Harpoon Indoor Time Trial 2.0

Harpoon ITT SceneThe second annual Harpoon Indoor Time Trial was bigger and better than last year. Hundreds of racers competed in many heats throughout the day and night. Up to 24 could race at a time, in groups of 8 surrounding a three-sided techno-center of digital race readouts. Racers and viewers could see real-time speed, distance, wattage and other stats for each rider as each race progressed. Little cyclist avatars also played out the action in real-time. Winners of each heat (male & female) got a free case of beer and overall winners (male and female) won free entry into the Harpoon Brewery to Brewery ride in June.

This year’s race was a lot of fun, and more crowded. The layout was expanded with more bathrooms and larger changing areas. Since the brewery was open for tours this year (with racing on Saturday instead of Sunday), they also setup a bar down near the race warm up area. Uncle Ted’s BBQ food was also available from the Forza-G racing team who were raising money for this year’s PMC ride.

Boston’s WBUR radio station was also on hand, interviewing various folks for its show It’s Only A Game. The Harpoon ITT show should air next Saturday.

George Street Bike Challenge

Major TaylorThe Major Taylor Association has announced the 2010 date for the George Street Bike Challenge for Major Taylor. On July 25, 2010 the uphill time trial will take place on George Street in downtown Worcester, MA. As the billing goes, “See how fast you can pedal up George Street, a two-block quad-buster that was a training ground for 1899 world champion Major Taylor.” Find out more about who this champion cyclist was at their website here. Also, check out this earlier post – 100 Years Before Lance – that contains some great video footage from the event.

Harpoon Indoor Time Trial

Cycling and beer go well together. Nobody seems to know that better than the folks at Harpoon Brewery in Boston. The Harpoon Indoor Time Trial takes place two weeks from Saturday, providing a great mid-winter goal for many competitive cyclists and recreational riders alike.

Though I’m not a competitive racer, I raced in the first Harpoon ITT last year. The event provided great motivation for off-season training and provided a good mid-winter personal training assessment and baseline.

It was a lot of fun too. The folks at Harpoon did a great job with all the logistics, from sign-up to warm up to the racing action. Fast Splits provided two 8-unit banks of Computrainers so 16 racers were able to compete in each heat. Real-time action was projected onto two large screens overhead. A DJ kept music pumping while a live announcer shouted play-by-play and encouragement for all the racers. It was a really great, fun scene, all taking place right in the middle of the brewery.

The brewery also has a working bar, and there’s nothing better than a cold, fresh beer after an intense ride. Two free beers were included with each race registration.

This year the event is taking place on a Saturday instead of a Sunday, and the schedule is shifted to run from the afternoon into the evening. This format should make it even better. They’ve also organized the heats a little differently in order to group the most competitive pro, collegiate, and club teams together.

Find out the rest of the details by checking out the event web page here. Also check out my post on last year’s event, which includes a photo from the race floor.

Photo Credit: bdjsb7

100 Years Before Lance Armstrong…

Great little peak into the Major Taylor story and some video shots of the annual Major Taylor Hillclimb race held in Worcester each summer:

Remembering Major Taylor (from the Boston Globe, 8/19/09)

Here’s some additional footage from the 2009 event.

Coming up in just about six weeks is the Major Taylor Century Ride produced by the Seven Hills Wheelmen. 25, 62 and 100 mile routes begin in Whitinsville, MA through some really great cycling roads.