The Deluxe Cycles Racing track boys just spent the weekend up in Minnesota at the NSC Velodrome for their annual Fixed Gear Classic race event to race against the nations top track racers.
Minnesota has a very unique track with a lot of character. It’s an outdoor wooden 250m that’s been around for about 30 years. Over time some of the wood has rotted, but the community put the time and elbow grease into replacing any spent boards. The banks reach a peak of 43º and are a total blast to race on.
Mark and BJ took part in the Sprint events, while Jesse raced in the endurance omnium. Mark took 3rd in the match sprints and BJ snagged 6th overall in the Keirins after winning his qualifier. Jesse didn’t place well in his events, but took second in the backward Longest Lap after nearly crashing out into another rider. The racing was extremely high level, and an honor to be a part of. The Endurance omnium filled up to the tracks max capacity of 24 in nearly every race and had multiple huge breaks, defensive chasing, and lots of high caliber tactics. Here are some fun photos from the racing!
People came from all over to be part of it all including San Fransisco, Indiana, and BC Canada! It was a great time getting to make new friends from all over; it really felt like bike racing sleep away camp.
We’d like to really thank Bob, Linsey, and everyone else from the NSC Velodrome for everything they did for our riders to help them come and race which including helping financially, picking up and dropping off to and from the airport, and providing dorm rooms just 20 meters from the track! Truly an impressive program you guys run and we couldn’t be more humbled to be a part of it.
We just picked up a new team member for the Track squad! Nick Baker is a dedicated track racer who moved to Emmaus to pursue his love for track racing. Nick recently upgraded to Category 2 racing and has been hanging in with the pro field at T-Town!
We’re beyond stoked to have such a devoted, friendly, helpful, and solid addition to the team. We look forward to next season with you, Nick!
Mark, Evan, and BJ all made it out to Nationals for track racing in LA and had a blast. Evan and BJ got crashed out in some of their races. Check out this video of Evan hitting the wood in his Keirin.
BJ on the left and Evan on the right after their crashes.
But it’s not all bad news! Evan Took 3rd in the match sprints which landed him with a national medal! Congrats Evan! We’re super proud of you!
Here are some more racing photos from throughout the week.
And some non-racing photos the boys took from their time in LA! Mark went to Disneyland with his girlfriend, BJ and his wife spent some time with his parents, and Evan got to go surfing and went to the Northwest Porsche Experience to see some sweet cars.
Dustin dropped by a couple months ago to help us launch a collaboration we did with Cadence. He landed and immediately came by the shop and got to work painting a mural on our wall for the display! On Friday he held a tattoo speakeasy in the shop. After that, it was all about Red Hook Crit! Check out this vlog Dustin made about his trip!
And here’s another one talking more about the project itself and a ride he went on with his Ritchey!
You can find our collaboration right here on our webstore.
Thanks for working with us on such a cool collaboration Dustin! It was great getting to see you and have the guys meet you.
Alex recently got a custom painted LOW// from us and we’re thrilled on how it came out! The frame, fork, Ritchey carbon seatpost and integrated bar/stem combo were all painted meticulously with that metallic green-blue fade by our friend Ben Falcon who’s worked with us on a few other projects.
Built with a full Di2 Dura-Ace 9070 groupo, carbon deep section Reynolds wheels, and the full carbon Ritchey cockpit. This is a modern marvel that pays homage to classic heritage.
Tijon is one of the most experienced, inventive, and meticulously detail oriented wheel builders around, and our friends over at Affinity think so too. Jason has his Deluxe 80mm Carbon rims laced up to the new Philwood Pro track hubs by Tijon and decided to make a short film of it to document and celebrate the caliber of skill that goes into each wheel he builds.
We strive to deliver quality work and we feel like this film really displays that. Thank you Affinity for putting the time and effort into making this short. Special thanks to our friends Roley Poley Productions for putting the edit together.