• Paskenta: The Movie

    by  • February 6, 2015 • race coverage, spring classic

    Paskenta is one of those races that holds a firm place in my psyche.  In my imagination it is the purest form of bike racing. A guy shows up at one end of town, a couple hundred cyclists find him, they agree on a route, and then the magic happens. They simultaneously start hammering. No starting guns, no officials, no announcers.  Just a lot of bikes, riders, and road.

    The winner doesn’t take home any cash. The winner gets a crazy trophy made with a blow torch and spare parts. The pack race through rodeo towns, cattle fields, and over dirt roads that would make the Strade Bianche envious.

    That’s how I imagine it. I’m sure the reality is different but, but not by much. The race is a long standing tradition and grows every year. It’s been won by masters, amateurs, legends, and professionals. On Superbowl Sunday this is the result I’m waiting for.

    AMain.com put together this great little video piece on this years event.  This is such a great use of technology, and there are some beautiful drone shots of cyclists flying over dirt roads. And… Congratulations to #nccn contributor/editor Chris Harland-Dunaway for winning the men’s race.  I hate it when he wins, he refuses to write about himself!



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    Former NorCal resident now residing in Madison,Wisconsin. I race cross, but I'm named after a velodrome. Support your local bike shop, NorCal race promoters, and go learn to race on a track. Hellyer Velodrome - http://www.ridethetrack.com