January 20, 2006 – Many top track racers from all over the North Eastern U.S and Quebec will be taking on the Ontario contingent at the Forest City Velodrome this Saturday night at 7pm.
The Can-Am-Que Challenge is a tune-up for the Short Track Cycling Championships to be held in February. The London Ontario Velodrome measures 138m in distance, with speeds of the Elite racers topping 63kph, the average lap time is 8.3 seconds.
Racers will be split into 3 categories on Saturday night, depending on the ability of each rider. The 2 hours of edge of your seat entertainment will see close to 12 races. Events include the crowd pleasing Flying Laps with $500 on the line for a rider to go under 7.8 seconds and Scratch Races. The end of the night is a Team Race which has 2 riders per team racing elbow to elbow to try and gain a lap on the field
In the Challenge portion of the evening, The spectators will be treated to an Olympic style of race – The Team Sprint Competition, In this race 3 riders form a Team, each rider sprints for a lap then pulls high on the track to let his teammate come through, the 3rd and last rider stops the watch to determine who will win the Challenge.
Already in London is 2005 Junior Sprint Championship Lawrence Laroux from Montreal. Lawrence who just received his National Team bike. At $10,000.00 a copy the Look Bicycle Frame is going to turn some heads, Lawrence will be racing in the Senior Category in order to gain valuable speed and experience for the Canadian Championships in July. There is a very good possibility of him smashing the lap record of 8.17 seconds set by Alberta’s Zach Bell. Bell this weekend is in Los Angeles competing for Canada in the World Cup of Track Cycling event.
Admission is $10.00 for adults, Seniors are $5.00, Kids are “FREE”
For all the up to date Recreational and Racing Schedule, go to www.ForestCityVelodorme.ca