For 2015 we will be kicking off our Youth Cycling League program starting next Monday, March 9th. We've got some great coaches lined up this year and are super excited for the program to be better than ever. As always, you can read all about the program over here: http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/pages/youthcyclingleague.html
Ok, first of all, season passes for 2015 are now available at http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/pages/store.html
Second: We are going to reserve race numbers in a similar manner to last year. If two people reserve the same number, preference will stay with the person who had that number last year, as long as they elect to reserve that number again, and do so before the 25th of March. At that time, it'll be a free-for-all, first in best dressed until the first race of the season on the 1st of April. So get your submission on in the form below, and on the 26th we'll let folks know if they will need to choose a different number that may have been reserved by a current number holder. Reservations are available for any number from 3-100!!
Third: Anyone who reserves a number but does not pay for their One Pass/Season Pass/Weekly-Training pass by April 1st will forfeit that number. If you plan on paying as you go weekly please wait to pick your number until your first race night.
I think it goes without saying that with ice pellets falling from the sky and temps already well below our threshold that we are going to cancel winter training for tonight. Hopefully we'll catch a break and some viatmin D next week.
Fear not, the weather is looking fine for our second spring workday this Saturday starting at 9a.m.
Patch Track surface
Seal Judges Stand Cabinet
Fix gap between apron and track on front straight
Finish Pressure Washing Turn 4 / 1-2 and Finish straight patches
Install youth banners
Remove Thomsen Logo from boards
Pressure Wash Pavillion
Pull out items from concession and sweep and clean and put back in.
Saw logs out by street into quarters.
Remove smashed bulbs from pavillion. Install bulb covers.
Clean mud out of water meter housing.
Install Sink in Concessions
Install Heater in Women's Bathroom
Install Exhaust Fans in Bathroom
The more people that show up the faster it all goes!
With the temperature at 4p.m. already below our 40* threshold and a wind chill advisory we are going to cancel Winter Training for tonight 2/18/2015.
If you've ever been at the Pro Race Series event and wanted to say "That's our rider!" Well, now's your chance!
We still have some slots and are looking for a few good folks or businesses to sponsor these individual riders during the Keirin events at our first Pro Race Series race in May. Packages start at $350 or a product exchange. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more.
We are looking for one more adult coach for this season's Youth Cycling League from March through October. This coach would be responsible for helping the other coaches for one session a week (Monday Evenings From 5:15 to 7:45) and help to fill in on other sessions as current Coaches travel for other obligations one or two times per season.
Track experience preferred but not necessary. A strong desire to teach kids about the fun and lifelong benefits of cycling are a must. A USA Cycling Level 3 coaching license is strongly encouraged but at minimum candidate will be submitted to a background check.
There is a small honorarium paid out to the coach to help offset time and expenses.
Anyone interested should email rob@dicklanevelodrome
The Spring 2015 Beginner's Class Dates are as Follows:
March 14th-15th (Weekend Class)
April 11th-12th (Weekend Class)
May 7th-14th-21st-28th (Weekly Evening Class)
For more info on how to sign-up:
If you have an expired Groupon for the beginner's class we will still accept them with a $30 balance to be paid.
Just a reminder on the workday this coming Saturday, February 7th.
We'll meet at 9a.m. and work until around 3p.m.
We are watching the weather closely and even if it rains there are still several tasks to be done indoors.
Rider of the Year points are available and will also count as one of two workdays required for $50 discount off a one pass.
Workday Tasks are Below:
Patch Track surface
Seal Judges Stand Cabinet
Shelf by Air Con in Bike Room
Check gap between apron and track on front straight
Pressure Wash Turn 4 / 1-2
Sort race numbers
Rake and bag leaves
Break down Boxes Outside bike room
Remove lumber & leaves outside bike room
Clean gutters of bike room
Replace bar tape last few bikes
Inspect, sort, clean YCL helmets
Check womens bathroom heater
Security Light for Bike Room
Does anyone have big tupperware tubs to fill with bleach and water solution to clean YCL helmets?
Special tasks if weather holds:
Does anyone have an edger (not a weedeater, a proper edger) to trim grass along apron?
We have our Spring Workday Dates picked and are looking for the brave, the strong, the "Can't Stop, Don't Want To" masses ready to get the track looking its best for the upcoming season.
Saturday February 7th
Saturday February 28th
Saturday March 28th - If Needed
(Tasks and equipment needed to be posted shortly)
Remember, workday volunteers get points towards the prestigious rider of the year competition. Who knows, is this the year where the workday makes the difference?
Also, if points aren't enough to convince you, if you sign up for at least two workdays you receive $50 off the One-Pass for the season.(If you are a junior or recently certified rider you do not qualify for any additional discounts than you already have. *MGMT)
Our first Women's Training session for 2015 will be run over 5 consecutive Thursday nights on April 2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th. This program is aimed at any woman of any track cycling level. We will have specific skills, drills and workouts that will suit everyone from newly certified riders, through advanced track cyclists. The 5 week class will also serve as a beginners certification for those women who are new to the track.
What: 5 Week Womens Track Cycling Program
When: Thursday nights 7:30pm-9:00pm beginning April 2nd.
Who: Women of any riding level
Equipment: Track bikes are available, just bring your cycling clothes, helmet and pedals
Cost: $60 for certification riders, $5 track session fee for certified track riders
Contact: Rob Evans, email@example.com 404 594 1789
In light of the Wind Advisory issued (20-30mph winds with 40mph gusts) and a forecast temperature of 26 degrees at 6p.m. we are going to go ahead and cancel winter training for tonight. We'll try again next week.
Wanted to send out a reminder that Winter Training is scheduled to start this Wednesday and how to be prepared.
1. Sessions run each Wednesday from 7pm till 8:30pm
2. Session are open for all, and open for whatever training you'd like to partake in as long as you have taken the track certification class.
3. Sessions will only happen if the temperature is above 40deg at 6pm on the velodrome thermometer: http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/pages/weather.html
4. Everyone will need to sign a new waiver for 2015. Save yourself some time and print and fill out at home: http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/system/files/atra_waiver.pdf
5. Everyone will be required to sign in, and the daily training fee will be $5 unless you have a season pass. Sign in will be similar to the racing sign in. Those with Season Pass will initial next to their names. Cash, Check or Paypal receipt for all others.
We are going to offer a special edition of our Beginners class on the Saturday and Sunday of MLK Jr. Holiday Weekend on January 17th and 18th.
We'll do Saturday and Sunday 1-4p.m. both days with MLK day, the 19th, as possible make up day due to weather. If the temp is below 40* at 1p.m. we will not have class that day. If we cannot get in both classes due to temps or weather we will have to default to the March classes as the make up dates.
This class is pre-registration only:
It is with much sadness that we will be saying goodbye to our Velodrome Operations Manager of the past six years, Jeff Hopkins. Jeff will be moving on to new adventures in the new year and replacing him in his role will be Rob Evans.
Jeff joined our organization six years ago as Operations Manager and played an important role in the growth and success of this organization bringing leadership to our work days, beginners program, youth cycling league, Tuesday and Wednesday Racing and foremost taking our Pro Racing Series to the next level.
Although we will miss him, we wish him the best and are excited for him on starting his new company, Service Course Auto Works in Scottdale, GA. Please join me as I extend our warmest wishes to Jeff and his family on their new adventure.
While there will be some changes to the operations of the velodrome, and potentially some new and different faces during some of our programs, we expect to be continuing on with our regularly scheduled programming as we move towards the new racing season in 2015.
A Note From Jeff Hopkins:
My time with the Dick Lane Velodrome has been an amazing and enriching experience, mostly due to the people who I have had the pleasure to work with. I can’t thank Pete Antonvich and the EPVA board members enough for the opportunity to manage the velodrome and be a part of such a great facility and cycling family.
Although I will no longer be an employee of the Velodrome Association, I know I will continue to be a patron of the velodrome, and I look forward to seeing the great work that Rob and the EPVA Board will continue on with after my departure. I sincerely appreciate the hard work that all of our volunteers have put into the velodrome and I would like to thank all of you for allowing me to be a part of the Dick Lane Velodrome these past six years.
A Note From Rob Evans: