Due to the current and expected weather conditions we are cancelling tonights Youth Cycling League session.
We are ready to add names to our list of riders who wish to be invited to race the keirin events when Merial presents The Keirin. If you wish to be considered for invitation, please send us an email with your race results and we'll add you to the list. Final selections will be made a few weeks out from the event. Please send emails to email@example.com .
We have the list of jobs to get taken care of tomorrow, it's currently posted in the forum over here: http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/topic/2014/04/workday-task-list-april-2... . No special tools required this time around, so we should be all set to get in and get things done.
We need to update our results system with everyones team names, so head on over to the forum and post your teams roster so we can get things updated: http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/topic/2014/04/tell-us-your-teams.html .
"The early mornings bring them to Sumner Park off Headland Drive and Lumpkin Street, right next to the famous Dick Lane Velodrome, which was developed by residents and city officials who came back inspired after visiting the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich.
At the time of its construction in 1974, the Velodrome was one of only two tracks of its kind in the United States, and served as a training facility for cyclists at the 1996 Games. Currently, the track is the second steepest concrete race track in the country and hosts women's training sessions every Tuesday from 5-8:30 p.m. Howard's family frequents the Velodrome for the competition, but stays for the crashes."
Just a reminder that we'll be having our last workday of the spring this coming Saturday 4/5 from 9am-3pm. We've got a few jobs to finish off from the last workday and we've got a few new tasks that we'll be tackling as well. We'll have the task list posted in the forum later in the week.
Even though the weather isn't looking great, we are planning to go ahead with the class today. We will be able to complete the classroom portion of the session at the very least.
Friendly reminder that the 2014 Youth Cycling League kicks off next Monday night March 31st. The program will have the same structure with younger kids aged 8-12 riding from 5:30pm till 6:30pm and older kids aged 12-16 riding from 6:30pm till 7:30pm. For those parents planning to bring their kids to the program, you can get a paperwork jump start, by printing and signing a waiver before you come to the session: http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/system/files/atra_waiver.pdf . That should speed up the process quit a bit, and for those that are able and willing you can make donations to the program over here: http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/pages/donate.html
Just a quick safety reminder to everyone who hasn't ridden their track bikes this year and also to anyone who has, please give your bikes a good service before the next weeks season kick off on Tuesday. Over the past number of years we've seen chainrings fall off, handlebars come loose, tires puncture, tire roll off, pedals come off, cogs come loose and various other preventable mechanical failures. Yes all these things have happened before, and yes you should be sure to either give your bike a real good once over yourself if you are mechanically inclined. Or drop it off at your friendly velodrome sponsor bike shop to have it serviced.
On the equipment front, we will be paying special attention to those whose bikes are out of safety spec and if you bike is not properly equipped to race, then you will be asked to take a break until your machine is up to acceptable specifications. Items of particular concern are quick release skewers, and making sure handlebar plugs are in place, among other things. If your bike is not compliant right now, you should take some time between now and tuesday to make it so. if you're not sure, ask us and we'll let you know, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well, a huge thanks to Wayne Whitesides and his crew over at long time velodrome sponsor, Ethic, Inc for their most excellent work in coming up with our 40th Anniversary logo and website re-design. If you're reading this, you're probably already looking at the website, so we shouldn't have to show you that part, but check out the 40th Anniversary logo below:
Join the East Point Velodrome Association for a 10:45am departure from the Dick Lane Velodrome. Ride will be approximately 8 miles at 12MPH. We will link up with the Roswell and Decatur routes at the Hurt Park merge point. For more information, contact Jeff Hopkins at email@example.com or 404-769-0012.
We have a few small minor changes to our Tuesday racing program for the coming season. The first change, is that we are opening up the Masters racing category to include A riders, but they will be limited to an 81" gear for those nights. This should keep the competition more even amongst everyone, and give those A masters a chance to race an extra few nights a month.
The other change is the ordering of the nights, with Pursuit night moving to the second Tuesday each month, and Sprints being pushed to the fourth Tuesday. You can read all about it over here: http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/pages/weeklyracing.html
As part of our repair project we are planning to re-open the track next Tuesday March 18th. Please note that the track will remain unridable until then, so please do not plan to come and ride at the velodrome during the closure.
Of course if you'd like to help out getting things back in order, we'll be working to clean up this coming Saturday from 1pm till around 4pm.
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!!