We have an update from our track repair pour day yesterday. Everything went completely according to plan during the pour yesterday, so much so that the job was completed much earlier than we had first anticipated. So that part is great news! From here the track will remain closed until Tuesday March 18th to give the concrete time to cure enough to be able to handle use. During this time we still have some work to do to get things back in order and ready to ride.
We are planning to be at the velodrome this coming Saturday afternoon from 1pm till around 4pm to get things cleaned up. Tasks that still need to be completed are putting the boards and rails back up, sweeping/cleaning the track area near the repair and moving the concrete debris away from the apron. If you have a few spare hours to lend, that would be great!
On the repair front, the EPVA would like to through out an enormous thank you to Carson and Christina Panella. They've worked tirelessly over the last few weeks planning the repair, in addition to volunteering their own time to get it completed, so a huge thanks to you guys for your efforts. A special mention also to Russell Baggett for lending his time, expertise and tools to help us get things completed.
And of course, in all the rush this week, we didn't get to thank all of our volunteers who came out for the work day on Saturday, so thanks to Chris Annunziata, Mike Barman, Jeff Hopkins, Travis Neumuller, Andy Bailie, Tom Cross, Thomas Cross, Charlie Cross, Connie Lombardo, Dennis Decker, John Dowd, Emeline Renz, Jacob Smith, Lucius Williams, John Tomlinson, Jason Jones, Patrick Cambre, Valentin Todorow, Kevin O'Donnell, Erich Netherton, Russell Bagget, Lori Walker, Christina Panella, Ed Walker, Carson Panella.
Ok folks, we've had plenty of questions about this, but here it is, time to reserve your race number. We are going to do things a little differently this year. We had some problems in the last year or two with multiple reservations of the same number, this is where the changes will be made. 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 26th 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!!
Just an update for tomorrow's concrete pouring session. As things stand right now, we are all set for all of the man-power than we need to get things done tomorrow, so for those that may have been able to plan to come and help out, we'd like to politely decline your assistance this go-around. We should have an update on the situation on Wednesday and at that time we should be able to set a date for the track to re-open.
As of yesterday, the track will be closed until further notice. We are repairing a portion of the track surface and will advise whe the track will be open and ridable again. We expect the track to be closed for at least a week.
Just a reminder that this coming Saturday we will be hosting a workday, and it will be the big track repair work day. We've got the task list posted over here: http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/topic/2014/03/workday-task-list-march-2... for you to check out.
We do need some additional equipment if you have it and are able to transport it, we would like to have another wheelbarrow or two, mattock/pick, garden rake, shovel and seed spreader for spreading fire ant bait, courtesy of AMDRO!.
As part of the track repair process, we will be doing the demolition of the track this saturday with the plan to prepare things for pouring. We are planning to be back out on Tuesday to pour the concrete and finish the job, so if you have a flexible enough work schedule and feel like you could lend a hand, we would love to be able to see you again for that day.
Due to the lack of temperature we are cancelling tonights womens training session(3/4). We also wanted to remind all of our women that there will be no session next week due to the track closure, but we are planning to be back at it the following week on the 18th of March. We hope to see everyone then!
Today is your last chance to sign up for this weekends certification class, so if you were thinking of joining us for the class, head over here and get your sign-up on: http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/node/805
For 2014 we will be kicking off our Youth Cycling League program starting Monday the 31st of March. This start date is a little later start than usual but we are making sure to allow some extra time to make sure that we are well wrapped up with our track repair before kicking off the program. As always, you can read all about the program over here: http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/pages/youthcyclingleague.html
Sunday April 13th 2014, 3pm
Hosted by LWalkerCycling and the East Point Track Club, this will be a USAC insured event
A brand new event for 2014, we're introducing our Womens Velodrome Challenge, which will include 4 different categories for women, racing for junior riders, and a chance for those with tandems to dust them off an bring them down to get racing in our open tandem category. You can read more about it over here: http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/node/1721
As mentioned in an earlier post, we are planning a major track repair to get the jump/bump fixed in turn 2. As with all major repairs, this repair will need a lot of things in order to happen, and get our track back to it's riding best. In addition to volunteers time to complete the repair, the costs for this repair are fairly significant, and expected to cost the velodrome association around $1,300 to complete. We are seeking donations from folks who wish to contribute to this repair. The result of the work will allow us to have a properly functioning and smooth(er)/ish track to ride and race on. So either head over to the donation page: http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/pages/donate.html , paypal us directly, email@example.com , send us a check in the mail, or bring cash with you to the velodrome. We would like to be able to collect a good portion of the money before the workday on the 8th. The donatometer on the left will let you know how we are doing with the collections.
Back for 2014 the Dick Lane Velodrome will be running a 5 week Womens Training Program on Tuesday nights starting on the 26th of February and running through the first Tuesday race night on the 1st of April. 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 beginners, through advanced track cyclists. The 5 week class will also serve as a beginners certification for those women who are new to the track. We are expecting to split each session into 3 groups, Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced with each group working on ability -specific skills during each of the sessions.
Details over here: http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/pages/womensprogram
The EPVA board has come up with some new incentives for those wishing to purchase a one pass this year. These discounts will be offered for One Pass purchases only:
Workday discount: As always we will be offering the $50 discount for those folks that complete two workdays. See list below for those that have qualified already.
Early Bird Discount: New for this year we will be offering a $25 early bird discount. This offer will be available between now and the March 8th workday, and is stackable with the workday discount, so those eligible would receive a total of $75 off their one pass. This discount may only be redeemed by check, either by mail to PO Box 93245, Atlanta GA 30377, or in person at the velodrome during one of our sessions. The last day to get this discount will be at the March 8th workday, and it is only available for discount of the one pass.
New Rider Discount: Also new for this year we will be offering a 50% discounted pass for newly certified velodrome riders. This pass will be able to be redeemed one time in a riders career, during their first season of racing. This discount will supersede the previous certification class discount deal.
Work Day discount qualifiers:
Kevin O'Donnell, David Williams, Bill Thomsen, Doug White, Mike Waine, David Schwalbach, Thomas Teichmann, Mike Barman.
If your name is not on this list, and you think it should be, please let us know, firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note that if you are in a class that already has a discount offered(Junior, Collegiate etc.) you won't be eligible for any further discounts on those passes.
We are planning out our next workday, which will be happening on Saturday March 8th from 9am till around 3pm.
Important note: We are planning a MAJOR track repair session of the hiccup in turn 2. We will need all hands on deck for the day to get done what we need to get done. As mentioned the repair is major, and will take several days to complete, even after the workday. During this time the track will be closed for riding, until at least Thursday March 13th, barring any major complications with the repair. We will also be doing a fundraising drive through till the repair to try to cover some of those costs. We are working on figuring out the exact cost of the repair so that we can take a shot at raising some funds for it, so keep an eye out for that info in the next couple of days.
We will also publish the full repair job list once we've gotten it fully nailed down. This day will be your last chance to get workdays done before the season begins to receive a $50 discount on your season pass.
Due to the lack of temperature, we are cancelling tonights winter training session. We'll give it another try next week.
It's probably self evident at this point, but winter training is cancelled tonight. We hope everyone has been able to stay safe in the current weather conditions.