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

January 29, 2008

Writing Contest Winners

Filed under: Cycling — Administrator @ 3:55 pm

The writing contest I started about one year ago was both a success and a failure. It succeeded in getting a number of interesting articles posted on the site by a small but diverse group of rider/authors. It failed to keep enough new articles flowing to keep the site near the top of people’s bookmark lists or RSS feeds.

The authors eligible for the contest are:
Yorick Bos A junior in the Netherlands, Yorick is a sprinter. He has been our main source of information about European racing, and his writing is well-structured and interesting.

Colton Holland has a racing age of 11 this year, and is our youngest contributor. He is based in Texas, and wrote more often than anyone else.

Andrew McIntire wrote only once, but it was a nice article about the resumption of riding in San Jose, California after velodrome upgrades.

William Mills wrote a huge article about a marathon trip to visit most of the tracks in the southeastern United States.

I promised three prizes. I hoped to get one or two obvious winners, and many others to make the decision difficult. I even imagined bringing in an unbiased reader to act as a tiebreaker. Instead, I’m going to be lazy. There will be four prizes. This also allows me to end the competition one month early, with no fear that the 4th writer was going to submit great things during February 2008 and change the results.

I’ll email the authors at their registered addresses and attempt to arrange to give them $150 each. If you are a winner and don’t get an email from me today, please try to contact me.

January 19, 2008

World Cup, Los Angeles, 2008

Filed under: Cycling — Administrator @ 1:41 am

A couple of the many young riders at the World Cup races today.

Monique Sullivan after the sprint qualifiers.
Monique Sullivan after the sprint qualifiers.
Taylor Phinney on the way to qualifying second in the pursuit (4km, 1 km longer than the junior distance).  He went on to win the gold medal ride.
Taylor Phinney on the way to qualifying second in the pursuit (4km, 1 km longer than the junior distance). He went on to win the gold medal ride.

Taylor Phinney was the big news for the mostly-USA crowd, as he won his first World Cup gold medal at an amazingly young age. It was a great day of racing overall, with lots of attacks and impressive hard work.

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