THIS WEEKEND AT HDC VELODROME
The last race of the 2011 LAVRA Cup!
See the full race flyer HERE.
The second LAVRA Cup race was last Saturday at Home Depot Center Velodrome. A great day of racing with all the homies on a BEAUTIFUL indoor wooden track. LAVRA seems to be taking their time posting up results for this series so this time it’s not so much a recap as it is just a bunch of shout outs…
Shout out to my new team mates, Tim and Aram for Predator Cycling. Yep, I joined a team. I didn’t just join any team. If you’ve been reading RTBL for a while, you should know that Predator is my favorite shop around — and I’m not just saying that cuz I’m on the team. More on that later.
Meanwhie LA’s “alleycat king” Hernan Montenegro is back on track after a long winter full of cyclocross and he’s killing it.
What’s up to Ian and the guys from Adams Avenue who came up from San Diego. Ian chatted with me after the races about RTBL. Many thanks for the kind words. I’m really looking forward to racing at San Diego Velodrome again. Tuesday night racing starts up in April!
Thanks to Chriz G, Matt, Carlos and everyone else who came down to spectate and cheer the racers on. Good to see the stands filling up.
Chris Reed, sorry I bumped ya in the neutral lap before the Miss N Out. I shoulda called out that I was passing. Always learning! Ryan Barrett, good to have you back on the track. Hope you had fun in Vegas!
Justin Dillon went down in a three-man pile-up during the Points Race. Nothing broken except his rear disc wheel. Suuucks! But I’m glad you’re okay.
And finally there’s me… and it sure feels good to be back on the track! The doctor told me no heavy lifting for now (i.e. no sprinting) so I just sat in and tried to keep up in all the races. I entered in two different categories so I did a lot of racing but pretty much did terribly in all of them. Still felt good to get the blood flowing again and I can’t wait for the next LAVRA Cup on March 19th.
Big ups to the many more friends (and rivals) who were at the races that day. You know who you are.
All the fine photos were taken by Beaver Beavs — who was also being an awesome race mechanic.
I had a great time on Saturday watching the first round of the LAVRA Cup at the Home Depot Center Velodrome. Since I couldn’t race, I went there with Beaver Beavs just to hang out and spectate. We had a whole crew cheering from the stands. Plus a bunch of homies were racing including Zachary Scott (below in the VCR kit) who came down from SF and Tim McGee (in the Predator kit).
It was a very long day of racing with seven different fields each contesting an Omnium — that’s 21 races in total, not including the Match Sprints. There were a lot of riders on deck in each field. The Men’s Cat 4/5 field was at capacity and that’s always awesome to watch.
There were many notable performances. The Cat 1/2 field was fast and furious but former British Olympian Shaun Wallace is amazing, always kicking it into high gear just in time to take the finish. Aram Goganian was able to outsmart and outpower San Diego’s young talent Simon Ferguson in an epic Match Sprint tournament. Meanwhile, our pal Christopher Reed earned himself a new nickname for his intense race face: “Sabretooth” (in the PAA/Remax kit below).
Aside from watching the races, it’s always fun just to walk around and drool over all the pretty bicycles. We spotted Robert Smith’s glorious 3Rensho track bike (below) on the way to the snack machines and just had to take a minute to admire it. Robert has owned this bike since he got it new in the early 80’s and yes he’s still racing it!
Overall a great day of racing. Next time (March 5th) I’m hoping to be on track but it’s definitely fun to be a spectator once in a while. Many thanks to Beaver for rollin’ out with me and taking all the rad photos!
Results will be posted here when they become available.
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