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It’s taken me an age to get my head around this movie lark and that coupled with a dying mac has had me in bits of late, but in between panic and a lot of hand gestures and shouting I managed to squeeze this quick edit out. I hope you like it, and especially my Birmingham peoples!
Shot during the Midlands Rollapaluza heats in Birmingham, April 2011.
At the end of the night Tom Gillespie won in fine style, beating his opponent Marcus by 3 seconds over 1000m.
Peep the results.
In 2011 Nocturne and Brooks England will bring Penny Farthing racing (properly called ‘Ordinaries’) back to the streets of the City of London. Competitors from across the globe will descend on the historic Smithfield Market to battle it our across two action packed races:
RACE 1: The Brooks Penny Farthing Sprint
The sprint is all about speed and quite simply the fastest gent or lady to race the 1 mile distance will be the winner. Fast and furious, this will be the perfect build up to the main event.
RACE 2: The Brooks Ordinary Trophy
With an illustrious history the Grand Old Ordinary Trophy will once again be decided on the streets of the City of London. Our daring riders will race for 30 minutes and 5 laps across the challenging London circuit as they bid for glory and the coveted trophy.
Well this looks like fun!
‘At The Ride-In, Birmingham’
Inspired by the Drive-In movies that we attended in …America and in collaboration with friends and colleagues, Nimble would like to present an afternoon of picnics, discussions and bike polo followed by an evening of film screenings.
The site is open from 4.30pm for picnics, information stalls and goodies. Inside screenings will begin to loop at 6pm, outdoor screening starts at 7.30pm. Secret screenings and further timings to be announced, films include:
Two Arrows, D’Acciaio (of steel), A Throw of the Dice, Copenhagen Cycles, Red Light Divide, Bike Kill, Vive Le Tour, Bike Polo Manual, We’ve Got It On Tape, Cuts from Red Light Go, Cuts from Ride the Divide
Super, rad and awesome! Tomorrow is my Birthday and so long as I am not buried under a mountain of cake I’ll be going…
Yes indeed. The time has come for all midlanders to show what they are made of.
Rollapaluza was in town last summer but it was in a: the afternoon and b: in a shopping centre so it doesn’t count… but this time, being in a boozer and in the evening we are on for a right showdown so all you folks from Birmingham and surrounding areas – Prepare your legs!
ROLLAPALUZA NATIONAL SERIES – BIRMINGHAM
THURSDAY 28TH APRIL 2011
THE RAINBOW COURTYARD, HIGH STREET DIGBETH
Qualifiers from 6 – 9pm with prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd men’s and women’s.
In changing times, there is a certain art to aging well. One does not want to reflect too longingly at an overly romanticised past. Or rush headlong into the latest, ultimately passing, fad. Like most things in life, aging gracefully takes balance.
Quite possibly the best article on Birmingham’s own Brooks I have ever read, written by ‘wingnut’ of CDB, one of my favourite webspots to visit.
I mentioned this article last night to some of my fellow Midlanders while we talked about Zines and such, so for you guys… here you go.
The French Cyclo company was the creation of Albert Raimond, one of the giants of derailleur history. Raimond developed the ‘Le Cyclo’ derailleur in 1923 (the design which became the Cyclo Standard in Britain). These derailleurs were imported into Britain from 1926. In 1932 the Great Depression had caused widespread protectionism, and Britain imposed high import duties on derailleurs imported from France. Raimond and his British Agent, Louis Camillis, responded by going into partnership and forming The Cyclo Gear Company to manufacture derailleurs and freewheels in Birmingham. By the end of the 1930’s the Cyclo Gear Company was clearly the leading player in the British derailleur market, while the French company was rapidly losing ground to Simplex.
It’s amazing what you can find out about Birmingham cycle product manufacture when you have a good look.
Seen here at the amazing Disraeli Gears.
Think of Reynolds and most will instantly think of 531, the tube of choice for racing bikes over countless years and not to mention the numerous tour wins that were gained aboard this cro-moly steel pipe. Since 1958 up until the modern day, the Reynolds butted tubeset has dominated the roads, Anquetil, Merckx, and Hinault all used Reynolds exclusively in their Tour victories. Now there’s an accolade.
I was recently lucky enough to be offered a bit of time to walk around the Reynolds factory and to have a quick chat with the MD about all things Reynolds and what came clear at my 45 minute mini tour was that Reynolds are still as passionate about the metal tube as they have always been. I may sound surprised at this but I really was, I honestly thought I’d be greeted by super high tech billion pound machines churning out carbon for motorbikes but what I actually saw looked like it hadn’t changed since Reynolds began in 1898. (more…)
The trailer to this film looks immense and I am totally looking forward to seeing it on the 21st Oct. You too can watch this film at a cinema near you on the same date. Check this link for details on where it will be screened.
There also seems to be somewhat of a pre screen shindig being organized by the good chaps of Birmingham Fixed Gear, check this link for more details on that.
Looks like it’ll be a great evening!
How have I not posted this before? Nevertheless a recent email from a Mr Ian Rowley ( thanks for getting in touch Ian ) reminded me of just how much of a legend Tommy Godwin is. Lest we also forget his Birmingham roots!
Tommy Godwin was one of this countries greatest track racing cyclists and one of cycle racings greatest ambassadors. Born in 1920 in the USA he spent his adult and working life in Birmingham. He was national sprint champion and an Olympic medalist winning two bronze medals at the 1948 London games in the team pursuit and the 1km individual time trial. Tommy also won a further bronze medal at the 1950 British Empire Games. Tommy was also manager of the British National Cycle Team at the 1964 Tokyo Games.
Tommy also had a bike shop near where I used to live, wish it was still there… it’s now an Aldi supermarket car park.
What an awesome event! Many thanks to Fin for organizing this, a great night was had by all. There is movie footage here, too for those that want to see mine and Andy’s photo finish! More photos up later this week.
1. Brett (17mins.17secs)
2. Dan OYB (17.18)
3. Andy (17.37)
Sprint Final – Dead heat (14.50 seconds)
1st – Dan (pistaboy)
2nd – Brett
3rd – Dan (wentskiing)
1st – Dan – 12
2nd – Andy -10
2nd – Brett -10
3rd – Sam – 8
Oh and don’t forget… There is also Birmingham’s Canalleycat on the 9th July.
I can’t enter on a geared bike, that would be cheating and I would probably cruise the win so it’s the trackie tonight, however I have not ridden my fixed bike properly for so long, thus I am quivering. Actually a bit scared of macking those speeds again.
So, If you see no posts next week it’s because I am in hospital.
This fantastic event takes place next Thursday evening and I am involved, see my name? Second down from top? Right, so we’ve cleared that up then.
I have a few photography works exhibited at M.O.M – Meeting of Minds but to be honest, the caliber of work that is going to be on show next week, besides mine is absolutely mind blowing and I cannot wait to see what some people will be putting in.
If you are free and like a bit of art and creativity, pass along, it’s free and good!
Rollapaluza roller racing takes place Thursday 17th between the hours of 12pm and 6pm in our great big neon toilet, the Bulls ring, sorry I meant Bullring… Hmmm, I certainly have my reservations about it being held in a huge 3 story shopping complex but hey, I’ll be working anyway.
For those not working, or studying get yourself along and have a race. It’s free, you could win prizes and there will be some “surprise stars” there.
God, I’v got jitters with the excitement. Sunny Birmingham hasn’t had something like this in a good while, so it’s about time. Props to Fin for hooking this up and by the looks of it boy’s been busy collating the prizes too!
So, Birmingham people! Get yourself there and if everyone agrees not to mention the wea**r we should be in for one slamming evening.