At last year’s Bike Fest in DTLB, outside the epic crit and beer garden and city cross course and the general badass-ness of it all, one could easily point out 1897LB owner Jose Cordon taking the main stage with a mic in hand, cheering on the peeps taking on the gold sprints.
The gold sprints—a last-second score thanks to Paul Ku of City Grounds—are the thing of biking legend in the sense that they perfect mix the social with the athletics. You simply take two bikes, remove the front wheels, set those badboys into a metal frame, put the back wheels on rollers hooked up to a little software and watch two people battle it out.
“One of the most entertaining competitions to spectate or be involved in is the skid, track stand, and footdown. Whether you’re trying to beat the longest skid, competing with your buddy to see who could track stand the longest, or fighting your way to be the last man riding in footdown, these games are guaranteed to entertain not only the riders, but the spectators as well.”
Cordon did this for hours. And this year, the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA)—the organization who puts on the annual festival dedicated to all things two-wheeled—noticed the spirit of Cordon, the passion of the gold sprinters, and the vibe of the crowd… And figured it was time to step up on the competition.
Enter this year’s fixie competition.
Skid. Track stand. Footdown.
Some people may find certain things pointless but that isn’t the point of fun. These are the just-for-fun kicks that define fixie culture but also have an artistic aspect to them: skidding, for example, isn’t about burning rubber. We’re talking about talented bicyclists who can speed, slam the back brake and jam a footdown, gliding along the pavement with smoke rising for meters and meters.
“I’m really excited for the skid, track stand and footdown competition happening this year at Bike Fest,” said Cordon. “These contests will take us back to the days when fixed-gear riding went beyond the velodromes around the world and hit the streets. Though a fixed cog bike has been around for well over a 100 years, riders were taking their track bikes to new levels by inventing tricks never done before because the streets of every major city across the world demanded it.”
Surely anyone in the fixie scene of Long Beach was never shocked to see a plethora of competitive kids gathered outside City Grounds on 1st Street, racing as fast as possible down 1st to leave a trail of skids that gives new definition to “size matters.”
This is why Cordon, Ku, and the DLBA are seeking out the best of the best.
“One of the most entertaining competitions to spectate or be involved in is the skid, track stand, and footdown,” said Ku. “Whether you’re trying to beat the longest skid, competing with your buddy to see who could track stand the longest, or fighting your way to be the last man riding in footdown, these games are guaranteed to entertain not only the riders, but the spectators as well.”
Those talented fixie-heads looking to show off their skill will have the chance to sign up in the coming weeks before May 30, when this year’s Bike Fest officially kicks off in the East Village in DTLB. Given the second coming of Wolfpack Hustle,
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Disclosure: Brian Addison is an employee of the DLBA and currently serves as their Communications Manager. Any views expressed in this article are explicitly those of Mr. Addison alone.
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