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Burnaby Velodrome’s Dog Policy

May 22, 2018 | By | No Comments

In the past there has not been an official policy on dogs. However, in light of two recent events, the Board of Directors have decided to put together a simple policy and set of guidelines.

The two events in question were:
-A dog pooping just outside of the office
-A dog on the track during warm up during March’s edition of Bare Bones while people were on the track

The guidelines are pretty simple:
-Dogs must be leashed. Said leash must be attached to something solid.
-Dogs should only relieve themselves outside. Not inside. Owners should cleanup after their dog’s bowel movement.
-Dogs shouldn’t be overly barking.
-Dogs shouldn’t bite people.

Service and guide dogs are always welcome.

The Board doesn’t really want to ban dogs from the track, so please adhere to these simple, and reasonable guidelines.

Cats are currently informally banned from the track, due to this incident. This is also why there’s a sign above the start/finish line stating that no cats are allowed.

Burnaby Velodrome Club’s Annual Open House

May 14, 2018 | By | No Comments

That’s a wrap! The Burnaby Velodrome’s Open House was another success. We had nearly sixty people ride the boards during the four sessions over two days.

The sessions started with talks of safety and learning how to start and stop a fixed gear bike. We moved onto riding the bikes along the apron (concrete along the bottom of the track) and Cote where there is no minimum speed.

The next progression had riders going up onto the straight aways showing us a great deal of skill and track awareness. Once each of the riders was comfortable with the skills of shoulder checking, speeding up, slowing down, and entering/exiting the track safety we moved on. The next step is the most exciting and what everyone looks forward to the most, riding the corner. The banking at Burnaby is forty seven degrees at its steepest point and does require a minimum speed of thirty kilometers per hour. Riders started to pick up their speed, and when they were going fast enough they went up to the sprinter’s lane!

Once riders got a few laps under their belts they progressed to riding in different lanes on the track, with some riders making their way up to the rail! We want to say thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed riding the track. We also want to thank our members who came out and volunteered during the weekend.

For those who missed out on riding the track or who want to give the track a try we have a summer special on our learn to ride program. We are offering five ninety minute sessions including a bike rental, coaching, and insurance. Everything you need to try the track for $100 including taxes. Learn to ride programs happen Monday and Friday nights from May to September from 6:30pm-8pm. Sessions are drop in so no need to preregister and we always have coaches on site to run sessions 1 through 5 making learning to ride very easy. Please check out our schedule page for the next available class and our learn to ride page for more information.

For kids under nineteen years of age we offer junior programming specifically for youth. The first three times are free to try including bikes, and coaches. Bike rentals are always free for youth under nineteen years old. We also have a program for Aboriginal youth which happens on Friday. For more information about Aboriginal youth sessions please click here. If anyone has any questions about our programs please email rachel@burnabyvelodrome.ca or info@burnabyvelodrome.ca.

Time Trial Night – May 9

May 13, 2018 | By | No Comments

We had five riders out for our first TT night of the summer. For most, it was their first time racing against the clock. Some riders put out multiple efforts of the same distance to try and improve their pacing. Everyone put out amazing efforts, and had fun, despite the amount of suffering. We hope to see more brave riders our for our next one, scheduled for June 13. 

200m:

Domenik Adamoski: 13.58 secs

1km:

Rob Lynds: 1:25.31 and 1:28.33

Domenik Adamosk: 1:22.25

2km:

L.Cheris McLaren: 3:10.93 and 3:14.63

3km: 

Timon Glaesser: 4:33.54; 4:42.81; 4:46.41 and 4:44.56

4km:

Normand Richard: 5:17.38; 5:19.74 and 5:24.02

Domenik Adamoski: 5:11.69

Flying Gorilla Academy Sprint Night

May 8, 2018 | By | No Comments

The first Friday Night Sprint Tournament presented by the Flying Gorilla Academy is in the books. 8 riders took place, each doing a flying 200, and were then placed against riders of similar times. Each rider got four rounds of sprints in. 

The next night is set for June 1. This is open to all abilities, including Novice riders. We had one novice this time. Huge congratulations to Sarah GN for not only doing her first ever flying 200, but also going 3 tenths of a second quicker on her second effort.

Thanks to Keith Bruneau, Flying Gorilla Academy founder, for putting this on. See you next month.

 

 

200m

Tyler Davies – 11.69

Rob Gooch – 12.22

Hans Loeffelholtz – 12.82

Michael Cooper – 13.05

Cormac Chui – 13.32

Tom Baker – 13.87

Sage Deluce – 13.93

Sarah GN – 16.58 and 16.29

Special Summer Membership for Burnaby Residents

May 4, 2018 | By | No Comments

The Burnaby Velodrome Club is offering a special Summer Membership to Burnaby residents. For just $250, you will receive the 5 class LTR series, a Summer membership valid until September 30th, and a bike rental every time you come. This must be purchased in person at the velodrome. 

If you have any questions please email rachel@burnabyvelodrome.ca. 

See you on the boards!

1000 Mile Challenge

May 4, 2018 | By | No Comments

 

How far can you ride? 8000 laps of the track is what it will take to ride 1000 miles. Hit 1000 miles and you will receive a very special prize. 

We will start the challenge on June 1. If you would like to to participate, you can get a timing tag from one of the staff members. This will record your laps, and you can see how many you have ridden. Good luck and happy riding!

Sample Workouts

May 4, 2018 | By | No Comments

 

Looking to go to Open Track but not sure what to do? Give these a try!

 

1. 2 laps on/ 2 laps off

Rider will be up on the track rolling on the blue line. They will do 2 laps easy on the blue line, and then drop into the sprinters lane for a 2 lap max effort. They will then return to the blue line start the same 2/2 lap effort again.

2-3 sets of 6-8 efforts. 8-10 mins off the track in between sets.

 

2. Team Pursuit

Rider will be up on the track rolling on the blue line. They will do 3.5 laps at hard tempo (which should feel like an 80% effort), then a 0.5 lap acceleration in the saddle as hard as they can. The rider will then try to hang onto the speed they have gained for 1 more lap. Rider will then return to their hard tempo pace and start the same 3.5 +0.5 + 1 lap again.

2-3 sets of 6-8 efforts. 8-10 mins off the track in between sets.

 

3. Points Race Drill

Rider will be up on the track rolling on the blue line. They will do 4 laps tempo (which should feel like a 70% effort), and then drop down to the sprinters lane for a 1 lap max sprint. They will then return to the blue line and repeat the same 4 + 1 lap effort.

2-3 sets of 6-8 efforts. 8-10 mins off the track in between sets.

 

4. Flying 500s

Rider will be up on the track rolling at the railing. They will build up speed over 2 laps and drop into the sprinters lane by the start/finish line. The rider should be doing the 500m effort as hard as they can. 

2-3 sets of 3 efforts. 5-8mins of easy riding in between efforts, 15 mins off the track in between sets. 

 

5. Reverse 2 laps on/ 2 laps off

Rider will be up on the track rolling on the blue line. They will do 2 laps easy on the blue line, and then ride up to the rail for a 2 lap max effort. They should remain seated the entire time they accelerate. They will then return to the blue line start the same 2/2 lap effort again.

2-3 sets of 6-8 efforts. 8-10 mins off the track in between sets.

Wednesday Night Workouts

April 25, 2018 | By | No Comments

Our Wednesday night workouts are up! We are looking forward to seeing everyone at our Advanced and Intermediate sessions. For more information on our sessions please email rachel@burnabyvelodrome.ca

 

May 2- Gate Practice- Standing starts + Tempo on the blue

We will be running 2 workouts at the same time. One group will be in the sprinters lane doing standing starts. The other group will be doing 2×20 minutes of tempo on the blue line.

Standing starts will be 4 efforts in a set and 2 sets total.

Tempo- 2 sets of 20  minutes with 12-15min recovery in between.

 

May 9- Time Trial Night

The gate will be out, and we will run any timed event that you want.

 

May 16-Take a lap workout. 

Take a lap consists of one group riding on the blue line. The lead rider will listen for the whistle or bell. The coach will ring/ whistle signaling they are to start their effort. The rider must shoulder check before proceeding forward. If it is clear below the rider they are to get out of the saddle and pedal hard as they enter the sprinters lane. Riders must keep their head up at all times. Once the rider reaches the back of the other group they will be required to shoulder check and if it is clear get back on the back of the group.

Gear- 88-90 inch gear

Key Points

-Pace in the pace line is 34kph

-Shoulder check each time a rider moves up and down the track

-accelerate as soon as the bell has been rung or whistle blown

– While taking the lap the effort is a sprint

 

May 23- Moto-madness workout.

We will have the motor bike out for 45 minutes straight! Riders have the option of taking a lap whenever they please. Riders can work together to gain laps. The rider who gains the most laps wins the workout. Riders can take breaks without penalty if they wish.

Key points

-the group will ride the blue line as a pace line

-lead motor will ride the same pace 40+kph on the front

-second rider will shoulder check and accelerate into the sprinters lane when it is safe to do so

-effort will be until the rider takes the lap

-say stick or stay when passing riders

-ALWAYS shoulder check before moving any direction

-get back into the group safely

 

May 30- Team pursuit prep workout

This workout is an individual workout but riders can challenge themselves by trying to sit on a stronger riders wheel at the coach’s discretion. 3.5 laps at pursuit pace 0.5 lap accelerate in the saddle as hard as they can. The rider will try to hang onto the speed they have gained for 1 more lap. Riders will return to pursuit pace and start the same 3.5 +0.5 + 1 lap again. Distance will vary among riders depending on age and level of fitness. Gearing will vary by riders but newer riders will use 86-88 inch gears, while A level riders are able to use their prefered pursuit gears. An example would be in the 92-96 inch range or an A level rider.

Key points

-3.5 lap steady at 5-8min pursuit pace

-0.5 lap hard acceleration in the saddle

-1 lap hold onto the speed gained in the accell

-The riders will do 3 or 4km (ie 3 or 4 of these during a set) depending on age and level of fitness.

-Please remember you must say stick while passing other riders

 

June 6–Motor Pacing

This is an individual workout. Riders will ride behind the motor bike taking no more than 2 laps directly behind the motor bike. When their turn is over they will accelerate up beside the Motor bike before pulling off. This allows for the rider behind them to draft and keep the line together.The Bike will be going 48-50kph for the advanced group. The motor bike will be going between 40-43 kph for the intermediate group. Efforts will be 2 sets of 15 minutes. Gearing will be unlimited for this group.

 

June 13- Time Trial Night

The gate will be out, and we will run any timed event that you want.

 

June 20– Motor Pacing

This is an individual workout. Riders will ride behind the motor bike taking no more than 2 laps directly behind the motor bike. When their turn is over they will accelerate up beside the Motor bike before pulling off. This allows for the rider behind them to draft and keep the line together.The Bike will be going 48-50kph for the advanced group. The motor bike will be going between 40-43 kph for the intermediate group. Efforts will be 2 sets of 15 minutes. Gearing will be unlimited for this group.

 

June 27- Points Race Drill

This workout is an individual workout but riders can challenge themselves by trying to sit on a stronger riders wheel at the coach’s discretion. 4 laps at hard temp, and then 1 lap sprint as hard as they can. Riders will return to hard tempo pace with no rest, and start the same 4+ 1 lap again. Distance will vary among riders depending on age and level of fitness. Gearing will vary by riders but newer riders will use 86-88 inch gears, while A level riders are able to use their prefered race gears. An example would be in the 88-96 inch range or an A level rider.

Key points

4 laps at hard tempo/race pace

1 lap sprint as hard as you can

-The riders will do 4 or 5km (ie 4 or 5 of these during a set) depending on age and level of fitness.

-Please remember you must say stick while passing other riders

 

 

July 4- Motor Pacing

This is an individual workout. Riders will ride behind the motor bike taking no more than 2 laps directly behind the motor bike. When their turn is over they will accelerate up beside the Motor bike before pulling off. This allows for the rider behind them to draft and keep the line together.The Bike will be going 48-50kph for the advanced group. The motor bike will be going between 40-43 kph for the intermediate group. Efforts will be 2 sets of 15 minutes. Gearing will be unlimited for this group.

 

July 11- Points Race Drill

This workout is an individual workout but riders can challenge themselves by trying to sit on a stronger riders wheel at the coach’s discretion. 4 laps at hard temp, and then 1 lap sprint as hard as they can. Riders will return to hard tempo pace with no rest, and start the same 4+ 1 lap again. Distance will vary among riders depending on age and level of fitness. Gearing will vary by riders but newer riders will use 86-88 inch gears, while A level riders are able to use their prefered race gears. An example would be in the 88-96 inch range or an A level rider.

Key points

4 laps at hard tempo/race pace

1 lap sprint as hard as you can

-The riders will do 4 or 5km (ie 4 or 5 of these during a set) depending on age and level of fitness.

-Please remember you must say stick while passing other riders

 

July 18-Time Trial Night

The gate will be out and we will run any distance riders want.

 

July 25- Motor Pacing

This is an individual workout. Riders will ride behind the motor bike taking no more than 2 laps directly behind the motor bike. When their turn is over they will accelerate up beside the Motor bike before pulling off. This allows for the rider behind them to draft and keep the line together.The Bike will be going 48-50kph for the advanced group. The motor bike will be going between 40-43 kph for the intermediate group. Efforts will be 2 sets of 15 minutes. Gearing will be unlimited for this group.

 

August 1–Moto-madness workout.

We will have the motor bike out for 45 minutes straight! Riders have the option of taking a lap whenever they please. Riders can work together to gain laps. The rider who gains the most laps wins the workout. Riders can take breaks without penalty if they wish.

Key points

-the group will ride the blue line as a pace line

-lead motor will ride the same pace 40+kph on the front

-second rider will shoulder check and accelerate into the sprinters lane when it is safe to do so

-effort will be until the rider takes the lap

-say stick or stay when passing riders

-ALWAYS shoulder check before moving any direction

-get back into the group safely

 

August 8- Time Trial Night

The gate will be out, and we will run any timed event that you want.

 

August 15- Take a lap workout.

Take a lap consists of one group riding on the blue line. The lead rider will listen for the whistle or bell. The coach will ring/ whistle signaling they are to start their effort. The rider must shoulder check before proceeding forward. If it is clear below the rider they are to get out of the saddle and pedal hard as they enter the sprinters lane. Riders must keep their head up at all times. Once the rider reaches the back of the other group they will be required to shoulder check and if it is clear get back on the back of the group.

Gear- 88-90 inch gear

Key Points

-Pace in the pace line is 34kph

-Shoulder check each time a rider moves up and down the track

-accelerate as soon as the bell has been rung or whistle blown

– While taking the lap the effort is a sprint

 

August 22- Pursuit chase efforts

This can be done as a team or individually. If we have teams of similar speed and ability level riders the workout will be done as a team, and if not it will be done individually. The number of riders in a group and groups on the track will be decided by the coach for safety. The purpose of the team effort is to work on exchanges while at speed. This is a no drop effort but don’t expect it to be a walk in the park. A great quote for this one is “some times you need to go slow to go fast”- Jeremy Storie; for those who have seen team pursuit teams come apart you will understand why. If the effort is done individually and we have two riders chasing one another and the effort ends when one catches the other or we complete 2 minutes.

Gear- 90-92 inches

Key points

-Riders will be riding on the blue line in their groups

-Pull lengths or number of laps on the front will be decided with the riders and coach of the session before getting on the track

-Efforts will be 2 minutes or until a group is caught in length

-Total number of efforts during the session will be 3-5

 

August 29- Flying 500m efforts

This workout will be done either in pairs alternating who leads or individually if the speed differential is too high. Each pair will do 5 flying 500m efforts total. Rider one will lead out 3 times and rider 2 will lead out 2 times. The pair will be up on the track rolling at the railing. They will build up speed over 2 laps and drop in by the pursuit line. The lead rider should be doing the 500m effort as hard as they can and the second rider should sit on. The leader of each effort should be trying to drop the second rider. The second rider is not to pass the lead rider they should just sit on. 10 minutes recovery between each effort.

Gear-unlimited but pairs should be running close to the same gear

Key points

-2 laps on the rail to build up speed

-effort is 500m or 2.5 laps of burnaby total

-first rider should try and drop the second rider during the effort

-second rider is just to sit on

-10 minutes recovery between each effort

-swapping teams on the track must be done quickly and safely or all riders to finish all 5 efforts

*Workouts are subject to change by the Program Director.

Open House

April 13, 2018 | By | No Comments

The Burnaby Velodrome Club presents their Annual Open House May 12th and 13th.

Back by popular demand the Burnaby Velodrome Club is happy to present our annual open house sponsored by the BurnabyNow. Ever wanted to try riding the track but are nervous about committing to five sessions? Now you don’t have to be. We will have our instructors and mechanic on site to help you through the first class. Every year we introduce up to two hundred riders to the track during the weekend. The best part is it is completely free!

 

The session includes your bike, instructors, use of the facility, pedals (if you don’t have cycling shoes and pedals of your own), and helmets (if you don’t have your own- sizes are limited so please email with the size you want when registering).

Classes will be limited to a maximum of 16 riders. This is for safety and to give each person maximum ride time. No experience is needed to register. Everyone is welcome, regardless of ability. The track is a very friendly environment that allows for riders of all ages, genders, and abilities levels to ride. We have taught children as young as 8 years old up to seniors well past their 60’s and everyone in between. This event is best for Adults as kids under 19 are allowed to do 3 sessions free any Monday and Wednesday.

Sessions will run on both Saturday and Sunday at 10am-11:30am, and 12:30pm-2pm

To register please email rachel@burnabyvelodrome.ca with the following information:

*Full name

*Size of bike required or height if unsure

*Do you require flat pedals or if you have your own

*Do you require a helmet, if so what size do you need?

*Which session do you wish to register for

Sessions will fill up fast so please don’t hesitate to get your name in!

Summer Happenings

April 11, 2018 | By | 2 Comments

Summer season has started, but the track has not shut down! 

Starting May, on the first Friday of the month, we will have a sprint tournament. There will be some instruction, and everyone will get a chance to match sprint against people of similar ability. No previous sprint experience is necessary. 

On the third Wednesday of the month, we will have Time Trial Night. We will run any time trial that someone wants, including both team and individual events. This is suitable for both beginners and experienced riders. 

If you have any questions, please email rachel@burnabyvelodrome.ca

See you on the boards!