Congrats to the riders from our Intro To Track Racing class who tore up the wooden planks at LA Velodrome's Upgrade Race today. Tim (left), Sammy (center), Hernan (right) and Dan (unpictured) came down to take the certification course and raced all day long. They all had a great time riding on such a gorgeous track.
Hern really killed on his Cinelli Mash frame with my Cane Creek wheels that he borrowed — he took second place in the Cat 5 Omnium and really made that Mash kit look awesome on the track.
Beaver came down to snap some pictures while Rob enjoyed the races from the stands.
Of course Junu (center) and I (right) raced in the Cat 4 field. The Pasadena Athletic Association/Remax team is developing a killer track team, especially with their two newest members: Tim, a great sprinter from our Intro To Track Racing class and my friend Chris Reed (left).
By the end of the day, everyone was worked… especially me!
Last week, for some unknown reason, my Velospace account was deleted or banned or whatever. I had been on Velospace for years and when I e-mailed one of the admins about it, he couldn’t figure out how or why my account was deleted. There was no backup to be able to restore so I just said fuck it and moved on… to Pedal Room!
I joined Pedal Room when it first launched last year but never did anything with it until now. Seems to be a pretty cool site with lots of nice bikes being added. It’s just bikes for now, no forums or anything else yet. Pretty simple and easy to use. So if you join up, find my profile here. I’ll be adding more of my bikes over the next few days.
Hell Cat » An alleycat for the ladies in New York City! McGolrick Park (in Greenpoint) at 2pm.
LAVRA Upgrade Race » LA Velodrome’s track racing series for Cat 3’s, 4’s, 5’s and Juniors looking to gain experience and upgrade points. This is the last Upgrade Race for while (though I heard they might start up again as early as October). Racing starts at 3pm.
The Youngbloods Race » An alleycat race for the kids of Los Angeles. If you can’t legally drink yet, then this is your race. Presented by DTLA’s Finest and TOLA. Meet at Broadway and Elysian Park Dr at 12:30pm.
Alpenrose Heartbreaker » A great day of velodrome racing in the Northwest with cash prizes and merch to go around. Races start at 10am.
Ladera Ranch Grand Prix » Fast, four-corner crit around Founders Park. Cash purse of over $5500 to go around. And then there’s the primes on top of that!
Lord Of Griffith II » One of the gnarliest Los Angeles alleycat races of the year. Fixed only torture all around the hills of Griffith Park. Presented by TOLA. Ferndell entrance at 2pm.
Lord Of Griffith Afterparty » Celebrating one of the toughest alleycat races in Los Angeles with bands, DJ’s and lotsa fun. Ronin Gallery at 6pm.
Race To Candy Land » A Boston alleycat to benegit the American Diabetes Association. Evansway Park at 2pm.
Bicycle Film Festival - Montreal » The BFF hits one of the coolest cities in Canada. Screenings on Friday and Saturday with side events probably happening all weekend.
I haven’t even mentioned this yet. The UCI Junior World Track Championships are happening right now in Montichiari, Italy. Yeah, it’s kind of a big deal seeing as how these kids are the future of our sport.
The competition started yesterday and will continue through the weekend. Good luck to all you young’ins! Get those stripes!
The “premier track cycling championship” in the United Kingdom is back for its 8th season at the Manchester Velodrome. Revolution — which attracts over 15,000 fans every season — is one of the only events in the world to successfully treat track cycling as a viable spectator sport (which it is). Of course it helps that some of Britain’s greatest racers show up to compete including Bradley Wiggins, Victoria Pendleton, Mark Cavendish and of course Chris Hoy. In addition to the established superstars, Revolution also provides an arena for the country’s young talent to shine with the Future Stars portion of the event.
Most importantly, it’s a great way for people to be able to see some fantastic racing which develops greater interest in the sport. The event promoter hopes to “provide a new style of cycling event in the UK, a style that would increase spectator appeal and change the way people think about the sport” — which is probably why the most recent Revolution event was the first cycling event to be filmed in 3D. I approve!
Season 8 dates have just been confirmed for October 8th, November 20th, December 11th and January 15th. Season tickets go on sale tomorrow and tickets to individual dates go on sale on September 1st. For more information click here.
When I’m not in the jersey, I’m usually a t-shirt-and-jeans kinda guy. Admittedly, I go a little bit crazy for bike-themed tees. If I see one, I get it. Now my drawers are full of cycling-related shirts and it kind of makes me feel like a bit of a bike geek… probably because I am a bike geek.
Here’s the latest round of t-shirts that have come out around the world and made it onto my wish list…
Very classy tee (as classy as a t-shirt gets anyway) from Ohio framebuilder Stanridge Speed featuring Adam’s “ghost rider” headbadge design. Support independent framebuilders — twenty bucks and it’s yours! Get one here.
A new t-shirt from Toro Quality Goods. Not the lowest price tag but when they say “quality goods” that’s what you can expect. This tee should be able to withstand years of abuse. Get yours for $25 here.
Cantgoslo's new fitted t-shirts are available in these three colors and feature their iconic shield logo. Twenty quid each and available here. Also check out their new coach jacket.
Andey at Flwrider just unleashed this tee on Monday and everyone’s been all about it. At ten bucks including shipping, it’s probably the best deal on the net (or off the net for that matter)! I’ve already ordered one. Have you? Get it here.
And when the weather starts to get colder (which won’t be for a while here in Los Angeles), I’ll definitely want to layer up with one of these hoodies from Domestique. They aren’t available just yet but as soon as they come out, you can snatch one here.
Pure Love -- Mower Gang vs. Abandoned Dorais Velodrome
Mower Gang is a great DIY community collective whose goal is to reinvigorate abandoned and forgotten parks in the Detroit area. Armed with weedwhackers, lawnmowers and a whole lotta heart, they tackle the overgrowth and litter that have taken over some of Detroit’s unkempt playgrounds to help provide a place for children to play.
Yesterday Mower Gang visited the Dorais Velodrome, which has been abandoned for over 20 years. The outdoor concrete track is cracked with some serious weeds and bushes taking it over. As you can see, with just three volunteers and one day of work, Mower Gang made a huge difference.
This is a very inspiring effort and goes to show that almost anything is possible if you’ve got just a small group of people with the “make it happen” ethos. What’s next for the Dorais Velodrome? Mower Gang definitely make it clear that their focus is to restore playgrounds for children since they aren’t physically capable of doing that kind of work. The folks who will be using this velodrome are active adults so its fate lies in the hands of Detroit’s cycling community. Mower Gang can only show you the door, you’re the one who has to walk ride through it.
So let’s see what you got, Detroit!
A huge salute and standing ovation goes out to Mower Gang. Not just for this effort but for all their endeavors in community restoration. Their next group mow is scheduled for August 28th at Riverside Park. Check out their website if you are interested in joining them (and I know you are).