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Goldsprints competition series starts at Velo Cult this Friday

Posted by on January 29th, 2013 at 1:20 pm

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Goldsprints at the 2009
Hopworks Biketobeerfest.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Velo Cult Bike Shop (1969 NE 42nd Ave) has announced a weekly goldsprints competition that will start this Friday (2/1). Goldsprints — also known as roller races — are a spectator-friendly competition that pits two riders against each other in an all-out sprint to victory. The competitors pedal bicycles that are attached to a stationary fork up front and the rear wheels turn in a set of rollers in the back. Both bikes are attached to an electronic timing system and their riders’ progress is displayed on a projection screen behind them so fans can see their progress and root them on.

Back in 2009, 42Below, a vodka brand owned by Bacardi, purchased 22 goldsprints set-ups (the bikes, computers, rollers, timing equipment, and so on) with the goal of setting them up at local bars throughout the country. One of the cities they selected was Portland. After there initial promotion of the events, they gave the systems to local bike clubs. We were approached by Bacardi and eventually connected them with Team Beer, a local club that was interested in taking over the goldsprints equipment.

Team Beer has brought goldsprints to many events in Portland over the years and now it looks like they might have a permanent home at Velo Cult. Velo Cult is a natural host for this event as they have the space and the reputation that are perfect for it.

To give you a better sense of what goldsprints looks like, here’s a shot from the Rapha Roller Races held back in 2008:

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And we saw a preview of goldsprints at Velo Cult when they showed up at the Hop in the Saddle book launch party back in November:

Hop in the Saddle book launch party-4

Friday’s kick-off event at Velo Cult will feature prizes for racers and spectators (from a “big list of sponsors”). The competition is open to anyone, and if you’ve never seen a goldsprints event, this would be the perfect opportunity to check it out. The series run each Friday with a finale on March 8th.

See the flyer below and learn more at VeloCult.com.

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  • SilkySlim January 29, 2013 at 1:43 pm

    I guess this proves that, on rare occasions, Vodka and Beer work great together.

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    • SilkySlim January 29, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      Apparently Bacardi makes Rum! Oops.

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  • Austin January 29, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    Love alcohol, love bikes, never understood the love of combining them.

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  • 9watts January 29, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    They should hook them up to generators. Turn all that effort into something useful.

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    • Brad January 30, 2013 at 9:02 am

      Believe it or not, some of actually like having fun on bikes without making a political statement, saving the climate, or railing against cars. Lord, you are a one trick pony! Please retreat to the carbon neutral basement of your Mom’s house and quietly enjoy the James Kunstler apocalyptic erotica you’re always forcing down our throats.

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      • A.K. January 30, 2013 at 9:26 am

        Perhaps we can hook a generator to 9watt’s computer and turn all of the bloviating into something useful.

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      • are February 2, 2013 at 2:53 pm

        wow, you’re right. it would be harmful to attach these to generators. and my enjoyment of all the other thoughtful commentary on these boards is marred — marred, i tell you — by 9watts mentioning that, y’know, the present path is unsustainable.

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  • BURR January 29, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Note the barf buckets in two of the photos


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    • spokesy January 30, 2013 at 10:53 am

      Hey sometimes when you enter that side wrenching pain cave, puke happens. Just don’t do it on the chain ring side or you’ll spray the audience. I puked between my arm down my left leg one time and just kept on going. People were screaming and cheering and I just kept my head tucked on a mission (sober)

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  • JB January 30, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    Those guys in the pictures need to get in the drops. More power.

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  • Joe January 30, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    looking forward to this. :]

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  • Stretchy February 1, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    I couldn’t resist. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZmzeKNiMkAs

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