Weather for the event could best be described as tenuous. Rain in the morning made for a wet track that needed to dry out in the earlier hours of the day. But the sun came out to dry things off in time for the main event, and eventually it got into the upper 80s (though someone said it was close to 100 on the track!). But then more storms rolled in for the afternoon and cut things short. By the time the show judges were announcing winners, people were rushing to pack up their bikes as lightning could be seen (and heard) moving closer.
|A view of the velodrome at Bloomer Park.|
|There's two riders on the track - Tim P. on one of the "loaner" track bikes, and Mark A. on his lovely vintage Masi Pista.|
|There I am on the banking, riding my vintage Mercian track bike.|
|This red and white Atala, owned by Jon A., was the winner for best Italian bike.|
|My Mercian track bike was part of the show - with my green and red 753 Mercian just behind it.|
|I got a few pictures of this beautiful example of Mark Nobilette's work, owned by Phil K. Elegant lugwork under shocking purple paint. This was the winner for best North American entry.|
|I really liked the seatstay/seat lug treatment on this bike.|
|Beautiful old Gios Torino pista. Stunning.|
|This old Rochet would have been my pick for best French bike. One doesn't see many of these - and this example has some really nice details.|
|I think this was the French category winner (photo by Tim Potter) - A very nicely detailed Peugeot PX-10, owned by Phil H.|
|Tim P. won "Best Japanese/Asian" for this wonderful Nagasawa keirin racing bike. Fun fact: I learned at the show that Tim's father-in-law was a championship keirin racer in Japan. He had some magazine articles, news clippings, and plaques to display.|
|Just look at that clearance under the fork crown! Tight!|
|Okay - so, like a dope, I forgot to get a decent picture of my own 753 Mercian at the show. But this is the bike that won both "Best British Bike" and the "Judges Choice" awards. Wahoo!|
|Accepting one of the two awards for the green Mercian from event organizer Jon Albert. (photo by Tim Potter).|
So as the last awards were handed out, thunder was rumbling and everyone was packing it in. Too bad, as I was hoping to get back out on the track again before heading home. All in all, it was a fun day (even if it was cut a little short) and I was feeling pretty good at getting some recognition for one of my own bikes at the show. I understand VVRM is hoping to see the event grow - I'll be keeping an eye out for another invite next year. Thanks, guys!