Pan Am Games hype officially begins with velodrome opening

Community Jan 19, 2015 by Steve LeBlanc Milton Canadian Champion

I’ve always maintained that you need to understand a sport before you can really appreciate it.

While that still holds true, my minimal knowledge of track cycling — something I’ll need to rectify quickly as the Pan Am Games draw near — certainly didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the official opening of the Milton Cisco Velodrome recently.

Trust me folks, this is a sport that needs to be seen up close and personal. TV just doesn’t do it justice.

One of a slew of reporters at the Canadian Track Cycling Championships — in sharp contrast to the monopoly I usually hold at local sporting events — I must say I was quite impressed with how well run our velodrome’s first event was.

Athletes from across the country all sang the facility’s praises, and to say the volunteers — and even a couple of fellow reporters — were eager to offer assistance and expertise would be putting it mildly.

All this made me even more excited about my leap into track cycling coverage and the opportunities that will entail.

For those who’ve already got the Pan Am Games buzz — or are interested in catching it — a community day open house at the velodrome is slated for Family Day, February 16.

Do I dare hope for a chance to take the new track for a test spin myself? Hey, I’m game. Just need to get that proverbial green light.

Pan Am Games hype officially begins with velodrome opening

Community Jan 19, 2015 by Steve LeBlanc Milton Canadian Champion

I’ve always maintained that you need to understand a sport before you can really appreciate it.

While that still holds true, my minimal knowledge of track cycling — something I’ll need to rectify quickly as the Pan Am Games draw near — certainly didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the official opening of the Milton Cisco Velodrome recently.

Trust me folks, this is a sport that needs to be seen up close and personal. TV just doesn’t do it justice.

One of a slew of reporters at the Canadian Track Cycling Championships — in sharp contrast to the monopoly I usually hold at local sporting events — I must say I was quite impressed with how well run our velodrome’s first event was.

Athletes from across the country all sang the facility’s praises, and to say the volunteers — and even a couple of fellow reporters — were eager to offer assistance and expertise would be putting it mildly.

All this made me even more excited about my leap into track cycling coverage and the opportunities that will entail.

For those who’ve already got the Pan Am Games buzz — or are interested in catching it — a community day open house at the velodrome is slated for Family Day, February 16.

Do I dare hope for a chance to take the new track for a test spin myself? Hey, I’m game. Just need to get that proverbial green light.

Pan Am Games hype officially begins with velodrome opening

Community Jan 19, 2015 by Steve LeBlanc Milton Canadian Champion

I’ve always maintained that you need to understand a sport before you can really appreciate it.

While that still holds true, my minimal knowledge of track cycling — something I’ll need to rectify quickly as the Pan Am Games draw near — certainly didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the official opening of the Milton Cisco Velodrome recently.

Trust me folks, this is a sport that needs to be seen up close and personal. TV just doesn’t do it justice.

One of a slew of reporters at the Canadian Track Cycling Championships — in sharp contrast to the monopoly I usually hold at local sporting events — I must say I was quite impressed with how well run our velodrome’s first event was.

Athletes from across the country all sang the facility’s praises, and to say the volunteers — and even a couple of fellow reporters — were eager to offer assistance and expertise would be putting it mildly.

All this made me even more excited about my leap into track cycling coverage and the opportunities that will entail.

For those who’ve already got the Pan Am Games buzz — or are interested in catching it — a community day open house at the velodrome is slated for Family Day, February 16.

Do I dare hope for a chance to take the new track for a test spin myself? Hey, I’m game. Just need to get that proverbial green light.