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6 Days Berlin

1 Feb

These photos of the 6 Days Berlin 2011 by sports photographer Kerstin Winterkamp is nothing short of amazing. We can’t stress enough how stunning these photos are. Well composed, shot and edited. Of course, these photos has gone under some serious post processing but you can’t deny the high quality and stunning composition of these photos. We have never seen the 6 Days in such a gritty fashion. Moreover one of our favorite shots are those of the surroundings, and the inanimate things usually taken for granted by photographers. It makes for quite a compelling story. Generally though, these photos follow the lives of Leif Lampater and Christian Grasmann, so take a peek at what goes in and out of the 6 Days Berlin. Unfortunately though, there are no photos of the Hooters style ladies surrounding the velodrome.

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Cali

25 Jan

So last December 16-18,2010 while we were all merry making somewhere along the coast of Washington, the world’s best riders met at this little, cozy place called Cali located in Colombia. The event: The UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics. If you were up to date with all the track cycling news, then you’ve already read about it, seen some footage and feel the news is so last year which.. it actually is. Unfortunately though, for the casual track cycling fan it’s hard to get some decent footage and coverage of this event. Until now, it seems in our humble opinion this event remains underreported. Despite the high profile riders joining, it’s very hard to find some exciting videos of the event. Worse, by the time the news is reported on TV, it’s already late and everyone knows the results. Some countries are lucky to receive live coverage but even the live coverage is somewhat poorly received. We decided to wait out until we can find a couple of decent footage and so by some mere chance, our very reliable friend of ours, Danny, was kind enough to show us grabbed videos of the events as well as some vertigo inducing shaky cam amateur footage from the velodrome itself. But anyway, at least we got a good look at the event. Now there really is nothing much to say about it except that somehow, the US cycling team makes a very strong showing here. Still not enough to beat the other countries but surprisingly good. Despite some crashes, the events went smoothly. You can check out the results HERE.

As usual, the same teams made it to the podium which includes our current bet for best performing team for 2011, the French team. The British also performed well proving that they are still a very formidable team. The team from Colombia performed really well showing that they too deserve to host this kind of event. Now, here are some photos of the event courtesy of Nuestro ciclismo, and copa mundo pista cali. All in all, this is very late news and you could probably read in depth analysis about the individual events elsewhere. Then again, all we can say is that, yep, the US cycling team is getting the hang of it. And hopefully in the future, they’ll make it to the podium of every event.

Red Bull Mini Drome Event

19 Jan

Now here is one event that is quite novel and fresh. It’s kind of like mini track cycling. Mini in the truest sense of the word. The event isn’t taking place on a velodrome but rather in a minidrome, a specially constructed banked track. The Red Bull Mini Drome was held last week and here’s a video of how everything looks like. Looks a bit gimmicky and silly but we wager this is so much fun.

The 6 Days by Horst Brozy

16 Jan

We’ve already featured Horst Brozy’s works in this blog before and we can’t emphasize enough how stunning it all is. Here is the world of track cycling viewed in a completely different light and no less than through an eye of a brilliant artist. We’re already loving his works and can’t seem to get enough of it. View more of the artworks in the gallery below and try not to drool so much.

ILT Festival of Speed

10 Dec

Way back during our time in New Zealand, we spent much of our work in Invercargill. This place, considered by many as the southernmost city in the region is known for having the only indoor velodrome in the country. Thus this is where the best of New Zealand’s track cyclists are formed and developed. One velodrome for a country brings both advantages and disadvantages but needless to say in a country as small as New Zealand, a single velodrome allows an amazing sense of community for the track cyclists. Heck, this must be the most tightly knit internationally competing world class track cycling community we’ve ever seen. The velodrome is maintained by the Invercargill Licensing Trust thus the ILT which sponsors this event along with Cycling Southland. The event was held last December 7-9 and despite the humble beginnings as chronicled HERE the support it got was pretty good which goes to show New Zealand is very supportive of this sport. Moreover, the events of the past few days have showed that New Zealand track cyclists are definitely one of the best in the world. Barely days after the Track World Cup (and winning some events) these same cyclists endure 3 more days of intense racing yet still deliver some impressive performances, one of which is the amazing dead heat between Eddie Dawkins and Simon van Velthooven (who BTW just recently celebrated his birthday last December 8 Happy birthday Simon!) shown by the photo below which ultimately ended with both being declared joint winners. More on the story with video HERE.

This would have been a very interesting event to attend were we still in the lands down under, and we fervently hope this event would grow into something bigger the same way Revolution grew up to be now (which also had very humble beginnings). We also wish such events will be held locally in the U.S. hoping it would grow into something bigger. Oh well, yeah T-town is exciting stuff and so are the Track Worlds but we think it’s better for our cyclists to be able to engage in more racing events so as to develop them better. Training is good, racing is better is what a lot of cyclists would think and we tend to agree. But anyway, back to the ILT, we’re really very excited at how Myron Simpson and Aaron Gate have developed as madison riders. We remember them as junior cyclists who had a very promising career and that promise has come. Their performance is indeed exemplary and we can’t wait to see more of their races in the future.

Here’s a photo gallery of the events. (Photos by NZPA’s Dianne Manson)

Track World Cup Melbourne Part 2

8 Dec

Day 3 of the Melbourne Track World Cup recently concluded with an amazing sprint match which ultimately ended up with crowd favorite Shane Perkins bagging the gold, while GB sprinter Jason Kenny had to settle for silver and Teun Mulder of the Netherlands with bronze. In the team pursuit, the Australian team of  Jack Bobridge, Michael Hepburn, Leigh Howard, Cameron Meyer rode spectacularly to beat the Russians for the gold. Team GB ended up third against a very strong New Zealand team. It was quite the spectacular closer for this round of racing and for the 2010 season. It will be incredibly tough next year with both Australia and GB proving to be exceptional teams with the New Zealand team closing in and proving to be a very strong dark horse which could at anytime deliver an upset. Other teams to look out for are the Germans and the Dutch who are still riding extremely well despite being overshadowed by the Aussies and the Brits lately. Full results HERE. Video highlights for Days 2 and 3:

Veeral Patel has some amazing photographs of the event mostly in sensational black and white, definitely the classiest set of photographs of the event we have seen. Moreover, at Cycling Tips, he shares his first time experience in the velodrome and the sport of track cycling. It’s a very good account of a first timer and excellently recounts a very exciting sprint match. (From Ride the Black Line)

Tyler Farrar and Garmin-Cervélo

8 Dec

Now, for some non-track cycling tidbits. Until now, we haven’t found someone else to replace Tyler Farrar as our favorite road cyclist/sprinter. We have featured him before and our reasons for liking him are pretty much personal. So we’ve heard a lot of news about this guy lately but we’re more excited by this latest development. If you’ve been following the latest cycling news, there has been a shake-up in one of the cycling teams with the merger of Team Garmin and Team Cervélo. Recently, the team (Garmin-Cervélo) just concluded their training camp in Cayman with positive results as both teams have instantly bonded with nary a hint of tension or bitter rivalry. This is practically required as both teams have competed against each other in previous events and especially now that Tyler will work with Thor Hushovd, another world class sprinter. How their dynamics in the upcoming season will work out is something to be seen. But things look very promising. Here’s what Tyler had to say:

“Everyone’s always said, ‘What’s going to happen? What’s going to happen?’, but I was never that worried that there was going to be this disaster or a feud within the team,” said Farrar. “Thor and I were laughing about that the other day. We talked about things quite a bit and we’re both really reasonable guys. It’s going to be different coming from a situation where we were both undisputed leaders to a team where there’s two of us, or even a third with Heinrich [Haussler].

“It’s going to be something we both have to adapt to – taking two closely knit teams and turning them into one. That’s what we have to do as professionals if we want to win races. This [camp] has been a great way to get that ball rolling and to start making those connections to be close knit as a single team just the way we were and Cervélo was last season.” (From cyclingnews.com)

Well, that’s definitely promising indeed. You can check out more of the interview HERE. Another exciting development was the possible return of Tyler Farrar to the track. Now that is some delicious news. Tyler will race this December 27-30 at the Burnaby 4 in British Columbia, Canada. Tyler has raced a couple of track events before including the World Cup and his body is built for sprinting so racing in the track won’t be much of a shock to him. Unfortunately though this will only serve as a warm-up of sorts for the upcoming racing season. As Tyler explains:

“When the team told me I’m riding the Tour Down Under I had to do something to be fit,” said Farrar. “If you’re starting racing a few weeks later you can use our January training camp [in Calpe, Spain] to get that first big hit of intensity to get the body moving for racing. I won’t have that, the Tour Down Under is going to be that first really hard thing. The track race is a good opportunity to add in a bit of intensity and blow the legs out.

“I lived up in Bellingham, Washington, which is less than an hour from Burnaby, for three years while my girlfriend went to the university there. I spent lots of time up at Burnaby in the winter training on the track and I’ve done Burnaby when it was a Six Day three or four years ago. I know the guys that organize it and I think it’s a really good time.” (From cyclingnews.com)

So, his return to the track is definitely just transient but we’re still hoping that we might see him again in the velodrome. Given his exemplary performance in the road sprints, he will do very well in the track. These latest developments with the Garmin-Cervelo team is very promising and we can’t help but wait for the upcoming racing season to see how this will turn out.