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    2015 PanAm velodrome update

    I won't try to express how excited I am for this place (have I mentioned I am a 15min drive away) but I did want to share some of the pictures of ongoing construction. I ride by all the time on my road rides and its interesting to see the progress week to week. Also kind of cool to see what it looks like UNDER the track. Current status is they are ~4 weeks behind due to the awful winter but plan to be ready for a UCI/nationals event in October. There is a good chance hardly anyone will even ride it before that!






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    Do you know if any track skills from the FCV carry over to this velodrome? I got my track 2 there in 2013/14 winter but will likely try the track again once this is built.. I am only ~30min away
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    Quote Originally Posted by sstang13 View Post
    Do you know if any track skills from the FCV carry over to this velodrome? I got my track 2 there in 2013/14 winter but will likely try the track again once this is built.. I am only ~30min away
    All the skills you learned at FCV will translate to any track you ride. The only adjustment you will have to make is to lessen the extreme that these techniques are taken to. If you are wondering if your "track 1" credentials will transfer over to this new track allowing you to skip these intro session, then no. All tracks have these sessions to limit their liability. At the very least you will have to ride and demonstrate your skills with an experienced local who deals with running the track.

    I lived in Hamilton, but just moved to Edmonton three months ago, so I envy you being able to ride this track whenever you please. Yes there is a fine drome in YEG, but I was so looking forward to seeing Milton go up.
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    I actually just moved from Toronto this past fall and was really disappointed to be moving away from what looks like will be a beautiful facility. I will definitely get out to that track when visiting friends in the future.

    I was more blown away by the long term funding that the PanAm games, and more importantly the province of Ontario have set up to not let it fall by the wayside once the games are over.

    Very disappointed to not be living in Toronto for the PanAm games.

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    LA has a weekly class that is designed for people who ride other tracks and we will likely set something like that up for all the FCV riders. Steve Bauer (Steve Bauer - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia) is running the programming when it opens and has been down to FCV a lot to learn how we do things there. But as mentioned, we tell people "if you can handle FCV, you can handle any track".

    Even for people who don't consider themselves 'track racers' will be using the track all winter I am sure, same as London. Sure beats the trainer!

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    Looks good. Still amazed how few indoor tracks there are in your part of the world!
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    Quote Originally Posted by taras0000 View Post
    All the skills you learned at FCV will translate to any track you ride. The only adjustment you will have to make is to lessen the extreme that these techniques are taken to. If you are wondering if your "track 1" credentials will transfer over to this new track allowing you to skip these intro session, then no. All tracks have these sessions to limit their liability. At the very least you will have to ride and demonstrate your skills with an experienced local who deals with running the track.

    I lived in Hamilton, but just moved to Edmonton three months ago, so I envy you being able to ride this track whenever you please. Yes there is a fine drome in YEG, but I was so looking forward to seeing Milton go up.
    Thanks, that makes sense. You won't be able to ride the track at all then since you moved? That would kind of suck.

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    Looks good. Still amazed how few indoor tracks there are in your part of the world!
    Ya cycling isn't the most popular sport around here but I think it's on the rise. I thought cycling would be booming after Hesjedal won the 2012 giro but that didn't seem to do as much as I'd thought, maybe with this velodrome it'll spike something!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sstang13 View Post
    Ya cycling isn't the most popular sport around here but I think it's on the rise. I thought cycling would be booming after Hesjedal won the 2012 giro but that didn't seem to do as much as I'd thought, maybe with this velodrome it'll spike something!

    We have had various cyclist over the years win gold, ride yellow, etc. but unless they played for the leafs they are not going to be known in this country. The only thing that will grow the sport is infrastructure like this, it happened in the UK and Im hoping Canada will follow to some extent. Needless to say I imagine the track will be pretty quiet for the first couple of years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gtrob View Post
    We have had various cyclist over the years win gold, ride yellow, etc. but unless they played for the leafs they are not going to be known in this country. The only thing that will grow the sport is infrastructure like this, it happened in the UK and Im hoping Canada will follow to some extent. Needless to say I imagine the track will be pretty quiet for the first couple of years.
    True, then again, I guess hockey over in Europe will never really be as big as it is here. I'm not really complaining to much either though because with the few velodromes we have here, its nice to be able to go there and not worry about having 100 people trying to get on lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by gtrob View Post
    We have had various cyclist over the years win gold, ride yellow, etc. but unless they played for the leafs they are not going to be known in this country. The only thing that will grow the sport is infrastructure like this, it happened in the UK and Im hoping Canada will follow to some extent. Needless to say I imagine the track will be pretty quiet for the first couple of years.
    It won't be quiet when I get there.

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    Gents,
    Was tweeting with @Miltonvelodrome yesterday. Apparently the facility will be open for public programming in November (I presume after the nationals and the Pan Am test events). Pretty excited over here!!

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    Just in time for winter. Awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taras0000 View Post
    All the skills you learned at FCV will translate to any track you ride. The only adjustment you will have to make is to lessen the extreme that these techniques are taken to. If you are wondering if your "track 1" credentials will transfer over to this new track allowing you to skip these intro session, then no. All tracks have these sessions to limit their liability. At the very least you will have to ride and demonstrate your skills with an experienced local who deals with running the track.

    I lived in Hamilton, but just moved to Edmonton three months ago, so I envy you being able to ride this track whenever you please. Yes there is a fine drome in YEG, but I was so looking forward to seeing Milton go up.
    I'm pretty sure they broke ground this year on an indoor velodrome in Edmonton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by houleskis View Post
    Gents,
    Was tweeting with @Miltonvelodrome yesterday. Apparently the facility will be open for public programming in November (I presume after the nationals and the Pan Am test events). Pretty excited over here!!
    That is great. Hopefully I'll be able to ride it during the test event as I signed up to be a volunteer but my application is still "under review"..
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    Yup, nationals and an international event in Mid October, will be generally open to the public after that. Should see membership options around August. What a great way to end the summer with that race and then LAGP a few weeks later.

    They are also planning to run an O-cup series this winter. No idea on the format, Im hoping sprint and endurance points like NTC does but it might also just be a 'mixed bag' or omnium style. Considering how FEW people ride track Im not sure what the first year will be like.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gtrob View Post
    Considering how FEW people ride track Im not sure what the first year will be like.
    I'd drive the five hours up there in a heartbeat for a weekend of racing, so there may be more people than you expect.
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    There is a growing fixed gear community in Toronto. It will be interesting to see how that translates to use of the track.

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    The fact that it is indoors I think will gain a lot of interest in the winter. Road riders will use it to keep/gain fitness over the winter, that is what 90% of our track riders are right now in London. I dont doubt the sport will grow, you need the infrastructure first right

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