Monday, September 29, 2008

ACTVCC Stromlo Points Race Criterium

Lee Hopson made a couple of videos of the race on the weekend.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Southern Hemisphere Cup 2008 and other races

On Friday I left for a big weekend of racing in Sydney, firstly off to RAW Friday night track racing

I subjected my self to Division 2, avoided a big crash and got a first place in the mystery race.

On Saturday I headed down to Heffron Park, Maroubra to race a long crit with the Randwick-Botany Club. It was hot and windy! My first day of racing this summer at 30 degrees plus, hung in there and finished with a second group behind the breakaway winners.

On Sunday I headed over to Eastern Creek to race the Southern Hemisphere Cup, hosted by the Waratah Veteran's Cycling club. I managed 5th place in B grade (full results here) in a fast and attacking race. It was great to race with a different bunch, with different dynamics and tactics.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Fixed...not really? Sturmey Archer SX-3

Sturmey Archer blog is reporting the long-awaited 3-speed fixed cog system is finally to prototype. Made famous by Sheldon Brown is the SA ASC 3-speed fixed. The cogs are fixed - sure, but by the magic of internal gearing, there various speeds are fixed.

I have mixed feelings about this, especially now as I'm considering turning my Surly Steamroller into a single speed/fixed/crit racing and commute bike. It would be cool to have all the right mounts on the frame as well as I'm getting the rear brake and bottle mounts done.

It would be very handy to be able to ride to the crit on a fixed 74, switch using the flip flop to a single speed 90 and then ride bike home on an easy single speed gear.

I suppose I'll decide when Michelle is finished with my old track surly.

Richard Wright dies at 65

1943-2008: Pink Floyd keyboardist Richard Wright.

Pink Floyd keyboard player and founding member Richard Wright has died at the age of 65 after a short cancer illness, his spokesman said.

Wright died at his home in England on Monday.

Wright, guitarist Roger Waters and drummer Nick Mason founded the band that became Pink Floyd in the 1960s when they were students.

Pink Floyd went on to become one of the biggest names in rock.

"The family of Richard Wright, founder member of Pink Floyd, announce with great sadness that Richard died today after a short struggle with cancer," his spokesman said in a statement.

"The family have asked that their privacy is respected at this difficult time."

Wright co-wrote five songs on the Dark Side Of The Moon LP which was released in 1973 and spent 14 years on the Billboard 200 album chart to become one of the best-selling albums ever.

Wright left Pink Floyd after falling out with Waters during sessions for The Wall.

He rejoined the band in 1987.