Feb 18

Alleger’s Vision of the Sacramento Velodrome


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. Read the rest of this entry »

Feb 09

Trivia in a tat

Mansker's tatooTrivia: Solid Savage Sprints supporter, Kevin Mansker has driven from Southern Cal with little sleep and then drove back again after a few sprints at Hot Italian. What molecule is permanently tattooed on this Olympic hopeful’s shin?

Feb 09

Sprint finals at Savage Sprints 2.7 (videos)

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.

Feb 05

Sac Bee’s McManus visits sprints

Hot ItalianScores of hard-bodied types adorned either in clingy Lycra or bike-messenger-casual came to Hot Italian, the sopraffino Italian bistro in midtown Sacramento, not to consume calories but to burn them.

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.”

Jan 30

Wild crowds, big donations at sprint event

Kevin Mansker and David Mann

Mansker prepares to square off against David Mann

Version 2.7 of Savage Sprints at Hot Italian proved to be a fund-raising boon despite the small but enthusiastic crowds. Bill Nicely, the president of Stevens Bicycles p/b Pactimo, showed up to race and support the likes of Heather Lipana. But he started off the event by giving a pledge of $100 toward the Velodrome’s Capitol fund for every sub-8-second race. And this on a night that Project London 2012 team member and Olympic hopeful, Kevin Mansker was in town to prove his mettle. Read the rest of this entry »

Nov 14

739 OTHER reasons to come to Savage Sprints

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.

Nov 09

New Giordana Velodrome video

Rock 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!

Thanks to Project London for posting the video on it’s Facebook page.

Related post (and videos): Sac trails two velodromes under construction.

Oct 25

Savage Sprints at Hot Italian 2.1 results

With the new registration, timing and results system from TimeYourRace Results our events are more organized than before and move along at a nice pace, getting everyone home at a resonable hour.

Pre-reg is up for the next event and we are extending our offer for the season discount one more time. Seven races for the price of six! Do it now! Brian Hickey from KCRA will probably be at the next event so come on out and show your support.

There will be kids bikes set up for the little ones to get their sprint on from 4:30-5:00. The kids bikes are 43 cm Fuji Track bikes and will fit most kids from about 8-12 years of age.

Oct 19

Me wants [drool] Scalextric slot bike velodrome

Be the envy of all your velodrome desiring friends with the Scalextric Team GB Velodrome Set. At 272cm, it’s not Olympic distance, but Scalextric reports that this slot racing set follows the traditional slot racing format. However instead of using cars, there are two miniature cyclists dressed in GB kits. The set features a banked oval track, with two challenging chicanes to test your nerve. They also say it’s perfect to introduce the younger slot racer to the action-packed world of Scalextric racing. How about introducing the younger racer to the action packed world of velodrome racing for only £69.99?

Now if it were magnetic cyclists on a vibrating velodrome, I’d be in.

Pocket-lint has a few more images and a Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 14

Savage Sprints at Hot Italian-Season 2

The dates:

October 23, November 6 and 20, December 4 and 18
Holiday Break
January 8 and 22, February 5 and 19

Remember this is a fun and low key “race” (excuse to party) to raise awareness for our velodrome project. We are putting on a show for the community and local government.

We are doing pre-registration and results this year through TimeYourRace. We get asked all the time, “What can I do to help get our velodrome built?” Well here you go. It’s a flat rate of 10 bucks (we are eating the service charges) to pre-reg and will save us 10-20 hours in online busy work per event. Ten bucks is as low as we could go to make the system work so I appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding. This little exercise will go a long way toward showing the community and local governments that we are serious and organized. We will be giving any left-over spots away on race day on a first come–first served basis beginning at 4pm. Day-of registration will close at 4:30…NO EXCEPTIONS PLEASE! We are trying to put a system in place so we can Read the rest of this entry »

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