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Flat Track Racing with Freewheels and No Brakes. Only in Europe.

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Cycle Speedway Euro Club Champs final at Glover Park, Leicester, England in 2008. I can’t believe people do this, it looks like great fun. Like high speed foot-down.

20 Comments

  1. Chris JensenJanuary 27, 2010 at 10:13 am

    coming to Chicago in Spring 2010

  2. rocoJanuary 27, 2010 at 11:38 am

    So Rad!

  3. reverend dickJanuary 27, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    fucking awesome.

  4. Jimmy JonzeJanuary 27, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    where are good places to look for small, dirt tracks like this? I live in Northern California.

  5. Chris JensenJanuary 27, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    these tracks are generally cinder, but a well-groomed adult baseball diamond would suffice.

  6. flattyJanuary 27, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    Looks really fun. We did some circle track BMX racing at a local track a few years ago and it was a blast.

  7. Jimmy JonzeJanuary 27, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    does anyone know the approximate turn radius for this sport?

  8. KevinJanuary 27, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    This is awesome! Looks like a ton of fun.

  9. bikin'January 27, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    must try this.

  10. Sealab2021January 28, 2010 at 1:06 am

    That’s awesome! Reminds me of racing with buddies when you’re a kid with a 20″ bmx bike!

  11. Shiny FluJanuary 28, 2010 at 4:19 am

    Can someone say drift? I love getting it on my MTB but there’s so much risk trying to do it all the time- trail condition needs to be ‘just so’ etc. This looks insane but damn fun at the same time!

  12. Chris JensenJanuary 28, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    the tracks are usually 70-90m on the inside edge, so depending on how log your straight is they can be whatever. the insides of the turns are usually kerbs for getting your foot out without chancing it getting stuck in the grass.

  13. simcohenJanuary 28, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    i like how “his highness”, the guy shaking everyones hand looks barely big enough to ride a childs bike. anyway, i used to do stuff like this with friends at our highschool track- it was much larger though- but the turns were still fun at speeds.

  14. antihero1972January 28, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    this is so cool, i think i found my calling. We need this in SLC. I want to see more of this.

  15. OzzieJanuary 28, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    They hold competition races like this in Adelaide in Australia too.

  16. freddiemacJanuary 28, 2010 at 7:09 pm

    Does anyone know where to get the handlebars with the cross-brace? They look like porteur handlebars with a little BMX touch. Pretty cool, if you ask me…

  17. antihero1972January 29, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    is that dirt they are racing on?

  18. DMJanuary 30, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I can’t believe nobody here has heard of “Cycle Speedway” before… but then maybe none of you ever rode a bike before last summer, when you bought a fixie and got your home-made tattoos? [joking!].

    There’s a small but dedicated scene in Europe. Still very underground. There’s no hype; no online-hero-worshiping-mentality; and no huge price-barrier to entry. T see how cheap the kit is, google “Archie Wilkinson”. HINT: These bikes are also great for bike-polo.

    For more info on track specs, bikes, clubs and racing rules, try the British Cycling page (Yes, some Governments provide funding for this sort of thing).

    http://new.britishcycling.org.uk/cyclespeedway

    It’s fun, cheap and easy to try. Go build your local scene!
    :) )

  19. alliance auto repairDecember 16, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Well, it looks like great fun. Like high speed foot-down.

  20. TonyDecember 31, 2011 at 2:32 am

    My friends and I used to do something similar back in the mid 70′s in Northern California. On pavement, manhole covers were the turn pylons, very short 4-lap races. I used to cut and scrub all the knobs off a set of 20 x 2.125 knobbies for slicks. We all had coaster brakes, but no time to use them. Fast, HARD racing on BMX bikes, hopefully with a low bottom bracket. Lots of crashes, lots of front end wash-out from hitting the guy you’re chasing. Fun.

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