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And now the thrilling conclusing to one of the most dramatic match-ups in track sprinting history…

1982 World Championships — Pro Sprint Final


Koichi Nakano (Japan) vs. Gordon Singleton (Canada) — Round 2

See the first round here and the second round here.

Gordon Singleton recently recounted the entire event in a thread on Fixed Gear Fever. So here’s his side of the story in his own words (thanks to Chris Reed for the tip)…

«  Just to clarify the chain of events that happened back in ‘82.

The first race Nakano was DQ’ed [disqualified]. We both crashed. I separated my left shoulder, put it back into place. We waited approx. 1/2 hr for what should have been the 2nd ride.

Just as we were putting our legs over the handle bars for the second ride there was an announcement the the first race had been anulled (no verdict).

This was unprecedented in UCI competition.

The whistle blew and off we go into the second ride, which is now the first because the real first was anulled.

What should have happened was for me to get back off my bike and launch an appeal. Secondly, the other situation that should have happened. If they didn’t feel that Nakano had done any wrong after the DQ. Then they should have awarded him the first ride, not the DQ.

But here we go off on the first/second ride.

It’s all sort of like instant replay in the NFL. If you don’t throw your flag before the beginning of the next play then thats it!!!

I win the second ride hands down, which should be 2-0. But I’m only up one.

In the final ride, whether he did or I did or whatever. When I crashed I separated my shoulder again, but real good this time. Plus I had no skin left on my back. So I chose not to come up for the 3rd and final ride as I felt I would have lost for sure and we were still in appeal with the decision of that last race.

So there you have it.  »

1982 World Championships — Pro Sprint Final


Koichi Nakano (Japan) vs. Gordon Singleton (Canada) — Round 2

See the first round here.

1982 World Championships — Pro Sprint Final


Koichi Nakano (Japan) vs. Gordon Singleton (Canada) — Round 1 
Roberto Chiappa is The Fastest Man On Wheels!

See the winning race on YouTube.

Roberto Chiappa is The Fastest Man On Wheels!

See the winning race on YouTube.

Go girls!  Another great back-in-the-day shot from the 1972 Ohio State Track Championships.

Found on Sally’s Flickr.
Go girls!  Another great back-in-the-day shot from the 1972 Ohio State Track Championships.

Found on Sally’s Flickr.

Go girls! Another great back-in-the-day shot from the 1972 Ohio State Track Championships.

Found on Sally’s Flickr.

The FSA Grand Prix brought a lot of action to Marymoor Velodrome last weekend. Here’s an edit of all the Match Sprint highlights from RideITLikeUstoleIt (my favorite match is at about 3:30).

Full results can be found here.

Another cool race video from the 1995 World Cup at the Adelaide Super-Drome.

Darryn Hill vs. Gary Neiwand in the Match Sprint final.

The Battle Of The Stand-Stills Trailer


This looks like an interesting short film project from Alexander Stewart. It was inspired by one of my favorite race videos so I’m pretty curious to see the finished product. Here’s what Stewart says about it:

"In footage from a 1990 World Championship sprint race, two riders try and hold their bikes in place on the track as long as they possibly can. A second race between two contemporary riders shadows the original race, and a decayed velodrome overlaps with the memory of the stand-still.

The Battle Of The Stand-Stills (16:00, 2010) is part documentary, part structural film, and part found-footage film. As three racing locations and times intersect, images from earlier races are recalled by an announcer’s narration of an invisible race.”

The full short will premier at the International Festival of Experimental Film & Video in Zagreb, Croatia this September.

Here’s some of the action I captured from day 2 of the 2010 SCNCA Masters Track Championships. It was a great weekend of races at Encino Velodrome and everything went really smoothly (well except for one little crash). Big congrats to all the participants!

Results from the Masters Champs can be found here.


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