So obviously I’ve been disconnected for the past couple weeks. I went off on holiday vacation and somehow lost my laptop charger so I haven’t been able to post anything here let alone keep updated on e-mails and other stuff going around on the interwebz. Sorry about that!
But now I’m back, recovered from Christmas and birthday hangovers (the 26th) and more importantly — I got a new charger and got my laptop all juiced up again. First of all, thanks to the few of you who’ve sent me e-mails to check if I was alright. Love ya’ll!
In the meantime, I’m getting my act back together, catching up on the news and finally returning to regular posting again. I’m planning some big things for RTBL in 2011 so definitely stay tuned. And if there’s anything you want to see more of on this site next year, feel free to drop me a line. I would love to hear from you. Until then…
Midnight Ridazz All City Toy Ride » The fifth annual edition of this amazing social ride/toy drive. Groups from all over Los Angeles will gather in their region to converge in Downtown Los Angeles and then ride as a huge group to the secret party location. Bring an unwrapped toy to donate. Click the link to find a ride near you.
Beer30 Alleycat » Beer and racing and mashed potatoes in Minneapolis. Sounds like fun? Meet on Greenway and Chicago Ave at 3pm.
Revolution 31 » Track stars meet at Manchester Velodrome for a night of racing action. This is the penultimate race night in the current Revolution season so don’t miss it. Program starts at 7pm.
Velo Cult Tweed Ride » My favorite shop in San Diego is hosting a tweed ride for all your dandies out there. Meet at Velo Cult at 2pm.
USAC Upgrade Criterium » Last chance to get your USAC upgrade points and crit experience at this race in Compton.
USA Cyclocross National Championships » Already taking place in Bend, OR and continuing for the rest of the weekend. If you follow the link, I think you can find a live feed.
I mentioned this last week and this is just a reminder. Dryside Velodrome — a grassroots cycling track waiting to be built in Durango, Colorado — is in the running for a $50,000 grant from the Pepsi Refresh Project this month and they can seriously use your help. At the end of the month, the top-ten most voted projects will get the money. Dryside Velodrome could seriously use your help.
You can vote EVERY DAY on the Pepsi Refresh website. Yeah, you gotta register your e-mail address and everything which might be a pain in the ass to some. The easiest way to vote is by text messaging 104534 to 73774 (P-E-P-S-I). That just takes a few seconds, right?
Remember to vote every day. I’m voting three times a day with two different e-mail addresses and by text msg. Supporting this project is supporting track cycling in the good ol’ USA. More velodromes means more racing and more racing means more fun!
500 Meter Classic » Quick little 500m Time Trial tournament at Encino Velodrome. Race for five bucks (that’s a penny per meter!), spectators are free. Racing begins at noon.
December To Remember » Alleycat poker run in Springfield, Missouri. Meet at E St Louis and S Jefferson at 8pm.
Golden Bike Awards » New York urban bikers and messengers congregate for tricks, goldsprints, races, beer and more fun. All events benefit the New York Bicycle Messenger Foundation. Click the link for the schedule.
Jingle Jam Alleycat » Alleycat race down in San Diego. Entry fee is one new children’s toy to donate to Toys For Tots. Meet at Balboa Park fountain at 5pm.
Supermarket Street Sweep » Alleycat/food drive in San Francisco to benefit the SF Food Bank. Awards go to categories for speed and for cargo. Meet at Cupid’s Span on the Embarcadero at noon.
UCI Track World Cup - Melbourne » If you’ve been reading this blog at all this week then you already know that the world’s finest track stars are meeting at Hisense Arena Velodrome in Melbourne to settle their differences. This is the first of the 2010-2011 UCI World Cup Classics. Final day of competition is Saturday. Check the schedule to see what’s up.
Urban Cyclocross » The final race of the 2010 Urban CX series up in Palos Verdes. Find it at the Peninsula XC Course in Palos Verdes Estates.
Bicycle Film Festival » This weekend in Austin and in Munich. Check out the website for all the screenings, parties and other fun stuff going down.
Sechstagerennen Zürich » The Six Days of Zürich continues this weekend until Sunday. A Eurotrash overdose of track racing, trashy podium girls and German technopop. What more can you ask for??? Follow the link to find a live stream.
The Aussies are determined to put on an impressive show for their home court audience, fresh off a dominating medal haul at the Commonwealth Games. The Brits are eager to rebuild their reputation as the fastest country in the world after a decent performance at the European Championships.
The stakes are even higher with much-needed Olympic qualification points on the line. Let’s take a look at a few of the stars of this dramatic rivalry…
Britain’s Chris Hoy ducked out of the Commonwealths to focus on the European Champs for the Olympic qualification points. But he made an embarrassing miscalculation in the first round of Match Sprints against 18-year old Felix English which cost him the tournament. Now Hoy is fiending for retribution like a crack fiend to get those qualification points that he missed out on. See a video interview at BBC Sports.
Australian Shane Perkins is eager to be the next kid to take down Hoy. He recently came down with a bad stomach bug and there was a scare that he might not be able to compete. But the latest news is that Perkins is feeling well enough to compete. The 23-year old rising star won Gold in the Sprint at the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi and now he’s excited to kick some ass on his home turf. Read about it at Cycling News.
Great Britain’s Victoria Pendleton will be trying to outrun her demons on the track. The current Olympic Match Sprint champion knows what’s at stake and the pressure is on. With the 2012 Olympics taking place in London, Pendleton needs to make her country proud and she’s been training hard. Maybe a little too hard? Pendleton recently complained of a training-related back pain but she will compete anyway. Read about it at Cycling Central.
In the women’s sprint events, Anna Meares could be Australia’s biggest hope for some World Cup medals. She’s taking on the Keirin, 500m TT and Match Sprints and constantly looking for weaknesses in what could be some very stiff competition. At the 2008 Olympics, Meares was beaten by Victoria Pendleton in the Match Sprint finals and since then, she’s been looking to turn the table around. Read more at Velodrome Shop.
The World Cup Classic in Melbourne starts tomorrow and will continue until Saturday. I’m really excited about this competition and hopefully I’ll be able to find a live feed to share. For more event information, event schedule, news and results as they develop check this website and of course I’ll be bringing you the coolest news and video I can find right here at Ride The Black Line!
Tomorrow is the big day! The city has set the voting date for the selected project finalists to decide who will receive the 6 million dollars of funding which the Newtown Creek Water treatment plant has to pay out for damages its caused to the Greenpoint area. The Velodrome is one of these projects and we need your support.
Please show your support for the Velodrome and vote tomorrow December 2nd from 3 – 8pm, at PS 34, 131 Norman Ave. (near McGuinness Blvd.), Greenpoint Brooklyn.
The proposed Velodrome and Cycling center project will hopefully be in Greenpoint Brooklyn at the MTA lot on 65 Commercial Street. We are working on the proposals now and there’s been press about the project in the Brooklyn Paper and the Greenpoint Gazzette. Our goal is to create a world class Velodrome and a cycling center for NYC with a crit coarse and BMX park.
Again its Thursday December 2nd from 3 – 8pm, at PS 34, 131 Norman Ave. (near McGuinness Blvd.), Greenpoint Brooklyn.
Come rally tomorrow in support for this promising opportunity for all cyclists!!