Valley Preferred Cycling Center Kicks Off Race Series on June 15th
This Friday’s season-opener of the 2012 Valley Preferred Cycling Center’s World Series of Bicycling will feature an East Coast/West Coast showdown of sorts between the sprinters that call the Cycling Center their home and a contingent of top riders from the West Coast. With the Project London team in T-Town this week, the stakes are raised in the US Sprint Gran Prix.
“I think that this is a great opportunity for the East Coast to face off against the West Coast; the best sprinters we have in the T-Town areas facing off against some of the best sprinters in the West Coast,” said Marty Nothstein, executive director of Valley Preferred Cycling Center. “It is very rare to get these guys to compete together outside of the National Championships. I think it’s going to be a big battle on Friday night; a lot of pride is at stake. It’s an Olympic year. This is just a great way for them to have a showdown amongst each other.”
For Nothstein, a 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist in the match sprint, staging this week’s US Sprint Gran Prix is special.
“There are just not a bunch of sprint series out there; which is unfortunate, because there needs to be. This is our way of supporting sprint cycling, which I feel is the most exciting event in track cycling. This is purely a chess match on wheels, a boxing match on wheels. professional athletes, fulfilling their dream of representing the United States of America in the Olympic Games.”
Dutch Legend: Friday night’s race also features the debut of Leon van Bon at Valley Preferred Cycling Center. The Netherlands star has an Olympic Silver Medal to his credit. Van Bon took the silver in the Points Race at the 1992 Games in Barcelona. On the road, van Bon has claimed several tour stage wins across several different tours. His resume includes two stage wins in the Tour de France and stage wins in the Tour of Spain and Tour of Suisse. Van Bon has also placed top five in both Paris-Roubaix and Tour of Flanders. He was a bronze medalist in the 1997 UCI World Road Championships.
Friday’s World Series of Bicycling US Sprint Gran Prix marks this first of 12 straight Friday nights of professional bicycle racing at the United States’ premier velodrome. Racing starts at 7:30 pm. Gates open at 5:30 pm. Tickets start at just $5, and kids 12 and under are free. Visit www.valleypreferredcyclingcenter.com
As the Naming Sponsor of the "Valley Preferred Cycling Center," Valley Preferred is proud to partner with the Cycling Center to provide educational outreach programs and activities to enhance the health, national prestige and future of the Lehigh Valley community.
About Valley Preferred Cycling Center
In 1975, visionary publisher and cycling enthusiast Bob Rodale constructed the Trexlertown Velodrome. A few years later, in a unique public/private partnership, he donated the velodrome to Lehigh County with the dream of a building a thriving cycling community and staging world-class track cycling competitions right here in the Valley. Since the mid-1970s, the velodrome has hosted World Cups, Olympic trials, the Junior World Championships (twice), national championships and countless major international competitions, creating stars and producing top international competitors. Thanks to the generosity of Valley Preferred, a community partnership of doctors and hospitals, the newly renamed Valley Preferred Cycling Center continues to lead the nation in quality competition, championship racer development and community programs that offer the opportunity for racers and non-racers to enjoy the thrill of bicycle track racing in the nation’s most-loved and most-successful velodromes in modern American cycling. For more information, visit us at www.thevelodrome.com
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