We are making one change to the mass start racing on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month.
This year we are returning to a Master's/Women's/D Category Racing format Only. We are eliminating both the gear restriction for Master's AND the restricted gear category altogether. This means unless you are 35+, a Woman Racer, or a Beginner racer, you are ineligible to race this night. Category A Master's aged 35+ ARE eligible to race with NO gear restriction.
This little rain shower snuck up on us in the last 30 minutes. We'll see everyone on Monday!
Friends of Youth Cycling League
We’re happy to announce today that we are launching a fundraising program to raise money for their Youth Cycling League titled, what else, but Friends of the Youth Cycling League.
Friends of the YCL is an idea from former track director Jeff Hopkins. For those don’t know, Jeff and his business partner Jason Jones (who is also a regular rider here) are super-fans of the velodrome, so the facility is dear to their hearts.
Their new business, Service Course Auto Works will be donating 10% of labor costs for those who wish to call themselves as “Friends of Youth Cycling League." They will also be donating $10 from every oil change.
In order to send the donation over to the YCL program, you will let them know that you wish to participate in the program, and when your work is complete they’ll have a donation card for you to sign that will let you know how much of your services will be donated to the program.
So please, if you are in need of some service work, please see them and help us raise money to continue the successes of our Youth Cycling program.
If you are interested in participating for your business, please email [email protected] or call 404-594-1789
Please join the East Point Velodrome Association in riding to the Georgia State Capitol to show support for better cycling infrastructure to help solve out health, wellness and transportation issues. We will meet Tuesday March 24th for a 10:30am departure from the Dick Lane Velodrome at Sumner Park with a stop at the East Point Law Enforcement Center to acquire our police escort (YES, A POLICE ESCORT THIS YEAR!) and other riders at 10:45. Ride will be approximately 7.3 miles at 10-12MPH using this route: http://ridewithgps.com/routes/7109018
We will ride into Liberty Plaza as the Roswell and Decatur Routes come in from the the North. All riders will be required to sign a waiver day of or register at http://georgiabikes.org/index.php/events/grttc2015 It will be each riders responsibility to get to their final destination or home on their own. We recommend MARTA for less experienced riders on the return trip to East Point. For more information, contact Robert Evans at [email protected] or 404-594-1789
Here are some thoughts on the DLV Hour Record we hinted at last month. We are going to pick a weekend, most likely in the beginning of October, and run up to 5 attempts a day for two days. We have set the cost at $250 per attempt. We will have a sign up for the 10 spots on a first come first served basis. Since we are anticipating several folks wanting to take a run at the record we just can't cater to specific times or dates, sorry in advance. On the upside, the record that day will stand for a while. We will have open and age graded categories as well as a Merckx category.
We will make a post sometime in mid-summer about signing up. The first 10 to sign-up will then have 1-week to pay for the spot to hold it. If you do not pay for your spot in that time frame it will go to the 11th sign-up, and so on and so forth. Slots are Non-Transferable. If you cannot make it the slot will go to the next person who signed up (if you paid you will be refunded on a pro-rated schedule based on time until attempt).
The track will be closed for each attempt. You will want to bring your own rollers, trainer, or road bike to ride around the neighborhood to warm-up.
Just so you know, our track is not actually distance certified. The cost to get certified is exorbitant and would significantly hurt our yearly budget to do so. We will follow the existing UCI rules, but your distance would most likely only be DLV valid. We will have a USAC official to verify the distance, but it cannot be certified.
The weather is turning the corner and if you've been on the fence now's the time to get off it and join the velodrome for our next certification class coming up in two weekends.
You can find all the information you need right here: http://www.dicklanevelodrome.com/pages/beginnerprogram.html
We are ready to accept requests for our list of riders who wish to be invited to race the Keirin events when Hagen-KenBikeLaw.com 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 the first week of April. Please send emails to [email protected]
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 [email protected] 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 [email protected]
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.