Wow. What a night. Once again we teamed up with our sponsors to create an epic night of head-to-head roller racing action. Snowed In— held at Over the Bar Bicycle cafe this past friday—was the first team fund raiser of the year. The Black & Gold Sprint set up provided by our friends at Urban Velo, was newly configured with easy to mount, color-coded platforms as well as updated software that kept things rolling smoothly all night. We had a record turn out of 53 (!) racers register for the event and A LOT more people who just came to party. To keep everyones spirits rolling smoothly, Magic Hat Brewery hooked us up with 2 kegs of Roxy Rolls that were a real crowd pleaser.
Things got off to a quick start with many racers showing up early for a bite to eat and to get the beers flowing. By 8:30, the bar was packed and the races were on. With such a large number of participants there were qualifying heats right up to our cut off time of 10:00. With everyone having a chance to get at least one qualifying time, we took on the task of making a massive bracket for the real competition of the night. We had enough people to do brackets with 32 men and 16 women. Most of the usual suspects found their way into the bracket and the racing was intense. Barring a few minor set-backs with our pedals, the equipment took the onslaught well.
Of course, in the end, there could only be two winners. The final mens race was between Travis and Seth with Seth coming out victorious. In the final women’s heat it came down to Erica and Rachel with Erica taking the win. In addition to the head-to-head action, the fastest time of the night belonged to Wikar Kadhim with a blistering 11.69. Congratulations to our race winners and to everyone who came out for the challenge.
In addition to the prizes that were awarded to our winners (awesome gift baskets from Fat Heads) we were also raffling off other goodies for the people who were betting. We’d like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who helped sponsor the event. We wouldn’t have had such an amazing time without your contribution. This was a huge fund raising event for the team and I think I can speak for everyone when I say that we can’t wait for the season to start! This was a great start to what will surely be an even better year. Thanks to everyone who came out to race or just hang out. If you have any photos from the event, please add them to the Black & Gold Sprints Flickr Pool. We hope to see you at our next party!
This night would not have been possibly without the generous contributions of our sponsors: Over the Bar Cafe, Iron City Bikes, Urban Velo, Magic Hat Brewery, Fat Heads, Ink Division, Commonwealth Press, BikePGH, Mad Mex, Jimmy Johns, EU Cycle Imports, and Iron City Tech.
Qualifying Times on page 2