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Drink Floyd : NYC roller race

originally from cyclingnews.com

Olympic cyclist Lea rules roller race in New York

Landis and Ellis turn out for CRCA fundraiser

US Olympian Bobby Lea took to the rollers in New York at the Drink Floyd- Roller Race Benefit ,Thursday, to help raise funds for the CRCA Junior Development Program. Lea, who competed at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, emerged victorious in an evening of roller racing in downtown New York, beating local track rider Matt Diefenbach in a thrilling final.

The event, organised by nyvelocity.com raised close to $1,000 dollars and attracted a number of high profile guests including Floyd Landis, Slipstream Sports owner Doug Ellis and Tour of Battenkill organiser, Dieter Drake.

“It was a fun night for a great cause, and we’re very grateful for Floyd coming out and supporting it, as well as Bobby Lea and all the other racers,” said Andy Shen from nyvelocity.com.

Competitors set down 500 meter time trials before competing in a set of head-to-heads. Losers from the heats had the chance to through a repechage before the semi-finals and final. You can make further donations for the development team, here.

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Looks like this event was held on the Bikeworks NYC rig, lots of info on their site here.

Dave Le Grys Roller Race speed record breaker

In 1987  British track cyclist Dave le Grys  (aka “Legro”) smashed the previous world roller race record with a time of 126.6mph on the BBC “Record Breakers” show.

Dave le Grys World roller record goldsprints roller racing

The previous record of 102 mph had been set in 1982. Dave chose a gear of 232 inches for his attempt with a custom made TA / Ron Kitching chainring (which Dave still owns).  Dave was in the final year of an amazing “senior” career, he had amassed over 40 National medals, 20 of which were gold and he’d also represented Britain at the Olympics, Commonwealth games, World championships and numerous European Grand Prix. He had managed to race at top level despite breaking his back in a high-speed crash in the tandem sprint at the ’78 Commonwealth games.  Added to this amazing pedigree was his training regime of four hours daily for three months specifically to tackle this record….needless to say Dave was successful as you can see from the video below.

In the same year Dave also set the British and Commonwealth land speed record with 110mph on the M42 paced behind a motor car, check the video here.

But although 1987 was his last year as a senior racing cyclist his sporting career was far from over, throughout his biking career Dave was one of a rare breed of athlete who could mix road endurance and sprint events winning National titles in both and amazingly made a successful switch to marathon running and duathlons eventually becoming fourth best in the UK for his age group.

Dave spent many years coaching and has worked with some of the UK’s finest cycling talents including world champions Rob Hayles and Bradley Wiggins. In 1997 Dave decided to return to cycling competition himself and upon his return won Gold in the World Master’s sprint championship, he has since gone on to win 18 World Master gold medals.

Despite Dave’s now-busy schedule as a coach, he still takes time out to compete in modern day Goldsprint / roller race events, see the gallery below with images of  Dave roller-racing in the UK between 2008 and 2010.

Dave Le Grys’ Coaching:

Fast Track Coaching (with Lee Povey)

Master Coach

Battle Cranks Movies

Austrian couriers, Tour de France pros, Endurance superstars and Air Race pilots gathered to compete in the small village of Fuschl am See in the foothills of the Austrian Alps in the first ever “Battle Cranks” roller race event, here is the official video and TV Report:

Battle Cranks 2010: The Crankiest Bits from HerrNick on Vimeo.

Battle Cranks on Servus TV from HerrNick on Vimeo.

Free Roller-Racing alive and well at Mildenhall

Previous Rollapaluza winner Matt Rotherham shows how it’s done on the free rollers:

Also a previous Rollapaluza winner Mark Burgess (blue) and Matt Rotherham (red) face off on the Mildenhall rollers.

In pictures, which feature roller-race legend Max Pendleton: