Archive for January, 2011

London Calling!

January 18, 2011


Red Bull Mini Drome went off in London! Big ups to Rich Booth for pulling off a great event. And they even had crash pads! (sorry Mike D!)

The title of champion was spectacularly won by Chris Akrigg from Yorkshire, who broke the world track record over 10 laps with a time of 0:35.473 seconds. (apart form Mike Lawrence in NZ who raced a 35:37 but couldn’t attend the finals!) Chris said of the event: “It was so much harder to ride than it actually looked and I didn’t think I was going to win. The key was to really hit it hard from the start and everything else just happened.

Over a thousand spectators gathered to get a taster of the World’s smallest velodrome in action. Fixed gear riders from across the capital competed in a test of mental stamina, technical precision and raw strength to be a contender for the Red Bull Mini Drome title.   

Speeds of 20 MPH were reached as the 105 riders competed in single timed races on the track distancing only 25m.  The 32 fastest qualifiers were then automatically entered into the pursuit style knock out round. The champion title was well and truly earned by Chris Akrigg from Yorkshire, who broke the world track record over 10 laps with a time of 35:473

Chris said, “It was so much harder to ride than it actually looked and I didn’t think I was going to win.  The key was to really hit it hard from the start and everything else just happened.  What an awesome event!”.   

 The Red Bull Mini Drome is engineered by Velotrack, the team who built the velodromes for the Atlanta Olympics and the Delhi Commonwealth Games.  The track measures 7 m wide by 14 m long with a track off1.8 meters wide.

London Red Bull Mini Drome Results:

#1
51|Chris Akrigg
Total-Time: 0:37,707
Fastest Lap: 0:03,628
Max. Speed: 19,73 mph

#2
19|Richard Cunynghame
Total-Time: 0:38,976
Fastest Lap: 0:03,638
Max. Speed: 19,67 mph

#3
96|Neil Cousins
Total-Time: 0:40,796
Fastest Lap: 0:03,865
Max. Speed: 18,52 mph

If you want to peep the finals an unofficial vimeo is HERE

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Back to work

January 17, 2011

Well it’s back to work and I figured I’d share a training video with you to kick off the New year on the good foot. This is long, but I find it really interesting. It is 30 odd min of Brisbane, Australia based master framebuilder Darrell L McCulloch of Llewellyn Bicycles sharing his ideas, process and thoughts on cycling and also more specifically riding track bikes on the street. I am biased, in my eyes he is a true cycling legend – his bikes are sensational and I can’t wait to put my own silver to his new lugs on one of my next bikes.
Cheers
Simon, Deflux

Darrell McCulloch – Framebuilder from Gavin Bannerman on Vimeo.

Red Bull Mini Drome in London this weekend

January 14, 2011

Wish I could be there for it, stoked with the way the build came out. Good luck Rich – talk to you tonight. MORE HERE

The final break down

January 4, 2011

Heres the brief rundown of how the 5ookm challenge came to an end. Sorry for the delay in updates, just got back to town yesterday.
28th – I packed up the car with my lady, the cat, alot of booze and my mtn bike and we drove through the rain for a 7day Akaroa relax session. (you can sort of see how this is going to end already)

29th – Got up late had a long black with old friends then went for an explore on the mtn bike out to the Akaroa Marae, then back and up into the Garden of Tane tracks out to the lighthouse, across town, up past Mt Vernon lodge, back to the boat ramp/ skate park and back to the batch. – Just over 25km, Av. SLOW – would have actually been good fun on the track bike for most of it.

30th AKA the last “5ookm ride” day – After eating a good chunk of xmas ham for breaky I jumped on the mtb looking for some trail riding and some more sites – obviously at this stage I knew the challenge of 500km was in the wind as doing the remaining 160ish km around Akaroa on a chunky full sus Mtn bike was not happening. Regardless I was still having a good time riding so I zig zagged and crawled up the back of Akaroa to the ridgeline at Purple Peak (about 800m above sea level) then hammered down the otherside on some fast shingle road into Stony Bay. Then just eased back up the fire road in the small chainring with a stops or two to look back at where I’d been till I got back to the peak. From there I zig zagged back down into Akaroa – it was rad, sliding/ drifting on the gravel on all the hairpin corners choking on my own dust. Over a few cattle stops and down the road back to Akaroa – cracked a cold ale then sat back on the veranda – great day of riding but didn’t really cover a big number km – kinda a different game off the tarmac, good to actually do some hills for a change tho. – It was about 45km all up.

So, I ended up doing roughly 382kmm – not the goal but I’m happy with it all things considered, we had some good rides! – Leaves a goal for next year.

Here are a few shitty ipod screen grabs of some of the rides when I remembered to carry the thing.






Simon