NPR did a published a story today about goldsprints. TSpokedSTL has been doing these stationary bike races few years now. Recently they have been taking place at A&M Bicycles about once a month. We’ll be announcing them here and on our FB Page as they pop up.
is almost here. The Mr. Bumpyface Track Series starts the first week of May — that’s only three months away. 2014 is the second year in a large fundraising initiative to rebuild the Penrose Park Velodrome. Over the years, the black-top surface of Mr. Bumpy Face has deteriorated. Recently the ground under the pavement has become unstable causing the track to begin sliding down the hill. The city of St. Louis has awarded the Penrose Park Velodrome Steering Committee a gracious sum of money for improvements to the track and it’s facilities including new bathrooms and a parking lot. Construction is planned for the year 2015. Support Penrose Park.
SpokedSTL will be running another free pre-season clinic. This clinic is ideal for newbies and anyone who wants to see what it’s all about. Nothing is required except a bike and a helmet. You can ride any bike you want — no need to buy that track just to try out the sport. These clinics run every Thursday in April. SpokedSTL Pre-Season Clinic on the Penrose Park Velodrome site and of course the Facebook Events.
Lot’s of cool stuff has happened since I posted last. The SpokedSTL team did pretty well for our first CX season. The track bikes were hung on the wall for a few months in exchange for single speed cross bikes with those knobbies. Mud!
We have a few new additions to the team. We’ve added a few new guys, but I’m personally more excited about the handful of new women on the team. SpokedSTL has always tried to give back to the community while challenging the norm. This year we hope to do our part to encourage new riders to try the sport.
The SpokedSTL team has some new sponsors for the 2014 season. All-City was added as our bike sponsor towards the end of the 2013 season and will continue through 2014. In addition, we have teamed with Velocity Wheels, and Knog lights and stuff. We’re mostly excited to announce our new shop sponsor will be A&M Bicycles (new website coming soon). The owner of A&M, Karl, has an insane wealth of knowledge of racing and all things bikes. His shop is small, personal, and overflowing with knowledge and skill. Our 2013 season will be tough to beat, but we’re up for the challenge.
Here are a few videos that Ernesto Pacheco has made — as usual, some rad stuff. Let’s start with a few CX videos.
Matt and Chris shredding some steel on dirt. This season’s Single Speed category is usually about 20 deep and the competition is pretty burly. If you’re in St. Louis, or anywhere for that matter, come check out the Bubba Cross Series every Sunday.
In celebration of the best time of the year, our buddy Ernesto Pacheco surprised us with a little video. Here’s the link on Vimeo.
The time has come to vote on the new SpokedSTL kit. Unlike the current black and orange team kit, this will we available to the public.
The SpokedSTL team is very competitive, but that’s not what SpokedSTL is all about. It’s about community, family, and being part of something. Knowing that there are dozens of like-minded riders out there, just like you, who just want to ride bikes and have fun. It doesn’t matter how much your wheels cost. It doesn’t matter if you have gears or not. Get the kit and join the movement.
You get only one vote. Click on the picture to take a closer look. Voting ends at midnight on September 15th. We will open pre-orders for the kits once a winner has been declared.
Since then, Mike’s Bikes STL has been working with their partners over at 4 Hands to continue raising funds for the velodrome. This team has raised more money than anyone else to date. The Penrose Park Steering Committee has taken donations from private donors as well as the sale of the Penrose Park T-Shirts, but Mike’s Bikes STL and 4 Hands have remained constant supporters of our track.
On Sunday 7/28, they are hosting a chill ride leaving from 4 Hands at 9pm. Prior to the ride $1 from all beer sales will be donated to The Penrose Park Velodrome.