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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.

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.