The 2010 Elite National Championships are well underway now. After one day of competition, Omnium riders have contested in four events (out of six) — Flying 250m Lap, Points Race, Elimination Race and Individual Pursuit.
The way the Omnium is scored is for each event, the first place rider gets 1 point, second place gets 2 points, third gets 3 points, tenth gets 10 points and so on. After all the events, the rider with the lowest points wins the Omnium. For example, in a six-event Omnium, the best score you can get is 6 points for six first place finishes.
Here are the top 5 standings so far:
US Olympic cyclist Bobby Lea leads the men’s field with Dan Heeley right on his heels. For the women, Sarah Hammer (current World Champion in Individual Pursuit) cleaned up with a 1st place finish in all the events so far. Last year’s Omnium National Champion Cari Higgins has a big points gap to cover but anything can happen.
There are still two more events in the Omnium to be contested today — the Scratch Race, the Kilo Time Trial (for men) and the 500m Time Trial (for women). Racing starts at 9am and you can catch all the action down at LA Velodrome (free to spectate!) or on Ustream (free to watch!). Team Pursuits will be contested in the afternoon.
“I plan to do some track (racing) this winter. Track is good, but I’m lacking the passion that I’m now starting to have for the road and time trialling.”—Taylor Phinney on his doubts about competing in the Omnium event at the 2012 Olympics after his event — the Individual Pursuit — has been removed from the program.
The twenty-year old has had a great year on the road and just won the World Championship title for the men’s U23 time trial. Maybe it’s time to say farewell to the ‘drome. We’ll miss you, Taylor!
For those of you planning to attend the course, please come to Encino Velodrome tonight at 7:00pm for a fun little pre-session to help us all get to know each other. We’ll just be riding around, practicing some drills and running a few races.
The Intro class will focus on a different track racing event each week. It’s $60 for the full six-week course. If you want to ensure your spot in the class, click the Paypal button below. Otherwise you can pay cash on the first night but there’s no guarantee that there will be room for you as space is limited.
A while ago I reported on a guerilla urban renewal group called MowerGang who went and cleaned up Detroit’s abandoned Dorais Velodrome. Their mission was not to fully take on the restoration, but to invigorate the community’s interest.
And that’s where Thunderdrome comes in, a series of races taking place at the still-cracked and dilapidated Dorais Velodrome. Not just bike races either, we’re talking scooters and moped categories too — perhaps taking cues from these guys.
Given the condition of the track surface, it’s not really suitable for actual track racing yet. There will be a race category for road bikes and also a mountain bike course which strays from the velodrome surface a bit. Hey, someone should be throwing cyclocross races here!
All profits from Thunderdrome events will go towards restoring and revitalizing Dorais Park and the velodrome. Let’s see what you got, Detroit!
The first Thunderdrome race day is scheduled for Oct 16th. Check their website for more info and pre-registration.
I’ve been a reader of Bike EXIF for a long time ago — a site dedicated to the appreciation of beautiful photographs of beautiful motorcycles — and I was delighted to see that they’ve started a sister site called Cycle EXIF. Yep, it’s dedicated to the appreciation of beautiful photographs of beautiful bicycles.
“It seems [the UCI] are set on destroying the sport… I don’t think any decisions are made with the athletes in mind. They don’t seem to understand the sport. It’s as if track is an inconvenient add-on behind road cycling.”—Sir Chris Hoy talks more smack on Union Cycliste Internationale for their absurd qualification processes. I’m sure a lot of track cyclists share his point of view, especially considering how UCI is treating the Olympic track cycling events.
With all the trouble brewing in New Delhi around the 2010 Commonwealth Games, it seems like there’s some ancient gypsy curse at play here. With most athletes scheduled to arrive in the next couple days and competition scheduled to start in about 11 days, already there are already a slew of dramatic problems:
It all seems like the first half hour of some epic disaster movie. The concerns have apparently gotten so bad that a few countries are considering withdrawing from the Games unless the situation improves. Apparently, the organizers are being given 48 hours to figure shit out or a bunch of the main competing countries will leave the competition.
Of course nobody wants that to happen. Hopefully despite all the chaos, things will come together and we can all enjoy a great 2010 Commonwealth Games. Good luck, India!
Kean and Anna are two physical therapists living in New Zealand who’ve started a blog focussing mostly on the physiological aspects of track racing. Really great stuff including lots of coverage on international track racing athletes.