Exhibitors at the races

Posted on 17. Aug, 2009 by NAHBS in 2010 News

The typical frame builder may not have the resources to support a major pro team, but that doesn’t mean that handmade bikes aren’t fit for competition. In fact, the influence of racing  – road, mountain bike, cyclocross, track, even alleycats – is an important part of the frame builder’s craft. Here are a few ways that NAHBS exhibitors are involved in racing.

October Hand Made Bikes has a couple recent blog posts about long-distance cross-country mountain bike races: the BC Bike Race, a seven-day stage race from Vancouver to Whistler, and the Leadville Silver Rush, a 50-mile epic above 10,000 feet.

October at the Leadville 50-miler

Richard Sachs has sponsored a cyclocross team for years. His 2009 program looks to be shaping up nicely! Check out updates #1 and #2.

Co-Motion Cycles is putting on their 8th annual tandem stage race later this month around Eugene, Oregon. The schedule includes non-competitive rides and shop tour on Friday, August 21, a road race on Saturday, and a time trial and criterium on Sunday.

Co-Motion Tandem Stage Race

Supporting less traditional racing, Independent Fabrication hosted a checkpoint at the North American Cycle Courier Championships earlier this month. IF also set up a photo studio and shot some great mid-race portraits of the competitors which you can see here.

Last but not least, NAHBS founder Don Walker made his return to track racing after a 19-year layoff. The result? “Half ashamed, yet half happy that I didn’t totally suck.” Not bad!

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