Thursday, February 5, 2009
The dates for VeloCity 2009 have been announced - the flyer is here. Run by Kevin "Squid" Bolger, NYC's most media-friendly bike messenger, VeloCity is both great track racing competition and an excellent way for the inexperienced to try racing at a velodrome.
Over the past several years, Squid's top-notch promotion has gotten a lot more people racing at the Kissena Velodrome in Queens. He has brought messengers, city bikers, and young people, greatly contributing to the resurgence in popularity that Kissena has enjoyed in recent years. I wouldn't be surprised if VeloCity has made similar contributions to the other tracks where it will be held, too.
Men's and women's winners of the messenger competition will receive round-trip airfare to Tokyo for the Cycle Messenger World Champsionships - that's a big prize. Last year, VeloCity was in early March, on a clear and sharply cold day - it will be nice racing in fairer weather this year.
I highly recommend VeloCity if you're interested in getting in to track racing. The Kissena Velodrome has some loaner bikes in the storage shed, so if you don't have a track bike there's a chance that there will be one in (roughly) your size available to use. Doublecheck with John Campo, the track director, what sizes are available, and bring pedals, shoes, and a helmet.
And go hit the banking!