Encino Velodrome, Way Back When

While working on a feature on the Encino Velodrome I fell down the rabbit hole of historical material trying to find out more about the four founders and the evolution of Encino Velodrome and tracks throughout the country. The coolest thing I came across was an article titled “HOW TO BUILD YOUR OWN BIKE BOOM” on the Encino Velodrome, published within a year of its opening, in American Bicyclist and Motorcyclist magazine in 1961. I reeeeeally wanted to get my hands on a copy, to just see the pages themselves (and make a copy of it for my own archives), but apparently neither the LAPL or my university library are in possession of any copies. So, many thanks to Howie Cohen, who has shared this gem with us as part of his Everything Bicycles collection. Be sure to hit “Next Page” to see the Architect’s rendering of the track and find out how a little bit o’ California bike dreamin’ and a round of golf led to Encino Velodrome, one of the country’s longest standing tracks.

Stay tuned for my words + Mikey’s snaps featuring Encino Velodrome in issue #36 of Urban Velo!

This is what it feels like after you ride home from the Crash Race

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Thanks everybody for making it happen! Congrats to Evan, Craig, Jo and first woman fixed (tbd?) and everyone else whose name I could not hear. Some of the women’s standings are still being determined. Even in the video playback it’s tough to see who’s who–fast ridazz! I heard Fabian had a bad crash. I hope he’s doing alright. Go watch the Wolfpack 2012 video just posted yestday cuz there was no false start like that this year! Solid race. Time for to catch a few z’s.

http://wolfpackhustle.com

To all my ladies in the place with style and grace: International (wonderful wacky wild) Women’s Day

So it’s International Women’s Day, and that’s pretty cool. Being a woman isn’t always easy, but it’s pretty fun.

Me with Dotsie Bausch and her Olympic medal at the First National Women's Bike Summit, Long Beach, CA.

Me with Dotsie Bausch and her Olympic medal at the First National Women’s Bike Summit, Long Beach, CA.

I gotta say, I’m pretty blessed to be surrounded by a lot of really rad ladies, in cycling, in my family, and at No Manor, the home I share with some very strong and beautiful and brilliant women. I’m also very grateful for all the men around me who appreciate strong women and give us not only our due respect, but also their full support and believe in us to the fullest. Thanks to all for your inspiration, admiration and support.

And because bikes have always played a vital role in elevating women in society, here’s a few awesome vids of women getting rad on bikes, starting with the promo vid for the upcoming Ladies Army V tournament coming up May.

Badass BMX Gals

NYC Messenger Ladies!