Velodrome cover will provide year-round training for USA Cycling athletes in Colorado Springs

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Velodrome cover will provide year-round training for USA Cycling athletes in Colorado Springs
USA Cycling and the United States Olympic Committee have teamed up to give track cyclists year-round, on-the-track training opportunities in Colorado Springs with the addition of a seasonal dome on the open-air 7-Eleven Velodrome located in Memorial Park. The dome will be put in place for the first time in early 2015.”With the quickly approaching 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, we are seeking every advantage to adequately prepare our athletes to compete with the best in the world,” said USA Cycling CEO & President Steve Johnson. “However, this significant upgrade of the velodrome in Colorado Springs will not only provide the optimal setting for our track cyclists to live and train throughout the year in the run-up to Rio, but also represents a significant investment in American track cycling that will benefit our growing track community well into the future.”

Andy Sparks, USA Cycling Endurance Track Head Coach and USOC Paracyling Track Head Coach, suggested that the USOC and USA Cycling put a dome over the outdoor track to increase the number of training days at the 7-Eleven Velodrome. USA Cycling received Board of Directors approval, as did the USOC.

“We think this is a tipping point that can be a game changer for our national team programming,” said Jim Miller, USA Cycling Vice President of Athletics. “With the resources accessible at the USOC, we can now manage more robust training and opportunities for our athletes 365 days a year.”

“I believe this improvement will insure not only our sustained competitive success but also our improved success in terms of Olympic medals in 2016 and beyond,” said Sparks.

Up until now, track cyclists living at the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center were forced to seek alternative training sites during the winter months. The covered velodrome will allow them 12 months of uninterrupted training while utilizing the OTC’s state-of-the-art athlete facilities.

The importance of the upgrade is not lost on athletes like Olympic silver medalist and seven-time world champion Sarah Hammer.

“I think the modernization of the velodrome is going to further kick start the efforts on the track program and will really show what Team USA is capable of moving forward,” Hammer said. “I am super proud of the two medals we won on the track in London and I know that the new velodrome cover will enable us to have more training camps and more quality training days than in previous years. It will be a game changer for our U.S. Olympic and Paralympic programs as well as our local junior and military programs. I would like to thank all of the individuals who have made this project possible and a few individuals from USA Cycling in particular that had a major impact, such as Steve Johnson, Jim Miller and Foundation Development Director Steve McCauley.”

The dome will be removed during the warmer summer months, but the shelter it provides during the winter will save an estimated $10,000 on annual repair work.

With year-round usage, the USOC will be able to add an additional 400 hours of community programs, on top of the 600 hours that are already offered. These will include the “Learn to Ride the Velodrome” program, community training and community races.

“We are excited to be adding a seasonal dome, which will allow our athletes to stay and train in Colorado Springs year-round where they will also have access to other important resources such as nutrition, strength training and sport performance services at the OTC,” said Aron McGuire, director of the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center. “This upgrade is a win-win, not only for our elite athletes but also for local riders and the greater Colorado Springs community.”

The 333.3 meter cement banked track was built in 1982 to provide high-altitude training for American cyclists leading up to the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. In 1986, the velodrome and Colorado Springs hosted the World Cycling Championships with huge crowds filling the stands each night during the weeklong event. Since then, the velodrome has played host to dozens of international competitions for both track cycling and roller sport.

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New Giordana Velodrome in Rock Hill, S.C.

USA Cycling congratulates Rock Hill, S.C.on new Giordana Velodrome

Colorado Springs, Colo. (March 23, 2011) – USA Cycling is excited to congratulate the city of Rock Hill, S.C. on the opening of its Giordana Velodrome last Saturday.The 250-meter track is part of a 250-acre Rock Hill Outdoor Center that will also feature a BMX Supercross track, cyclo-crosscourse, mountain bike course, trails and more on the city’s riverwalk along the Catawba River.As the third velodrome built in the U.S. in the last decade, its grand opening serves as a testament to our country’s renewed interest in track cycling in recent years. The Rock Hill facility is the 27th velodrome in the United States. See a complete list of velodromes here.“The city of Rock Hill should be very proud of this world-class facility,” said USA Cycling President & CEO Steve Johnson. “The Giordana Velodrome will provide elite and developing athletes with the racing and training environment they need for success. Additionally, the velodrome will not only attract top-level cyclists to the Rock Hill community, but will also encourage an increased level of local participation that is critical to sustain our nation’s ever-growing interest in track cycling.”

Nearly 1,000 people turned out for the velodrome’s unveiling where the honorary first ride went to a group of 12 children. The velodrome will offer free classes for kids and beginners, as well as programs for people of all ages and abilities.

“Not only do we expect that it will contribute significantly to economic development efforts and serve as our newest sports tourism venue, but that it will provide health and wellness opportunities for all of our citizens,” commented Rock Hill Mayor, Doug Echols. “I anxiously await the day when Rock Hill produces our first track cycling star and they count the Giordana Velodrome as their home track.”

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USA Cycling announces launch of National Track Calendar

USA Cycling announces launch of National Track Calendar

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Colorado Springs, Colo. (March 16, 2012) — USA Cycling on Friday announced the return of the National Track Calendar (NTC). The eight-event calendar will feature events at the preeminent velodromes in the country.The calendar begins May 12-13 with the Matrix Track Cup presented by Richardson Bike Mart at The Superdrome in Frisco, Texas. The second event is the Fixed Gear Classic at the NSC Velodrome in Blaine, Minn., from June 7-9. On June 15, riders will contest the U.S. Sprint Grand Prix at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in Trexlertown, Pa., before competing in the Grand Prix of Sprinting at the 7-Eleven Velodrome in Colorado Springs, Colo., from June 22-24. The calendar makes a stop in the Pacific Northwest July 20-22 for the Marymoor Grand Prix in Redmond, Wash. The new Giordana Velodrome in Rock Hill, S.C., is slated to host the Giordana Velodrome Grand Prix on Aug. 18-19. The penultimate event on the calendar will be the Madison Cup on Aug. 31 in Trexlertown. The final event is the Velo Sports Center Grand Prix on September 22-23 at the Velo Sports Center at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

“USA Cycling is excited to reestablish the National Track Calendar,” USA Cycling National Events Manager Tony Leko said. “Track cycling is an important aspect of the sport and has an extremely passionate following, so we felt that it was essential to provide these elite athletes with a top-tier calendar of their own. One hasn’t existed since 2006.”

Events will fall into one of two categories: sprint or endurance. A male and female winner in each of those categories will be recognized at an awards ceremony at a to-be-determined date and location.

There are four sprint events: match sprint, keirin, team sprint and time trial (men will ride 1 kilometer while women will ride 500 meters). There are five endurance events: points race, scratch race, individual pursuit, team pursuit and Madison. Points will be awarded to the top 10 in each race. Points will be evenly distributed between each rider in team events.

Below is a look at the complete NTC, including dates, locations and which events are expected to happen at each venue:

May 12-13 Matrix Track Cup p/b Richardson Bike Mart The Superdrome in Frisco (Frisco, Texas) PR, SR, IP TT
June 7-9 Fixed Gear Classic NSC Velodrome (Blaine, Minn.) PR, SR, Mad* MS, TS, K
June 15 U.S. Sprint Grand Prix Valley Preferred Cycling Center (Trexlertown, Pa.) TBA
June 22-24 Grand Prix of Sprinting 7-Eleven Velodrome (Colorado Springs, Colo.) MS, TS, K
July 20-22 Marymoor Grand Prix Marymoor Velodrome (Redmond, Wash.) PR, SR, Mad MS, TS, K, TT
Aug. 18-19 Giordana Velodrome Grand Prix Giordana Velodrome (Rock Hill, S.C.) TBA
Aug. 31 Madison Cup Valley Preferred Cycling Center (Trexlertown, Pa.) TBA
Sept. 22-23 Velo Sports Center Grand Prix Velo Sports Center (Carson, Calif.) TBA
Endurance Events — Points Race (PR); Scratch Race (SR); Individual Pursuit (IP); Team Pursuit (TP); Madison (Mad)
Sprint EventsMatch Sprint (MS); Team Sprint (TS); Keirin (K); Time Trial (TT)
* — The Madison at the Fixed Gear Classic is scheduled to be men only.

Below is the point system that will be implemented for the USA Cycling National Track Calendar in 2012. Event information, results, standings, and more can be found on the newly-launched NTC page.

1st 15
2nd 12
3rd 10
4th 8
5th 6
6th 5
7th 4
8th 3
9th 2
10th 1


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