We're offering a Free Beginners class through Facebook. Go to our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/dicklanevelodrome and comment on the post about the give away to enter to win. We're going to draw the prize in one week on the 22nd of March. Gotta be in it to win it. If you've already paid for the class, we'll give you credit on one of our season passes if you win!
Tonight will be the first night of our 2010 Bicycle Little League. From here on out we'll be runnning the program every Monday and Thursday from 6pm till 7:30pm. We'll run right through from now until the end of October in that timeslot. See you on the track!!
Jeff Hopkins, Pete Antonvich, Chris Schwartz, Justin Barber, David Mckenzie, Bill Thomsen, Daniel Banks, Michael Wozniak, Brian Tester, John Tomlinson, Andy Harper and David Magloire made up our workday crew yesterday. We got some great work done, so a huge thanks to those folks that came out. We'll be generating a list of people who have qualified for their discounted season pass, so keep an eye out for that.
The forecast says rain, but we are going to brave the weather and give it a whirl for the last workday before the season will begin. So if you aren't afraid of a little water, we'd love you assistance in getting a few final jobs finished up before the season gets going. Be sure to bring rain coats etc. so you'll be protected if it does happen to rain a little.
Oh, and one particular job that may require some special tools is scraping some old sponsors logo's off the boards, so if you have a scraper that might be suitable for that, please bring it with you. We do have a few scrapers, but maybe not as many as we could have people!
In case it wasn't painfully obvious, we won't be training tonight due to the extremely humid air. We'll try again next week!
Just a friendly reminder to all of our users to please check the schedule before you plan trips to the velodrome to ride. We have a lot of new things going on within our EPVA group, as well as some City of East Point functions and bookings of the velodrome, so please make sure that you plan your schedule to ride at the velodrome accordingly.
A huge thanks to our helpers at our workday last Saturday: Doug White, Mike Barman, Ben Brian, Sir Anthony Holley, Ryan Pumpian, Justin Barber, Stewart Haddock, Bill Carroll, Pete Antonvich, Daniel Banks, Brian Sullivan, David Magloire, Tom Lawton, Bill Thomsen, Chris Kelly, Jim Hodgson, Rick Fogarty, Jeff Hopkins, Andy Harper, John Tomlinson, Brian Tester and David Schwalbach. You'd be correct in thinking that the list of helpers is really long, and we definitely appreciate all of the help that we received. We got a bunch of pressing jobs taken care of and are looking forward to getting more stuff nailed down(literally and figuratively) on the 13th of March at our last workday before the season gets into full swing. Not to worry though, I'm sure we'll be adding more as we get into the season!
It's too cold!
Coming up soon on the 23rd of March is the Georgia Rides to the Capitol event. The ride is to raise support for improved conditions for bicycling in Georgia and is supported by the Metro Atlanta Mayors Association (MAMA). More info on the ride can be found on the poster : http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/sites/default/files/GRTTC10Poster1.pdf and also on the website : http://www.georgiaridestothecapitol.org/
Again, we'll be leading a group departing from the velodrome and heading up the the capitol to merge with the other groups at the Hurt Park merge point, before converging en-mass to the final destination at the state capitol building. Ride distance from the velodrome to the capitol is approximately 8 miles long and we'll be riding at a leasurely 12mph. Departure time from the velodrome is 10:45am. We hope to see you out there.
Our friends at the Georgia Bicycle Racing Association (GABRA) will be hosting a free beginners racing clinic this coming Saturday(after our workday!!), from 2pm till 4pm. Hosts for the clinic are some of our experienced track racers, Jeff Hopkins, Joe Eldridge and Leigh Hopkins.
Here is the Info:
Are you new to Road Racing, Criteriums, or Time Trials? Have raced but still have some things to learn? Thinking about racing, but haven't taking that first step? If so, then this clinic is for you!
The clinic will take place on Saturday, Feb. 27th, from 2-4 pm, at West Oak Business Park in Marietta, and is being taught by Jeff Hopkins - GABRA member and pro road racer/former track world champion, Joe Eldridge of TEAM TYPE 1, and Leigh Valletti Hopkins of BMW-Bianchi. This is shaping up to be a very exciting clinic!
You will learn the essentials of race day prep, and will also participate in a mock race where you will learn Clip-in Practice, Riding closely in a group, Cornering Techniques, Racing Tactics, and Racing Etiquette.
Also learn more about drafting, attacking, and sprinting!
Please meet in the parking lot for the New Bag Co, 1841 W Oak Pkwy,Marietta, GA 30062
For the safety of others, riders should be comfortable riding in a group, and have a well-tuned road bike and helmet. For Clinic Outline and Details, please go to: http://www.gacycling.org/modules/extcal/event.php?event=58
If attending, please RSVP on the link above for Clinic Outline and Details, and send an email with your contact info to: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Due to a fire in the building last night Oz Pizza's Fairburn location is currently closed. Oz has been a huge supporter of the velodrome over the years, so we'd ask that if your in East Point, please drop in and support them as they figure out things with their Fairburn location.
Due to a complete lack of any kind of temperature, tonight's training session is cancelled. For those that may be unsure of our policy, if it is below 40deg the sessions will not run.
As we get closer to the season we are starting to get all of the pieces of our programming puzzle in order and next up on our list is Bicycle Little League. In years past we had run a sunday program before we got into our regular season scheduling. This year we'll be moving away from that and heading straight into our regular season program times as soon as the time changes. Daylight Savings starts on the 14th of March, so we'll be kicking off the first Bicycle Little League session on Monday the 15th of March. From that date forth, we'll be running Mondays and Thursdays at the same regular timeslot of 6pm till 7:30pm. Info about the program can be found here : http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/pages/bicyclelittleleague.html . Hope to see everyone at the track soon!
That's right folks, Coffee!! A huge thanks to Jason from Cafeine(http://www.cafeinecafe.com/) for donating a commercial style coffee maker to the velodrome for our concessions. From here on out at the races and special events, we'll be adding freshly brewed Cafeine coffee to the menu. As part of our relationship with Cafeine we'll also be coming up with our own special blend of coffee which will be for sale at the races and on the website here in our webstore.
Huge thanks to our work day volunteers yesterday, braving the weather and enjoying a great day working towards getting things spic and span at the velodrome. These folks : Ryan Pumpian, Tom Lawton, Mike Garcia-Carreras, Bill Thomsen, Stewart Haddock, Michael Wolf, John Tomlinson, Pete Antonvich, Mike Barman, Ken Rosskopf, David Schwalbach, Brian Sullivan, Lisa Safstrom, Carleton Hall and Jeff Hopkins are now well ont he way to earning their volunteer discount for their season passes. We've got a couple more work days before we get into the season, so plenty of time to lend a hand.