Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Going nowhere REALLY fast

There is so much going on right now for all kind of bikes in the fine state of Arizona. Our seasons are reversed here compared to back east because right now the weather is perfect and we are riding on a daily basis. But come July it will be 115 degrees outside and we will all be hiding in the bar or running to the hills to escape the heat.
This past weekend saw a big step in local biking that brought together BMX kids, Fixters, mountain bikers and roadies all in the same place at the same time. And that common bond was Gold Sprints. A 300m sprint on a stationary bike, head to head, elimination bracket style. I didn't know what to expect of this event but the hosts at Boulders on Broadway were awesome and it was organized perfectly by azfixed.com . The times were blistering fast and it has been figured out that the bikes had 23c tires on them and the gear ratio of 48x16, the winning time of 14.69 would have resulted in a cadence of 194 rpm at an average of 45.7 mph. Over 3 pedal revolutions a second!! That is amazing. Most of the times were in the 15-16 second range with one super fast guy posting all sub 15 second times.
Nathan from handlebarsandwich.com came down from flagstaff with a crew of ringers and ended up taking home third place in the A race. he did a little write up over at his site, go check it out.
I will leave you with a few pictures of the evening then i am off to Tucson for the 24 Hours in the Old Pueblo where i will be suffering solo on my single speed.

Here is Shawn Diggity getting it done against a guy that needs a cheeseburger
I was so impressed i needed a picture

Handlebar Nate brought his gameface

a simple message

more photos from the night are over here

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