In January of 2011, Dean Alleger started his first series of Savage Sprints roller racing. His hope was that it would bring awareness to the Sacramento Valley Velodrome Project. They ran on alternating Sundays and totaled 6 events. He has held them at The Hot Italian on 16th and Q in midtown Sacramento California. There were sometimes wall to wall spectators from two-wheeled athletes to many other athletes aside from track racing. It garnered so much attention from passers-by that several people were inspired to participate in their first bicycle competition; albeit on stationary track bikes on top of rollers with the front fork affixed.
The question “Why does Sacramento need a velodrome and cycling park?” is a legitimate one. There are certainly reasons not to build such a park: It costs a sizable amount of money. It takes (and has taken) hundreds of man hours of effort to formulate the concept, establish a Board of Directors, gain access to enough land and, …View full post
A velodrome is a gathering place. A gathering place where individuals show up and become part of a like-minded tribe. A tribe of people with a desire to stay fit, improve themselves mentally and physically, and compete against themselves and their fellow racers. I should at this point admit, I have yet to set foot …View full post
This May Sacramento will once again host the start of the Amgen Tour of California. The Sacramento Valley Velodrome Association is celebrating this year’s start by hosting a Pre-Amgen Tour VIP Cocktail Party on May 7, 2015. Event participants will have the opportunity to meet and talk with three pro cyclists; Lawson Craddock (Giant-Alpecin), Kiel …View full post
The Sacramento Valley Velodrome Association has recently expanded its Board of Directors. The current board welcomed aboard Christine Folck, Stephen Stuart, Jim Cordano, Steve Goodwin, and Derek Byrne. These new additions to the board bring along with them valuable experience in innovation, marketing, land development, social media, and business development. The combined skill-set of the …View full post
According to Webster: ve_lo_drome (noun): a cycle-racing track, typically with steeply banked curves. Oval shaped, consisting of two 180 degree turns connected by two straights. (Yes, I was as shocked as you are to discover a dictionary in my house.) Ok, so we have a textbook definition, but does that actually tell us what a …View full post
Our friend Carlos Josa at Stantec set us up with some beautiful architectural renderings of our proposed velodrome at Granite Regional Park site. Look for a story in the next week or two about Carlos and Stantec! We will have an information booth at the North American Handmade Bike Show this weekend so be sure to drop by and say “hey!”
Dean Alleger (Chief Executive Officer) founded SVVA and is a Level II USA Cycling certified coach, competitive track cyclist and mechanic for Rex Cycles Handmade Bikes. During the 2010 track season, Dean earned two first place finishes and one second place. He is also CEO of Savage Sprints, a cycling training program.
By: Heather Nielson
Since Dean Alleger started his aggressive campaign to get a velodrome built in the Sacramento area, he has often been asked what kind of velodrome it’s going to be: Velodromes can be indoor or outdoor. The advantage of having an outdoor one, like the Hellyer Park Velodrome located in San Jose California, is its’ lower cost of maintenance. Indoor velodromes like the Home Depot Center Velodrome in Carson California, require exorbitant funds for climate control. One estimation puts its’ monthly climate control costs at $30,000. The disadvantage of having an outdoor track is of course exposure to the environment. Since it’s not being climate controlled, the materials that it’s constructed out of need to meet more robust standards. Additionally, when making the decision about whether to build a track outdoor or indoor, the local yearly weather averages need to be considered. A track made out of soft pinewood would not only be too soft and are known to break easily but will also be more susceptible to weathering.
Version 2.7 of Savage Sprints was a huge success with a small but extremely loud crowd. Watch Hot Italian worker bee and sprint regular, Autumn Hardy post against Missy Erickson of Team Badass.
Kevin Mansker showed up with his game-face on, but Nick Oliver’s no stranger to winning sprints. Watch the men’s final as the winner sets a new “track” record.
Knock yourselves out, guys. I’ll just sit here eating pizza and watching you sweat and strain and contort your faces into a rictus of pain astride stationary bicycles. Hey, pass the red pepper oil, will ya?
So says Sacramento Bee columnist, Sam McManis who visited the latest installment of Savage Sprints to take in the throngs of sweaty bodies and “sequoia-quad sprinters” for his column in the Sacramento Bee.
Read the full Sac Bee.com article to learn more about Dino, “running the show, acting like a ringmaster and looking like the coolest middle-school gym teacher ever.”
Don’t want to race a fixed gear track bike all-out on rollers this Sunday? Absolutely hate to try delectable trend-setting pizza and mouth watering gelato? Can’t stand to be around a wild group of rebel-rousers cheering on their favorite athlete? Here are 739 other reasons (try to pick them out in the video) to come to Hot Italian for Savage Sprints on November 20th at 5 pm. Now, openly admit that you enjoy watching a little friendly competition to help raise awareness and funds for the development of a world-class velodrome in Sacramento? Secretly harbor a desire to try your gams against another local-area wanna-be? Just looking for a bit of free entertainment and great eats this Sunday? Watch the video anyway, then drop on by TimeYourRace.com to reserve your spot to race or just stop in Hot Italian to have some Pizza and beer and enjoy the show.
Now, for your viewing pleasure…the first 5 Savage Sprints events from 2011.
New video of the Giordana Velodrome under construction in Rock Hill, SC has surfaced recently on YouTube. “We pitched the idea [of the velodrome] to the city of Rock Hill through the Parks and Rec,” says Michael Cowan, Rock Hill Velodrome concept founder in the video. Sound familiar? That was in 2002. We have a long row to hoe!
Related post (and videos): Sac trails two velodromes under construction.