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Madison Throws Are Awesome

Written by Boston Biker on May 30

A track race, where the guy in front of you slingshots you forward, awesome video.


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Northeast Velo’Cross

Written by Boston Biker on Nov 07

Got this in the email, looks pretty interesting.

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Love Cyclocross racing? Wonder what it is?

We’re looking for cool racers and spectators to join us for the second annual Velo’Cross race on Saturday, November 19, 2011 up at the Northeast Velodrome and Cycling Park in Londonderry, NH.

Here’s the link to our FB page (bikereg link on this page): https://www.facebook.com/VeloCross

See you real soon!


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Sprints Downtown

Written by Boston Biker on Jan 18

From the Superb Site. Jan 20th 9pm till late at goodlife.

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We are helping to throw the new Bold Sprints event at the Goodlife alongside Pabst, Arc-En-Ciel, Geekhouse, The Dig, Brooklyn Industries and Seagull Bags. This will be a monthly event with the first one on January 20th. Racing is free and Alfredo and I will be spinning some dance tracks to keep you moving on the bikes and the dance floor!


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Track Racing Seminar

Written by Boston Biker on May 08

Ever thought about giving bike racing a try? There’s no time like the present, or more specifically, this coming Monday, May 11th!

track racing seminar

Cambridge Bicycle and New England Velodrome are hosting a seminar on Beginning Track Racing this coming Monday, May 11th at the Livable Streets Alliance space in Cambridge. This seminar will be designed for those who have little or no racing experience and it is free and open to all ages.

There will be a short presentation on the history of bicycle track racing, including some great photos and videos. Tony Eberhardt, director of the New England Velodrome and New England cycling legend Dick Ring will be on hand to explain the different types of races that happen on a track, or “velodrome”, and discuss the racing schedule for this summer. We will also discuss ride share options for getting to the track, and have a question and answer session with other experienced track racers. I also hear that Craig Roth is going to be there, and he is an amazing dude.

There will be door prizes which include free passes to the track, hats, t-shirts, etc. So tell your friends and come get in on the fun!!

Monday, May 11, 2009, 6:30-9pm
Livable Streets Alliance
100 Sidney Street, Cambridge M
Directions here: http://www.livablestreets.info/node/530
Questions? email Craig: [email protected]


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Rules For Ad Hoc Racing

Written by Boston Biker on May 03

reid_and_carol over at BostonFixed came up with this amazing set of rules. We know we all do this…so what are your rules?

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One way or another, I end up racing people on the road. Either I pass someone and they get pissed, or vice versa. Usually, I just declare myself the winner, but I was wondering if there is any universality in ad hoc racing rules. I’ve made up a series of rules to declare when a race has begun and when a biker can be declared a winner.

Here’s what I got so far:

Rules for beginning a race:
1) at a stop light when people line up at an insurmountable red light
(Insurmountable referring to the impenetrable cross traffic)
2) Upon passing any biker, an implicit challenge is issued for an ad hoc race beginning at the moment of passing.

Rules for ending a race:(this is where I am a bit confused)
1) The winner is whomever has the lead at the point of path divergence
2) The lead must have been held for more than 1 minute, to prevent last-minute sprints just before making a left hand turn after Harvard square (curly haired Fuji-track guy, I’m looking at you).

Anyone have any amendments?
I’m also thinking that there should be degrees of winning.

Something like….

Degrees of ad-hoc race wins:
1) First degree win is when the opponent is a not visible
2) Second degree win is when the opponent is still visible but about a hundred meters behind
3) Third degree is when the opponent is a few body lengths behind
4) Fourth degree is when the opponent is between a nose and a body length behind.

And also, no complaining about getting caught in traffic! Navigation-savvy is part of the race.

Thoughts?


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