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OLYMPICS: MEN’S TEAM PURSUIT


Okay I’ve been on a camping trip over the weekend so I was barely able to watch any more of the Olympic track cycling events. With the last few medals being awarded today, I’ll just post some quick recaps…

Great Britain’s Team Pursuit squad of Ed Clancy, Geraint Thomas, Steven Burke and Peter Kennaugh broke their own World Record timing twice — once in qualifying and then again in the final heat against Australia. The new record stands at 3:51.659 (formerly 3:53.295 set by Great Britain at World Championships earlier this year).

GOLD — Great Britain (Edward Clancy / Geraint Thomas / Steven Burke / Peter Kennaugh)
SILVER — Australia (Jack Bobridge / Glenn O’Shea / Rohan Dennis / Michael Hepburn)
BRONZE — New Zealand (Sam Bewley / Marc Ryan / Jesse Sergent / Aaron Gate)

Full results available HERE. Photos courtesy of London2012.com
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OLYMPICS: MEN’S TEAM SPRINT


With Chris Hoy, Jason Kenny and their newest team mate 19-year old Philip Hindes, Great Britain’s Men’s Team Sprint could not have gone better. While Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish had some trouble with their Women’s Team Sprint, relegating them to 8th place — the sold-out stadium crowd was all cheers for Hoy and company.

In the qualifying round, Hoy, Kenny and Hindes broke the Olympic record. Then the top eight teams advanced to the semi-final round. Hindes’ tire slipped a bit on the start so he crashed out in the first turn to get a restart. During the rerun, the Brits broke the World Record with a time of 42.747 seconds (previously set by Germany last year at 42.914 seconds).

The remaining teams advanced to the finals: Germany v. Australia for Bronze and Great Britain v. France for Gold. I expected France to be the biggest threat for Great Britain in this event but at this point, it was obvious that The Brits were in much better shape. In the final round, Hoy and his team once again smashed the World Record with a time of 42.6 seconds while Germany beat Australia for bronze. This is the fifth Olympic Gold medal for Sir Chris Hoy and the second for Jason Kenny. Here are your medals:

GOLD - Great Britain (Chris Hoy / Jason Kenny / Philip Hindes)
SILVER - France (Gregory Baugé / Michael D’Almeida / Kevin Sireau)
BRONZE - Germany (Rene Enders / Robert Forstemann / Maximillian Levy)

Full results are HERE. Photos courtesy of The Guardian.
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LONDON OLYMPICS: WOMEN’S TEAM SPRINT


I usually find the first day of any international track meet to be kind of boring but today was definitely an exception at the London Olympic velodrome. We saw lots of records falling, tons of drama, upsets and of course some of the fastest track riding ever.

In the qualifying round, Great Britain’s team of Victoria Pendleton and Jess Varnish set a new World Record at 32.526 seconds (the previous record of 32.549 seconds was set by Germany at World Champs earlier this year). A couple heats later and China’s team of Jinjie Gong and Shuang Guo broke the new World Record at a blistering 32.447 seconds.

The top eight teams advanced to the first round and that’s where things started to get dramatic. Shockingly, British favorites Pendleton and Varnish were disqualified from the tournament because Pendleton’s bike overlapped Varnish’s prematurely. Of course the commissaries’ decision to disqualify Great Britain was not taken well by the crowd in the sold-out London Olympic Velodrome. In the next heat, China’s Gong and Guo once again raised the bar by a few thousandths of a second and set the new World Record at 32.442 seconds.

Advancing to the final round was Australia and Ukraine in the race for Bronze and China and Germany in the race for Gold. The Australiennes Anna Meares and Kaarle McCulloch won the Bronze medal while China beat Germany’s Kristina Vogel and Miriam Welte only to get relegated for an exchange violation. The commissaries knocked China down to Silver and Germany took Gold. So with World Records tumbling and some bad luck for a couple teams, here are the Women’s Team Sprint medals:

GOLD - Germany (Kristina Vogel / Miriam Welte)
SILVER - China (Jinjie Gong / Shuang Guo)
BRONZE - Australia (Anna Meares / Kaarle McCulloch)

Full results are HERE. Photos courtesy of London2012.com
WOLFPACK HUSTLE: MIDNIGHT DRAG RACE 

It was an insane Saturday night.  I got there at 4:30pm and didn’t leave the 2nd Street Tunnel until 3:30am.  I did not see any of the finishes, the times, the projections, the vendors nor any of the shit-talking speedometer readouts.  But I did see each racer there (over two hundred of them) before sending them off from the starting line and I had a great time.  I have no idea how many spectators showed to watch the finishes up but the cheers were LOUD as they echoed down the tunnel.  Big thanks to everyone who participated, volunteered, raced, cheered and set this event up and congratulations to the winners!

MEN
1.  Timothy McGee  (Predator Cycling)
2.  James Zaldua  (Predator Cycling)
3.  Tony Zaldua  (OTR)

WOMEN
1.  Beatriz Rodriguez  (Wolfpack Hustle)
2.  Lindsay Nelson  (Bicykillers)
3.  Shelby Walter  (Velo Club La Grange)

Full results HERE.

Photo by Tracko!  Check out this excellent video at L.A. Times.
WOLFPACK HUSTLE: MIDNIGHT DRAG RACE 

It was an insane Saturday night.  I got there at 4:30pm and didn’t leave the 2nd Street Tunnel until 3:30am.  I did not see any of the finishes, the times, the projections, the vendors nor any of the shit-talking speedometer readouts.  But I did see each racer there (over two hundred of them) before sending them off from the starting line and I had a great time.  I have no idea how many spectators showed to watch the finishes up but the cheers were LOUD as they echoed down the tunnel.  Big thanks to everyone who participated, volunteered, raced, cheered and set this event up and congratulations to the winners!

MEN
1.  Timothy McGee  (Predator Cycling)
2.  James Zaldua  (Predator Cycling)
3.  Tony Zaldua  (OTR)

WOMEN
1.  Beatriz Rodriguez  (Wolfpack Hustle)
2.  Lindsay Nelson  (Bicykillers)
3.  Shelby Walter  (Velo Club La Grange)

Full results HERE.

Photo by Tracko!  Check out this excellent video at L.A. Times.

WOLFPACK HUSTLE: MIDNIGHT DRAG RACE


It was an insane Saturday night. I got there at 4:30pm and didn’t leave the 2nd Street Tunnel until 3:30am. I did not see any of the finishes, the times, the projections, the vendors nor any of the shit-talking speedometer readouts. But I did see each racer there (over two hundred of them) before sending them off from the starting line and I had a great time. I have no idea how many spectators showed to watch the finishes up but the cheers were LOUD as they echoed down the tunnel. Big thanks to everyone who participated, volunteered, raced, cheered and set this event up and congratulations to the winners!

MEN
1. Timothy McGee (Predator Cycling)
2. James Zaldua (Predator Cycling)
3. Tony Zaldua (OTR)

WOMEN
1. Beatriz Rodriguez (Wolfpack Hustle)
2. Lindsay Nelson (Bicykillers)
3. Shelby Walter (Velo Club La Grange)

Full results HERE.

Photo by Tracko! Check out this excellent video at L.A. Times.
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SUMMER RACE SERIES: PEDALER’S WEST 500 


These are just a few of the faces who showed up to race in the Pedaler’s West 500 last night at Encino Velodrome. Every rider has been top notch and the spectators ain’t afraid to cheer them on. With three out of six events down, I couldn’t be happier with how this year’s Summer Race Series is going. Big thanks go out to all the racers for sweating it out, the crowd for yelling it out and of course our awesome sponsors for handing it out.

Photos taken by Gus Sarmiento. Here are last night’s RESULTS!
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ALPENROSE: ERIC KAUTZKY MEMORIAL RACE


Jose Sandoval was on the scene last weekend to capture all the racing at Alpenrose Velodrome as the 2012 track season gets underway in the Northwest. See the rest of the set on Flickr.

Results are posted HERE.
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LITTLE 500: RIDE THE BLUE LINE


Save the coaster brake! Lots of photos from this year’s Little Five in Bloomington, Indiana are up at Blue Line Hub plus a great race recap over at VeloNews.

Thanks to Trackosaurus Rex for coming up on these.
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L.A. FIXED GEAR CIRCUIT RACE


History was made on Sunday when the USAC-sanctioned LA Circuit Race included a race for fixed gear riders. One lap on a four-mile course with two sweeping u-turns — it was short, tough and sweet. All of my buddies showed up to race and it was great seeing some good friends come out. Tony Z sprinted into first place, Willow Juarez took second and Ryan Barrett took third. Big thanks to Rahsaan Bahati and James Zaldua for putting this on and from what I hear, there will be more to come!

My man Ace Boogie captured the photos. See the rest of the set on Flickr.
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BARE BONES RACES AT BURNABY VELODROME


Tony Hoare got some excellent racing shots from Burnaby Velodrome’s Bare Bones Races last weekend in British Columbia. Check out the rest of his photos from day one and day two.

Full race results have been posted at Canadian Cyclist.


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