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January 17/06 9:16 am - Track News

Posted by Editor on 01/17/06

Burnaby Velodrome Racing
Courtesy Gord Ross

Racing is back this Wednesday at the Burnaby Velodrome. Presented by Team Soliton, the Thunderdome race series offers riders a great way to keep their top-end form during our rainy winter months.

Sign-on for races starts at 6:45 PM, racing starts at 7:00 PM sharp. Races are $5.00 per night or $25 for Fall (if paid up front) and $30 for Spring (if paid up front) for the whole series (savings of $10!).

Velodrome Creates Trophy Race for Women
Courtesy organizers

Northbrook, Illinois - For the first time in its history, the Ed Rudolph Northbrook Velodrome will be unveiling a new event exclusively for women competitors. This summer the Elaine Nekritz Trophy race will be held and it is the hope of the velodrome to increase women's participation in track cycling.

A 30 lap points race will be contested by category 1/2/3 and a 15 lap by category 4 women racers. This race format will provide beginner women (category 4) the opportunity to compete against women of equal abilities while allowing them the honor to be recognized for their efforts. The name of winners of both groups will be engraved on the trophy and become part of this historic moment.

The race will be sponsored by Alberto's Sport of Highland Park, Illinois. Alberto's Sport is a not-for-profit organization with a long history of supporting women. Founded in 1988 by Elaine Nekritz, the goal of Alberto's Sport is to provide a club for cycling enthusiasts and to support those interested in racing. Currently, there are 130 members, including seven women of which more than 30 members partake in cycling competitions on a regular basis. The club receives strong support from Alberto's Cycles.

In 2003, the club began a campaign with the specific goal of increasing the participation of women in the sport. As a part of that effort, the club offers both free and fee based clinics, group rides for various ability levels and a women's-specific racing team. Alberto's seek to encourage women of all ages and abilities to participate in cycling events as a means to an active and healthy lifestyle. By emphasizing cycling education and skills training, the club seeks to empower women.

As the women's program has gained momentum, equally has the list of accomplishments:

* Organized five women's clinics since 2003, all of which have been enthusiastically received with statements such as "When's the next one!?"
* Publish a weekly women's e-newsletter to provide information about the weekly rides, highlight accomplishments of local women and to promote upcoming events. The list has grown to include 200 women from 40 initial e-mail subscribers.
* Each week the club hosts a women's ride which has grown from two or three riders in the early days to an average of ten and as many as twenty riders in 2005.
* Alberto's racing accomplishments include 14 district titles since 1996, highlighted by the participation of Elaine Nekritz in the 1988 Olympic trials.

For further information about this event please visit


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