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April 29/08 9:51 am - Forest City Velodrome Newsletter

Posted by Editoress on 04/29/08

Trackster - Forest City Velodrome News

Come & Celebrate
We invite everyone especially the recreational cycling members and competitive cyclist to come on out for our 3rd Anniversary Birthday Bash! Bring the whole family, bring your neighbours and bring your friends. Rumour has it there will be free birthday cake again this year.

Racing starts at 7 pm on Saturday, May 3rd.

This will be a tuneup for the Springbank Park Crit the next day. Come out and stretch your legs - the events will be short and fun. By the way the cake we are getting is low calorie and made of high energy ingredients - the taste is great!

Trackies Podium On The Road
FCV member Nathalie Mousseau won her age group on the weekend at the Paris - Ancaster MTB race.... well done Nathalie. Over 1800 riders were entered in the race.

The Ontario road racing season is into its 2nd weekend, several of our track racers have converted their winter track fitness into podium finishes. Heather Logan finished second at Calabogie and fourth at Westover and now leads the O-Cup Elite 1&2 Women's series. Stephanie Bester has 2 third place finishes in races that came down to a sprint finish. Cadets John Cardin and Jason King, and Juniors Logan Cornel and Ryan Aitcheson all have first place finishes at either Calabogie or Westover. Aitcheson and Cornel are now 1st and 2nd in junior O-Cup standings, while Cardin and another FCV regular, Trevor Dickenson, are 1st and 2nd in cadet standings. Local London rider Kristopher Ovsenek (Under 15) was first at Westover.
What a great start to the road season!

Lisa Perlmutter won the Women's Senior 3 Race in Toronto over the weekend. With performances like this the Senior 1's & 2's will have another track rider to contend with at the end of races.

NEW - Spring and Summer Riding Schedule
A new riding schedule for Spring is now up. Please click on the "FCV Programs" link for details. With the change in weather and more people moving to ride on the road we are cutting back on some sessions. The Sport Paceline session on Sunday mornings at 9:30am and the late Rec. sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday night are cancelled for the summer. Our popular 5-7 Monday-Thursday recreational sessions and Velo Kids sessions will continue with skills and race training on Monday and Wednesday nights.

The Velodrome will also open from Noon until 2pm for a recreational session on Sunday's.

In mid-May we will re-evaluate the schedule and determine what other changes are required for the summer riding season.
Please email: with any concerns.

FCV Invades Burnaby Velodrome
12 Ontario racers are heading to British Columbia to participate in MAYDAYS Race Weekend on May 9th - 11th.

We will have live updates from our “Cub” Reporter. The updates will be loaded in the News Section after each event. So check the website often over the weekend to see how our athletes stack up against the Best of the West.

Special thank you to the BVA for inviting our racers to get a “jump” on preparations for Track Nationals in August. 2 Cadets, 4 Juniors, 3 Espoires, 3 Elite Women and an old guy will be competing over the weekend.

May & June - "Track 1" Sessions - Update
The very popular FCV Track 1 "Introduction to ride" sessions are being planned for May & June. The Saturdays available are May 3rd and May 10th. Looking into June the dates will be June 7th and June 14th. If you are interested in taking the Introductory course, which begins at 11am and runs to 1pm, you need to register today.

Cost is $20.00 per person for the session plus a $10.00 bike rental fee. Register early and don't be disappointed.
You and your group will have a "Blast".

Riders wishing to upgrade their skills can attend the Monday evening sessions to better prepare for our Track 2 program. To book your Track 2 session you should email Rob Fournier (

Please indicate when you took your track 1 session and how much track riding you have been doing. Special Track 2 sessions are being conducted on Sunday afternoons.

2008 Ontario Track Championship Rider & Technical Guide
NEW - There is one change to the Women's Omnium (Points Race). The Elite Women's Points race will be run on Friday May 30. More information will follow.

You can click here to view the Ontario Track Championship rider and technical guide (PDF)

Rick Mercer DVD Ready to Ship
If you have not requested your DVD of the TV show that aired on March 25th please order your copy today.
The cost of the DVD is a donation to the Forest City Velodrome. You will be issued a 2008 Tax receipt for the donation. Forms will be sent out with your order.

To order send an email to:
Include your name, mailing address, city, postal code. The turn around time will be 24 hours from the time of the order. Thank you in advance for your continued support of the FCV Project.

Electric Pace Bike
Many of the members have been asking about the pace bike and when it will arrive. The order was placed in late February. The delivery time is 4 - 6 weeks. Delivery is estimated for the week of April 21st.

$200 Donations are still being accepted for the Bike.

The riders who have made donations will get first right to use the pacer for training. Other riders who wish to use the bike will be asked to pay $20.00 per hour for the use of the unit. A maximum of 6 riders at a time will be able to get behind the pacer for two 20 min sessions per hour. We will monitor the early sessions to see how well they work and make modifications as necessary.

The Pacing sessions will happen on Monday Nights and Friday nights.

Participation in the pacing sessions will be by pre-registration, on a "first-come, first-served" basis. A rider will only be able to book 1 session per week, until we see how everything will work.

Update - FCV Women's Change room

The change room is complete. The mirrors, sink and toilet are working. The showers are operational.

Thanks to FCV member Brian Kelly for organizing the work. This project is a much needed improvement for the Velodrome.

Knock on the door and see the work that has been completed. This FCV project is to help our ever expanding group of women riders at the Velodrome.


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