GO FAST HAVE FUN STAY GOLD
Then do it all over again.
That's what Vermont Goldsprints is all about: bringing bicycle racing action to your next shop event, fundraiser, bike festival, employee team-building exercise, or private function. The small footprint, short race duration and fixed nature of the bikes makes goldsprints well-suited to a variety of venues and audiences. Having us there might even be free (see the FAQ below).
Two new events scheduled! May 30 in Burlington and June 20 in West Rutland! See the calendar for event details.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are Goldsprints, anyway?
- Goldsprints are short bicycle races conducted on real single-speed bicycles. The front wheels of the bikes have been replaced with a frame that holds them up, while the rear wheels turn on rollers that are hooked up to sensors that measure speed and distance. A computer connected to the sensors projects the progress of the racers on a "clock face" style display and identifies the winner of each race when it is complete.
- Racers do not need any special equipment and there is no prior bicycle riding experience required. Here's an example:
Who can race?
- Anybody! The bicycles are adult-sized and will fit most riders well enough to do a short sprint. Riders should be wearing sturdy footwear (the bikes have flat pedals and footstraps) and should not have any loose clothing that could become trapped in the drivetrain of the bikes.
- We have also successfully set up the rollers with kid-size bicycles, and as long as you have two bikes with at least 20" wheels, slick tires, and matching gearing, kids' bikes work just fine.
I want to have Vermont Goldsprints at my next event- what do I do?
- Simple- hit me up on the contact page and we'll get in touch. You can poke around this website if you like, but it's probably going to be easier and faster for us to just start talking!
- I'm open to lots of different event venues and formats.
What's it cost?
- That depends on who and where you are:
- My first policy is that if I can get to you easily (within an hour's drive) from the Burlington, Vermont area, and you are looking to do do fundraising or an event directly related to bike advocacy, then this is free. You bring the party, I'll bring the bikes and the racing setup.
- If it's outside of those criteria, but still nonprofit, I'm probably looking to make up my gas money and bring home a few bills for equipment maintenance and website hosting. Maybe bike parts or swag. Let's talk.
- If you're a local bike shop, let's talk. We might split entry fee money, or maybe you can help me with bike parts. There's a wish list as I work to expand goldsprints racing opportunities!
- If you're a for-profit business that isn't a local bike shop, then I expect 20 bucks an hour including travel time and mileage expenses. Contact me and we'll figure out a price.
What is a typical event format?
- A successful event will probably run for about 3 hours, allowing for an hour of racer sign-ups and about two hours of racing. The racers are brought up two at a time for a qualifying round of 250 or 500 meter sprints. Then, the fastest racers will finish out the evening in a basic bracket format to determine the winners for the evening. In the midst of this, riders are encouraged to call one another out for "grudge matches," which could be any distance between 250-2000 meters.
- In terms of money, you can do free racing with donated prizes, or you can charge racers and give out donated prizes, or you can charge racers and divvy up the cash or a portion of it as prize money. All of those formats work and it's really up to you as to how you want to do it.