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October 5/05 2:07 am - Forest City Velodrome: Weekend Schedule, Gord Singleton to Attend

Posted by Editoress on 10/5/05

Forest City Velodrome

Thanksgiving Saturday night at the Velodrome in London Ontario, will be something Special. I was able to confirm the appearance of 2 time Olympian, 1982 World Keirin Champion, 2 time World Masters Champion ..... Gord Singleton .... from Niagara Falls will be at the track this weekend, October 8th. (view Gord's palmares after the schedule).

Gord's busy schedule has keep him away from the sport for a number of years. He is back on his bike training for "fun & recreation".

Gord will be getting reacquainted with the Velodrome in the afternoon. He is hoping to acquire enough skill to participate in a couple of races in the evening. We might have a Keirin just to have some fun.

The track opens in the afternoon for warm-up with racing starting at 7pm. Adult admission is $10, $5 for Seniors. A full program of racing is planned with a demonstration Madison, Velo-Kids, Devil & a Madison close the evening. All of the riders are getting ready for our first 6 Day Festival in Late October. for more information

I have included a bio of Gord so that you can see all of his cycling accomplishments & a schedule of the events on Saturday.

Velodrome News:

Velo-Kids at Noon - 2pm on Saturday, Learn to ride 2 - 3:30pm, Structured rec ride 3:30 - 5pm

The race committee has decided that for a "new" rider to race on a Saturday Night they must complete 8 hours of track time and demonstrate the skill to compete in a safe manner. The area's we are concentrating on bike handling, holding a line, knowledge of track rules, being able to avoid situations.

The Sunday track sessions have been canceled for Thanksgiving.

See you at the track.

Sponsored by: Delta Faucet Corporation

Events for Saturday October 8th

1. Rider Introduction

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

3. London Track League
Handicap 3 Lap Heats

4. Nas-Track Madison Demonstration Team Race

5. London Track League
5 Laps Sprints

6. Nas-Track
All Madison riders Miss & Out (Devil)

7. London Track League
Velo-Kids Sprint Race

8. Nas-Track - Bavarian (Top 6 for points)

9. London Track League
Handicap Final

Madison Team Race (200 Laps)
30 Minute Madison with Sprints and Primes

Next Race – Saturday October 15th - 7pm

Gordon Singleton

First Canadian World Champion - 1982

Career Highlights
1976 - First Canadian sprinter to advance to 1/8 finals 1000m sprint
1977 - Broke British records for flying 200m and flying 500m
1978 - 1st - Grand Prix, London ENG & 2nd - Grand Prix, Copenhagen DEN
1979 - Selected Ontario Athlete of the Year
1980 - Alternative to Olympic boycott, Gord attempted and broke 3 World Records in 24 hours on October 9-10: 200m flying start - 10.58s; 500m flying start - 27.31s; 1000m standing start - 1.03.8s
1982 - 1st, Grand Prix, London ENG broke British records for flying 200m & 500m
First Canadian to win a World Championship Gold medal
1987 - Received the Order of Canada
1998 - Returned to the track and won double Gold at the World Masters Cycling Championships - Manchester ENG

Olympic Games
1976 - Montreal - 9th, 1000m sprint
1980 - Moscow, Russia - USA Boycott

World Championships
1975 - Liege, Belgium - eliminated, first round 1000m sprint
1977 - San Cristobal, Venezuela - 9th, 1000m sprint
1978 - Munich, Germany - 16th, 1000m sprint
1979 - Amsterdam, Holland - Silver, 1000m TT & 9th, 1000m sprint
1981 - Bruno, Czeckoslovakia - Silver, 1000m sprint & 4th, Keirin
1982 - Liecester, England - Gold, Keirin & Silver, 1000m sprint

Pan American Games
1975 - Mexico City - eliminated, first round 1000m sprint
1979 - Puerto Rico - Gold, 1000m sprint & Gold 1000m TT

Commonwealth Games
1978 - Edmonton, Alberta - Gold, 1000m sprint & Bronze, 1000m TT

Canadian National Championships
1974 - Silver, 1000m sprint jr. & 4th 1000m TT
1975 - Gold, 1000m sprint & 4th, 1000m TT
1976 - Gold, 1000m sprint & Gold, 4000m team pursuit & Silver, 1000m TT
1977 - Gold, 1000m sprint & Silver, 1000m TT
1979 - Gold, 1000m sprint & Gold, 1000m TT & Gold, 4000m team pursuit
& Gold, Omnium Overall
1980 - Gold, 1000m sprint & Gold 4000m team pursuit & Gold, Omnium overall & Silver, 1000m TT


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