Pista is organizing the inaugural series of Track Racing and Training will begin May 2008. Sponsored by Fast Track Cycling, the first session will be 8 weeks on Thursday evenings, with a state level championship.
Racers can look forward to several race formats, primes, and weekly payouts. For cyclists new to the fixed-gear sport, training and coaching will be available. Costs will be similar to the Westlake Crit Series. Junior Cycling Development will be sponsored by Pista Elite. For youth under 18, there are no club dues- coaching, clothing, and equipment are provided.
Until the Velodrome track is constructed, it will be hosted at the Lorain County Speedway (about 1/2 hour west of Cleveland) www.lorainspeedway.com Other successful track cycling programs on similar tracks are in New Hampshire www.leadcycling.com and Asheville, NC www.mellowdrome.com
Sunday, October 7, 2007
We thought attending the Interbike convention would be a great way to meet the industry leaders, get committments and contacts for support along with a buzz for the Velodrome out.
We did meet with Tom Ritchey, Bob Roll, Saul Raisin, Dave Koesel, Patrick Smith, Dave Byer to name a few along with folks from VeloNews & Rider.
That and we saw some innovative track bikes and spoke to most of the companies that produced them.
Ritchey has a new single speed BAB road bike out. Felt, Cerve'lo (soon), Bianchi, Colonago, Pegoretti, Eddy Merckx, Cinelli, Tommasini to name but just a few had sweet rides at the show. Raleigh and others had messenger-style bikes on display also.
It was a long three days and we were exchausted at the end.
Big thanks goes to Sherman McKee of The Bike Authority and Dick Brink of Business to Business Bicycle Sales for helping us with connections. The contacts we made and the amount of support made the trip worthwhile.