Olympians to Be Recognized at World Series of Bicycling Event

Jun 27th, 2012Press Release from Valley Preferred Cycling Center

Olympians to Be Recognized at World Series of Bicycling Event
Friday’s Event Also Features Red Robin Bicycle Racing League All-Stars

Trexlertown, Pa. (June 26, 2012) – Valley Preferred Cycling Center will recognize Olympic athletes past and present this Friday during the weekly World Series of Bicycling.  It’s a fitting time, too, as Friday’s event features the Red Robin Marty Nothstein Bicycle Racing League.  For a venue that boasts the appropriate tag line “Past, Present, Future Olympians,” Friday’s event is a great opportunity to tie it all together.

The Red Robin Bicycle Racing League, which features young riders aged 9-17, will join the pros under the lights for the popular Friday night card.   The Red Robin Bicycle Racing League will take the stage for its All-Star event featuring 80 kids.  The chance to put these up-and-coming riders on the evening card with the pro riders and Olympians isn’t lost on Valley Preferred Cycling Center Executive Director Marty Nothstein.

“We want to give these kids some motivation to continue in this sport,” said Nothstein, who won a Gold Medal in the 2000 Sydney Games.  “To start out in the Bicycle Racing League or in the Air Products program and go on to win in the Olympic Games like I have, you come full circle.  To really celebrate the Olympic Games with the kids competing on the same track as the pros is going to be phenomenal.  This is also a great experience for the parents.”

An intriguing element of sport has always been found in anticipation and reflection.  This Friday presents a chance to not only anticipate a bright future for T-Town’s next wave of young riders, but to reflect on all the success that this community has had in the past.

“I think it’s a great night for the community to really take a step back and see how many Olympians that have been part of our programs,” added Nothstein.  “The Olympians that we developed through our community programs have been phenomenal, but also the Olympians from all over the country that have raced in our programs, coached in our programs and now call the Lehigh Valley their home.  It’s pretty amazing.  So, to be able to honor all the Olympians in the area, especially from the sport of cycling, will make this a tremendous night.”

An Olympic Night may be a boon to track cycling in the area.  Nothstein is pleased with the direction of Valley Preferred Cycling Center’s community programs.  Velodrome hall of famer Gil Hatton, Nothstein’s former coach and current coach in the BRL program, still aspires to greater things for the youth programs.  That’s the mark of a great coach, and a staple of Valley Preferred Cycling Center’s continued to success.

“We have a lot of work that we need to continue to do,” said Hatton.  “We’re always trying to create new programs and take the programs that exist now and elaborate on them.  We’d like to have BRL go full season, ten months a year.  We don’t want to lose these kids as athletes or as cyclists.”

Hatton credits the strength of Valley Preferred Cycling Center as an organization for the success in its community youth programs, and is confident T-Town’s young riders can reach an elite level.

“It’s the dream of an American kid, the Olympic Games,” added Hatton.  “Most kids strive for going to the Olympics, not just in cycling, but in any sport.  Give us a chance to take your cycling to the highest level.  There are a lot of good athletes out there.  If they stay with cycling, they’ll have a good shot at being Olympians.”

Nothstein is determined for the velodrome that he now leads to continue producing Olympic cyclists.

“Will we ever see more Olympic champions come through this program?  I think so,” said Nothstein.  “I definitely think we’re going to start putting more athletes from this area on the U.S. Olympic cycling team.  The pipeline of young riders in this area is just loaded with talent.  The future is very bright.”

Special Jersey Auction: T-Town fans will have the opportunity to bid a special autographed cycling jersey signed by the Olympic athletes.  This auction will benefit the community programs at Valley Preferred Cycling Center.

Event Details:  The World Series of Bicycling event starts at 7:30.  Gates open at 5:30.  Tickets start at just $5 and kids 12 and under are free.  For more information, please visit www.thevelodrome.com.

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 or find us on FacebookTwitter and YouTube.


Contact:         Tim Glase, Director of Marketing, Valley Preferred Cycling Center
610.395.7000 – moc.emordolevehtnull@mit

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