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.
Alberto Masi and the Vigorelli Velodrome
Photos and words by Brian Vernor.
The Red Hook Crit is in Milan for the final race of the 2017 championship series. This race exceeds expectation every year I go. This year we once again had a private pre-race track day at the legendary Vigorelli Velodrome. In the velodrome itself is Alberto Masi’s frame shop, which I visited with many other racers and fans. His crew brought out some vintage bikes and dernies to run on the track. It was an amazing day blending cutting edge contemporary racing with the timeless spirit of Italian Cycling. Much thanks to Trimble Racing and the Red Hook Crit. Now, to the races…
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… is a good way to spend the day at the San Giovanni al Natisone Velodrome in Italy.
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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Here’s a rad bit of cycling history. Back in 1976, Eddy won the Antwerp 6 Days with his good friend Patrick Sercu. Here’s the duo racing the madison. Later, they would win the National Team Championship together. Photo via Walter Vermeulen’s Flickr.
With the Olympics upon us, we’re getting a healthy dose of track cycling these days. Donkey Label takes to their local velodrome to get in the spirit.
Christian from Minneapolis made this short video on the NSC Velodrome’s struggle to stay open. For more information, head to the MN Cycling Center’s website.
Sir Bradley Wiggins and Becky James get to show comedian Jack Whitehall the ins and outs of track cycling for Samsung UK. This one’s too good!
Gillette meets up with Jeffrey Hoogland as he prepares for the Rio Olympics.
The PDW Omnium returns this year to Alpenrose Velodrome in Portland. Head to PDW for all the details!