We had some great racing on Saturday for our Junior State Championships, highlighted by our 10 rider 10-12 age field. Some great champions were crowned, with Brody Hartley, Mikey Waine and Thomas Cross winning their respective GA State Championships. You can check out the results here: http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/results/Results.php
One of the results of the fantastic support of the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation(AFYF), is a chance for a call to be put in to the Falcons head office, and for their General Manager Thomas Dimitroff to come and turn some laps at the velodrome, in addition to AFYF VP John Bare(he didn't make it onto the camera unfortunately). Fox 5 stopped by to catch the footage(as well as Falcon's own video man Matt Moore) and we made it onto the news last night. So thanks out to the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation and John, Thomas and Matt for making it all happen. Here's the video, which included a great clip from our velodrome's early beginnings:
We're quickly coming up upon our second Pro Race Series event here at the velodrome, when Outback Bikes presents 'The Omnium' and we've got the race flier loaded up and ready to go, so head over to the Pro Race Series page: http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/pages/proraceseries.html to check it out, or link directly to it by clicking here: http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/sites/default/files/12theomniumflier.pdf
A huge thanks to one of our favorite volunteers and board members, John Dowd for his tireless efforts in bringing electronic timing to the velodrome! Last night was the first successful official test in competition and the system passed with flying colors, down to the 1000's of a second, as you can see by all of the times from last nights Flying Lap TT's from the Working Mans Two Day(http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/results/Results.php#2012-05-30). There is definitely still some work to be done to get the system working well with our other results systems, but our timing accuracy will be greatly improved moving forward.
Courtesy of the folks up at the Marymoor Velodrome in Seattle, WA we have a pdf describing how to correctly attach your number for racing.
A couple of additional points for DLV riders:
- Men or Women with long hair should be mindful of their hair getting in the way of our officials seeing your number as you cross the finish line.
- Each rider gets a unique number each year at the velodrome. This helps us speed up the entry of the results in our database system. Using a different number than you were issued slows down our ability to get the results in quickly.
- A huge help for future years is for you to keep the same number from year to year. This helps us additionally with the results system form year to year. You just need to throw your hat in the ring when we call for number assignment before each season begins.
And some images of how to do it and not to do it courtesy of the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association: http://www.obra.org/number_placement.html
Just a friendly reminder that next week we will be hosting the first of two Working Mans Two Day races. There will be racing for all categories over the two days(Tuesday and Wendesday), A/B combined, C and D riders will race individually and we will also have a Madison category that will race as teams. If you aren't sure of what exactly will be going down, head on over to the Working Mans Two Day page and read all about it:
Just a reminder to everyone that we will not have any programming at the velodrome on Monday(May 28th) to observe the Memorial Day holiday, so Youth Cycling League and Monday Night FIT sessions will not be held. We'll be back to usual on Tuesday.
Due to some timing issues at the previous Marathon Night, we've made some minor adjustments to the night's schedule in order to fit everything. The main change is moving the madison into the middle of the program, to allow us to get going with things straight after warm-ups and some shortening of some of the events. here's the new schedule:
C Grade 24 lap Split-Scratch
B Grade 24 lap Split-Scratch
A Grade 30 lap Split-Scratch
Madison 30 Laps
C Grade 30 Lap Points Race
A/B Grade** 70 to 100 Lap Points Race(sprint every ten)*
*Race distance will be determined by field size:
14 or less riders = 70Laps
16 riders = 80 Laps
18 Riders = 90 Laps
20+ Riders = 100 laps
** A and B categories will split once 25 riders are reached. B race will be 40 Laps, A race will be 60 Laps, both will sprint every 5.
Congratulations to Cheryl Fuller-Muller(LG Factory Team) for her record breaking ride at last nights Pursuit Night. Cheryl broke the Women's 2000m Individual Pursuit record, with a new record time of 2:54.44. You can see all of the track records on the records page here: http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/pages/records.html
Due to the weather we are cancelling all of tonights activities at the velodrome
The EPVA is proud to announce that we have been granted $5,000 from the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation(AFYF) to help support our Youth Cycling League program. The support from the AFYF will allow us to keep up with some the costs of operating the program and purchase replacement equipment and clothing for our kids, to keep them riding and enjoying their track cycling. The AFYF has been great supporter of the EPVA over the years and it's great for us to be able to work with them again for 2012. Huge thanks to the folks over there at The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and the AFYF, and we're sure that their support will enable us to continue to grow the program throughout the year.
We'll be running another of our weekend beginners classes next weekend, May 26th and 27th. The class will run from 2pm till 5pm on both Saturday and Sunday. As always you can sign-up online, and choose to pay online or bring cash/check on the day of the class. Head over the store to sign-up: http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/node/805
The Ride of Silence is being held on Wednesday 5/16 at 7pm at locations worldwide. The rides are held to honor our fellow cyclists that have been injured or killed on the roadways, to raise awareness of cyclists being on the roads and to ask that we all share the road.
As part of the event we will be running our regular warm-up pacelines in silence tonight to honor our fellow cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling. We encourage everyone to wear a black arm-band to show their support of those cyclists.
With the first Pro Race of the season in the books, it's time to turn our focus to our Junior State Track Championships event. The race flier is completed and can be seen over at the Junior Track Champs page: http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/pages/juniorchamps.html . It is importasnt for all parents and riders to read the race flier and understand all of the details. If you have any questions, contact us, firstname.lastname@example.org for clarification. As always we will need some additonal volunteer hands to help get the event going smoothly, so we'll be putting the call out for volunteers in a few weeks.
A huge thanks from the EPVA to all of our Riders, Spectators, Sponsors and most importantly our Volunteers for making Ethic, Inc. presents 'The Keirin' a spectacular and successful event. Most definitely without the tireless work of our crew of volunteers we wouldn't be able to put on such events, nor would we be able to run them without racers, and of course our race fans provide the biggest cheers that get everyone excited!