BREAKING NEWS! USA’s new sprint coach, Jamie Staff is hosting a free sprint camp for Elites and Juniors at LA Velodrome this September. Here’s the release from USA Cycling:
« USA Cycling is pleased to announce an opportunity for elite and junior track athletes to attend a FREE sprint camp with new Sprint Program Director, Jamie Staff, in preparation for the USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships.
The camp will take place at the ADT Event Center Velodrome in Carson, Calif., September 13-28 with the two main goals being to educate riders on race preparation and to identify up-and-coming talent on the track.
There is no cost to attend this camp. However, participation is limited to the first 12 riders and is open only to junior and elite-level sprinters. Each participant will be responsible for his or her own travel, accommodation, and food.
Following the camp, riders can race for national titles at the 2010 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships, also at the ADT Event Center Velodrome, Sept. 29 – Oct. 3.
During the sprint camp, Coach Staff will work with each individual rider to help them develop race tactics and bike riding techniques and to teach them how to approach the taper period for optimal race-day performance. In addition, participants will learn from nutritionists, bicycle mechanics, and a USADA and sports psychologist.
This is the first of several sprint camps that USA Cycling will be offering in coming months, and is a great opportunity to work with former world champion and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Jamie Staff.
For more information, or to register for this camp, contact Jamie directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or 719-229 3768. »
The sixth and final LAVRA Cup race is this Saturday at LA Velodrome. The whole series has been great fun to watch with cameos from big racers such as Rahsaan Bahati, Tara Whitten and Justin Williams (who will be appearing again this Saturday). However, it’s the regular LAVRA cast members who will be eligible for the Cup series awards.
The series is tallied by the sum of each racer’s best 4 (out of 6) omnium scores. Like most local track leagues, omnium points are awarded by how the racers position in each race. First place gets 7 points and there are 3 races held on each race day so the most anyone can get in one race day is 21 points. If you’re confused by all this, try coming down to a track meet and it might become clearer!
To be eligible for the LAVRA Cup, competitors have to attend at least 4 of the 6 races in the series. This means that anyone in the running for this year’s LAVRA Cup has already attended at least 3 race days.
The Masters 45+ and 55+ categories have already been clinched by John Walsh and Keith Ketterer respectively. The real competition is going to be in the Cat 1/2/3 field between Ketterer and Walsh (both Amgen-UBS teammates). Of course it’s still anyone’s game. With riders like Justin Williams showing up to race tomorrow, some of those omnium points might have to be shared with non-Cup competitors.
It’s definitely gonna be an exciting race day to watch. Races start in about 23 hours. Be there!
San Marcos Criterium » A 1.7-mile course at the Cal State San Marcos campus in Northern San Diego.
Allvoi Cup » A big weekend of racing at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook, IL. Huge prize purse with $7,000 in cash and $13,000 in prizes! Races on Saturday and Sunday with some qualifying rounds on Friday afternoon. Check the schedule.
FSA Grand Prix » An awesome weekend of track racing up at Marymoor Velodrome. Three days of competition with over $15,000 in cash prizes going out.
Victoria Pendleton has just confirmed that she will be joining Chris Hoy at the European Championships instead of attending the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. The reasoning is because the European Champs will count for 2012 Olympics qualification points. It must be a pretty tough decision to pass up the 3rd largest multi-sport event in the world.
A great article just went up at Kissena Track Racing outlining the prep work, rituals and warm-ups involved in a typical race day at Kissena Velodrome. Everything from registration to between-race activities (hopping on the rollers after a race ensures you don’t fall asleep on the infield). A pretty helpful write-up no matter which track you race at so check it out.
Sign Up For "Intro To Track Racing" Class At Encino Velodrome
Encino Velodrome volunteer Jared Thayn has been collaborating with yours truly on creating a course to help new riders get used to the strategies and rules of different track racing events. For the past 6 months we’ve been running the program and tweaking the curriculum and now we’re finally ready to make it legit!
“Intro To Track Racing" is a six-week course where each week we focus on a different type of race (pursuit, points race, match sprint, etc). The program is perfect for riders who are relatively new to the track and want to become more comfortable in racing situations as well as more experienced racers who want the practice. Most of all, it’s just fun. When we ran the program in June, we had a full field and every rider had a great time (most of them will be back for this round too).
All six sessions will be on Wednesday nights from 7:30pm to 10:30pm starting on August 11th. It’s $60 for the full course. Space is limited so please pre-register — hit the Paypal button below and bring your receipt to the first session.
New riders must complete the Encino Velodrome Beginner’s Class prior to taking this course (there’s a Beginner’s Class being held on Saturday, July 24th). If you’ve ridden on the track before, you might want to stop by on Aug 4th at 7:30pm for a little prep/evaluation session to determine rider skill levels — nothing serious, just some fun races and such.
For more info contact me or Jared Thayn. Hit the Paypal button to pre-register. For the record, all the money goes directly to Encino Velodrome and none of it goes into our pockets.
Martin from Ertzui Film just left a comment on my post for 125 Jahre Diamant — a beautiful German documentary celebrating 125 years of Diamant bicycles — and I had to post it up. In one part of the documentary, Michael Huebner tells a story in German but there are no subtitles (I commented on how I still have much admiration for his story even though I can’t understand it). Here’s Martin’s summary of Huebner’s story…
« The story Michael Huebner is telling right after his trackstand is about the time when he was racing Keirin in Japan. The officials made him ride NJS material [and] of course and he said to them: “Do you really want me to !zackkkk! ride this?” …He was breaking their stems just buy pulling on them. That’s why he was allowed to ride this famous and rare “Bierhahn - Vorbau" (beer faucet stem). It weighed about a ton but was stiff enough to not break under his power.
That’s why they called him the “Beast of the East”. He even rode jerseys saying on the back “Too fast for you”.
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.