Friday, May 30, 2008

Fixed Gear Classic Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts: Erin Peterson, 952-278-3114, 651-247-4023

Sonya Saatzer, 952-278-3109, 763-443-2030

Participants and Race Format Announced for 2008

MN Fixed Gear Classic

Minneapolis (May 21, 2008) --- The MN Fixed Gear Classic velodrome races will be held Saturday, June 7 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and Sunday, June 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn.

Premier track cyclists from around the world will be participating in this two-day event, competing for a purse of nearly $5,000. The MN Fixed Gear Classic is a prelude to the Great River Energy Bicycle Festival and the Nature Valley Grand Prix, held June 11-15 in various cities across central Minnesota.

To date, an international field of elite and professional cyclists are confirmed to compete in the MN Fixed Gear Classic including riders from Argentina, Canada, Italy and all over the US. The field is one of the most decorated groups ever to compete at the NSC Velodrome and includes World Junior, Elite and Masters Champions, Pan-American Games Medalists, Olympic team members and numerous National Champions. The highlight of the field will be the legendary Roberto Chiappa, 41-time Italian National Champion, former World Champion and member of the Italian Olympic Team. Local heroes, Brian Crosby and Taylor Olson, will test their strength against the world’s best track cyclists.

Fourteen styles of individual and team racing will take place at the velodrome, providing a unique spectator experience. Race styles include time trials, sprint races and distance or scratch races. Sprint races such as the Chariot race are mad dashes for the finish line. Strong legs and high-speed pedaling make the difference in these events. Other races award points to racers that cross the finish line first, second or third in designated “sprint laps” throughout the race.

Most events will be scored as part of an omnium (points totaled for the races each participant completes) for the two-day event. The person with the most points wins the overall event. Cash prizes will be awarded for points accumulated during the MN Fixed Gear Classic. This “Best Overall Rider” competition recognizes the racer with the best combination of speed and endurance.

The Hoigaard’s Tour de Kid’s Cycling Clinic, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m., Saturday, June 7 and will feature fun activities and provide kids the option of test riding the velodrome on special kid-sized track bikes. The Hoigaard’s Kids Bicycling Clinic is free and open to kids ages 12 and under. Helmets and a waiver signed by a parent are required. Participation in the clinic requires pre-registration at www.hoigaards.com.

The National Sports Center will also be the destination for the MS150 a huge, two-day recreational ride with more than 3,500 participants arriving upon completion of the MS150 ride on Sunday, June 8.

The MN Fixed Gear Classic and the Great River Energy Bicycle Festival featuring the Nature Valley Grand Prix are free and open to the public. They are the only professional sporting events in Minnesota for which no ticket is required.

Note: Events and schedules are subject to change. Rain date is scheduled for the evening of Monday, June 9.

More about velodrome racing:

Velodrome racing features world class cyclists racing at speeds of up to 40 mph. Bikes used in fixed-gear track races have only one gear and do not have brakes, making the races fast and exciting for both spectators and riders. The excitement, speed of the racers around gravity-defying turns and the close proximity of riders often results in some spectacular displays of bike handling skill.

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About the Great River Energy Bicycle Festival and Nature Valley Grand Prix

The Great River Energy Bicycle Festival, now in its 10th year, is one of the nation’s top celebrations of the bicycle culture, with tens of thousands of cycling enthusiasts, pro athletes and avid recreational riders converging in Minnesota each June. The MN Fixed Gear Classic held at the National Sports Center Velodrome in Blaine, Minn., is a prelude to the Great River Energy Bicycle Festival. The Festival’s professional road racing event, the Nature Valley Grand Prix, began as a one-day criterium in Saint Paul in 1999. Ranked as the premier stage race on the USA Cycling National Racing Calendar, the 2008 Nature Valley Grand Prix schedule includes stops in Saint Paul, Cannon Falls, Minneapolis, Mankato, and Stillwater. The Great River Energy Bicycle Festival is a volunteer-run event, with all proceeds donated to Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, the festival’s benefiting charity. For more information, visit: www.minnbikefestival.com.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

PR's

National Champ, right after he set a PR. Big Dave set a PR that same day, as did I, 2 days earlier. I went 62 kph on the track!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Enough of this Cycling Crap


I LOVE BASKETBALL

AIN’T NO OTHER GAME
THAT MAKES ME FEEL THE SAME

I LOVE BASKETBALL

SHOOTIN’ THE PILL, PASSIN’ THE ROCK
NO REFS, FORGET THE CLOCK
FEELIN’ SICK. LAYIN’ BRICKS
HARD FOULS, IMMOBILE PICKS


CHECK THE BALL, CREATIVE DRIBBLE
‘TWEEN THE LEGS -- PALMIN’ -- JUST A LITTLE
CROSS-OVER, SPIN, HEAD FAKE, HESITATION
TRAVEL, CARRY, FOUL PROTESTATION


NOTHING LIKE EARNING A NAME
CAN’T GET A REP AND CHEAT THE GAME
ON ROUGH WOOD , OR CONCRETE – GOD’S PARQUET
EARLY MORN’, RAINY NOON, OR NIGHT FROM FADING DAY

I LOVE BASKETBALL

THREE ON THREE, FIVE ON FIVE
BRINGING THE BEAT DOWN, TALKIN’ JIVE
BACKBOARD TO NET, SWISH ALL DAY
LAY IN FOR TWO, SWISH THE TRE

I LOVE BASKETBALL

ALL COURTS ARE HOME, LIFE GETAWAYS
AND AS THE SUN DROPS DOWN TO END OF DAYS
SO ADDICTED, NO TIME FOR HERS
SO OFF TO THE TV TO WATCH MY SPURS

I LOVE BASKETBALL

(lifted off of some knicks fan blog, edited for my team the SPURS)



Thursday, May 15, 2008

TNW in Trouble

The company that owns the land and adjacent parking lot on yellow circle drive where we have been having the start/finish no longer wants us there. They are tired of people urinating in the bushes, leaving their trash behind and rudely getting in the way of people leaving work. They are letting us finish the series, so we will still have our last race next Tuesday. As far as the future of the race series, we have 10 months to figure something out but the lady I talked to was pretty adamant that we are no longer welcome. Keeping races at this venue has become a constant battle because we continue to irritate the property owners in the Opus park.

Next Tuesday there will be NO parking in that parking lot allowed. All racers are to congregate at the Musicland parking lot at the bottom of the hill. NO WARMING UP on the course and no riding on the course when you are not racing. Last week I saw people riding the wrong way down the one way also. I am so sick and tired of repeating this stuff, and seeing it happen week in and week out. Not only that but people are leaving a mess in the registration parking lot also. There were banana peels blatantly thrown in the lot last week. I have been extremely disappointed with the rider behavior this season. Not only the Opus behavior but also the behavior at the Marty Road Race. It was next to impossible to keep traffic moving through Marty with all the cyclists just hanging out in the main street. I also witnessed a huge pack of riders who weren't yet racing riding across the finish line, on the wrong side of the road! Not only is this illegal and rude to the officials and those whose highways we are sharing, it's a good way to get killed!

Sorry about the preaching, but as MCF president I am at a loss on what to do about this. Common sense and courtesy should dictate that we realize we are guests at any race venue we attend. We have a hard enough time with the media presenting us as lawbreakers, but then what do we do when we have permission to hold events? We show up like the obnoxious unwanted guests who never leave, littering, snarling traffic while being rude about it on top of it, breaking the rules of the road, public urination, the list goes on and on and on.

I will have last Tuesday's race results posted tomorrow along with the series leaders. Tim Turnquist from the IC3 team will be providing refreshments in the Fortune Financial Building lot for the last night of TNW. This is on the left side of yellow circle drive on the hill, two buildings before you get to the current start/finish line. Thanks to Tim for offering this, and hopefully you will repay the kindness with courteous behavior and by picking up after yourselves.

Skibisdismayed

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Saturday, May 3, 2008

Marty RR

New District Rep acting like he's working
Davey P seen a ghost?
These women got verve...

Remember that break we were in in the 198X road race?
Oh yeah, now I see...
Ok, Mark, block the wind today and I'll get you a team kit...
Hey Pee-Max, you made a flood!
I'm cool, I know it...

Uh yeah Dan, thanks for the uhm advice...
Why are all Flanders riders so darned sexy?
All this green and orange makes me happy!

That's right, I'm promoting a stage race and I'm still happy!MWCMR Podium, Jacklynn Carlson (H-Wood) wins the day with a powerful sprint!

Friday, May 2, 2008

Giant

Looking forward to a Giant day tomorrow. I think I've got one lap in me, then I'll have to go corner marshall in the bar... ;)

Thursday, May 1, 2008

NSC TV

NSC TV webcast featuring rider volunteers preparing the track for the upcoming season and the FGC!