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High School Introduction to Bike Racing
To celebrate the grand re-opening of the Northbrook Velodrome an 8-week introductory bike racing program is now available for high school age students who would like to experience the thrill of high speed cycling on an Olympic-style velodrome. Riding and racing on the velodrome is not only extremely exciting it is done without the need to ride in the street and all the race action can be viewed from the grandstand. Training in the basic concepts of velodrome riding will be covered in weeks 1-3 including bike fit, bike handling and the fundamentals of safety controlling a track bike, with no brakes, no gears nor the capacity to coast. Weeks 4-5 will advance to pace line/group riding and race simulation. Weeks 6-8 will wrap up with competitive racing. Come learn about and participate in the fastest form of bicycle racing on the same velodrome where top US cyclists were groomed including: US Postal Service team member and World Championship competitor Robbie Ventura, US Postal Service team member and Tour de France rider Christian Vande Velde and 1996 Olympic Team member Bill Clay. Each participant will have two days a week of instruction. Track bikes will be provided but feel free to bring your own. Riders must provide their own ANSI approved helmet and proper cycling shoes.
Age range: Grades 9-12
Enrollment: 20-75 people
Location: Northbrook Velodrome
Instructor: Chris Vogel
Days: Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays
Time of day: 3:30-5:30pm
Dates: 4 April through 27 May
Fee: $175 (Northbrook resident)/$200 (nonresident) *Financial need?- see column on right*
a couple of emails:
am I allowed to race it and maybe I could bring some kids from my school
or hook up with another high school?
Sean, I'm glad you're interested in the high school program! Anyone can
participate- so invite everyone who might also be interested. The "teams"
are not going to be divided by schools, since the numbers are going to
vary... But I think they might be divided (initially) by the days that
you sign up for.
Is the track racing only for boys? Is there a program for girls as well?
The Northbrook program is for both boys and girls. The groups might be
divided according to turn out, but there's certainly room for you and
your friends as well!
Have you ever wanted to try bike racing? Are you high school age? Read on!
2005 Brings the introduction of a new spring program for high schoolers at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook! This is a new program that was instigated by Chris Mailing and is being supported by numerous local bike shops, teams, mentors and the Northbrook Park District.
We're looking for kids from all school districts in the area to participate. It doesn't matter where you live (IL, Wis, IN) as long as you can get to the velodrome at the correct times twice a week. If you want to race at the velodrome but you need some help with logistics (transportation, program fees, etc.)- that's why we're here. We want to help you make it happen!
Contact me (Marcus) to discuss interest in the program. If you're serious about getting started on the track, or just want to see what it's like, and can make the commitment- I want to hear from you!
Many people start out at the local velodromes as juniors and move on to National and International competition (Rebecca Much, Aaron Kacala, Matt Fox, Natalie Klemko, Allyson Brunner, Samantha Schneider, and others)... And this Spring's high school program from 4 April until 27 May is a great way to get an early start on the regular summer race season (25 May- 1 September 2005).
The Northbrook Park District does not have details on their web site yet... But they'll have an on line registration form available soon.
The Northbrook METRA stop is nearby.
a note from the coach:
Gary and Gracie think you would enjoy the track as well!