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What to bring

20 Jan

We just spent the past few days reviewing footage and amateur videos of the World Cup 2010 held last month (December 16-18) in Cali, Colombia. The World Cup Event in Cali, despite being high-profile with the best riders in the world participating the event, remains rather underreported. After all, Colombia has this reputation of being a dangerous place but based on the accounts of the cyclists and some of our friends themselves, this reputation is rather exaggerated and Colombia seems like a very nice and hospitable place. So anyway, some have asked, what to track cyclists bring to an event? Of course, there’s the bike, perhaps the most important thing, plus all the things needed to maintain and repair a bike. They’re wonderfully housed in a sturdy enclosure such as the photo below. It’s from American track cyclist Kevin Mansker, and don’t expect any fancy enclosures, track cycling teams aren’t professional road cycling teams. They’re a humble lot, which we’re eternally thankful for and we hope the track cycling community stays this way. Also here’s what Kevin prepared in his bag, skinsuits, bib shorts, and jerseys.

We’ll be talking about the Cali world cup as well as the other events we missed in December in the next blog posts. Also, we’re currently watching some beautiful road cycling action from the Tour Down Under.

The View from the Saddle

30 Oct

We’re quite sure a lot of you attempted or tried this one. Taking a picture of yourself while riding a bike. More often than not, the photos come out blurry and badly shot or composed. Cyclist and photographer Stefan Rohner manages to take incredibly good and exceptional photos of himself riding a bike. We don’t know what kind of trick he uses here, but the shots come out beautifully. Of course, we suspect he may have already picked the best shots out of a dozen or so that he may have taken per ride, but still it’s a brilliant achievement to take these breathtaking photos. Take a look at his portfolio for other dazzling photos. Some of our picks and favorites are as follows:

Photo of the Day: October 26, 2010

26 Oct

You know that space in the middle of the velodrome? Yeah, it can be this messy, but surprisingly more often than not, a team’s boatload of baggage can comfortably be fit in their respective cubicles with enough space for the oversized athletes to sprawl, relax and have a therapeutic massage. And it’s this closeness of the cubicles/quarters that lets athletes communicate and mingle with other athletes.

Photo of the Day: October 25, 2010

25 Oct

We just love this photo. 2 Cyclists in a match sprint. Their eyes meet at the start in what would be a battle to the death. Such a photo depicts the intensity of a match sprint.

Photo of the Day: October 24, 2010

24 Oct

Sam Whittingham. We’re quite pretty sure most of our readers haven’t heard of him. We hope to feature this guy someday even though he is NOT a track cyclist. Sam is a Canadian cyclist who has held several world records on recumbent bicycles. His story has become an inspiration to a lot of people, us included. We first heard of his story way back in 2001 when the IHPVA held the World Human Powered Speed Challenge and this was made into some sort of media frenzy by the British who made a spectacle by entering the race with an ultra expensive recumbent bicycle ridden by then Olympic champion Jason Queally televised by the defunct channel NOW. Their attempt was a total failure and was really embarrassing as they got creamed by the other riders including a then 16 year old female rider! Sam won the challenge and also managed to break some records. Of course we hope to share more of this story some day.

Photo of the Day: October 23, 2010

23 Oct

Bromance at its best. Well, yeah the sport of cycling is filled with bromantic moments just like any sport. In this photo, Kiwi track cyclists Sam Webster and Eddie Dawkins share a personal and intimate moment together during this year’s Commonwealth Games.

Photo of the Day: October 22, 2010

22 Oct

This is how a skinsuit is born. The design is initially drafted to a computer using a design application, in this case Adobe Illustrator, before going into production. With the advent of computers and software, more radical designs are easier to make and more accessible.