I’ve been getting a lot more requests from people wanting to order kits and caps. Since putting out something new for fall CX season was already on my radar I thought what better way to show love for all of the sick artists, designers, and riders in STL than with a contest.
Here are the rules: Design a kit. You are free to do whatever you want as long as the SpokedSTL logos are visible from a few vantage points. Work solo or team up with a pal. All designs must be submitted to me via email [matt at SpokedSTL.com] no later than 8/31. Once all of the designs have been submitted, I’ll put them up online for a vote. The one with the most votes wins. Pre-orders will be taken as soon as the winner has been crowned. It usually takes 8 weeks for the production of the kits to be completed so we should have the whole process wrapped up by the time CX is in full swing. Winner gets his/her kit for free!
Here is the link to the jersey and here is the link to the bibs. Both links have the design template and specs. The current team kits are the same model and everyone seems to really like them. Here is the link to the SpokedSTL logo sheet.
Sorry we’ve been a little slow rolling out our summer races this year. Hopefully you have been taking the time BBQ, drink beer, and hang out by a pool somewhere. Welp, now it’s time to shred. First up we have the Time Trial Alley Cat.
This is Kayce’s brain child and it’s something totally new. So if you haven’t seen the Facebook Event this is how it works. This is a race against the clock. Each rider will leave one minute apart. Get from point A to point B as fast as you can. Best time wins.
Sunday, July 21st at 2pm. $3. Heman Park. Cash prize for fixed, geared, and female categories.
And don’t worry. We’ve got two other races to announce soon.
I’m really loving all of the bickering over New York’s new Citi Bike Program. So many people are outraged about the placement of rental bikes in their neighborhoods. They are an “eye sore” and were place there by the bicycle lobby, an “all powerful enterprise.” Where is all of this money and power? According to the National Bicycle Dealer’s Association the number of bicycles sold has been steadily dropping since it’s record high in 1973.
Competitive cycling takes a lot of different skills. The obvious ones are power and stamina. But a lot of people forget the mental strength and guts needed to race at the top levels. Whether its diving a corner at top speed in a crit, or trading spots on the road with a bus mid alley cat. The world of Japanese Keirin racing pushes riders to the limits on both the physical side as well as their mental abilities. The rules as far as bumping and passing are much more relaxed. So a strong rider has to be even more gutsy to make the right move to win. Every year a select few foreign racers are invited to the Japan Keirin School and allowed to race on the 44 tracks through Japan.
Australian track champion Shane Perkins has been one of very few invited to Japan for several years. For him, like many of us, cycling has been a road to redemption. He started his cycling career young and quickly shot up the ranks. But with personal set backs and struggles he was off the Australian national program. Through his hard work and the discipline needed to race the keirin, he grew and progressed to the top level. Perko is now the owner of two rainbow stripe jerseys. He won the World Championship in the Team Sprint, as well as the Keirin.
Australian media house Chasing the Glory put together a short documentary on Perkins’s personal life, as well as the history of the Keirin in Japan.
Trailnet has been doing some short videos called “We Know A Better Way” documenting folks in St. Louis who commute to work. The videos touch on a lot of the basic reasons why people commute in hopes to encourage more people to choose the lifestyle. Hopefully, when more people will see how easy it really is our streets will be a more bike commuter-friendly avenue for travel.
Scott Ogilvie is a St. Louis City Alderman in the 24th Ward. He is a huge bike advocate and lives it on a daily basis. He’s a commute, racer, and all around good guy. Thanks for everything you do for cycling in St. Louis, Scott.
As long as I have known Stephanine Co, she has been deeply involved in community-enriching projects in St. Louis. We worked on MOPRO’s Tour de Grove, The World Naked Bike Ride, and a few other bikey projects together. She is a very kind soul who continues her work now working for Great Rivers Greenway.
SpokedSTL has been receiving more attention lately and because of this more folks are wondering what the organization is about. SpokedSTL was created as a way to give something back and to progress cycling in St. Louis. Our team represents people who ride their bikes everyday. They ride to work, the grocery store, the movies, and everywhere else. Why? Because they love cycling and the community that surrounds it. We race because it’s fun, but our team isn’t out on the course to destroy your best lap time. We simply want to be a part of the bigger picture. If there is fun to be had on two wheels know that we’ll be there, and we’ll be one of the first to offer you a tube, multi-tool, or a bottle of water. Why? Because we are all a family.
Be a part of the revitalization. Get involved. Be awesome (like the movie Space Jam).
Our city is awesome and so are the people that live in it.