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Message from Pat

A few weeks ago, Denver Post reporter John Meyer completed a Track Taster session, then stayed to watch the Thursday Night Racing. Through the great article he wrote about the track, he introduced many readers to what we do and how much fun the track is. The article also announced the mid-season pricing for our 2018 Season Passes—just $250, good through to the end of the year, which includes the use of Specialized Langsters (if you need a bike). So if you or a friend haven’t joined, now is the time!

I also want to invite you all to come out on Thursdays even if you aren’t racing because we have SPECIAL events each week. This week is the Australian Pursuit: A six-man field takes to the track at all once to decide who has the biggest motor! We are also hosting riders from Singapore and Thailand to race this Thursday! 
See you at the track!

Pat

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Mid-Season Pass Special

Attention: If you haven’t yet signed up for a 2018 Season Pass, now is the time! Take advantage of our mid-season pass special price of $250, which includes the use of Specialized Langsters (if you need a bike). Please tell your friends and loved ones, but most importantly, come out and join us! We want you back in the saddle at BVV.

Racing Recap

Tuesday Racing @ BVV has been a great way for new and experienced riders to race. The Cat 4 men and women are learning from our great masters group, and we have some new masters who are excited about racing on Tuesdays! (TR@BVV Results) During this past Thursday Night Racing, the National Team riders of Texas Roadhouse were in town again, showing us why they are the best in the U.S. (TNR Results) Check out some of the photos courtesy of Mike Bryant Photography. The Saturday time trials saw some hot weather and some very fast times!! (SAT TT Results) Don’t miss your chance to race this week!

Athlete of the Week: Erica Brann

Erica Brann has been a Season Pass holder at the Boulder Valley Velodrome since the beginning.  She has many interests and riding her bike which started as a hobby has become a passion. Erica is a regular at the Women’s Night at the track and competes on Tuesday and Thursday night races.  She loves the social aspect of track cycling, “ Because we can’t talk while riding like you might do on the road, when we get off the track we are sharing about our lives, and our goals, on and off the bike.” Like many of our Masters riders Erica is training for the Masters World Championships to be held in Los Angeles in October. If you come out to a Wednesday night or either weekday racing session it is likely you will see her here.  “Last week, I realized I’ve been riding there for over 3 years, and I learn something new every time I’m there. “

Sponsor of the Week

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Workout of the Week

Whether you’re focused on BVV time trials, aiming for elite nationals or targeting the master world championships, pursuit practice is a necessary evil and there’s no time like the present to improve this skill. For this week’s workout by coach Jennifer Sharp, you’ll work on flying efforts to simulate speed and standing starts to hone your technique. Plan on 90-120 minutes and try to pair up with a workout partner who can communicate lap times as you ride.

Start with a 40-lap progressive warm-up using a smaller gear (88” and under), with the last 5 laps at a good clip. Grab a quick drink of water before doing 2 jumps with 3-5 minutes rest between. A jump is an out-of-the-saddle acceleration from the rail for about 100-150m, in your warm-up gear. Jumps wake up the legs to feel some “free” speed from the banking.

Next, change into your pursuit/race gear (bigger than an 88”). Do these efforts in either drop or aero bars.

Do 2 x 1500m flying efforts at pursuit pace with 10 minutes of rest between efforts. Start the effort from a seated acceleration in the same line as a jump, although no need to do an out-of-the-saddle type of effort that loads the legs. You just want to use the banking to get up to speed and hold it. Remember, the pursuit is all about pacing. Go out too hard and you’ll pay for it later! Aim for similar lap splits by having your workout partner communicate lap times to make sure that you are holding a sustainable pace and know when to keep pushing.

Next, do 2 x 600m standing starts. If you can recruit that same workout partner to help, great! If not, come to a slow roll at about the pursuit line is (being mindful of other track users, of course). Once your pedal is in the optimal power position, do an out-of-the-saddle standing start, getting up to pursuit pace as quickly as possible. This effort is more about technique—and practice makes perfect! Recover for 10 minutes before doing it again.

For a cool down, switch back into your warm-up gear and do 15 laps to promote blood flow into the legs.

Questions about this workout or want help dialing in your technique? Jennifer leads the women’s clinics on Wednesday nights and is available for one-on-one sessions as well. http://www.alpcyclescoaching.com

Events

A new criterium on July 22 offers opportunities for all racers as well as excellent spectating. The Palmares Racing Stapleton Criterium features a flat, .9 mile, 8-turn course in NorthField Stapleton in Denver. It also includes something special at the end of the day—an elimination format race known as Devil Take the Hindmost, or Miss and Out. http://www.palmaresracing.com/palmares-criterium/

FEATURING: Miss and Out race—Colorado’s only criterium elimination race!

The Miss and Out race uses a modified, shorter and more technical course that tests your nerve and racecraft. In this cut-throat race setup, the racers are constantly attacking and jockeying for position because the racer who crosses the finish line last on each lap gets eliminated. This creates a lot of action and racing excitement for the fans and racers!

 
Monday July 30th, Erie Parks & Recreation are holding a
Hit the Velodrome night at the track Come on out.
Email ParksandRecinfo@erieco.gov for more information
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