Tuesday, August 27, 2013

T-Town

Is this thing still on??

So, yeah, I haven't updated the blog in a year. Plus I moved it back to its original blogspot address, so now no one can find it, even if they wanted to. Which they don't. I mean, with Prolly and Kyle and Andy still putting up such great stuff, and with amazing pro-centric blogs like Cycling Tips, what the hell do you need me for? You don't. Exactly. And in the meantime I've been busy finally writing that dissertation. Soon you'll have to call me Doctor, and won't that be nice for all concerned?

Anyway, I live in the Lehigh Valley now. It's been a big change from Chicago. But, what this place lacks in certain things (walkable amenities, coffee shops, shops of any type) it more than makes up for with its cycling scene. When I moved here I had a vague sense that the area was good for cycling, but I didn't know it would be this good. You want varied terrain for road riding? We've got that. You want world class mountain bike trails? Got 'em. Want a ridiculous cyclocross scene, complete with weekly beer-fueled night races? Yep. Want the best fucking velodrome ever? Yeah, we've got that too.

The T-Town crowd watching a Pro Women points race. (photo by me)


The Valley Preferred Cycling Center, colloquially known as T-Town, was founded in 1974 by Bicycling Magazine publisher Bob Rodale. The track has produced a ton of Olympic talent over the years, including its current Executive Director Marty Nothstein, winner of the sprint Gold at the 2000 Olympics and a bunch of World Championship titles. There's a lot of history at this track, and it is an incredible track: 333 meters long, steep but smooth, and fast as hell.

 Pro Men line up. (photo by me)
They host a ton of race nights and training programs for different levels, and they even let a lunatic like me race in the Cat4s on Saturdays, the fools. Friday night is where it's at, though. That's the Pro race night, featuring male and female pros and national-squad riders from all over the world.

Two riders make a break for it in a Pro Women scratch race. (photo by me)

A rider makes a move on the outside during the Pro Men scratch race. (photo by me)


 It's $5 in, there is stadium seating giving you fantastic views of all the action, beer is cheap, and there are often thousands of spectators creating a great atmosphere. Getting to see track racing at this level, every week, is insane. Want to see current Olympians from Poland, Jamaica, New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain, Trinidad, Argentina, and the USA go head-to-head? No probs.

Men's Keirin start, with the riders fighting for position behind the motorbike. (photo by me)


If you live anywhere nearby, and I mean if you live anywhere within a two-hour drive, you have to check out T-Town. If not to race yourself, then to watch some of the fastest track cyclists in the world while getting tanked on cheap micro-brews and eating gourmet hot dogs. That's right, even the hot-dogs are fucking phenomenal. Guess it's not so bad here after all!

Saturday, September 15, 2012

I was at a Cyclocross Race in Pennsylvania.

Nittany Lion race 1 in the bag. I performed about as badly as could be expected for my amount of preparation. Which was zero. But, I had fun hanging out for the Pro race! Here are some pics:

 The Pros get their race on.

 Dusty barrier carnage on the first lap of the Pro race.

 J-Pow in his fancy Rapha nat. champ. jersey.

 It was pretty slick for the 4s, but by the Pro race it had dried out and gotten dusty.

 Pros go over the barriers faster than I can sprint.

Pretty happy with this shot.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Paralympics on Now!


Irish tandem team James Brown and Damien Shaw in action at the London Velodrome. 'Wan the lads!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

This Guy!


What a beast! Anchoring the team sprint at the last minute. Incredible.

More of Tom Jenkins' photos from today at the London Olympic Velodrome over on The Guardian.

Friday, July 27, 2012

CMWC Events

Here are a couple of the events coming up for the CWMC. Can't believe I'm going to miss all this stuff!!


Monday, July 23, 2012

Wiggo by Kristof Ramon



Great shot by Kristof Ramon of Wiggo getting ready to destroy the field in the last individual TT of the Tour. Check out more of Kristof's excellent photos here.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Paul Smith's Jersey Collection


Yeah yeah, I know, I know, you can't have a pro season go by without the obligatory story about how Paul Smith loves cycling. But whatever, he's probably the most famous cycling fan in the world, and he has a sweet collection of jerseys. Head over to The Guardian to listen to him tell the story of Fabian Cancellara riding the final stage of last year's Tour with a jersey for Smith in his back pocket.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Help Six-Eleven Bicycle Co. Win a Grant!!


Okay, so my good, good friends Aaron and Michelle over at Six-Eleven Bicycle Co. are hoping to apply for a small business grant, but they need help. They need 250 votes to be eligible for contention but voting ends THIS WEEKEND, so please head over to their blog to read about how you can help them get to the next stage of the competition.

Details HERE.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Bicycle Film Festival New York is This Weekend!

Bicycle Film Festival New York
June 28-July1
Anthology Film Archives
2nd and 2nd New York

Details here.

Friday, May 4, 2012

CMWC Chicago Cycling Caps

Help Chicago prepare for the upcoming CMWC and pick up one of these Cinelli-made caps!

Get the caps here and get details of the CMWC here.

Friday, April 27, 2012

Look Mum No Hands

A lot of people try to pull off the bike shop/café combination, but it looks like the people over at Look Mum No Hands have gotten it right. I must visit next time I'm in London.

More photos here.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Beerster Chicago!

CMWC Chicago fundraiser race/ride. Details on facebook and tumblr.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Thursday, March 8, 2012

611 at NAHBS



Aaron of Six-Eleven Bicycle Co. won best cyclocross bike at NAHBS with this beauty. See more pics of this and his other beautiful bikes over at Cyclocross Mag, Prolls, and Urban Velo.

In other NAHBS news, this weekend was the one year anniversary of me having some titanium surgically added to my forehead!