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September 6/05 2:50 am - Forest City Velodrome

Posted by Editoress on 09/6/05

Forest City Velodrome - Fall Winter Program

With the summer season winding down, The volunteers at the Velodrome wanted to invite everyone back to the track for the kick-off of our Fall / Winter program season.

We had a very busy summer working out the programs for both recreational & racing sessions. The Velodrome will continue to make changes to our programming. Recreational & Grand Master sessions will be expanded in mid September. The track needs to expand our Volunteers to run these sessions if you are interested, contact Paul Mclean : (for details) for more information.

In the last 2 weeks, the London Track League Velo-kids have been burning up the boards in an effort to do some racing on Saturday nights. In preparation for the Velo-Kids, the track is going to run Saturday Noon hour programs (beginning this Saturday) for the kids to give them even more track experience before their racing debut this Saturday night. All riders "MUST" have been through the Track Skills clinic ( to participate.
(to register :

Once the Velo-Kids program gets rolling there will be 5 different categories for the Kids, Categories are age & ability based. Riders can move from one to another.

Junior - Pee Wee - ages 7 years - 10 years
Junior - Sportsman - ages 10 years - 12 years
Junior - Teen - ages 11 years - 14 years
Kadet (Cadet) - ages 12 years - 16 years
Junior - ages 14 years plus

In addition to the Velo-Kids, the Grand Masters (60 years plus) will have there own riding times through the Winter - more on that next month.

Racers & Recreational Riders: If you have not been to the track in 30 days you must come to take a refresher "skills session" so that you remember the do's of our 138m High Banked Velodrome. The refresher can be done through the week or on a Saturday afternoon. This is for the safety of everyone.

Plan to attend the All Season's Sports $10,000.00 Challenge, September 23 - 24th. 2 Nights of exciting racing action with a $10,000 Bonus for any rider setting a equivalent World Record of 6.8 seconds during our Flying Lap competition.

As you can see there is a ton of activities going on at the FCV, to get involved come down to the track and volunteer.

Please Note: Racers, your memberships are now due.

See you this week at the Velodrome

Race schedule Saturday September 10
Sponsor: Tourism – London

Events for Saturday September 10th

1. Rider Introduction

2. Flying Lap - Maximum 10 Riders Official Record 8.17 seconds
(Open, Junior & Women) Zach Bell

3. London Track League Handicap Races

4. London Track League Bavarian

5. London Track League Fox & the Hounds

6. London Track League Triple Threat Sprint Race

7. London Track League Keirin

8. London Track League Mystery Race ( Velo-Kids )

9. London Track League Chariot Sprint race (3 laps)

10. London Track League Handicap Finals

11. Nas-Track Madison Demonstration Race

Next Race – Saturday September 17th - 7pm

Juniors Win NAS-TRACK's CanAm Challenge
Courtesy Dale Hughes, NAS-TRACK Chairman

What a Great CanAm Challenge!

Rochester Hills, Michigan -- The future of cycling looks good if the results of Friday's Can Am challenge at the Velodrome at Bloomer Park foretell anything.

Youngster Eric Robertson of Hamilton, Ontario and Luke Cavendar of Troy, answered the challenges and expertise of NAS-TRACK'S Elite racers with perfectly timed sprints and brilliant strategy to end up with a well-deserved victory. Both juniors, the pair used their unique experiences as Madison racers and their go-power to accomplish the win.

Cavendar, 17, is a favorite at the Velodrome at Bloomer Park and considered a standout junior in the nation, earning four top-10 finishes in this season's Junior National Championship in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania. The youngster, a student at Brother Rice High School, has been racing on the 200 meter velodrome since it opened three years ago.

Robertson gained his strength as a youngster doing local racers in Canada. He visited the Rochester Hills velodrome last season but picked up his finesse at the new Forest City Velodrome in London, Ontario. That track, 138 meters and indoors, produced a crop of racers who competed in Friday's competition, Robertson among them

Other Canadian racers on the boards Friday night included NAS-TRACK regulars Taylor Martin and Rob Good plus John Craig, Dave St. John, Kurt Schreier and Vince DeJong. Schreier paired with American Bruce Carlson in the AA category won the evening's competition among that group.

Racers come back for one final race on Sunday, Sept. 18th at 3pm for NAS-TRACK's SOUPerBOWL SUNDAY competition. Racing promises to be as excellent as ever as racers wrap up a fantastic season of Team Racing on the Velodrome at Bloomer Park, located at the end of John R in Rochester Hills. For more information on the track or NAS-TRACK programming, please contact Dale Hughes at 248-961-3705.

"A" Elite
1st -Team Pink - Canadian Eric Roberts & Luke Cavender
2nd - TeamTeal - Tony Bruley & Dave Teal
3rd - Team Orange - Rick Denman & Dave Starling
4th - Team Purple - Canadian John Craig & Steve Mlyjeak
5th - Team Neon - Ronnie Sink & Cullen Watkins
6th - Team Red - Canadian Rob Good & Matt Walp
7th - Team White - Canadian Taylor Martin & Rob Akers

1st - Team Tan - Canadian Kurt Scheier & Bruce Carlson
2nd - Team Red - Candian Dave St.John & Ken Starling
3rd - Team Gold - Canadian Vince Dejong & Rene Schroeder
4th - Team White - Craig VonSeeger & Ed Gostin
5th - Team Black - Dean Martone & Mike Bauhof

Many thanks to the Canadian riders from the Forest City Velodrome in London, Ont for traveling, racing and competing! Remember ever Saturday Night starting next week until Xmas there is racing on the London track!


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