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

February 17, 2007

How to Post on Junior Velo

Filed under: — Administrator @ 8:17 am

I’m planning some changes to this site, and you may be part of it. I’ll explain more later, but I want to get these instructions written first so I can refer back to them.

The instructions look really complicated, but it’s not that bad. You would probably figure most of this out yourself.

To write an article:

  1. Register on the site. It’s free of course, and requires no personal information except an email address. The email address won’t be shown to anyone but me, and won’t be sold or used for advertising.
  2. Ask me for author privileges. Just tell me a little about who you are and what sort of things you want to write. You should be willing to abide by the guidelines below.
  3. Log in (there’s a link way down on the right column) and then click the Write link. If you are already logged in and reading articles, you can get there with the “site admin” link on the bottom right.
  4. Give your post a title. Not something like “My Post”. Something that relates to what you are going to write.
  5. Write.
  6. Include pictures if you have them. People like to see pictures. Use your own pictures or pictures you have permission to use. Do NOT post pictures from other sites unless the site has a clear policy that this is okay. Please send me a link to the site’s policy page the first time you do this.
  7. WordPress (the software this site runs on) has an image upload function built in, but I have added some features you should use:
    1. The Description field will automatically appear below the image when you use it, so fill it in carefully.
    2. The Rider names field should be use to type the names of all the junior riders you can name who are in the picture. You can use just a first or last name, but nicknames will generally not work. Put a comma between each rider’s name. When you complete the list, the system will check the database for matching riders and put some controls in the “Confirm riders” area for you to use.
    3. Under “Confirm riders” you will now see a dropdown list for each name you entered. If the correct name is shown for each rider, you are done with this section. If not, see if you can select the rider from the list. If the name isn’t in the list, you can just pick the “– SKIP –” entry, or change the Rider names list if you think it will help.
    4. Click “Upload”
    5. You will see a thumbnail of the picture you just uploaded, and a bunch of options. Please just click “JuniorVelo Standard”. This will insert something like “showImage(nnn)” into your article automatically. You can move that insertion around if you want the image in a different place, but be careful not to change it.
    6. Repeat for as many images as you want to include.
  8. Review your spelling and grammar. I’m not expecting perfection, but don’t be sloppy. You wouldn’t show up for a race with a dirty bike and a big grease smear across your sponsor’s logo, would you? Of course it’s a sliding scale. A younger rider or someone whose first language is not English is completely welcome here, and we can expect more errors from them.
  9. Look at the Categories section at the right side of the page and check any which apply.
  10. Click the Publish link. Your article should appear immediately. You can also use the Save button if you want to take a break and work on the article again before publishing it.
  11. Tell your friends to check it out.

The purpose of this site is to promote junior track cycling by providing useful, interesting, or fun information. Some guidelines include:

  1. Keep it clean. Remember that boys and girls age 10 or younger will be reading this. So will their parents.
  2. Most topics are okay. You can talk about an important international race, an interesting race you did locally, or just a training session. You can review equipment, give tips, or present training ideas and race strategies. Even a “creative writing” story could be good. The material can be directed at beginners, national champions, or anyone in between. Just be sure your material is relevant to junior track racing.
  3. Please avoid negative topics. What does this mean? Telling how you won a race is fine. Trash-talking team X who didn’t win is not. Complaining about the officials is not. Passing on news about a new doping rule is good. Accusing someone of doping is not. There are proper channels for that. You get the idea.
  4. If you give your results, be polite and list at least those riders who finished ahead of you.
  5. Support your sponsors, but don’t advertise. This is a matter of judgment. Thanking your sponsors or mentioning them when announcing an event is great. They support the sport, after all. Writing articles (especially repeated ones) just to promote a sponsor or other business is not acceptable.
  6. If you are passing on information you found in a publication or web site, give credit. Just like in school, plagiarism is bad. Give the full name of your reference, and link to their site. Don’t copy the article! If you can summarize briefly, fine. If there is a lot of information, just tell people they can go to that site for the full story.
  7. I’m not a copyright lawyer, and I don’t have one, but here is my policy. If you post on Junior Velo, you own the material, but I have the right to display it on the web or use it in a printed version of material from this site without compensation. You still have the right to use it anywhere else you like.



  1. […] What do I have to do? A: Write articles on JuniorVelo.com between now and February 29, […]

    Pingback by Junior Track Cycling » Junior Velo Cycling Journalism Scholarships — February 27, 2007 @ 1:32 pm

  2. Hi,
    I have a press release I would like to submit to juniorvelo.com to be put on the website. The press release is about how Mike Fraysse Sports will be running talent identification camps for juniors this spring in an effort to help create the next generation of champions, with specific emphasis on the track.

    I can’t attach the document in this link, is there an email address I can send it directly to? If so please let me know at info@mikefrayssesports.com

    Also if you have any questions or concerns, you can reach Mike Fraysse Sports at (800) 994-3335, anytime any day.

    Thank you very much,

    Clinton Pinckert
    Mike Fraysse Sports

    Comment by MikeFraysseSports — March 13, 2007 @ 7:42 am

  3. Thanks – I sent you an email. You can send press releases to velo at juniorvelo dot com.

    Comment by Administrator — March 15, 2007 @ 8:04 am

  4. Are you only interested in track news/events? What about road racing?

    Comment by Anthony — March 30, 2007 @ 1:00 pm

  5. I want to keep the focus of the site on track racing for juniors.

    If there is some special connection to track racing, a road race story might be okay. For example, if junior track racers place especially well, or if a national track team enters a series of road races as endurance training, that could be of interest.

    Comment by Administrator — March 30, 2007 @ 1:16 pm

  6. I am a junior racer from SJBC and would like to post articles about the Hellyer velodrome sessions on the site. I have registered.

    Comment by sjvelojr — May 21, 2007 @ 8:31 pm

  7. sjvelojr: you have been given author status.

    Comment by Administrator — May 22, 2007 @ 8:56 pm

  8. Info required: Yamuna Velodrome, Delhi India,
    Questions about access, condition, your experience etc,

    Thanks in advance
    Harry Musson
    Ottawa Canada

    Comment by harry musson — June 7, 2007 @ 4:33 pm

  9. HELP!! I’ve got pictures to include with my wee small childs article on riding track, I just can’t get them from my computer to your web site. I’ve never done that before and the instructions don’t seem to work. Any suggestions?

    dave mills

    Comment by millsbike — August 9, 2007 @ 11:50 am

  10. Dave,

    I see that you got one picture uploaded. The one thing I can think of is that the system has a limit on the file size you can upload. I believe it’s 1 MB or maybe 900 KB. Can you try resizing you pictures to 1/3 of original size (in pixels) before uploading? That should still leave enough detail to look good on the web.

    Comment by Administrator — August 11, 2007 @ 7:50 am

  11. Chicago Cyclocross Cup

    Website: http://www.chicrosscup.com


    EJ’s Place giving back to junior bike racing in Illinois

    (Chicago, Illinois – September 13, 2007) – In an effort to help support and grow junior cyclocross racing in the area; EJ Lenzi, local restaurant owner and well respected member of the local cycling community will be sponsoring the junior series part of the Chicago Cyclocross Cup. With this sponsorship junior racers (10 – 18 years) will race free of charge in the Chicago Cyclocross Cup. EJ believes that Cyclo cross racing allows kids of all abilities to try their hand at bicycle racing in a fun and supportive environment.

    The Chicago Cyclocross Cup is in the planning stages and anticipates hosting races during the fall and early winter.

    About EJs Place: EJs began its roots in 1997 and has become the North Shore’s premiere supper club establishment. The menu consists of prime aged steaks and chops, pristine seafood, and traditional Italian specialties. Chicago Magazine ranked EJs as the Best New Restaurant in 1997. (http://www.ejsplaceskokie.com)

    About Chicago Cyclocross Cup: the Chicago Cyclocross Cup was started in 2004 by a group of ‘crossers from local teams that had a strong desire to race in their neighborhood. They spoke to other people who had similar goals and before you knew it a series was born. While the series will vary from year to year, you can expect great new venues with spectacular support and all the fun that you expect at a ‘cross race. The goal of the group is to create a series that a rider can enjoy great competition and lively courses. (http://www.chicrosscup.com)


    Comment by Chicago Cyclocross Cup — September 13, 2007 @ 6:09 am

  12. Give me an old cool bicycle, and I’ll ride around the city for days.

    Comment by Retro Bicycles — October 23, 2007 @ 11:21 am

  13. BELGIUM – Velodromes November 2007

    Open Air velodromes

    ZEMST (Elewijt) Length : 377m – Asphalt

    HULSHOUT Length : 384m – Asphalt http://www.wielerpistehulshout.be

    ANS (Alleur) Length : 400m – Asphalt

    PEER Length : 400m – Asphalt

    CHARLEROI (Gilly) Length: 250m – Asphalt http://cipposr.skyblog.com

    ROCHEFORT (Jemelle)Length : 400m – Asphalt

    REBECQ (Quenast) Length : 333,33m – Asphalt

    OOSTENDE (Stene) Length : 333,33m – Asphalt

    ANTWERPEN (Wilrijk)Length : 333,33m – Asphalt http://www.wielercentrumantwerpen.be

    BRUGGE (Assebroek) Length : 333,33m – Asphalt http://www.bloso.be/public/centra/Brugge.asp

    BEVEREN Length : 400m – Asphalt

    Indoor velodromes :

    GENT VWEM Blaarmeersen Length : 250m – Wood http://www.bloso.be/public/centra/wi…um/default.asp

    GENT Kuipke (Citadelpark) Length : 166m – Wood

    ANTWERPEN (Sportpaleis) Length : 250m – Wood Not used anymore

    Comment by Stayer — November 24, 2007 @ 3:10 am

  14. NETHERLANS (HOLLAND) Velodromes November 2007

    Open Air velodromes :

    1. Geleen (sportcentrum Glanerbrook) – Length: 500m – Asphalt
    2. Woensel–Eindhoven (sportcomplex Eindhoven–Noord) – Length: 400m – Asphalt

    3. Helmond (sportpark Rijpelberg) – Length: 400m – Asphalt

    4. Tilburg (sportpark Bijstervelden) – Length: 415m – Asphalt

    Old open air velodromes (not more used) are :

    Baarle-Nassau (Sportpark) – Length: 400m – Asphalt

    Schiedam (Sportpark Harga) – Length: 265m – Asphalt

    Wassenaar (Camping Duinhorst) – Length: 400m – Concrete

    Wageningen – Length: 250m – Concrete

    Indoor velodromes :

    1. Alkmaar (Sportpaleis) – Length: 250m – Wood http://www.sportpaleis-alkmaar.nl

    2. Amsterdam – Sloten (Velodrome) – Length: 250m – Wood http://www.velodrome.nl

    3. Apeldoorn (Omnisportcentrum) – Length: 250m – Wood (Will be opened March 2008)

    Comment by Stayer — November 24, 2007 @ 3:12 am

  15. Thanks for the improved velodrome lists. I have added a couple to my velodrome database and map. I looked for all of them, but couldn’t find all the locations on Google Earth. Anyone who knows the latitude and longitude (or perhaps a complete street address) for a missing velodrome is invited to let me know here.

    Comment by Administrator — November 25, 2007 @ 9:23 am

  16. Can you give my Write privileges? I am a photographer who has a son who is a cyclist. He races road, track, and cross. I am from the Trexlertown, PA area and spend a lot of time at the LV Velodrome, aka Valley Preferred Cycling Center. I definitely have a lot of news based on first-hand knowlege and I definitely have an abundance of photos. The first article I’d like to post is about the LV Velodrome Spring Opener they had yesterday.



    Comment by anthonyS — June 1, 2008 @ 1:00 pm

  17. Anthony: I have set your account to “author” status. It will be great to have another author, especially since you are based at one of the country’s top tracks.

    Comment by Administrator — June 2, 2008 @ 6:04 am

  18. For all the cyclocross fan’s check out http://www.crosstube.net for the latest cyclocross videos.

    Comment by Crosstube — August 7, 2008 @ 7:17 am

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