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October 3/08 10:38 am - Burnaby Velodrome Announces '08-'09 Programs

Posted by Editor on 10/3/08

Burnaby Velodrome Announces '08-'09 Programs
Courtesy Jeremy Storie

The Burnaby Velodrome Club is pleased to announce their programs for the 2008-09 season. As well as these, there will be our annual November track meet, our New Year's holiday Six Day, our May Days meet and the 2009 Nationals will be once again held at Burnaby in late August. Please stay tuned for separate announcements on each of these events.

2008-09 Friday Nights Under the Dome Racing Series

Featuring Olympians and World Championship medalists

The 2008-09 Friday Night Under the Dome Track Racing Series is the weekly race series starting Friday, October 3, 2008 at the Burnaby Velodrome. There will be ten race nights held before Christmas, making up the fall/winter series, and ten after making up the spring series. Racing is designed to be challenging and safe for the racers. Our goal is to provide top level racing and develop rider fitness and skills for all levels from Novice to Elite. Come out a race or watch. Friday Nights Under the Dome will feature Olympians and World Championship medalists such as Zach Bell, Gina Grain, and Svein Tuft.


Each Friday night we will have a minimum of two races for each category of Novice, C, B, and A. The lettered groups will be self seeded, however there may be cases where riders will be asked to upgrade or downgrade by the BVC coach. The Novice category will be the mandatory starting place for two sessions for each graduate of the LTRace program. Should a rider wish to remain in Novice after two sessions that will be allowed.

Licenses, memberships and fees

All Canadian residents must have a race license or BVC membership or Cycling BC affiliated club membership in order to race. US/foreign residents must have an international (UCI) race license in order to race on Friday nights or any BVC race events. Race fees are $10/night. There will be a 10 race fall/winter series cash purse for overall winners in A, B, and C, and then the same for the spring.

Start Times

Races start with Novice race at 6:30 PM and continue on as per set schedule. Sign-on for races will open at 5:30 PM and close at 6:50 PM. All races will start on time and we will be vigilant in keeping on schedule. The race schedule and program is subject to change at any time at the discretion of program coordinator, race organizer or chief official.

Series points

Series points will be tallied for A, B, and C categories with all races scoring top 5 places as follows, 1st - 7 pts, 2nd - 5 pts, 3rd - 3 pts, 4th - 2 pts, 5th - 1 pt. Ties will be broken by number of wins, then seconds then thirds. Team events such as Madison will not be included in series points.

Full details and race schedule at

Burnaby Velodrome Coached Programs

Starting week of October 6th, 2008, there will be Elite structured training sessions on Wednesday and Friday from 1 - 4 PM. Workouts will be provided by Provincial coach or BVC coach as needed, or guidance and timing for self-directed athletes. On the same week Junior Structured training will start running from 4 - 5:30 PM run by BVC and BC Coach, as well as a youth program (starting week of October 20, 2008) run concurrently to Junior program run by BC Youth Coach Dan Proulx. Please contact BVC coach Jeremy Storie to become involved in any of these programs.

Match Sprint Clinics, Madison Clinics and other specialized clinics will run over the course of the season. Stay tuned.


Other coached programs include:

Tuesday and Thursday mornings starting week of October 6th, 2008 will have the BVC coach present to provide a variety of workouts to riders. Coach will be available one of Tuesday or Thursday and workouts is available on website.

Starting Wednesday October 8, 2008 there will be a skills session from 5:30-6:30 PM for beginner to intermediate levels which will include skills on sprinting, pursuiting, motorpacing, warm ups and much more. These Wednesday skill sessions are $10 and free to racing/training pass holders. Each skill session is scheduled and on the website with no sign up required.

Starting Wednesday October 8, 2008 there will be a workout session from 6:30 - 8 PM for intermediate to advanced levels which will include speedwork, speed endurance and endurance training as well as advanced skills such as Madison. This will be a continuation from the Wednesday night skill sessions. These Wednesday training sessions are $10 and free to racing/training pass holders. Each skill session is scheduled and on the website with no sign up required.

Full details at

Burnaby Velodrome Youth Program

"I couldn't believe how quickly the kids were able to get up on the track.....they had such a good time and talked the whole way home about how much fun it was." - Parent

"It's so nice that you have good track bikes for the kids to makes everything easier!" - Parent

The Burnaby Velodrome Club and Cycling BC are proud to present a new program targeted at riders 12-16 years of age. Riders in this program will learn the fundamentals of cycling and racing on the track. The program is perfect for new riders, and those riders hoping to graduate to the Junior Program.

The program will continuously welcome new riders throughout the year. It will create a challenging and fun environment where cyclists will build the skills and fitness necessary to become competent track racers.

The program is suitable for riders hoping to improve fitness for other sports and for other disciplines within cycling (i.e. Mountain Bike, BMX, Road). Riders will develop speed, strength, agility and improve awareness/concentration skills in a friendly environment.

"At first it looked pretty steep and I wasn't sure I could ride it...after today, I think it's sort of can go so fast! The games we played were pretty cool too....." - Rider, Age 14

All registrations will be done in person at your first practice. Simply show up with a parent and we will get you riding that evening. New riders welcomed throughout the year. Please e-mail or if you are interested in coming out.

Dates: October 20th - June 17th. Schedule updates and details available at

Times: 4:00-6:00pm Monday and Wednesday.

Ages: Girls and Boys age 12-16.

Equipment Required: Just the basics! Cycling Helmet (we have loaners as well), Gloves, Runners or Cycling Shoes.

Coaching: Provided by Cycling BC Provincial Team Coach and Burnaby Velodrome Cycling Coach.

Youth riders can attend two "try-it out" practice sessions with the purchase of Cycling BC Youth Team Insurance ($30.00) or by joining any Cycling BC Club. Youth Team insurance can be purchased on-site from the Cycling BC Coach and can be used for other Cycling BC Youth Team activities (i.e. Cycling BC Youth Team programs in MTB and Road) throughout the year. All riders must present proof of insurance prior to riding on the track.

If you choose to continue in the program, the fee is $157.00/year.


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