July 19, 2006 – Gudday Tracksters! The theme of this big newsletter is ‘Success’ and ‘Rider Development’.
Lots of big things are happening around the Forest City Velodrome. Pull up a chair. Here’s the first one:
Here is the biggie I hinted about last week…
The Ministry of Health Promotion which promotes sport and physical activity at the community level in Ontario under their ACTIVE2010 plan, will announce that the Forest City Velodrome has been awarded a $22,500 grant to expand our Youth Development Programs at the Velodrome.
Because of this grant, “NEW for 2006 & 2007” camps will be developed for all riders Under 23 years of age. This Development series will include Fitness testing, Skill development and form a 3 tier Development Model to take Children from age 12 to Senior Elite (details below).
As well, an Espoire program will help bridge the development curve experienced by graduating Juniors as they turn Senior. Espoires will have their own program to lift performance in the years to come.
On the recreational front, Forest City Velodrome has introduced a Time Trial Series (details below) for members of the track.Â
The FCV will promote adult fitness at the track during these Individual Time Trials.
All of this is thanks to the ACTIVE2010 strategy. Please take time to read their website – www.active2010.ca
Yellow Pages Group – a New Partner for Forest City Velodrome
It is with great pleasure that the Forest City Velodrome in London Ontario announces that it has secured the promotional advertising strength of the Yellow Pages Group brand name to help bring more riders and spectators to the Velodrome beginning in the next few weeks.
The package with the Yellow Pages Group includes Banners on the infield and around the outside of the track. In addition, in the community pages section of the Telephone Book, The Velodrome will have a full page of information about our Recreational and Racing Programs plus the Velo-Kids.
This will bring many new faces to the track. The community pages will be published in London, Goderich, Strathroy and area during the month of November.
Additionally tickets for the Yellow Pages Cup will be available throughout the winter to local London Businesses.
Last but not least – a search banner which will be placed on the home page of the FCV website to help you find a Person or Business across Canada.
The Yellow Pages Group is a tradition in Canada. The company publishes Telephone Directories across the country.
If you get a chance please thank your Yellow Pages Business Consultant when arranging your Yellow Pages for the coming year.
Most memberships are due on September 1st.
If you joined before September 2005 you will be notified in August that your membership is due.
If you joined after September 2005 you will be notified one month ahead of your membership due date.
Those people re-joining within the month of their membership being due will receive two free tickets ($20 value) for a draw on a
custom Winterbourne track bike – www.winterbornebikes.com/
New fee schedule for 2007 is at www.forestcityvelodrome.ca/membershipfees.html
Donate $1,000 to the Forest City Velodrome Association and your membership is free and a tax receipt will be issued for the total amount donated. We had a few $1,000 donors last year!
Forest City Velodrome Funding
A few of you have had questions about funding of the FCV. Here is some info that I asked Goody to supply.
– Memberships and fundraising – 36% of total needed operational revenue.
– Racing revenue (paid spectators) – 33%.
– Grants – 30%
But Goody explained that these values are skewed from what he originally expected. In the beginning 66% was to be generated from Saturday night racing attendance. We should not be depending on as much outside funding.
He would like more revenue from Saturday night racing which (hopefully) could drop dependency on memberships and grants to 25%.
It must be noted that grants all go towards training camps and sessions for young people and not to general operating funds.
By the way, it costs about 110K per year to operate the velodrome which breaks down to about 9K per month.Â
There is still an outstanding $60K balance owing to people who financed the Vel.
Of course creative fundraising is an on-going effort. Ahemm, that’s somewhat of an understatement.
If any of you need further funding details, do not hesitate to contact rg.
Announcing the new FCV 3-tier Junior Development Program
Level 1 – Team Ontario
Junior aged riders 17 – 18 years old meeting the “A” time standards in preparation for Track Nationals
Level 2 – The “D Team” – (D for Development!)
Cadet aged riders 16 – 17 years old meeting the “B” time standards concentrating on skill and bike handling development.
Level 3 – The “Zee Team” – (the fun team)
Riders aged 13 – 16 years old learning how to ride the track skills & bike handling development.
With the help of the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion & Ontario Trillium Foundation, regular Development Camps every 5 or 6 weeks will be run to improve fitness & track skills in preparation for 2007 Junior Nationals.
Much more information will come out in the coming months.
Mike T. is lobbying hard for another exclusive group of riders. We shall be seeking funding, sponsored bikes and clothing.Â If it goes through the group will be Team PROG – (short for ‘Progress’) which stands for Pensioners, Retirees and Old Geezers.Â You heard it here first folks. Send your cheques to me. What was the question again?
Lost ‘n Found – a camera found on the table in the track center. I.D. it and it’s yours…………firstname.lastname@example.org
Over the weekend of July 8th your received a couple of quick newsletters telling you of the incredible performances of FCV riders at the 2006 Track Masters, Junior & Handisport National Track Cycling Championships July 6-9 in Bromont, Quebec.
Here are the full results of FCV riders –
Brooks Rapley (former lap record holder at FCV)
Gold in Sprint
Silver in Kilo
Bronze in Pursuit
Gold in Points Race
Silver in Sprint
Silver in Points Race, Scratch Race, Pursuit.
Bronze in Sprint
Gold in Sprint & 500m TT
Silver in Points Race
Silver in Scratch Race
Bronze in Points Race & 500m TT
Gold in Scratch Race
Silver in 500mTT
Bronze in Pursuit & Points Race
Bronze in Sprint & Keirin
Alex Fournier, Ryan Crawford, Joe Veloce
Bronze in Team Sprint
Steve Meyer, Ryan Crawford
Bronze in Madison
Gold in Sprint, Scratch Race & Points Race (3 golds!)
Bronze in Sprint, Scratch Race & Points Race
7th in Scratch race
5th in Pursuit
Joe Veloce 4th in Kilo 1:12.3
Florence Lapointe 3:07 in Pursuit
In total – 29 Medals at the Nationals – an unbelievable performance by the entire team!
The new Recreational Time Trial series!
For a few weeks we have been running a Timetrial race series aimed at our many Recreational riders.These races are perfect for those who choose not to compete in group races and beginning racers.
They are a solo timed effort and your times will be displayed on the Velodrome’s website.
Come and see how your speed compares to others at the track! Get some friendly agro going with your track buddies.
Distances – Standing Start Lap, 500, 1000, 3000 metre. Flying Lap.
When – during Thursday’s Track 4 session.Â Time Trials – between 7 & 7:30pm. Warmup in the prior Rec session 5-7pm.
July 29th – Can-Am Challenge! Saturday Night Racing resumes!Â
Racers for Detroit will challenge the regulars at Forest City.
Events will be a Flying Lap competition, Scratch races, Match sprints and a Madison.
The Velo-Kids will also be performing. Racing begins at 7pm, there will be many new faces at the Velodrome as we have invited many advertisers with the Yellow Pages as part of their Sponsorship program.
August 12th – Night of Champions.Â This race night will feature recognition for our Junior and Master medal winners at the Canadian National Championships.
Also August 12th & 13th – a training camp for Espoires and Seniors. (Also open to Cadets & Juniors for Development) Featuring morning road rides (open to all members), afternoon track training and evening races.
Most of us use clip-in pedals at the track and many of you use clip-in pedals off your road (or mtb) bikes. The problem here is that we need far more cleat retention tension at the track than we need on the road or trails.
On road or trail a pulled foot is rarely more than a slight inconvenience. We freewheel and clip back in. Not so on the track. A pulled foot while using fixed gear almost always results in a crash. Bringing others down due to your pulled foot is even worse.
Tighten your pedal release tension! Make it a struggle to get out of your pedals.
If you don’t know how to tighten your pedals, see your session leader.
101 things to do
The London Free Press newspaper listed riding the FCV as one of the top 101 things to do in SW Ontario.
Summer Camps for Youth
The Forest City Velodrome is offering a series of three camps for youth (under18)
over the 2006 summer months:
– Thursday, July 13, 2006 – this camp is now over. There were thirteen new riders to the track.
– Thursday, August, 17, 2006
– Thursday, August 31, 2006
The camps run from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. All equipment including track bicycles is supplied and a lunch will be provided. Class size is limited to a maximum of 18 participants. Be sure to register early. Pre-registration only by completing the registration form on the website. Registration fee – $10.
Our Velodrome Camps helped our Junior riders gain Gold, Silver and Bronze medals at the Canadian National Championships!Â Â
Be part of the next wave!
Summer Youth Camps proudly sponsored by the Ontario Trillium Foundation. http://www.trilliumfoundation.org/cms/en/index.aspx
The Ontario Trillium Foundation is a major supporter of the FCV. We have received major grant money from them.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), one of Canada”šs leading grantmaking foundations, is an agency of the Ministry of Culture. OTF distributes $100 million of government funding each year generated through Ontario”šs charity casino initiative.
Their vision: the Ontario Trillium Foundation is a catalyst that enables Ontarians to work together to enhance the quality of life in their communities. They believe that communities across Ontario are rich in talent, creativity and drive and their grants stimulate communities to build on those assets.
Their mission: Building healthy and vibrant communities throughout Ontario by strengthening the capacity of the voluntary sector, through investments in community-based initiatives.
Thank you OTF! (yes they are on our mailing list!)
KHS rental bikes’ success!
RG loaned our KHS rental bikes to two of the speedskater young people from Kingston/Ottawa for the nationals.Â
Those bikes carried the two to 1 gold, 1 silver and 5 bronze medals.Â
And that was on our heavy rentals against other kids on carbon wonder bikes with disk wheels.Â
Well done KHS; well done Ivanie and Trevor!
A nice bike story
Many thanks to FCV member, Kingston Ontario’s Doctor Ken Reid, for loaning his incredible Pinarello bike to Logan Cornel also of Kingston. Logan, one of the speedskaters who first came to the FCV five weeks ago and attended just two sessions, won 3 Gold medals in the Cadet class at the national championships in Bromont Quebec on Ken’s bike. A class act Doc! A fine ride Logan!
Fall & Winter Rec schedule
Let us know when you want to ride. Make additions to the riding schedule. Here is your opportunity to get what you want. Session Leaders wanted.
Operations at the Velodrome – Cost of opening the doors is $75 per hour, if you want a new session we need to have the riders to make sense of adding the extra time. We will have expanded time for the Kids; now let us know what you want.
Since the Forest City Velodrome was created rg has had enquiries from these places about the feasibility of velodrome construction – Edmonton, Montreal, Ottawa and Oshawa. But rg did it first. He had the dream for many years and finally acted.
Jerseys! Goody claims he will have them in his hands on Friday. I will e-mail you all again when he is actually holding them.
2006 – 2007 is already shaping up to be a bumper year at the FCV. With the help of our grants, our very successful track programs, the success of our racers andÂ our volunteers’ tremendous help, we’ve never looked better.Â
Let’s all try to get behind some facet of FCV operations and drive Goody’s dream onwards.