Rave reviews for Milton velodrome

Community Jan 04, 2015 by Steve LeBlanc Milton Canadian Champion

As the foursome rounds the far corner, its lead rider swings up toward the 42-degree peak of the track banking — rejoining his teammates in the rear and letting someone else take over the tough part.

Moments later, with the finish line within reach, the front-man drops off and the other three cyclists — the minimum needed to complete the 16-lap event — make their final acceleration.

These are basic, common-knowledge elements of track cycling’s team pursuit. Common knowledge to most in attendance at the Milton Cisco Velodrome. But certainly not to all.

“I don’t really understand it,” admitted Miltonian Linda Neelands, who along with husband Don were among the several hundred who braved yesterday’s snow and slippery roads to take in the official christening of the $56-million facility with its first test event — or rather day one of the Canadian Track Championships. They’re two of — no doubt — thousands of area residents who’ll be getting a Track Cycling 101 education in the coming months, with the state-of-the-art velodrome now in their own backyard for this summer’s Pan-Am Games. “But what they’ve built here is beautiful.”

This last comment was whole-heartedly shared by spectators and rides alike during last night’s initial session of the four-day national showcase.

This included Caledon’s Krista Ruby, who along with Real Deal/Gears partner Kristen Sears of Ancaster have the distinction of being the first winners in the new velodrome — securing a decisive three-second victory in heat one of the team spring qualification.

“When you put it that way it feels pretty good (to have first win in velodrome),” smiled Ruby, whose team clocked in at 38.373 after needing a restart in the debut race. “It’s pretty awesome to have a facility like this in Canada. Having a 250-metre track is definitely going to help with our speed and training, especially for us sprinters.”

Echoed B.C. sprinter Evan Carey, “It feels kind of euphoric to have a world-class facility in Canada now. And it’s exciting to be part of a resurgence of track cycling (in Canada). It’s definitely coming back.”

Awesome and world-class were words repeatedly uttered by riders during afternoon warm-up and following their initial performances last night.

“This is going to be awesome to develop riders,” said Calgary’s Allison Beveridge, 21, of the team pursuit Trek Red Truck contingent, who followed in her older sisters’ footsteps and began riding six years ago. She’s now part of the national team. “This is definitely a world-class facility (compared to others around the world). It’s really well done.”

Last night’s throng of media were met by a small army of volunteers — the size of which Milton has never seen for a single sporting event — all eager to help introduce the new facility.

Meanwhile, the crowd was an even mix of knowledgeable and novice spectators — coming from near and far.

Among the latter was Stephen McManmon of County Meath, Ireland, an avid recreational road and track cyclist who was visiting family in nearby Waterdown for the holidays and took the opportunity to check out the new velodrome. “I’ve been to the Manchester velodrome, and while this one’s a bit smaller, it’s a super facility.”

Also impressed was Mississauga’s Guido Hafer, who came out with 15-year-old mountain-biking son Bryn.

“It’s (track cycling) pretty cool. We’re enjoying it.”

The Canadian championships continue until Tuesday, with the second test event — the Milton International Challenge — set for next weekend (January 9 to 11).

For tickets and race schedules, visit cyclingcanada.ca.

The velodrome is still undergoing a few last-minute cosmetic touch-ups and will be officially introduced with a community open-house on Family Day, February 16.

Rave reviews for Milton velodrome

New facility christened with Canadian Track Championships

Community Jan 04, 2015 by Steve LeBlanc Milton Canadian Champion

As the foursome rounds the far corner, its lead rider swings up toward the 42-degree peak of the track banking — rejoining his teammates in the rear and letting someone else take over the tough part.

Moments later, with the finish line within reach, the front-man drops off and the other three cyclists — the minimum needed to complete the 16-lap event — make their final acceleration.

These are basic, common-knowledge elements of track cycling’s team pursuit. Common knowledge to most in attendance at the Milton Cisco Velodrome. But certainly not to all.

“I don’t really understand it,” admitted Miltonian Linda Neelands, who along with husband Don were among the several hundred who braved yesterday’s snow and slippery roads to take in the official christening of the $56-million facility with its first test event — or rather day one of the Canadian Track Championships. They’re two of — no doubt — thousands of area residents who’ll be getting a Track Cycling 101 education in the coming months, with the state-of-the-art velodrome now in their own backyard for this summer’s Pan-Am Games. “But what they’ve built here is beautiful.”

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This last comment was whole-heartedly shared by spectators and rides alike during last night’s initial session of the four-day national showcase.

This included Caledon’s Krista Ruby, who along with Real Deal/Gears partner Kristen Sears of Ancaster have the distinction of being the first winners in the new velodrome — securing a decisive three-second victory in heat one of the team spring qualification.

“When you put it that way it feels pretty good (to have first win in velodrome),” smiled Ruby, whose team clocked in at 38.373 after needing a restart in the debut race. “It’s pretty awesome to have a facility like this in Canada. Having a 250-metre track is definitely going to help with our speed and training, especially for us sprinters.”

Echoed B.C. sprinter Evan Carey, “It feels kind of euphoric to have a world-class facility in Canada now. And it’s exciting to be part of a resurgence of track cycling (in Canada). It’s definitely coming back.”

Awesome and world-class were words repeatedly uttered by riders during afternoon warm-up and following their initial performances last night.

“This is going to be awesome to develop riders,” said Calgary’s Allison Beveridge, 21, of the team pursuit Trek Red Truck contingent, who followed in her older sisters’ footsteps and began riding six years ago. She’s now part of the national team. “This is definitely a world-class facility (compared to others around the world). It’s really well done.”

Last night’s throng of media were met by a small army of volunteers — the size of which Milton has never seen for a single sporting event — all eager to help introduce the new facility.

Meanwhile, the crowd was an even mix of knowledgeable and novice spectators — coming from near and far.

Among the latter was Stephen McManmon of County Meath, Ireland, an avid recreational road and track cyclist who was visiting family in nearby Waterdown for the holidays and took the opportunity to check out the new velodrome. “I’ve been to the Manchester velodrome, and while this one’s a bit smaller, it’s a super facility.”

Also impressed was Mississauga’s Guido Hafer, who came out with 15-year-old mountain-biking son Bryn.

“It’s (track cycling) pretty cool. We’re enjoying it.”

The Canadian championships continue until Tuesday, with the second test event — the Milton International Challenge — set for next weekend (January 9 to 11).

For tickets and race schedules, visit cyclingcanada.ca.

The velodrome is still undergoing a few last-minute cosmetic touch-ups and will be officially introduced with a community open-house on Family Day, February 16.

Rave reviews for Milton velodrome

New facility christened with Canadian Track Championships

Community Jan 04, 2015 by Steve LeBlanc Milton Canadian Champion

As the foursome rounds the far corner, its lead rider swings up toward the 42-degree peak of the track banking — rejoining his teammates in the rear and letting someone else take over the tough part.

Moments later, with the finish line within reach, the front-man drops off and the other three cyclists — the minimum needed to complete the 16-lap event — make their final acceleration.

These are basic, common-knowledge elements of track cycling’s team pursuit. Common knowledge to most in attendance at the Milton Cisco Velodrome. But certainly not to all.

“I don’t really understand it,” admitted Miltonian Linda Neelands, who along with husband Don were among the several hundred who braved yesterday’s snow and slippery roads to take in the official christening of the $56-million facility with its first test event — or rather day one of the Canadian Track Championships. They’re two of — no doubt — thousands of area residents who’ll be getting a Track Cycling 101 education in the coming months, with the state-of-the-art velodrome now in their own backyard for this summer’s Pan-Am Games. “But what they’ve built here is beautiful.”

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This last comment was whole-heartedly shared by spectators and rides alike during last night’s initial session of the four-day national showcase.

This included Caledon’s Krista Ruby, who along with Real Deal/Gears partner Kristen Sears of Ancaster have the distinction of being the first winners in the new velodrome — securing a decisive three-second victory in heat one of the team spring qualification.

“When you put it that way it feels pretty good (to have first win in velodrome),” smiled Ruby, whose team clocked in at 38.373 after needing a restart in the debut race. “It’s pretty awesome to have a facility like this in Canada. Having a 250-metre track is definitely going to help with our speed and training, especially for us sprinters.”

Echoed B.C. sprinter Evan Carey, “It feels kind of euphoric to have a world-class facility in Canada now. And it’s exciting to be part of a resurgence of track cycling (in Canada). It’s definitely coming back.”

Awesome and world-class were words repeatedly uttered by riders during afternoon warm-up and following their initial performances last night.

“This is going to be awesome to develop riders,” said Calgary’s Allison Beveridge, 21, of the team pursuit Trek Red Truck contingent, who followed in her older sisters’ footsteps and began riding six years ago. She’s now part of the national team. “This is definitely a world-class facility (compared to others around the world). It’s really well done.”

Last night’s throng of media were met by a small army of volunteers — the size of which Milton has never seen for a single sporting event — all eager to help introduce the new facility.

Meanwhile, the crowd was an even mix of knowledgeable and novice spectators — coming from near and far.

Among the latter was Stephen McManmon of County Meath, Ireland, an avid recreational road and track cyclist who was visiting family in nearby Waterdown for the holidays and took the opportunity to check out the new velodrome. “I’ve been to the Manchester velodrome, and while this one’s a bit smaller, it’s a super facility.”

Also impressed was Mississauga’s Guido Hafer, who came out with 15-year-old mountain-biking son Bryn.

“It’s (track cycling) pretty cool. We’re enjoying it.”

The Canadian championships continue until Tuesday, with the second test event — the Milton International Challenge — set for next weekend (January 9 to 11).

For tickets and race schedules, visit cyclingcanada.ca.

The velodrome is still undergoing a few last-minute cosmetic touch-ups and will be officially introduced with a community open-house on Family Day, February 16.