The qualification process for the 2010 USA Cycling Elite Track National Championships has been posted online. For the sixth year in a row, regional championship events at velodromes across the nation will qualify elite level track cyclists to compete for national titles.
All male cyclists who hold a valid USA Cycling or UCI international racing license, and have a racing age of 17 or above may compete in the time trial qualification events. For the men’s mass start qualification events, a rider must be a Category 3 or above on the track. Female cyclists with a valid license and a racing age of 17 or above may compete in all qualification events.
[Photo by Andrea Smith]
The 2010 Elite Track National Championships velodrome qualifying schedule is as follows:
Critical Mass » Some people love it. Some people could do without it. It’s the monthly biker’s rights celebration and usually happens on the last Friday of the month in most cities. Check listings for one in your town.
Giro d’Italleycat » An Italian-themed alleycat in Birmingham to celebrate the Giro. Church Street at 7pm.
Bike Town Beta 3 » A neighborhood in West Hollywood is transformed into a bicycle village with guerilla-style, DIY, potluck fun. Bike Town is made up of lots of little mini parties and events like an alleycat sponsored by Food Not Bombs and FMLY’s Music In The Park. Check out all the Bike Town mini-events or throw your own. Noon to midnight between Fairfax, La Brea, Fountain and 3rd.
Get Ready For Summer Hellyer’s final chance to prepare for the summer. This race day will feature races for Women Cat 3 & 4 and Group B & C (no Group A races). Races start at 1pm.
LAVRA Upgrade Race » Cat 3-5 track racers get to cut their teeth (hopefully not literally), build experience and gain points at this upgrade series at LA Velodrome.
One Night StandSan Jose fixed/SS alleycat. Meet at iMINUSD at 6pm. Part of SJFixed’s “Relationship Series”. Nice.
Spring Cleanup » Glenmore Velodrome’s endurance omnium including a Scratch, Points, Pursuits and Madison. There will be $1,000 in prize money up for grabs but you have to suffer to earn it. Registration opens at 8am.
Wonder Root 2 Year Anniversary » This Atlanta community arts center is celebrating with an alleycat race followed by a fun night with bands and a vegan brunch the next day. Race starts at Artichoke Bliss Community Garden at 5:30pm.
Anytime Jam 3 » All-day BMX trick jam presented by The Anytime Crew. All day long in Venice, CA.
Barry Wolfe Grand Prix » Criterium in Woodland Hills. This race is the SCNCA Elite Crit Championships so it’s gonna be fast!
Choppercabras Spring Thing »s; Now in its 9th year! This is probably one of the longest running annual freak bike parties in Los Angeles if not the world. Expect the unexpected but plan for tons of fun. Atomic Cycles at noon.
Melburn Roobaix 2010 » The cobbled classic down under and the only cobbled classic I know of that ends at a pub. Starts at 11am.
The National Sports Center is looking for women riders who are interested in competing at the Fixed Gear Classic to be held June 11-13. A $5500 purse is on the line over the 3 days of racing and the race organizers would love to have a full women’s field to compete for the cash prizes. In order to make this happen, the NSC Velodrome team has some travel stipends available for out-of-town women who wish to compete. If you think you may be interested in making the trek and in need of some help, please contact Bob Wiliams at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (763) 785-5614.
Olympic Gold medalist Sir Chris Hoy shares his thoughts about the new rule change to the 2012 Olympics track cycling program which limits each country to only one competitor for each event. No big surprise that he seems pretty dismayed.
Block Shop Goldsprints » The Block Shop presents goldsprints at Bex on TheBLVD in Lancaster. Racing starts at 8pm, eating and drinking starts whenever Bex opens.
Pre-VeloCity Alleycat » Aptly named because it’s the alleycat before VeloCity Tour kicks off in Chicago. Meet at the Blue Frog at 7pm.
The Ride With No Name » My buddy Brad puts on this great social ride starting from Downtown LA’s Arts District every month. A nice way to see the city, with friends on two wheels. Meet at Hewitt & Traction at 8pm.
Bike Fetish Day » Now in its 6th year, the community-building, creativity-inducing, bike-fetishizing block party in Brooklyn is at it again. Lots of contests, goldsprints, live bands, food/drink, exhibitors and general fun. On Havemeyer between Grand and Metropolitan from noon to 6pm.
Cynergy Goldsprints » Vomit-inducing goldsprints, food trucks and beer at Cynergy Cycles in Santa Monica. Races start at 7pm.
Mash Tour Of California Race » A fixed-gear only alleycat to commemorate Mash SF’s Tour Of California last year. Free to race. Meet at Echo Park Lake at 4:30pm. The race will probably end at Project Space for the Mash exhibit below.
Matrix Track Cup » The Superdrome’s big omnium event in Frisco, TX and the season opener of the 2010 American Track Racing Association’s National Championship Series. Juniors and Masters race at 3:30pm. Elites race at 6:30pm. This is part of the Superdrome’s May Fest weekend (last item in this post).
Revisit Mash Tour Of California » A retrospective exhibition of Mash SF’s journey to crash the 2009 Amgen Tour Of California on track bikes. The exhibit will showcase documentation from the 750-mile experience, including a new short film and behind-the-scenes photography, and a display of artifacts from the tour, such as road-worn bicycles, a torn kit from the 2009 Tour and more. At Project Space from 6pm to 10pm.
Torneo De Bike Polo » Chilean bike polo tournament held in the velodrome at the National Stadium. Advertising a full 13 hours of game play for competitors.
VeloCity Tour 2010 - Chicago » Messengers and urban riders race at Washington Park Velodrome in Kenosha, WI. Top messenger will win airfare to the 2010 Cycle Messenger World Championships in Guatemala.
AfriCat Benefit Race » Oakland alleycat race to benefit a charity program sending bikes to disadvantaged communities in Africa. Come out and race for a good cause. Mosswood Park at 12pm.
Tubesteaks Under The Stars » Lots of fun stuff planned for this day-long Bicycle Kitchen fundraiser including a “not-an-alleycat” race, a screening of Rad and a lot of hot dogs. It all starts at noon at LA’s Bicycle District.
Amgen Tour Of California » The final stages of Cali’s big race including Individual Time Trials in LA on Saturday and a circuit course on Sunday through Thousand Oaks.
Bicycle Film Festival Memphis » Celebrating their 10th year, the festival of independent bike-themed movies hits Memphis, TN. Check the schedule for film showings and look out for other events like alleycats and block parties.
European Cycle Messenger Championships » Expect a weekend full of races, parties, polo, goldsprints, trick comps and more bike fun they way Europeans know how to bring it. In Budapest, Hungary all weekend long. Check the schedule for specific event info.
Midwest Bike Polo Championships 8 » Big polo tourney in Minneapolis. Expect teams from all over the Midwest to show up for this one. At Dunwoody College from 10am to 8pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Superdrome May Fest » Three days of racing at the Superdrome in Frisco, TX with a $5,100 weekend purse. Point Series Omnium on Friday night, Matrix Cup on Saturday and Speed Race Sprint Tournament on Sunday. Gonna be awesome!
“You see a lot of successful road athletes having a background in track. They are moving away from it, just like me, because the program has changed.”—Shelley Evans on transitioning from track racing to the road in an interview with VeloNews.
It’s a pretty cool photo essay and worth checking out even if the captions are written for total newbs. I hope this major media coverage helps to bring more people out to the velodrome. Like Felipe Buitrago (pictured) who was riding fixed as a messenger for years before getting into track racing, maybe they’ll see how easy it is to get started (and become addicted).
“On the track you build up to become better and better from a junior and suddenly you win big races and you do that for a while. It’s totally the same [on the road] - you come from zero. That’s the best thing about being a sportsman. Winning is not the only motivation, there is also the process of improving and being on the road to the top. When you look back, those are the best moments; not necessarily crossing the line in first position or having a lot of people cheering for you, but making those steps.”—Theo Bos on riding in this year’s Amgen Tour Of California. He finished fourth in yesterday’s stage.