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THIS WEEKEND AT ENCINO VELODROME
It’s gonna be Jurassic Track all weekend as SoCal Masters racers aged 35+ compete for State Championship titles. Judging by everyone I’ve been seeing training at the velodrome lately, I think it’s going to be some pretty damn good racing.
See the full schedule and more details HERE.
Last weekend at the DVSxCadence Fast Forward LA event at Encino Velodrome, this guy slaughtered the entire field and waltzed away with a brand new Giant Omnium frameset and $350 in cash ($250 for the main prize + $100 for the last race of the day prize). A couple weeks before that, the same guy won five Masters State Champion titles in his first year racing as a Master. On top of track racing, this guy competes in all kinds of events from fixed gear alleycats to tandem cyclocross to 24-hr mountain bike races. This guy is Jack Lindquist and he is fast. This week he slowed down just enough for me to catch up with him and ask a few questions…
[Photo by Ace Carretero]
RTBL: First of all, I noticed that you finally got your other piston tattoo filled in. Are you faster now?
JACK: The pistons started about 3 years ago and yes, now I am much faster. But I’m not sure how much the tattoo has had to do with that. I started training this season, with a coach and a purpose, and that has made a world of difference.
RTBL: So you just won the DVSxCadence Fast Forward event in LA. Are you going to represent LA at Fast Friday in SF?
JACK: I am planning on it. I’ve been looking for a good reason to head up North for a bit and racing bikes seems like an awesome one!
RTBL: Some folks thought the Fast Forward event in LA wasn’t fair because the racing was done at a velodrome and Fast Friday comes out of the street fixed gear scene. Others thought it was sketchy because there were a lot of riders who hadn’t raced on a track before. Where do you stand on that and how do you think the event went?
JACK: From what I understand, there were only a couple of kids that thought the event wasn’t fair. And honestly, I think that’s on them. I had a really good time and everyone else I spoke with did as well. As far as the winner coming from a track racer instead of a street racer, I think that’s completely ridiculous. The winner came from a faster bike racer. If it had been really close between some of the participants, that would have been one thing and tactics and experience could have made the difference.
RTBL: I know that you started racing fixed in the streets of LA doing alleycats as well as riding with Swarm! and Woflpack Hustle. How did that get you into track racing?
JACK: In 2007 [ed. note: I think this was actually in 2006] Squid, from CycleHawk NY, put on an event at 3 velodromes across the country. The goal was to get city bikers and messengers to take their track bikes from the streets to the track. I had just started messengering and was really excited about the grand prize: round trip airfare to Cycle Messenger World Championships in Sydney, Australia. So I came out to Encino Velodrome a few times and started to learn a bit about racing. I came in second place in the LA and Chicago events, then went to NY and won there. It was a great experience and I made a ton of friends and discovered how awesome track racing can be with the help of some amazing people — namely John ‘The Cat’ Campo from Kissena Velodrome and Al Nash from Encino Velodrome, who both helped Squid organize the racing at the events. When I got back from Australia, I kept racing track and got fast.
[Photo by Ace Carretero]
RTBL: Do you still do any alleycat races? Any favorites?
JACK: I really like the Wolfpack stuff. I haven’t done anything in a little while as my new job and training/recovering are taking a lot of time. I’m looking forward to going up north to race with some of those kids. It’s been a while since I’ve traveled for an alleycat/street race. Should be exciting!
RTBL: You also won five Masters State Champion titles a couple weeks ago. How does that feel for you?
JACK: I’m stoked. It was a nice result, validating all the hard work I’ve put in this year. Also, it got me really excited for some of the Elite State and National Championships that I’ve got coming up on the track.
RTBL: You are doing more racing on the road this year. How is it going and how do you like it compared to track racing?
JACK: The road racing is going very well. I’ve entered 5 crits, and won 4 of them. It’s not quite fair as I’m still a Cat 4 on the road and a Cat 2 on the track. But it’s fun and I’ve won some money and had a good time doing it. Winning is always a good feeling.
RTBL: What other races are you planning to do for the rest of the season?
JACK: I’m heading up to Portland for the Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge in a few weeks. I’m excited to race some keirins and do some elite level sprinting. Should be a good experience for me and it will be nice to go back to the track where I destroyed my first BMC track bike and get a little redemption. If you haven’t seen it, the promo video for this year’s avc has a clip of the crash. I’ll let you guess which one I am.
RTBL: Lastly, is there any gear or equipment that you’re really excited about right now?
JACK: Working at Shimano, I get to see all sorts of amazing new bike technology coming out and being developed. Some of the coolest stuff right now is actually the new XTR product. Some amazing stuff has been done to take advantage of material properties, not just for weight reduction or strength increases, but huge performance increases in temperature control and durability. Also, the ridiculously light track disc from PRO that I have is pretty cool. I’m a little nervous to ride it, as it is a tension disc and there are some reports of people seeing ripples in the surface when I’m sprinting on it. But it looks rad and sounds amazing when I’m going through the corners!
If you want to see Jack’s disc rippling through the corners, come to the next Bob Hansing Memorial Cup Omnium at Encino Velodrome on July 10th. Thanks for the chat, Jack. Congratulations and good luck!
[Photo by Sean Martin]
[Photo by Tim Westmore]
If you’ve been paying attention to track racing in North America (i.e. reading this site), you may have noticed that we just had a pretty busy weekend including: the Fixed Gear Classic at the National Sports Center Velodrome, the Testarossa Velodrome Challenge at Hellyer Park Velodrome and SCNCA’s Masters Track Champs at Encino Velodrome. Woot! That’s a lot of racing.
Results and recaps are still coming in. Here’s what we’ve got so far…
For the Testarossa Velodrome Challenge:
» A great recap of the big weekend in San Jose up at Affinity Cycles.
» NCNCA Racing rounded up a ton of race videos and photo sets from TVC.
» A great set of photos from DJ Twinky’s Flickr.
For the SCNCA Masters Champs:
» Results have been posted at Encino Velodrome’s site.
» Some great photos at Pat Benson’s Flickr.
» And of course, my own videos from Saturday and Sunday (and an epic crash).
There will probably be some more stuff coming out in the next week or so. I will keep my eyes peeled.
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.
Henry Shibata’s crash at the SCNCA Masters Champs
Probably the most dramatic finish from the 2010 SCNCA Masters Championships this past weekend at Encino Velodrome came from the Match Sprint semi-final between Henry Shibata and Leo Pettus. All was well until the final stretch to the finish line when Shibata fishtailed his rear end and lost control of his bike. He made a valiant effort in trying to steer his bike clear of Pettus who was sprinting right next to him but to no avail as his front tire rolled off its rim. Shibata went down and slid into Pettus’ bike, sending him flying towards the finish line. Watch the video to see who wins.
I spent the whole weekend volunteering at the Masters States and it was loads of fun with some great racing to be watched. All competitors put in some excellent efforts and the whole event was very well organized and ran as smoothly as anyone would want it to. I should have another little video up later today so stay tuned.
Day 1 (Saturday) was all time trials with sprint time trials in the morning and endurance time trials in the afternoon. Big congrats to everyone who participated including Jack Lindquist who won three State Champion Titles (3km Individual Time Trial, 4km Team Time Trial and Team Sprint) in his first year competing in Masters.
Day 2 (Sunday) will be the mass start races, Madison and sprints. Gonna be some great racing so come out and watch!
There’s already a bunch of big track races happening around the country this weekend and to top it off, the Southern California/Nevada Cycling Association's 2010 Masters Track Championships are taking place at Encino Velodrome on Saturday and Sunday.
Look, if you’re young and you aren’t interested in Masters racing (that’s age 30 and up) then that’s fine. Just keep in mind that Masters categories are some of the fiercest and most competitive fields in American bike racing. That’s a fact! I’m not in Masters yet but I’m definitely one of the older Elites and I’m looking forward to being the young buck again when I start racing in the Masters field. Ha ha!
Anyway, there should be some great racing so come out and watch (sorry, registration is closed and there will be no race-day reg). If you can’t get away from your computer screen this weekend then check out Encino’s live stream.
For a schedule of the races, see the 2010 SCNCA Master Championships flyer.