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CIRCULUS : Ridin’ in Circles

In early 2010, Portland Design Works purchased one of the most interesting installations from a Pomona College student in Southern California… CIRCULUS.

What is CIRCULUS?
Circulus is a 143 foot diameter, 45 degree banked, wooden mini-velodrome. When standing in the ‘in field’ of the track, it almost feels like you are standing in an enormous wooden salad bowl!

The track is currently housed within PDW’s Portland, Oregon warehouse – The Mothership. One if the perks of living in the fine city of Portland is I’ve had the opportunity to ride on Circulus. It is AMAZING!

This last Saturday evening, PDW & Yakima Products had an open invite for head to head racing on the track!
Flyer

wide angle

PDW’s man in the field, Kevin “MURPH” Murphy came by the shop week ago to drop off the event flyer (shown above).

There was some discussion on what bikes were to be used for the event. The main concern was rider and spectator safety. If the bikes were geared too high, riders would be able to reach the top of the track too easily and chance launching off the track and out into the spectator area. If the bikes were geared too low, proper speeds would not be reached to keep the riders on the steep, 45 degree bank.

Upon arriving to the venue on Saturday night I was delighted to see bikes that had decent gearing and were low to the ground, in the off chance that if riders had to bail or crash, the fall would not be very bad.

The rigs

Open riding for the evening began at 6:30pm and racing began promptly at 8pm. The racing was MC’d by none other than Stevil Kinevil. Being a single elimination race, it was all or nothing for the racers. This was a pursuit style race. The race began with each competitor begining at opposite sides of the track from a dead stop on the infield floor. Each racer had to be up on the 45 degree banked track within 1/2 a lap. The object of the race was to complete 4 laps before your opponent or to catch the opposing racer in 4 laps or less.
Brackets
Mens final 2
womens semi

Although adult refreshements were available from Hopworks Urban Brewery, racers were not allowed to drink them until AFTER their heat was completed, as this was a single elimination race format. If you were fortunate enough to advance, you were unfortunate enough to have to wait to enjoy a cold beer!

Having previous saddle time on Circulus, I gave it a go… Race testing the DZR District shoes.
DZR Test run

My wife raced the women’s event (yellow bike):

(Youtube video courtesy of Jonathan Maus/www.bikeportland.org)
Here is JMaus in action!
JMaus

Here is video of the men’s final:

(Youtube video courtesy of nanobikerdotcom)

Music was thumping throughout the night courtesy of the always amazing DJ Amanda Sundvor
DJ Amanda Sundvor

The racing ended for the evening with two of the haunches at PDW, Erik and Murph going…. Beak to Beak??
Erik n Murph
two chickens

A big THANKS to the fine folks at PDW – Daniel “DPow” Powell, Erik Olson & Kevin “Murph” Murphy & Yakima for putting on a fantastic, fun filled event!

A special thanks goes to Mr. Dave Roth for allowing the use of his photographs of the event. You can view the entire evening captured in pixels here at http://www.dmroth.com/cycling/circulus/index2.html

BikeCommuters.com T-Shirt in Action

Today I participated in the inaugural Super D Duper Race Presented by MtnBikeRiders.com. This was an invitational-underground event in which the race was done on mountain bikes.

I decided to sport my BikeCommuters.com T-Shirt because its pretty sweet!
Super D Duper
One at a time, we were released from the gate and some how I ended up taking 3rd!
Super D Duper

Supplies are running low, so if you want one of these shirts, you better contact us ASAP!

Win a BikeCommuters.com T-Shirt

bikecommuters.com shirts

To enter, all you have to do is email us your “favorite bicycle commuting website” (hint: it better be BikeCommuters.com).

Send your entry with a subject title “T-Shirt” HERE.

Entries will be accepted until December 3rd, 2010, 11:59pm

*Contest only applies to US readers. Sorry Int’l folks.

Winner gets to choose from Adult Small-XL.

Good luck!

Walz Caps BikeCommuters.com Edition: For Sale

I have a handful of Walz Caps that we are offering to our few lucky readers.
Black cap with green racing stripe and stitching. “BikeCommuters.com” embroidered in white on both sides.


Here’s the sizes that are available:

S/M-4

L/XL-2

Price: $25 shipped in the lower 48.

Email me right away if you want one or two! infoATbikecommutersDOTcom

Once these are gone…they’re gone!

Win an Authentic BikeCommuters.com Jersey!

Here’s your chance to win your very own Official BikeCommuters.com jersey.

All you have to do is answer this question…

Who is Jack “Ghost Rider” Sweeney’s Bicycle Idol?

Please send in your entries…and you’re only allowed one per person. (Duplicate entries will void your chances.) HERE!

Contest Ends Oct 31st 5pm PST

Good luck!

The size that is available is a LARGE. Please don’t ask if I have any other sizes available for this contest…I can only give away the Large. Thank you.