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Monday, August 27, 1888 – The Boston Globe reports on an event that showman P.T. Barnum was organizing. The event would be a bicycle race contested between two teams. The rules of the game were laid out by P.T. Barnum. He called this team cycle racing game Velo, which he derived from the name of the special type of track the race would be played on, a velodrome. It was further reported that Barnum had constructed a velodrome that could be moved into a venue where it would be assembled and then disassembled when the event was finished. Barnum informs everyone that he is looking for two coaches to lead his teams.
So once upon a time in a different but similar parallel universe there was a sport called Velo. The name derived from the fact that it was a bicycle racing game played on a velodrome. It was a team in which a team competed to be the first to reach 9 points or enough points in the game that their opponent could not overcome them. There of course was the possibility of a tie. Eventually the North American Velo Organization (NAVO) that would even eventually morph into the Professional Velo Rank (PVR) was formed. With time that league as well as the Colligate Cycling Conference (CCC) gained a large national following. This however is the story of how it all began and everything that followed… It all started back in 1888 when showman P.T. Barnum was looking for another money generating attraction. Someone had told him all about the sport of cycle racing and how in Europe they had these sloped tracks, like Preston Park in England, that accommodated such racing events. Barnum hired some engineers who soon developed a portable velo track that could be simply disassembled. With this invention his intention was to develop a couple teams that would travel the country competing against one another. Before getting to that point however he thought he would test it out in Boston. Barnum set out to put two teams together and pit them against one another in an event to be held in Boston. If things went well he thought he could perhaps then establish some sort of tour. So he went to the Boston Globe and announced he was looking for a couple men who might have some cycling knowledge and would be interested in managing and coaching these teams. To Be Continued… Before the continuation however let’s spell out the rules to the game of Velo. Each team consists of 6 roster spots. The head rider is called the Leadoff position, behind him is the Middle position and following him is the Cleanup position. These are your starters or line. Your remaining roster spots consist of the bench. These positions are First Option, Second Option, and Third Option. A team also has a head coach and may have 1-2 assistant coaches. Games are played in 3-5 races which are called sets. Every set has the potential for 3 points to be scored. Only one team can score in a set. It works like this; every team has 3 riders in a set, so this means 6 riders are on the track for each set or race. The winner of the race scores a point for his team as does each of his teammates who finish with him before the highest finisher on the other team. Therefore you see that a team can score up to 3 points in a set. See below for an example that might help explain; Team A Team B other four riders finish in any other order (this would be a one point score) Team A Team A Team B other three riders finish in any other order (this would be a two point score) Team A Team A Team A Team B Team B Team B (this would be a three point score) By this the max point total a team could score would be 9 points in a game. That is because if a team ever reaches 9 not enough other points remain possible to score that would allow their opponent to overcome them. So for example if a team scores 3 points each of the first three sets the remaining two sets are not necessary. The final score would be 9-0. This is referred to as a perfect game. There are several other scenarios that exist that could cause a team to end before all 5 sets are needed but at the minimum no less than 3 sets can be played in a game. Each team starts the game with their line. After each set they must substitute at least one rider. No rider can remain in the game longer than 3 consecutive sets. However after sitting out for a set a rider may be substituted back into the game. The only reason a player cannot reenter a game is if they are involved in a crash. If they crash at any point in a game they may not return back into the game.
So I realize that I have been rather fickle in the past with threads I have created. Furthermore I realize that this has irked many of you. A league like this was my original intention for a thread on these boards but I had somewhat of a learning curve to come to the process I would pursue in accomplishing it. Along the way I have tried things like the Curling league which did not exactly pan out the way I wanted. That having been said let me move forward with this thread. This is how it will work. We are setting the clock back to 1882. As we go we are going to move ever closer to the present. Hopefully one day, perhaps years from now, reach the present. As we go along the history of a league and each of its franchises will develop. Every logo, uniform, home arena, player, and game. What sport have I chosen for this league? Velo. What is Velo? Velo is a make believe bicycle racing game. The name is derived from velodrome. A velodrome is a sloped bicycle racing track commonly used in the Olympics and real racing games like Madison. To keep this as brief as possible if you are still unclear as to what a velodrome is click this link. What I want to spend time explaining is what the make believe game of Velo is and how it works, so that you can picture it in your mind as you follow this thread. As I said the name is short for velodrome therefore naturally the game is played on a velodrome. Two teams compete. Each team is made up of 6 riders. 3 of them are starters the other 3 make up the bench reserves or options as they are referred to in this sport. Each rider is assigned a different position. The starters are made up of the following positions; Leadoff (generally the teams fastest or most experienced rider), Middle (the next fastest or most experienced rider), and Cleanup (you guess it the next fastest or most experienced rider). The positions on the bench are referred to as the First Option, Second Option, and Third Option. Like the starters the bench positions are usually determined by the speed or experience of each rider. The game is played in sets. A set is a race. These races are time races not distance races. In other words each race lasts five minutes, therefore whoever has traveled the most distance after five minutes finishes in first place. 3 riders from each team (6 total riders) compete in each set. A game consists of 3-5 sets dependent upon the score. How to score points. Each set has a potential to earn a team up to 3 points. Only one team will score in a set. The team who’s rider wins or finishes in first place in each set scores that sets points. They will receive a point for said riders first place finish plus a point for each of his teammates who finishes ahead of the first place rider on the sets losing team. Under this system only so many score possibilities exist. For instance no team can score more than 9 points in a game because once a team has reached 9 a path no longer exists for the opposing team to tie or surpass this score. I hope this is clear and makes sense but if not I think the scoring and how it works will increasingly clarify itself as the games are presented on this thread. One last note ties stand in this league. The only time a game will play into overtime is post season games that must have a winner. Now the set up for the leagues beginnings. Let us travel back to Monday, May 1, 1882; the day William Kissam Vanderbilt announced the formation of the North American Velo Organization (NAVO). Vanderbilt who owns Madison Square Garden (the original) will own the first franchise which he intends to name the Manhattan Jockeys. He will sale an initial three other franchises. The Jockeys name comes from the fact that Vanderbilt also is an owner and enthusiast of race horses. I am sharing at this time the initial concepts for the leagues logo and the Manhattan Jockeys logo. Please share your C&C.