After losing one arm and one leg in a motorbike accident, Juanjo Méndez focused his life on cycling, becoming one of the most competitive in his track racing category. Today, at the age of 53, he enjoys riding on open roads and the Olympic Velodrome in Barcelona.
Behind the Scenes at the UCI Track Cycling World Cup Los Angeles
Photos by Eugene Kim, words by John Watson
Track cycling’s draw is massive in Europe, so you never know what you’re going to get when a UCI event rolls into the US, much less, Los Angeles. This year’s UCI Track Cycling World Cup took place at the on the campus of California State University Dominguez Hills in their VELO Sports Center at the StubHub Center, drawing crowds that surprised. Eugene was there, in the pits so to speak, covering the events of the two-day World Cup. The most notable conquests that weekend were the United States’ own Chloe Dygert Individual Pursuit, the New Zealand team took home the event trophy, and French took home the 2016-2017 Tissot UCI Track Cycling World Cup title.
While track cycling in the United States has yet to reach “Six Days” status, seeing an event like this land in Los Angeles is a win / win.
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This is so sick and it’s not the first time a wall ride has been used to escape a crash.
Gillette meets up with Jeffrey Hoogland as he prepares for the Rio Olympics.
Check out this video featuring Jeffrey Hoogland as he breaks down the sport of track cycling.
Ion Göttlich is a real monster on the track. The Italian sprinter is the brain child of a South African animator named Claudio Pavan and Bicycling Magazine just did a great interview with him. Head on over to check it out.
This is a great video!
“Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a collection of lung diseases and chronic obstructive airways disease. In 2008, Philippe Poncet was diagnosed with stage 4 COPD. Despite this diagnosis, he is an avid cyclist and in this film challenged himself to ride Col du Lautaret supported by his team of doctors and athletes.”
Check out more at the NY Times.
Photos by Andy White
Madisons are one of the most exhilarating track races to watch. Recently, the Austral / Australian Madison Championships took place in Melbourne, prompting Andy from FYXO to venture out in the hot, hot, hot summer heat. Clearly the outside temperature wasn’t the only thing on fire that day. Those BT bikes!
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Shane Perkins is a two-time track racing World Champion and Olympic Medal Winner from Australia. Here he talks about his training on the track…