The current issue of Bicycling Magazine has a great story about University Bikes founder Doug Emerson and his efforts to build a velodrome outside of Boulder, Colorado. Gates is a sponsor of that new velodrome and we believe it will be a huge asset for the Colorado cycling community. In anticipation of its opening, some of our mad scientists have built up a track bike that they plan to get out onto the banked walls as soon as the new facility opens.
The bike features a Primus Mootry frame and a humongous 70-tooth front sprocket, aka “the Beast,” with a 19-tooth rear sprocket. We will follow up with a ride report once the velodrome is open and we’ve had a chance to rock it through the banked corners. If the application works well and there is demand, perhaps Gates will put out a track-bike-specific system in future years. In the meantime, we salute Emerson and his “Field of Dreams” vision for a Boulder velodrome, knowing that if you build it they will come.
Amanda Keller is an 11-year-old junior track racer who participates in the youth program at the International Velodrome at Bloomer Park in Rochester, Mich. And she rides a track bike with Gates Carbon Drive. Her father, Robert Keller of Bob Keller Frame Works, built Amanda the bike when she outgrew her old one. Keller has been curious about the Carbon Drive System for some time now, and when the director of the local velodrome suggested a belt drive bike, Keller got out his welding tools and went to work. Keller worked with Steve Pardoe at the Gates Test Lab in Golden, Colo., on the bike design, and Keller finished it this spring. Amanda has been riding the bike for about a month.
“She has come a long way in terms of her endurance, speed and bike handling skills,” says her proud father. Indeed. Amanda shows so much promise that she has signed up for the junior track nationals at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, Penn. Go Amanda! Check out this link to Keller’s bike blog to see more photos of the bike and Amanda taking it for her first test ride at the velodrome. We look forward to getting an update on Amanda’s performance from her father after nationals. If you have an interesting story about your adventures on your belt drive bike, drop us a note.