhibiton at Vice Gallery. Alleycat race tomorrow and bike polo tourney on Sunday. Check the sched for all the details.
Last Sunday was the Sambazon San Diego Cup Club Challenge and when Geoff Doyle, the event organizer, from Swamis Cycling called me up to personally invite me, I just couldn’t resist. It looked like fun — and that’s pretty much why we’re all riding right? So I made my way down to San Diego Velodrome for a day of track racing. What I got was so much more than that.
The format was great — San Diego Cup is not a USAC event so no racing licenses were required (but you should have at least some track riding experience). For the Omnium, you could select which field you want to race in from the beginner D’s to the fast A’s and if you want to upgrade or downgrade during the day, that’s no problem. There was also a juniors field for riders under 12. The Team Pursuits and Sprint tournaments were open to everyone and on top of that there were a couple fun races like the Kid’s Race and the infamous Slow Race.
The sun was already beating down on the velodrome when I arrived at 9:30am. Many thanks to the San Diego Bicycle Club for sharing their canopy with me and my friend Chris Reed — the only other Angeleno who made it down for this. The first half of the day was for a couple rounds of Sprints and the Team Pursuit qualifiers.
The main event kicked off in the early afternoon as a nice breeze finally started to flow through the park. After the National Anthem, the opening ceremony consisted of introducing the participating teams as they paraded around the track. Being the local teams, Swamis Cycling and Adams Avenue showed up with big numbers. San Diego Bicycle Club also represented well in the Juniors field. I was introduced as the sole rider for Ride The Black Line (thanks, Geoff).
Pretty soon, the races were starting. And there was a lot of racing! I think I raced more on Sunday than any other track meet this year. The Omnium consisted of a Scratch Race, Miss-And-Out and a Points Race. There was never a lull in the program. At any given time, anyone who wasn’t racing was watching some of the exciting action going around the track and cheering on their team mates.
It was a pleasure watching former British Olympian Shaun Wallace time his attacks just right to steal each race. Wallace is a bit of a legend down there and everyone likes to talk about how he shows up to club rides on a forty-pound beach cruiser only to put all the carbon-riders to shame. So of course everyone was shocked to see him eliminated early in the Miss-And-Out — the great equalizer of track racers.
The Match Sprint tournament and other fun stuff continued between the Omnium events. The Slow Race was basically a fun game of foot down between the pursuit line and the finish line. Riders rode around and tried to force each other out, throwing shoulders and head butts. If you put a foot down, take your hands off the handlebar or ride out of bounds then you get eliminated — last rider standing wins. I almost won but those Adams Ave guys had it out for me!
Lycra was definitely not required to have a good time at the San Diego Cup Club Challenge. Outside the oval, the bleachers were full of spectators and fans who came to watch the races with coolers full of beer. There was a delish concession stand and Sambazon was handing out free refreshments. Lots of families strolling through Balboa Park stopped by and even allowed their kids to participate in the Kids Race — a couple laps around the apron of the track for the wee lil ones.
The San Diego Cup trophy was awarded to the team that racked up the most points throughout the day. Points were awarded not just for wins but also for participation so teams with a big turnout could get on the board. The big rivalry was between Adams Avenue and Swamis Cycling. I had to take off just before the last event started, the Team Pursuit final.
At this point, Swamis had a 5 point advantage and Adams Ave would have to win both the bronze final and gold final to win the Cup. Adams Ave won the Team Pursuit final and the $100 cash prize by two seconds but they did not clinch the bronze spot and the San Diego Cup was awarded to Swamis. Cash prizes were also awarded to individual winners for each event and there were quite a few primes laps during all the races courtesy of some of the event sponsors like bikebling.com.
All in all, the Sambazon San Diego Cup Club Challenge was an excellent day of track racing in a great atmosphere. The excitement never stopped for fans and racers alike. San Diego definitely has a great track racing scene and I’m really looking forward to making more trips down for some more races. Who knows… maybe at the next San Diego Cup a Los Angeles team will come down and swipe the trophy!
All photos were taken by Mark Johnson at Iron String. For more beautiful shots check here.
Mean Streets Volume 5 » Melbourne’s original no-brakes alleycat race is back! Meet at 447 Collin St at 7pm.
The Ride With No Name » Brad’s super-fun Downtown Los Angeles social ride is still going strong. Meet at the Arts District at 8pm.
Tour De Playgrounds 2 » Alleycat race in Atlanta that passes through a bunch of playgrounds throughout the city. Meet at Central Park at 5:30pm with an afterparty at Playground at 8:30pm.
Bikeside Speaks » Los Angeles bike advocates speak about current issues in our city followed by the Disposable Film Fest and then an afterparty at Hotel Erwin. It all starts at Cynergy Cycles in Santa Monica at 6:30pm.
Pre-VeloCity SF Goldsprints » Mission Workshop hooked up their headquarters at 40 Rondel St (near 16 St Bart) for some goldsprints and beers to help raise the last bit o’ funds for the plane tix to Guatemala. Sign up and qualifications start at 6pm.
Pristine x Mash SF Alleycat » Alleycat race going down in Amsterdam. I’d fly there just to get one of the spoke cards. Meet at Pristine Fixed Gear at 3pm.
Bahnwelt Cup » “Track World Cup” — awesome track races all day long at the Heidenau Velodrome in Germany. Check the website for further deets.
Cause For Creativity: Tour Da Arts » Lots of bike fun and craft at this social ride/art exhibit/workshop co-hosted by CICLE. Santa Monica Museum of Art (in Bergamot Station) at 2pm.
NCNCA Elite Track Championships » Northern Cali’s elite championship event is being split between two weekends at Hellyer Velodrome. Starting this Sunday at 9am, the competition will be concluded next Friday the 27th. Still, it will be just as fun as ever. This event is a qualifier for Elite Nationals!
San Diego Cup Club Challenge » Swami’s Cycling presents this year’s San Diego Cup at SD Velodrome. Lots of prizes to go around including the coveted San Diego Cup trophy to go to the club or team with the most points. Races and fun all day long with Sprints and Team Pursuits at 10am and mass start races at 1pm. Definitely going to be a great day at the track.
Scumbag Invite » Triple alleycat race in San Francisco being put on by TCB Couriers x Murder to benefit “The Fast And The Loose” ride to 2010 NACCC. The steps at Valencia and 24th at 11am.
Summer End Grand Prix » The finale of the Ontario GP criterium series in Ontario, CA. Flat course with 7 corners, sure to be fast and furious.
All City Championship » Bike Jerks presents an all-out bike party weekend of fun in Minneapolis. Already kicked off last night with the fixed gear trick comp. Check the schedule for more events, competitions and alleycats going on all weekend long.
SCNCA Elite Track Championships » Racing for the SoCal bear jersey at LA Velodrome! Sprints, Keirins, Omniums, Pursuits and more at the raddest velodrome in the country. Races on Saturday and Sunday starting at 9am.