What started out as a way for founder Jacob Csizmadia to break the world 24 hour inline skating distance record became one of cycling’s most extravagant upgrade options. So, naturally, to celebrate such a milestone of 20 years of making performance enhancing ceramic bearings, they’re releasing a Gold version of their OSPW system.Unlike the $2,000 limited edition Victory OSPW model offered in August, these will carry the standard retail of $499-$599. They’re available for all current and recent Shimano, SRAM and Campagnolo rear derailleurs, too.Worth noting, the OSPW system for prior generation Di2 and Ultegra is shown here and gets 17-tooth upper and lower pulleys. For the latest 9100 and 8000 groups, you get a 13 upper/19 lower tooth count with a new cage that’s designed for easier installation. All use their polyamide/carbon fiber cage with anodized alloy wheels. The price range is for uncoated or coated Ceramicspeed bearings, the latter getting a coated race that they say is 75% harder than their regular steel race.They’re also offering the Gold pulleys in standard sizes for upgrading your stock Shimano, SRAM and Campy road derailleurs, as well as SRAM Eagle derailleurs.Now, about those skate bearings, here’s the story from CeramicSpeed about how they came to be…All photos c. CeramicSpeedFROM CERAMICSPEED: Twenty years ago, Jacob Csizmadia broke the world record for 24hour inline skating, covering 505km with skates fitted with ceramic ball bearings.This was to prove the very beginning of what became CeramicSpeed and to celebrate this landmark event we have released the Gold Limited Edition, a series of pulley wheels and oversized pulley wheel systems.‘Sometimes it’s hard to find the right way to celebrate a special event,’ Jacob says. ‘Some gather memorabilia, others have a token of luck, others still make a visual album of these big moments.But how about having something to remind you to celebrate every single high point in your life, enjoy it and be proud of it?’ This is the thinking behind the Gold Limited Edition and the series is to inspire everybody to pursue their dreams and celebrate all victories, no matter how big or small.It is also to draw attention to the importance of the right equipment and environment when pursuing success. Jacob explains he chose to skate inside a local supermarket because the environment was ideal for the task at hand. ‘Inside a supermarket, there are no hills, no sun heat and no wind to slow me down, and this created the perfect context for me to pursue the absolute best advantage in my roller skates. However, there was a downside to choosing the supermarket, and that was the floor. The surface in a supermarket is much softer compared to concrete, increasing friction and slowing down my time by 5%”.‘I took a risk and replaced the bearings in my skates with ceramic bearings, that I had assembled myself.’ The bearings made the difference between world record attempt and world record holder.Two years later Jacob introduced ceramic bearings to professional cycling. ‘The beginning was hard, without a doubt,’ he says. ‘Nobody could understand why we should replace steel bearings with ceramic bearings, for them it wasn’t broken, so why try to upgrade it?’He persuaded the CSC Tiscali team, presided over by Bjarne Riis, to try the ceramic bearings. ‘They could easily feel the difference, and I thought that once a team was using them, the interest would grow,’ he says. ‘But it didn’t. I had to work hard to prove the advantages of this new product and finally, we were successful in proving how valuable we were on rider performance. I was given an opportunity to sponsor a world tour team, which is not an opportunity that comes easily. The products needed to work.’From this CeramicSpeed began to flourish and in 2010 Jacob agreed on a partnership with Bob Stapleton and Rolf Alldag of HTC-Columbia to make a major move into the world tour peloton. The deal was made in the mechanics truck at the Tour de France only hours before the start of the prologue. And the rest, as they say, is history. ‘We have the power to control our success,’ he says. ‘We’re all afraid of the unknown but once I had the world record more and more people started to see the difference.’CeramicSpeed.com
Big Daddy has sponsored the Northern Region since 2014 and the Southern Region since 2017. Northern Region tracks are in eastern Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, New York, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming. Tracks in the Big Daddy Race Cars Southern Region are in Arizona, western Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. The Norfolk, Neb., chassis builder returns as title sponsor for both regions, providing part of $1,000 point funds to be paid to top 10 drivers in each region. NORFOLK, Neb. – The big name in both Northern and Southern regions for IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks will be Big Daddy Race Cars again in 2020. Point fund checks will be presented during the national awards banquet next November. Information about Big Daddy-built chassis is available by calling 402 371-1927 or 402 841-4119. “The stability that Big Daddy Race Cars has brought to sponsorship of our Hobby Stock regions is something drivers in that division have come to rely on,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder observed. “The division is really taking off in the Southwest and we are grateful for the support of Big Daddy through that expansion.”
City briefly went top with a 3-1 win at Crystal Palace and the title remains in their hands at they have an extra game left to play.But Liverpool’s 2-0 victory over Chelsea, lit up by Mohamed Salah’s sensational strike, means they retain a two-point lead at the top of the table.Here, AFP Sport looks at five things we learned from the Premier League weekend:Salah stunner silences criticsBy the sky-high standards of his majestic first season at Liverpool, Salah has endured a sophomore slump in the eyes of some this term.But the Egyptian is now level with Sergio Aguero as the Premier League’s top-scorer after a sublime strike clinched their 2-0 win over Chelsea.At the end of a week in which Chelsea fans were filmed chanting a vile racist song about Salah, it was fitting that his brilliant 25-yard drive put Liverpool two goals up at Anfield, killing off his former club and damaging their chances of a top-four finish.Salah now has 22 goals this season and if Liverpool end their 29-year wait for a top-flight title, he will have supplied the perfect response to the doubters.Solskjaer’s worrying slump“I feel good about the players for Tuesday,” said Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at the prospect of another remarkable Champions League recovery against Barcelona. “Because we cannot get a lot worse than we were today.”Another shoddy United performance since Solskjaer was given the job on a permanent basis was salvaged by two Paul Pogba penalties to beat West Ham 2-1 and remain in the hunt for a top-four finish.However, concerns are rising that the drop off in performance from the Red Devils since famously beating Paris Saint-Germain 3-1 last month is more than just a blip.United have lost four of the six games since and even the two they have won, against Watford and West Ham at home, Solskjaer has admitted they did not deserve all three points.Man City pass Palace testPep Guardiola claimed he would be paying as much attention to the drama at Augusta as Tiger Woods won the Masters as matters at Anfield after his side won at Selhurst Park.The Eagles have been a thorn in Guardiola’s side, halting City’s record 18-game winning run in the Premier League last season and becoming the only visiting team to win at the Etihad in the league this campaign back in December.However, what many predicted would be a potential banana skin for City in between two Champions League ties with Tottenham, turned into a cruise for the champions.Five more matches stand between Guardiola’s men and becoming the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League and he expects to have to win them all.“In the Premier League the position is in our hands and we need to win all the games,” said the Catalan coach.Officials cost Cardiff dearThe title race and fight for top-four places may be set to go down to the wire, but the battle to avoid the drop may be all but over should Brighton beat Cardiff on Tuesday.Brighton still hold a five-point lead over Neil Warnock’s side despite a 5-0 home thrashing to Bournemouth as, not for the first time this season, controversial refereeing calls cost the Welsh side in a 2-0 defeat at Burnley.Warnock is famous for his outbursts at officials, but even he claimed “I am lost for words” after Mike Dean reversed his decision to award a penalty with his side trailing just 1-0 at Turf Moor.Goals the difference for SpursWith the four-way race for the final two spots in the top four incredibly tight, Mauricio Pochettino was relieved to see Tottenham run riot in their 4-0 thrashing of Huddersfield.Back up to third place thanks to their third successive win at their new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Pochettino’s team showed they can cope without injured stars Harry Kane and Dele Alli.Even more importantly, Victor Wanyama’s opener and Lucas Moura’s hat-trick were a huge boost to Tottenham’s goal difference, which is now better than top-four rivals Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United.“I think until the end it will be a very tough race. Of course, to score goals in that opportunity can help in the end. Goal difference can be decisive,” Pochettino said.