Junior Track Cycling Velodrome cycling for junior (18 and under) riders

March 29, 2006

Youth and Juniors Train and Race for Free at Encino Velodrome

Filed under: Cycling,New Rider Info — Administrator @ 4:27 pm

Encino, CA (March 26, 2006) – The Encino Velodrome is pleased to announce that the Encino Velo Cycling Club (EVCC) is sponsoring junior and youth training and racing for the entire 2006 season. Licensed (Juniors) and unlicensed (Youth) riders with racing ages 18 and under pay NO velodrome fees for training and race in their respective categories absolutely free throughout 2006 (only the Junior State Championships will have an entry fee). And that includes bike rentals, too!

This is a fabulous opportunity to grow participation levels among Juniors and Youth. And donít forget, Thursday is Youth night and a great way to introduce your youngster to riding on the velodrome. Bring your kids out, tell your friends with kids and lets grow the sport we all love.

The Encino Velodrome Association is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that manages the educational and competition programs at the Encino Velodrome.

Eddie Monnier, Race Director
Encino Velodrome Association
P.O. Box 16006
Encino, CA 91316
Phone: 310-806-1216

March 25, 2006

Junior State Track Championships (California-Nevada/North)

Filed under: Cycling,Hellyer — Administrator @ 3:33 pm

2005 Medal
This is an early notice of this Summer’s junior track championship for Northern California and Northern Nevada. Locally we call this “Junior Districts”, but in USCF terms it’s a state championship. Up to 16 state champions will be determined. A single omnium champion is crowned in each age/sex category up to 13-14, and the 17-18 riders have 5 separate events. Medals are awarded 3 places deep.

The event will be Saturday June 17th, and racing begins at 10 AM. Please have a look at the online event flyer for all the details.

I’d like to encourage all eligible juniors to attend, not just those who consider themselves track racers. Of course you should get in a few practice sessions before your first track race. The best starting point depends on whether you are a younger (up to about 14) junior, or an older one who can start with the adults.

Feel free to ask questions in the comments, because I’m one of the promoters this year. It’s the first time I have been a promoter, but of course we’ll have experienced officials to keep us in line on race day.

Yes, that’s last year’s medal in the picture – I’ll put up a picture of the new one when I get them.

March 24, 2006

One Week to Australian Junior Championships

Filed under: Cycling — Administrator @ 4:33 pm

In about one week the Australian Junior Track Championships will begin in Perth. The riders who did well at their respective state championships will be stepping it up even more. I wish I could be there. We’ll find out who wins, but the excitement of a brave solo effort which just fails, or of a young rider who gets a personal best and an unexpected 4th place is usually reserved for those who are there.

A difference between Australia and the USA is that only ages up to 16 compete at this event. The U19 juniors (17-18 in US terms) have already competed at the same time as senior championships. In the USA, all juniors compete at a single event.

I’ll post results as I get them, but you may also want to try the official site or cyclingnews.com.

March 15, 2006

Aussie Takeover Continues

Filed under: Cycling — Administrator @ 1:38 pm

Yes, this US based site is in danger of complete domination by Australia. We are up to 179 riders in the database, thanks to a batch of state championship results. I added Victoria, Tasmania, New South Wales, and Queensland. South Australia was already in, and the Western Australia list I found didn’t list times. The new results are for the U15 and U17 ages (roughly equivalent to US 13-14 and 15-16), so the timed event database for those age ranges is greatly improved.

[Correction: the Western Australia page now lists times. Either I had the window too narrow or they have added them. Thanks for Michaela for the updated PDF. Also, I added some under 13 results.]

Why am I fanatically entering all this data? I hope it will be useful for aspiring riders around the world, many of whom don’t have a lot of local competition. They can look at these times and imagine how they might do at other tracks. For this purpose, I try to include both world level events and more local meets, to give a better idea of the range of times out there.

There’s hope for North American coverage on this site, though. Tracks will be starting their local racing over the next few months, and I plan to post some stories and pictures.

March 13, 2006

Active Countries Update

Filed under: Cycling — Administrator @ 9:47 am

This site is getting more and more visits from Australia, and good information provided by some of the riders. Michaela Anderson provided another link to rider profiles from Western Australia and the Midland Cycling Club.

That makes it time for another look at the “active countries” count, which is based on the number of riders (up to racing age 18) I have in the database. Here are the current top countries.

United States of America
New Zealand
Great Britain

The database has 898 riders. 545 are current.

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