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Great shot of Junu Kang from Saturday’s LAVRA Upgrade Race!

Photo by Pat Benson.
Great shot of Junu Kang from Saturday’s LAVRA Upgrade Race!

Photo by Pat Benson.

Great shot of Junu Kang from Saturday’s LAVRA Upgrade Race!

Photo by Pat Benson.

No Training Fees At LA Velodrome!

Further to my previous post, training fees will be waived at LA Velodrome from July 17th to July 31st. This is to make up for all the closures this month. Of course riders will still need to check in for the session and will also need to be certified to ride.

Those of you who keep telling me LA Velodrome's track fees are too high (you know who you are, you cheap bastids!), here's a chance to get your tires on on the wood for free. Check the training schedule and remember not to show up on a closed day.

Also, current annual pass holders will have an additional month added to their passes to make up for the July closures. Woot!

LA Velodrome Closures This Month

Mark your calendars and plan your training accordingly. LA Velodrome will be closed on these dates:

• July 8th
• July 11th-16th
• July 21st-23rd

The Masi 3Volumetrica - All Built Up

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So I’ve finally got my Masi 3V all built up and I couldn’t be happier. I’m so excited about it! I’ve already ridden the bike a few times up at Encino Velodrome and but this past weekend I raced it around the planks at LA Velodrome. Super-stiff! Super-fast! Fits me so much better than my previous bike. I find that I’m working much less to keep a good speed up which is the whole point, right?

The Masi 3V design is pretty much the first frame to use oversized tubing and internal lugs. It was developed by Alberto Masi in the early 80’s and he still swears by this construction method to this day (but under a different name). I’m not saying this bike is completely flawless or anything (it’s kinda heavy) but it’s a great example of a timeless and innovative design.

Check out a few articles about the Volumetrica at Bob Hovey’s Masi site.

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I wanted to do this frame justice by giving it a contemporary build but keeping a classic feel. I think I may have succeeded but I would love to hear your feedback so leave me a comment if you got something to say. Here’s the deetz:

FRAME: Masi 3Volumetrica Pista frame made for Montgomery/Subaru — circa 1990. Serial number is EB3 (EB = Eddie Borysewicz).

DRIVETRAIN: Campagnolo Record Pista bottom bracket, crankset and chainring. Izumi V Super Toughness chain. Dura Ace track cog. Dura Ace (old-style) track pedals.

WHEELS: Cane Creek Sprint 85’s with ceramic bearings. Vittoria Pista EVO-CL tires.

FLIGHT DECK: Cinelli XA stem with Cinelli 67 Pista bar. Cloth tape. Chris King GripNut headset.

THRONE: Selle Italia Flite saddle with Thomson Elite seatpost.

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Huuuge thanks to Aram and Larry at Predator Cycling for the fitting and helping me set it up!

All photos taken by Pat Benson. Stay tuned for some more shots coming soon…

LAVRA Cup Racing This Saturday


[Photo from last month’s LAVRA Cup by Pat Benson]

The fifth installment of the 2010 LAVRA Cup will be contested at LA Velodrome this Saturday. Overall results from the series so far are posted here.

There are only two more race days left in the series so be there and see some very fast racing. Races start at 3pm. More info here.

USA Track Team Welcomes Jamie Staff

I’ve been hearing rumors about this but today it’s been confirmed by USA Cycling. British Olympian Jamie Staff has been hired to manage USA’s track sprinting team.

Staff is an Olympic gold medalist and a former World Champion in both track and BMX cycling events and now he will be a key figure in earning USA one of the 8 spots in the new Match Sprint tournament for the 2012 Olympics in London.

Staff and the USA team are set to begin training the new sprint program at LA Velodrome in July.

Found on USA Cycling.

This is Dan McGehee.  On Saturday June 12th at 10am, he will be attempting to break the 100-Mile Track Record at LA Velodrome.

The current world record of 3:47:26 is held by Rod Evans of Australia. Last year, McGehee — who already holds the 100-Mile Road Record — came within nine seconds of breaking that record set in 1994.  He will need to sustain an average speed of nearly 27 mph throughout the 648 laps if he is to succeed.  Let’s go cheer him on!  This Saturday at 10am!

To see more about the 100-Mile Track Record, go to Ultra Marathon Cycling Association.

This is Dan McGehee. On Saturday June 12th at 10am, he will be attempting to break the 100-Mile Track Record at LA Velodrome.

The current world record of 3:47:26 is held by Rod Evans of Australia. Last year, McGehee — who already holds the 100-Mile Road Record — came within nine seconds of breaking that record set in 1994. He will need to sustain an average speed of nearly 27 mph throughout the 648 laps if he is to succeed. Let’s go cheer him on! This Saturday at 10am!

To see more about the 100-Mile Track Record, go to Ultra Marathon Cycling Association.


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