September 24, 2008 – The Burnaby Velodrome and Forest City Velodrome are pleased to announce that a team of four Juniors have been selected to attend a European race weekend in Manchester, England. The race event takes place on Saturday, October 4, and Sunday, October 5 at the Manchester Velodrome (home of the 2008 Elite World Track Cycling Championships). The team leaves for England on Wednesday October 1. Included in the trip will be a few hours investigating how the Great Britian track team prepares for the up coming Track World Cup season.
This junior development program is made possible, by Gord Singleton through his connections in England. “We hope to make this an annual trip as an incentive to our Candian youth racers,” said Singleton. “This program of events will see Juniors from the United States, France, Germany, Belgium and Italy all taking part in the weekend of racing.”
Two riders from British Columbia will be attending, Jacob Schwingboth and Scott Mulder. Along with two riders from Ontario, Allan Leparskas and Ryan Aitcheson. All four riders will split the competition between sprints and endurance events, with Schwingboth and Aitcheson racing in the Junior Madison on the Saturday evening.
Terry Dethridge from the Bicycle Shop in Brantford, Ontario will be the team’s mechanic, with Gord Singleton handling rider race prep. We will be sending race updates, throughout the weekend. Thanks to Gord Singleton for laying the ground work for this exceptional opportunity for these four young athletes.