Predator Keirin Classic 2012


Without boasting, we’d like to officially call last Wednesday’s Predator Keirin Classic at the Encino Velodrome a success, thanks to help from so many people, from our incredible generous sponsors, amazing riders, everyone who helped promote, the great support we got that night, and the crowd that just blew us away.

The races

Scratch Race

Despite the 87 degrees at the Scratch race start time, 23 cyclists lined up to ride, Collin Berry impressed everyone easily taking first place in the scratch, having lapped the field. Big congrats Collin.

 

Keirin Classic

The Bs and Cs

It was great to see all the new riders out on the track, including lots of juniors and serious female competitors, can’t wait to see which Bs take on the As next year.

The As

So many great riders came out to compete for the As, but at the end of the night it was the Williams brothers who swept the Keirin finals, finishing first and second. Corey actually came in first, and Justin took second.

 

The riders

We would be amiss not to mention, amongst the several female competitors, we were excited to see you all out there, but it was Missy Erickson who was the most impressive and stole the crowd’s heart competing with the fastest guys in the As, she held her own, making it to the finals. She is fun to watch, Check out her race report here.

Curious about last year’s winner Tim McGee? We were really hoping to see another rivalry between Tim and Justin Williams. But Tim didn’t qualify for the finals this year. Meanwhile Justin proved himself the most consistent rider, placing 2nd again, maybe third time’s the charm Justin.

 

So many people to thank

We”re going to try and thank everyone, here goes.

 

Special thanks to Kieron Menzies and Ride the Black Line for setting up the Summer Race Series, and allowing us to be a part of it and the opportunity to host one of the best events, the Keirin Race, we are already looking forward to hosting it next year.

 

A big thanks to Ivan Harms of FSA for showing up, setting up a booth and being so generous with your prizes.

 

Also thanks to NOW bars, who thanks to our Argentina BBQ guy (who got pulled over and his vehicle repoed, don’t ask, it’s messy, next year we’re thinking we’re going to charge someone to have exclusivity on selling food,) everyone, literally everyone had a chance to try a NOW bar.

 

Roadrunner bags for giving us such a cool bag and for co-branding it.

 

Bicycle.net for pitching in some Spy sunglasses and cool apparel.

 

Rocky Castro who invited everyone he knew, was the infield manager, and helped out in registration.

 

Tim Roach for keeping everyone entertained on the mic all night.

 

Kevin Mansker who was taking care of the numbers and bells (fastest lap counter in the west), we want you racing next year Kevin.

 

Megan Dean for taking care of the caps.

 

Henry for running the motor.

 

Steve Cohen for running the Keirin games.

 

Seza Ouzounian and Tamar Varteressian who got everyone registered that night.

 

Kim Nieto for helping run the Predator Booth, while also rocking the Predator Keirin t-shirt.

 

So many people that took the time to help us promote the event and all the great race reports we’ve been seeing online. You guys are awesome.

 

All the riders that came out, driving through Wednesday night traffic and stared down the heat to be there.

 

The crowd was great, very special thanks to everyone who came out to support the riders. It’s you who make the event a real success. The stands  and turn 1 were full, with the energy and roar of the crowds cheering, the velodrome came alive.

 

Scratch Race

1st – Collin Berry – Get Crakin’

2nd – Scott Cohen – LUX

3rd – Justin WIlliams – Cashcall

Keirin Class A

1st – Cory Williams - SC Velo

2nd – Justin Williams - Cashcall

3rd - Jack Lindquist – Ritte Racing

Keirin Class B

1st - Scott Cohen – LUX

2nd - Ryan Barrett _OTR

3rd - Mike Cheetah – Engine 11

Keirin Class C

1st - Bryan Arita

2nd - Ryan Wei – OTR

3rd - Luis Avina – DTLA

One last thank you to for the video footage. .

Comments

  1. Bud says

    Not too often do you get the chance to race against track state champions, NRC sprinters, and elite women like Missy. This one was an event not be missed. The crowds have gotten bigger every year, and the prizes and cash keep flowing in. It’s great seeing the encino velodrome thriving and full of energy. Seeing how stoked people were to suit up and put on their helmet covers for the keirin races was awesome. I have to give it up to Predator Cycling and Ride the Black Line for throwing the best summer series events of the year.

  2. Aram Dellalian says

    Great race, really fun to watch. Very happy to have finally come out see a Keirin race. All heats and levels were fun to watch, especially the final. Hats off to Cory on the win!

  3. Court says

    Two months ago I’d never heard of a Keirin, or any bike racing terminology for that matter. Perhaps a Keirin was a delicious California fruit this unadvised Ohioan had never been privy to taste. Oh what a silly notion. Enter Predator Cycling. Soon after, I was inundated with Aram’s knowledge and addictive enthusiasm for the sport of cycling. When I asked him what to expect from Predator’s Keirin Classic, he contorted his face into a silly grin and said, “people go in a circle really, really fast.” No truer words were ever spoken.

    As I watched the crowd cheer excitedly from the stands surrounding the velodrome (yes, I learned even more terminology), it was clear that this cycling community is a close knit family of competitors, supporters, jokesters, misfits, and top-notch athletes. The Keirin Classic itself was a great event and had an amazing turnout for Predator Cycling and all of the vendors/supporters involved.

    I look for forward to the next Classic and future Predator racing….and yes, people went in a circle really, really fast. No, scratch that….really, really, really fast.

  4. says

    After watching the Predator Keirin Classic last year, I knew the races this year was going to be one of the most exciting races in the RTBL Summer Series. The original plan was to do the scratch race and munch on a burrito while spectating the keirin races, but after finding out fast guys like Colin Berry and Justin Williams were racing I decided to do the keirins. In the weeks leading up to race day, my excitement grew. And after watching the keirin’s at Keiron’s Wednesday night session at the Encino Velodrome, my excitement grew even more.

    Race day. I ride to the track early to register and get a good warm up in. During warm up, I switch to my race gear, but my legs can’t turn the pedals! I should’ve rested from commuting to work all week. Looks like i’ll be racing in my warm up gear. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

    First race. All the races line up to the rail. I know my legs are tired, so I try to get the seat right behind the motor. As the motor comes around, Henry honks the horn. Beep beep. Weston gets the first spot and I get the second. Five laps pass and the motor pulls off the back straight. Weston keeps the pace slower, so I decide to keep him in the sprinter’s lane and try to keep everyone behind us. It’s working. One and a half laps to go, Weston slows down a little more, but I decide to go for it. I spin my pedals as fast as I can. I don’t look back. Half lap to go. Scott Cohen passes me. Turns out I gave him a great lead out. My legs start to slow down. Quarter lap to go. Another person slowly starts to pass me. I lose by half a wheel. Damn! Time to practice bike throws.

    I rest up and grab some NOW bars. I recommend the soft baked ones. They are delicious. I ate around 12 that night.

    Repechage race. I get the motor. Two and a half laps to go. I stay out front to keep the pace moderate. One a half laps to go. I peek over my shoulder and see someone trying to pass me, so I pick up the pace. He passes! I try to catch his wheel. Nope! All I can do now is keep spinning. It works! 2nd place.

    Semi finals. I get the motor again. As the motor pulls off, Ben attacks and every one follows…except for me; my legs won’t move anymore. Oh well.

    I want to thank Keiron, Aram, Predator Cycling, and Encino Velodrome for throwing another awesome race this year! Hopefully I will be fast enough to race the A’s next year. ;]

  5. says

    I’m not sure what is better than an entire event of keirins, but this was hands down one of the greatest races I have been part of. I can’t wait for the next one. For all those that missed it…I feel sorry for you. You better catch the next one.
    Thank you so much to everyone at Predator, all the volunteers, and all the sponsors for making this event possible. Let’s make it happen again, very soon.

  6. MikeC says

    This was so far the best all around fun race I have done at Encino since I started last summer, never seen so many people spectating and the good energy inside….everything went smooth and looking forward to the next one, i should be hanging in the As by then :D

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