If you have been to one of the first 2 Resurrection Races, you know it’s a good time. The Resurrection has had pretty much the same crew putting it together for the past three years. It’s something of a tradition. We’ve got some great prizes this year and Seagull for the second year running has donated a stellar bag that really shows how good they are at what they do.
It’s anyones race this year, and I’m excited to see who takes home this bag.
We’ve been hard at work at Go Means Go Headquarters, which oddly enough looks a little bit like Santa’s workshop. Burning the midnight oil, we called in some more help to get this batch of shirts printed up. You should pick one up. Many cities and sports clubs have laid claim to the Green and Yellow, but this green and yellow colorway is a shout out to the Emerald City.
What other colorways would you like to see? A Yellow and Purple on black seems obvious…. Each run of shirts is limited- with a max of 50 shirts per color printed. They are hand screened by the crew you see in the photo, and the artwork flowed from the pen of Mr. Christauf Wright.
You may remember the review I posted a while back on the Fyxation Tires. I like them. Adding to the ranks of their current product line that includes tires and saddles- Fyxation is now offering grips. They are made for either bmx type bars or track drops and are fashioned with the same pattern that can be found on their tires. They are also available in the same colors as their Sessions Tires are- if you are type that prefers the carpet to match the drapes, so to speak.
They are $12.95 for either style and can be purchased from their webstore.
Last night Emerald Sprints went down at the Cabin Tavern in Bellingham, WA. It was a tremendous success largely due to the promotion and hard work of Mr. Joe Parietti, who you may know from Traitor Cycles. He got together a bunch of prizes for the sprints and raffle- had a proper theme (Heavy Metal) and did the leg work to spread the word for night of Steel Thunder. The place was packed, over 50 people raced, and Bellingham brought some fun and fast legs to the rollers. Beer sprints, grudge matches, and some of the fastest times we have seen in the Northwest.
This was my first trip to Bellingham with hopefully more to come- the folks and riding in Bellingham are both amazing. We stopped by The Hub, had burrittos and margaritas under the paintings of naked dudes at Casa Que Pasa, got some coffee at a waterfront park, rode bikes around, ate at The Horseshoe after the bars closed, got to see a few of Joe’s bikes, including the new Traitor track bike which looks really hot and is going to be released this June.
The Cabin Tavern was a great venue, with a friendly staff, and the crowd felt at home and they were ready for a good time. We did a pretty straight forward layout, with the qualifying round being based on time alone. The race was 400m, on the setup that you’ve seen us use before. We do have a new addition to the bikes, which is our Tacx Trainer tires, thanks to our sponsors at Wright Brothers Cyclery. The tires ride awesome and we appreciate having Wright Brothers behind us.
Qualifying round 400m
From there, we took the top times and laid out a single elimination bracket. The top 8 men and top 4 women. Joe P (Traitor Joe) stepped out, and in came Taco Libre, who we added as a “wild card” due some confusion in the registration.
Men’s Semi Finals 400m
Kona Chris M. 18.03
$hitty Zack 18.09
Joey M. 18.74
Kellen R. 19.69
Then came the grudge matches. The beer sprint is always a crowd favorite and sometimes ends poorly. Chris B. and Audra, both Cabin Tavern employees were up for the challenge. In the beer sprint- racers must finish a beer BEFORE they start pedaling- the fastest time wins. Audra beat the pants off of Chris out of the gate and finished her beer far before him. Chris did catch up and eventually passed Audra- winning with his time of 32.86, versus Audra’s 33.04. Though the only beer sprint of the evening, we had a few more jump on the Grudge Wagon.
Grudge Matches 400m
Kyle from the Hub 21.09
Greg Stevens 21.38
Ski to Sea Grudge
Zac D. 20.59
Audra R. 27.5
Traitor Joe 19.2
For the final- it was anybody’s game, with great times coming through all evening. It came down to Joey M vs. Chris M for the men and Lara vs. Melanie for the women.
Finals 400m 1st Place Women’s: Lara 23.17
Women’s runner up: Melanie M. 24.18
1st Place Men’s: Joey M 18.18
Men’s runner up: Chris M. 18.27
I took a little video with my phone of the men’s sprint final. Not the best, but you can hear the crowd rage. If you took any pictures, please post a link to them in the comments section.
A big thanks to Joe for being the muscle in bringing Emerald Sprints to Bellingham. We had a great time, it seems Bellingham did as well. We look forward to another opportunity to bring Emerald Sprints up there. Thanks to the sponsors of the event, the Cabin Tavern, Kevin from Traitor for being the MC, Bubba for tech help during the event and for every body that came out to support- whether racing or cheering. If there is one thing I know now- Bellingham loves bikes!
Charge Bikes has launched the website covering their new clothing line by the name of Surface. Their newest effort is aimed at delivering a line of clothing that functions well on the bike and looks good off it. They are offering jackets, hoodies, trousers, and shorts- and I expect more to come as they find their niche.
This is their “Aquaphobic Jacket.” Looking good
They don’t have an online store as of yet, and the website is still in the works, but you can at least check out what they have so far HERE.
There is also a review for their Liquistretch Trousers up on Road.cc
This is a different kind of bike tour. From the Alaskan arctic to Tierra del Fuego. 3 1/2 years and over 34,000 kilometers of dirt roads later- Jacob, Goat and Sean arrived in Ushuaia in January of 2010. Along the way they were chased by wolves, held at gunpoint, ridden up and down mountains, forded rivers, drug their bikes over landslides, and all on Xtracycles.
I am by no means a good polo player. I have played a few times on borrowed bikes- and I will tell you that my learning curve was steep. I am comfortable with my bike handling skills and felt that polo wouldn’t be that hard. Let me tell you- the skills that a good polo team has are impressive.
There are three people per team and they can make the ball go from one side of the court to the other in two shakes of a lamb’s tail. Seattle is home to a very strong polo community with TEAM SMILE taking the 2009 Hardcourt National Championships, becoming National Champs and getting their travel paid by Brooks of England to the World Championships. They won the World Championships as well.
From where I stand, it looks as though Brooks of England has been a great polo sponsor. Supplying the tournaments with cash and product, without over branding or co opting the layout. It also helps that most people can at least appreciate a Brooks product as something with class. They are now working on putting together a documentary on the sport.
Here is a little edit that you will see lots of 2009 Tournament footage in. You’ll see some familiar faces, some good crashes, amazing bike handling, and some excellent plays. Enjoy. And if you are looking to get into polo- as a competitor or spectator, check the GMG Calendar or visit Hardcourtbikepolo.com.