It was another good night for juniors at Hellyer Park. They rode in all categories, with a total of 7 juniors and two recent “graduates” (Steve McFarland and Daniel Holloway). Results will be online, probably within the day.
Ben Barsi-Rhyne and Daniel Holloway won the Pro/1/2 Madison. It's simple if you can do it: stay off the front and make every exchange clean will the other guys waste energy maneuvering.
Jim Ryan, Alden Tanaka (not a junior), Daniel, and Ben.
Ben, JP LeClair, and Joel Shaffer in the infield.
Andrew Lanier holds his own in a pack of bigger and older riders.
Juniors dominate the front of the pack. Joel, JP, Steve, and Andrew.
Elissa Stolman and Kelly LaFleur ready to roll for the women's race.
Jim and Ben off the Front
JP, Steve, and Joel
A few more pictures are on Flickr.
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I received a press release announcing the start of the season at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome. It promises more races this year for women, masters, and juniors. Here it is:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Track Cycling: Season Opener
(Northbrook, Illinois – May 23, 2006) – The Ed Rudolph Velodrome will kick off the Thursday Night Racing Series on Thursday, May 25. The velodrome is expecting riders in great numbers because they will earn double Rider of Year participation points throughout the night. This format will provide excitement among the competitors because this format provides an element of suspense as we wait and see who will be the Rider of the Year (ROTY) point’s leader.
The Season Opener is sponsored by Turin Bicycles. Turin has been in business for 41 years. The shop is located in the suburb of Evanston, a city north of the City of Chicago.
This season promises to be extremely exciting as the schedule calls for an increase number of races for women, juniors and masters riders.
On-site registration for this week’s events will take place from 5:45 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Racing begins at 7:00 p.m.
A full race program can be found by visiting www.northbrookvelodrome.org
About the Ed Rudolph Northbrook Velodrome: The newly resurfaced velodrome, located just north of Chicago suburban Village of Northbrook. Several fundraising efforts helped save the facility. The velodrome attracts cyclist from multiple states. (www.northbrookvelodrome.org)
About Turin Bicycle Evanston Ltd: The firm has called Evanston its home since 1965. Turin takes pride in fitting bikes to individual customers to ensure that cycling will be a positive experience. In addition, the bike store serves as an educator to the community by hosting several clinics during the year as it aims at teaching individuals about the sport of cycling. (http://turinbicycle.com/)
USA Cycling has announced the opening of registration for junior track nationals, which start on July 12, 2006. The event web page is also more complete than it was recently, with things such as the host hotel filled in.
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Steven Woo points out this article in the Fresno Bee [Note: this link worked for me at first, but the second time it asked me to log in. You may need to create a free account to see the article.] For those of you far away, Fresno is a city in central California.
The location (here’s the spot if you have Google Earth) hasn’t been given final approval and there is a lot of money to be raised, but this looks like a credible proposal, coming from Mike Shuemake, one of the larger race promoters out that way. If you live near Fresno, this might be a good time to contact your local politicians and tell them what a great idea you think this is.
It will be an interesting process, creating a new local velodrome culture in an area with many cyclists but few track racers. How large an area can they draw riders from? Will the juniors get heavily involved? Will this velodrome and Hellyer Park Velodrome coordinate their major race schedules?
I wish this project success, but I’ll end with Mark Rodamaker’s comment on another velodrome project: “If all of the track projects actually got done that got this far, we would have 100 tracks in the US”.
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Mostly for Cat 2 juniors, but others may be interested.
USA Cycling has announced a National Track Calendar. You may actually want to start with this overview page.
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