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September 5/02 9:21 am - Burnaby Velodrome re-opens, Whistler Mountain Bike Festival

Posted by Editoress on 09/5/02

Burnaby Velodrome Opening Night Success
Courtesy Jeremy Storie

Naomi Cooper takes a spin on the track

Marsh Cooper leads a group

Mandy Poitras talks to the media

On Wednesday September 4th the Burnaby Velodrome reopened for the first time since being closed down May 7, 2001. The media event and reopening was a huge success with press on hand from over half a dozen electronic and print crews. CITY TV‚s reporter even did part of his piece while riding the track after some quick tutelage from a Burnaby Velodrome Club coach.

Among those on hand were National Team member and World Cup winner Mandy Poitras, 2002 national silver medallist ( sprint ) Keith Bruneau, and National Jr. Champion Marsh Cooper. After the media event and press conference the track was open for former and new members to try out the track. Participation was great with over seventeen new people giving the track a try for the first time including Volleyball BC‚s, Brian Forrester who manages the facility. Also on hand were invited dignitaries from the lower mainland Olympic Games 2010 bid group who were duly impressed with the facility and wished the Burnaby Velodrome Club continued success. All totaled over fifty people rode on the velodrome for the opening night with many new members signing up on the spot.

Along with the new format proposed in running the velodrome the Burnaby Velodrome is pleased to announce that Rudy Project Eyewear has agreed to a significant product sponsorship of BVC programs for the remainder of 2002 and all of 2003. This is an exciting step only one day after the grand re-opening.

For more information on velodrome hours, programs, membership rates please visit . This website is under construction and will be up and running shortly. In the meantime please contact

Whistler Mountain Bike Festival

Shore Events Ltd and Whistler-Blackcomb proudly introduce the inaugural Whistler Mountain Bike Festival. With something for everyone from the cross-country enthusiast to the die hard freeride aficionado the Whistler Mountain Bike Festival promises to do for the fall season at Whistler what the World Ski and Snowboard Festival has done for the spring!

Check out the website for all of the info! Early registration deadline is September 14th!


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