Junior Track Cycling Velodrome cycling for junior (18 and under) riders

March 30, 2005

New Result Format

Filed under: ADT Event Center,Cycling,USA Nationals — Administrator @ 7:12 pm

This is an old result, but I’m pleased to say that future races I cover will be much easier for me, and that means faster more consistent results for you. I now have a form which makes it easy to enter the results. I also created a WordPress plugin which allows me to display individual event results or omnium results with just 16 or so characters of typing.

Here’s a sample result, the 15-16 Men’s omnium from 2004 Junior Nationals in the USA. I didn’t have to put anything extra in the database to get this, once the separate events were entered.

Results of the 15-16 Men's Omnium at Junior Nationals, USA, 2004-06-30 to 2004-07-03:

OmniumEvent Places
PlacePointsNameStanding 500Points5k Scratch2k Scratch
119O'Reilly, Cody3411
217Kline, Shane122
310Simes, Jackie154
410Fox, Matthew22
57Williams, Justin533
65Hopkins, Daniel43
72Cavender, Luke4
81Jacoby, Brett5
91Espinoza, David5

March 20, 2005

LGBRC/Easton/Specialized Team Kit

Filed under: Cycling — Administrator @ 11:43 pm

The Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club, with major sponsors Easton and Specialized has just begun wearing their new 2005 team kit. Look for this jersey on the track and elsewhere. You can go to the team site for sponsor details.

 2005 LGBRC/Easton/Specialized Jersey
2005 LGBRC/Easton/Specialized Jersey

 Testarossa Vineyards - Shorts side panel
Testarossa Vineyards - Shorts side panel


By the way, I’m happy to post this sort of information for other teams – this just happens to be the only team clothing I have here.

March 14, 2005

Okay, there were Juniors on the Track

Filed under: Cycling,Hellyer — Administrator @ 11:39 am

I am destined to contradict myself. While I was on the way back from the Tower District Crit, there were juniors racing at Hellyer Park Velodrome in a new sprint series which is off to a successful start. There will be special junior races on certain dates, but as always the more capable juniors can participate with the adults.

See Garrett Lau’s photo album for some pictures of the event, including juniors Kim, Kelly, and Michelle LaFleur.

Juniors on the Road – Tower District Criterium

Filed under: Cycling — Administrator @ 9:35 am

I’m a bit short of material at this time of year, when the juniors in our area have started racing on the road, but not on the track. I’m going to settle for junior track racers on the road today. The riders I mention by name are all active at the velodrome.

This event is the Tower District Criterium, held in Fresno, California. The course is very roughly the shape of Oklahoma, with the start/finish on the northern border and a 180 degree left turn at New Mexico. If you really know your geography, replace the Red River with a straight line and add some sweeping curves on the Arkansas side :). No hills, and just a bit of wind. Fresno is out in California’s central valley, but we were able to get there in under three hours, thanks to light traffic. Traffic is always light when you start a drive at 4 AM on a Sunday…

The first pictures are from the junior criterium. The field was fairly small, but it was an interesting race. It started pretty fast, but for a couple of laps in the middle the riders slowed down to a casual pace with no one willing to work. That ended with a solo attack which got good distance on the field before being chased by Daniel Holloway. Unfortunately that break ended when the rider reached the critical left U-Turn in the course and caught a pedal, crashing himself out of the race. The race grouped up again, the pace moderated, and the finish was a sprint.

 Jim Ryan leads Daniel Holloway and the rest of the juniors through the U-Turn early in the junior race.
Jim Ryan leads Daniel Holloway and the rest of the juniors through the U-Turn early in the junior race.

Juniors can be more stubborn than the older packs.  Sometimes if no one wants to work, they all just coast.
Juniors can be more stubborn than the older packs. Sometimes if no one wants to work, they all just coast.

 The race was open to all juniors. These two rode well for their age, but didn't exactly figure in the overall results.
The race was open to all juniors. These two rode well for their age, but didn't exactly figure in the overall results.

 Daniel Holloway, left, winds up the winning sprint.  All the top finishers are in this bunch - more names when they are posted.
Daniel Holloway, left, winds up the winning sprint. All the top finishers are in this bunch - more names when they are posted.



Most of the juniors raced with their Elite categories later the same day. I only have pictures from the Cat 4/5 race. The U-turn was even more critical here, with a larger pack to string out and chase back together every lap. Some riders like the inside line (shorter distance, but you lose speed) and others like the outside. I think that the real difference was not a matter of efficiency but of where the most problems were.

 Jim Ryan takes the inside line in a crowd.
Jim Ryan takes the inside line in a crowd.

 Matt Mosby takes the smoother outside path.
Matt Mosby takes the smoother outside path.


March 11, 2005

Who Sends Vistors to this Site?

Filed under: Uncategorized — Administrator @ 11:12 pm

Just for my own curiosity, I looked into what sites have linked to mine so far this month. I could just post the raw data, but it tends to include sites which generate fake hits just so they’ll show up in the stats. Pretty annoying. Anyway, this is the cleaned-up version. As you can see, most of my page hits come from the big search engines out there. A few do come from four cycling-related sites which have links to me.

Referrer ref. % Comment
http://www.google.com/ 31%
http://search.netscape.com/ 12%
http://www.google.com.au/ 7% Australia
http://search.yahoo.com/ 6%
http://www.google.co.uk/ 4% United Kingdom
http://search.msn.com/ 4%
http://www.stanford.edu/ 3% Actually www.ridethetrack.com, Hellyer’s site
http://www.netcraft.com/ 3%
http://aolsearch.aol.com/ 2%
http://my.yahoo.com/ 2%
http://www.1134.org/ 2% Blog of Stan Schwarz, cyclist and more
http://blo.gs/ 2%
http://www.lgbrc.org/ 1% Los Gatos Bicycle Racing Club/Easton/Specialized
http://www.teamsanjose.org/ 1% San Jose Bicycle Club
Other Google Sites 11% Google has separate domains for many countries
Everything else 9%

These numbers don’t include “direct” page hits, where someone bookmarked the site or typed in the address.

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