Tales From the Velodrome - October 18th

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  • By Bill Bourne
  • OBC Social - Track Cycling
  • When: Wed., October 18, 6:30pm – 9:30pm
  • Where: 78 Lisgar St., Ottawa

Track is the most social and inclusive of all cycling disciplines. “Everybody Rides!” Come hear stories that will give you a sense for what a blast it is to ride the track. Along the way, we’ll introduce velodromes and talk about our 3 “local” tracks: The Mattamy National Cycling Centre in Milton (site of the 2015 Pan-Am Games), the Forest City Velodrome in London Ontario, our other indoor track, and the outdoor velodrome at Bomont. We’ll talk about the kind of riding sessions that are available, and how to get started with track riding.

But the focus will be on stories and photos that demonstrate what a great discipline track riding is. How I got trained to ride at Forest City Velodrome by a 13 year old. How track allows riders of all ages and abilities to ride together. Who is that middle-aged women in a T-shirt and capris on the back of a tandem? Meet Louis, a wonderful service dog who follows the action from the infield.. Why is Steve Bauer giving that young women a head start in a sprint race? And why is everybody smiling? Learn how I discovered that Jeff Douglas, the host of CBC’s “As it Happens” makes a great cappuccino, and what a fast cyclist he is. And how I ended up riding a motorpace training session with the Canadian women’s under-23 cyclocross champion with Steve Bauer coaching.

How could you NOT want to try Track Cycling after an introduction like that? Thanks Bill! You have got to come out and see this presentation. I recently reached Bill via email, and he sent me his write up '... from the ferry on the way to Sicily...' . You've just got to love this guy!

The presentation is at the HMCS Bytown Officers' Mess (Naval) CROW'S NEST at 78 Lisgar It begins at 7:30 p.m. 'ish'. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Look for the anchor on the lawn directly across the street from the south entrance of Ottawa City Hall. And, there is a cash bar to boot. I hope to see you there.

Note: there is limited free parking on the east side of the building. Get there early for a spot.

George Gonis - OBC Social Director