Thursday, May 27, 2010

Hollywood actor Marc Gomes

Here we have Guyanese born Hollywood actor Marc Gomes who is also a Masters Bicycle Racer in Los Angeles, every so often he is mixing it up with the likes of former US Olympian Thurlow Rogers in criterium races. He was at Kissena Track two years ago watching the races and decided he also wants to do some track riding.


Television Appearances
* Colonel Zaid "Zeke" Abdul-Rahmad, Lightning Force, syndicated, 1991-1992
* Lew McCloud, As the World Turns, CBS, 1997
* Detective Daryl Albrecht, The Crow: Stairway to Heaven, syndicated, 1998-1999
* Dimitrius Gans, Sue Thomas: F.B.Eye (also known as Lip Service), PAX TV, 2002-
* (As Mark Gomes) William W. Williams, Chasing Rainbows, CBC, 1988
* Technician, Murder in Space, Showtime, 1985
* Rand, A Deadly Business, CBS, 1986
* Anesthesiologist, Prescription for Murder (also known as TakingCare), [Canada], 1987
* Captain, Murder by the Book (also known as Alter Ego), NBC,1987
* Bruce Holloway, In Defense of a Married Man, ABC, 1990
* Ricardo, Last Wish, ABC, 1992
* In the Eyes of a Stranger, CBS, 1992
* Xavier, Divas, Fox, 1995
* Detective Arthur Brown, Ed McBain's 87th Precinct: Heatwave (alsoknown as Heatwave), NBC, 1997
* Lieutenant governor James Chandler, The Lake, NBC, 1998
* Jackson Gray, Hidden Blessings, Black Entertainment Television, 2000
* "Comedy of Errors," Katts and Dog (also known as Rin Tin Tin: K-9 Cop), CTV and The Family Channel, 1988
* Richard Lenz, "Whose Woods Are These," Street Legal, CBC, c. 1988
* Henry Emmett, "Hate on Your Dial," Friday the 13th (also known asFriday the 13th: The Series), syndicated, 1989
* Bobby, "To the Orchards," The Hidden Room, Lifetime, 1991
* Paul Shaka, "Tarzan's Dangerous Journey," Tarzan, syndicated, 1993
* Tollis, "The Lacquered Box," Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, syndicated, 1993
* Tyrone Berryman, "Judgement of Solomon," E.N.G., CTV and Lifetime,1993
* Tyrone Berryman, "Suspicious Minds," E.N.G., CTV and Lifetime, 1993
* (As Marc Andrew Gomes) Sergeant Courbet, "Fatal Paradise," Murder, SheWrote, CBS, 1994
* Cleophus Wade, "Baby I'm Back ... Again," Living Single, Fox, 1995
* Roland Grant, "It Takes a Thief," The Wayans Bros., The WB, 1996
* Eisensen, "Between the Darkness and the Light," Babylon 5, syndicated, 1997
* Quadras, "Projector," Roar, Fox, 1997
* Detective Wilson, "Pursuit," Prey, ABC, 1998
* Agent Danny Mosley, "Within," The X-Files, Fox, 2000
* Agent Danny Mosley, "Without," The X-Files, Fox, 2000
* Dick Conroy, "Life Isn't Fair," Any Day Now, Lifetime, 2000
* Gunnery sergeant, "JAG TV," JAG, CBS, 2000
* Jaylis, "Final Conflict," Earth: Final Conflict (also known as EFC, Gene Roddenberry's Battleground Earth, Gene Roddenberry'sEarth: Final Conflict, Invasion planete Terre, and Mission Erde: Sie sind unter uns), syndicated, 2002
* Barry Bateman, "Decisions and Choices," Soul Food, Showtime, 2004
* Appeared as Agent Freeman in an episode of Secret Service, NBC.
Film Appearances
* (As Mark Gomes) Cecil, Unfinished Business, Zebra Films, 1984
* Lost!, 1986
* Coffee shop customer, Too Outrageous!, Spectra Film, 1987
* (As Mark Gomes) Ross, Married to It, Orion, 1993
* Urs, Waiting for Michelangelo, 1996
* George Fargin, If?, Left Hook Productions/Nash Films, 2002
Film Work
* Director of the short film Stir Crazy.
* Stage Appearances
* Appeared in productions of Edmond, The Emperor, The Gayden Chronicles, A Slow Dance on the Killing Ground, and A Tasteof Honey; worked with Theatre Plus.
* Author of the short film Stir Crazy.

Friday, May 21, 2010

The Kilo

I feel sick. I’m clipped into a bike with no brakes on the starting line of the Manchester Velodrome. Ahead is an empty straight at the end of which is a banked left turn that looks more like a wall of death than a bend.......

......Mercifully the British coaching team knows better than to allow me anywhere near the track when Staff is riding full tilt, so instead I’ll be racing against the clock: Staff’s PB (personal best) – and my target – is 1:02.074.......

.....“The kilo is unique,” says Staff. “You’re basically pushing your body beyond where it wants to go. The trick is to pace it. If I went for it from the gun, I’d probably blow up at 2½ laps and fall off the bike. After two laps you know it’s going to hurt, and after three laps you feel like you could get off and walk quicker, but that’s when you have to dig in.”

On the first bend the bike starts to wobble alarmingly. Picking up speed on the back straight, I power round the second bend with more confidence and by the end of the first lap I’m flying. The world has been reduced to the thin black line in front of me; everything else is a blur and, for a fleeting moment, I feel invincible.

It doesn’t last long. Despite Staff’s advice, I’ve gone off too fast. Halfway through lap two I know I’m in trouble, and by lap three the wind is no longer in my hair and my legs are no longer a whirl of Lycra. My lungs feel like they’re being turned inside out and I’m convinced my thighs are melting.

Hearing the bell comes as a huge relief, but I still have 250 metres to go before I can die in peace. It takes great willpower to convince myself I’m not going backwards. And then, after a last-gasp effort in the home straight, it’s all over.

When I finally clamber off the bike, I can hardly stand. It isn’t until I hobble off the track that someone tells me my time: 1:28:78.

So there you have it: the difference between a mere mortal and a world champion is 26.706sec.

Had Staff been racing at the same time, he would have crossed the finish line when I was in the middle of my third lap. In sprinting terms, where races are won or lost by thousands of a second, that’s a country mile..... more

Thursday, May 20, 2010


NEW YORK – Disgraced American cyclist Floyd Landis has admitted to systematic use of performance-enhancing drugs and accused seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong of involvement in doping, the Wall Street Journal reported Thursday.

Landis, who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title for doping but had always denied cheating, sent a series of e-mails to cycling officials and sponsors acknowledging and detailing his long-term use of banned drugs, the newspaper said.

The report said Landis wrote in the e-mails that he started doping in 2002, his first year racing with the U.S. Postal Service team led by Armstrong.

Landis also admitted to doping in an interview with

Landis also accused American riders Levi Leipheimer and Dave Zabriskie and Armstrong's longtime coach, Johan Bruyneel, of involvement in doping, the Journal reported.

Armstrong is currently competing in the Tour of California and couldn't be reached for comment. Neither could Bruyneel, Leipheimer or Zabriskie.

The Journal said it had seen copies of three e-mails sent by Landis between April 30 and May 6, and that he had copied in seven people on the messages, including officials with USA Cycling and international governing body UCI.

Landis served a two-year ban after testing positive for elevated testosterone levels at the 2006 Tour. He was the first rider stripped of a Tour de France title.

"I want to clear my conscience," Landis told "I don't want to be part of the problem any more."

He also said he was speaking out now in part because the World Anti-Doping Agency's eight-year statute of limitations was close to running out.

"If I don't say something now then it's pointless to ever say it," Landis said.

UCI president Pat McQuaid questioned Landis' credibility in a telephone interview Thursday with The Associated Press.

"What's his agenda?" McQuaid said. "The guys is seeking revenge. It's sad, it's sad for cycling. It's obvious he does hold a grudge."

McQuaid said he received copies of the e-mails sent by Landis to the U.S. cycling federation, but declined to comment on their contents. He said Landis' allegations were "nothing new."

"He already made those accusations in the past," McQuaid said. "Armstrong has been accused many times in the past but nothing has been proved against him. And in this case, I have to question the guy's credibility. There is no proof of what he says. We are speaking about a guy who has been condemned for doping before a court."

In the interview, Landis detailed extensive use of the blood-boosting drug EPO, testosterone, human growth hormone and blood transfusions, as well as female hormones and a one-time experiment with insulin. He said the doping occurred during the years he rode for the U.S. Postal Service and Swiss-based Phonak teams.

In one of the e-mails seen by the Wall Street Journal, dated April 30, Landis said he flew to Girona, Spain, in 2003 and had two half-liter units of blood extracted from his body in a three-week interval to be used later during the Tour de France.

According to the newspaper, Landis claimed the blood extractions took place in Armstrong's apartment. He said blood bags belonging to Armstrong and then-teammate George Hincapie were kept in a refrigerator in Armstrong's closet and Landis was asked to check the temperature of the blood daily.

When Armstrong left for a few weeks, he asked Landis to "make sure the electricity didn't go off and ruin the blood," according to the e-mail quoted by the Journal.


Sunday, May 16, 2010

Track Gearing

The biggest difference between track and road racing is the attitude towards and use of gears. Gearing on the road isn’t thought about all that much, except perhaps for juniors who have to comply with gear restrictions. At any given time, riders commonly don’t know what gear they are in. By contrast, on the track, gears are a precise matter, and gears are chosen very specifically for each event.

As an opening note, track racers talk in gear inches – not teeth. It’s much more precise and frankly easier to say. A roadie at the track is easy to spot because they will talk about gears in terms of teeth rather than inches. If you’re going to get into track racing, it’s worth learning and thinking about gears in terms of inches. To help you do that, I’ll make reference to both systems below.

Track racers invariably use much smaller gears (and therefore, pedal at much higher cadences) than their peers on the road. When Tom Boonen winds up a sprint on the road, he is in a 53 x 11 or 53 x 12, which yield 126” and 116” gears, respectively. If his sprint tops out at 60kph (37mph), his cadence will max out at either 100 rpm’s exactly (in the 53 x 11), or 109 rpm’s (in the 53 x 12).

By comparison, elite track racers commonly hit 60kph, but would never use a gear larger than 50 x 14 (94”), and more likely would be riding a 49 x 14 (92”) or 51 x 15 (90”). So, at 60kph, their cadence is between 134rpms (50 x 14) and 141rpms (51 x 15). To put this in road terms, for an elite track race – say, the World Points Race Championship – the world’s top riders will do the entire race in a gear just a little bit smaller than a 53 x 15.

That’s a pretty big difference in approach. A road racer would never limit himself to a maximum of a 53 x 15 – but that’s what the top track racers do.

The real difference between road and track racing is best understood when you realize that track racers don’t just provide short bursts at 140rpms. Because elite track races commonly proceed at 50 – 55kph (31 – 34mph) for long periods, track racers sustain 120 - 130rpms throughout much of the race, and then accelerate to over 140rpms for the sprints. Hitting 140rpm’s for a sprint isn’t hard – any roadie can do that. Sustaining 120 to 130rpm’s for an entire race (no freewheeling!) and then hitting 140+ rpm’s in the sprint is impossible for most roadies – it takes some training.

So – understandably, when they start out on the track, many experienced roadies just figure that the track racers must have it wrong, and choose an enormous gear (say, a 51 x 14 – 95.5”). That’s what I did. It doesn’t work. After a while, they come around.

So, why do track racers use such small gears? There are probably other explanations beyond what I will offer here. I am neither a physicist nor a physiologist. But I’ll give you my angle on it.

If you’re going into a race with only one gear, you are going to optimize that gear to the most critical moments in the race. But the most critical moments in a race aren’t just the sprints; they are the accelerations, too. The problem with riding a relatively large gear on the track is that it accelerates more slowly (a distinct disadvantage when you need to jump hard to stay near the front), and ramping that gear up for repeated accelerations will burn your legs out over the course of a race.

So, in simple terms, you want a gear that can do two things: efficiently get you through repeated accelerations from 40 to 50kph, and also get you up to 55 – 60kph for the sprints. In a typical 92” gear (49 x 14), when the field is proceeding along at 40kph (25mph), you will be turning 91rpm’s. When there’s an acceleration up to 50kph, you will need to produce 114rpm’s. To accelerate again up to 60kph, you will hit 137rpm’s.

These accelerations are easier to do in a smaller gear than in a larger one. A true roadie might choose a 53 x 14 (99”) for a perfectly flat race where the speeds range from 40 to 60kph. Certainly, for the 60kph sprints, that gear will wind up to a respectable 126rpm’s. But at 40kph, a 99” gear will be grinding along at 84rpms, and at 35kph (22mph) the gear would truly be in slow motion at 73rpm’s.

Now, I suspect this analysis won’t be entirely satisfying, especially to roadies who haven’t tried the track. I won’t claim that this is the whole story – there are surely more and better explanations for why experienced trackies all use smaller gears than road racers do. Other factors may include the fact that there is no freewheeling – so track racers never get to rest their legs altogether between major efforts. Or the fact that it’s harder to get out of the saddle on the track, particularly in the corners of a steeply banked track, so simply accelerating a large gear by standing up and using your body weight for leverage isn’t as easy to do.

In any event, the fact remains that track racers do all use smaller gears. And while Tom Boonen may be more likely to turn a 53 x 11 than a local amateur roadie, world champion trackies are not more likely to use large gears than local amateur trackies. If anything, elite track racers tend to use smaller gears than amateur trackies do.

So, what does track gearing look like in practice? The table below shows a typical selection of chainrings and cogs that a track racer would keep in stock, and the gear inches they produce with a 700 x 23 tire, rounded to the nearest half-inch. For easy comparison to road gears, I have included the gears on a 53 chainring in the far-right column, even though a 53 would be an unusual (though not unheard-of) chainring to find on a track more here

...................also more information on track racing here

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

May 7, 2010 Georgia Dick Lane Velodrome flying 200 meter times

May 7 2010 - Jordan/Zephyr Need for Speed

Open Sprints - 28 Riders

200 M Qualifying

1 David Espinoza 11.03 Affinity T-Town
2 Andy Lakatosh 11.03
3 Jon Linchitz 11.50 Affinity Kissena
4 Dan Sullivan 11.59 Affinity T-Town
5 Andrew Lacorte 11.62 Affinity Kissena
6 Roger Hernandez 11.68
7 Matt Baranoski 11.74
8 Giovanni Rey 12.02
9 Charles Rossignol 12.22
10 Billy Santana 12.22
11 Alexander Gil 12.24
12 Daniel Holt 12.31
13 Daniel Broshar 12.53
14 Carleton Hall 12.66
15 Daniel Banks 12.84
16 David Magloire 12.87
17 Jon Woodroof 13.12
18 Chris Kelly 13.18
19 Bill Thomsen 13.30
20 Jason Atwood 13.44
21 Stafford Brooke 13.55
22 Justin Barber 13.60
23 Ian Fraser 13.74
24 Cameron Kennington 13.84
25 Lee Smith 13.92
26 Olga Weeks 14.48
27 Hal Mueller 14.79
28 Muse Davis 15.10

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