Wednesday night sessions at Encino Velodrome are heating up! Literally… for the first time this year, I didn’t have to wear my jacket for most of the session (just for warm-up).
A lot of big guns showed up last night including Trek/Livestrong U23 rider Justin Williams, the LA alleycat king Lil’ Hern and State Champ Tony Zaldua (picture, chasing me down in the Keirin). There was also a bunch of relatively new kids and it was fun teaching them different races and tactics.
Before the session, I cleaned up my drivetrain and swapped all the parts from my Denti to my new Masi 3Volumetrica frame so that I could give her a spin. Feels awesome! The frame is so stiff and you really feel it in the power transfer. Also, it fits me a lot better than the Denti. The difference was immediately noticeable when, during warm-up, I was able to sustain 27 mph and wondering why it feels like I’m not working.
There’s the Masi 3V all built up in the picture above during our second Keirin race. The shot was taken a half-lap before I snapped my chain. I was able to stay upright and ride it out but that was the end of my night. Maybe I fucked up a link somehow when I installed the chain but I was thinking that it should probably be replaced anyway.
Well, I’ll be back in no time. Planning to get a fit done at Predator Cycling this weekend and build her up with the parts that I really want to get on there. Stay tuned for more photos and history about the bike.
Thanks to Devon for the photos!