This past week, Dick Lane Velodrome opened its gates for the 2011 weekly racing season. 39 riders came out to race across three categories. The first race of the night was the chariot race, which is a one lap drag race. Here is a shot of Faster Mustache rider Brian Tester sprinting to his first win of the season in the A’s Chariot Race:
Next up was the win and out, one of my favorite races. I made a move at the bell and opened up a small gap
however, I was edged out at the line by East Point Track Club rider Jardslau Mol. Speaking of the East Point Track Club, here is a shot of one of their new riders, Stephen Touset, riding across the line to take third in the C’s win and out.
The last races of the evening were the 5, 8, and 10 mile record attempts. While there was strong racing in all categories, no records fell. Here is Scott Patton of Fixed Gear Fever fame doing some work for the B group’s 8 mile attempt:
The weather was perfect all night long. A small but vocal crowd was out to cheer on the racers. Overall it was a a great kick off to what should be another amazing season of racing at Dick Lane Velodrome. I’ll leave you with a shot of the A’s field mixing it up in the Win and Out.
Lookout for regular race recaps and features as the season heats up!
Photo credits: Colleen Jordan
Recently Stafford ( @srbiv ) and Dawn took a trip to New York City for the 10th anniversary of the Bicycle Film Festival. Not only was his his first time attending a Bicycle Film Festival, it was his first time in New York on a (track) bike. AND this is his first post on the site! Below are the highlights of their trip:
Most of Friday was spent riding around getting acquainted with Brooklyn and the Lower East Side. We hit up several shops including Chari & Co (below left) and Affinity (below right). Dick Lane Velodrome fans might remember the several riders from Affinity that recently dominated “The Keirin” pro series races.
Saturday we headed to the festival to see a documentary about the Race Across America called Bike Dreams. The films follows several riders along the longest and most demanding bike race in the world. Stephen Auerbach did an amazing job of capturing the race’s highs and lows. I strongly recommend checking this film out if you get a chance.
After the film we walked out into the street fair, that was now in full swing outside the theater. Vendors of all sorts had tents set up showcasing their wares. We ran into Pikey bags from south Florida who were also featuring their friend Head Set Clothing’s hoodies (below left).
We also ran into the guys from Dodici (below right). You may remember the phat loot guys gave away some at the Death Pedal 2 premiere.
Geekhouse was also in attendance. Sadly one of their bikes had been stolen the night before.
My official best of show for the street festival goes Quiros Cycles. Prolly did a write up about Armando who makes these beautiful bikes. Armando is a super nice guy and his love for bikes shows through in his craftsmanship.
The street fair also featured trick contest for all types of bikes. The BMX guys had some mad ups.
Speaking of tricks, we ran into this guy:
Sunday night brought the premiere of Empire. We were lucky enough to get tickets to the second showing before it sold out. This was an amazing film. While they didn’t deviate much from the MASH formula they showed off some of the sickest fixed gear riding captured on video in the crazy traffic of New York. Empire has a great mix of fast riding and tricks, along with a killer soundtrack. After having a few days to get acquainted with riding in The City, this film seemed to inspire me to ‘ape’ it a little bit harder as our time winded down on a great trip to a great city hosting the best event I have ever attended.