Valley Preferred Cycling Center Releases 2014 World Series of Bicycling Schedule
World’s Premiere Bicycle Racing Series Returns for the 39th Season
TREXLERTOWN, Pa. – The World Series of Bicycling will return to Valley Preferred Cycling Center for the 39th season starting June 6th, 2014. The schedule, constructed by Executive Director Marty Nothstein in conjunction with USA Cycling and the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), features a mixture of endurance, sprinting, and community driven events to provide the best field of international and local cyclists in the world.
The month of June features seven UCI races, including two UCI events during the Fuji Super Tuesday series. UCI points must be gained in order to be invited to World Cups, Pan-Am games, and Olympic trials. June’s schedule will attract the best field of male and female international riders in the world. No other track in the world has this amount of UCI races during a single month.
June will feature several international Sprint teams, including Canada, and the World Champion Sprint Team of New Zealand, made up of Sam Webster, Eddie Dawkins, and Ethan Mitchell. Local riders like Matt Baranoski and Andy Lakatosh, making his T-Town return, will look to up end the World Champions. National Madison Champions Bobby Lea and Jackie Simes, along with former Junior World Championship Medalist Kim Geist and Colleen Hayduk will also be representing their home track once again in 2014. Njisane Phillip of Trinidad and Tobago will be back to defend his Sprint titles against his rival Baranoski during June.
June 6th kicks off the season with a bang. The UCI Keirin Cup takes center stage to kick off the season. The UCI U.S. Sprint Gran Prix will be held June 13th, featuring the 200m Match Sprint final for both the men’s and women’s field. June 20th will crown the UCI Fastest Man on Wheels as both Match Sprint and Keirin titles will be handed out. June 20th will also feature the Mike Walter 100-lap Madison, won in 2013 by the German Super Team of Marcel Kalz and Christian Grassman.
June wraps up with a gigantic two day racing event. Friday June 27th will be the 2014 UCI Festival of Speed. The Festival of Speed will feature the best field of International Sprinters in the World. The Teva Respiratory PeeWee Pedalers, presented by Cedar Realty Group, will take the track for the first time on June 27th. The Festival of Speed will feature so much racing, the event will be held over a two day stretch, including Saturday, June 28th in conjunction with the Red Robin Marty Nothstein Bicycle Racing league All-Star Finals, which has produced, and will produce the same caliber of riders we will see all June long, including several Olympians, and Olympic Champions.
Racing takes a break for the Independence Day Holiday, picking back up on July 11th with Tandemonium, and the Second Annual Women’s Open. T-Town is the only place in the world you will find nine tandem bikes on the track at once.
July 18th Keystone Cup will feature a team-oriented challenge in which cyclists can form their own teams to compete. With the help of our fans, all levels of rider will take part in this one of a kind challenge.
July 25th will see riders attempt to break the 15 year old track record in the U.S. 10 – Mile Championship.
August kicks off with the Golden Wheel Race on August 1st. The Golden Wheel is a race in which riders are handicapped based on qualifying times, with the fastest riders having to catch and pass the field.
August 8th’s International Omnium Championships will feature a mix of endurance and sprint races, allowing distance riders and sprinters to showcase their skills against the best in the world.
August 15th and 22nd feature two Community Program driven finals, both of which continue to be fan favorites. The 15th is the Rodale Corporate Challenge Championship featuring 16 local businesses competing on the track.
August 22nd is the Air Products Finals, celebrating a program which has graduated over 28,000 cyclists in 35 years, and the strides current participants have made in front of family and friends.
The 2014 season wraps up on August 29th with the Madison Cup, Valley Preferred Cycling Center’s oldest and most prestigious race. The Bob Rodale Trophy will be handed out to one team, who will join the list of winners of this 39 year old race.
“Nowhere in the world will you find the caliber and quality of racing the World Series of Bicycling offers,” said Olympic Gold Medalist Marty Nothstein. “We can’t wait for the season to start. We’re going to have the best collection of riders in the world right here in T-Town for the 39th season.”
World Series of Bicycling tickets can be purchased at the tickets office on the night of the race or in advance by contacting the Valley Preferred Cycling Center at 610-395-7000 or moc.emordolevehtnull@ofni. General Admission tickets remain at $5 and Finish Line tickets at $8. Gates open at 6:00PM for a 7:30PM start time each Friday night this summer.
About Valley Preferred Cycling Center
Valley Preferred Cycling Center (formerly Lehigh Valley Velodrome) is managed by a non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation and is the most prestigious professional cycling track in North America. Valley Preferred Cycling Center has hosted a full spectrum of world-class events throughout its history, including numerous national championships, world cups, world championships, and the 1996 Olympic Trials.
From April through September, Valley Preferred Cycling Center hosts professional cycling events, amateur events, youth bicycle racing leagues, and developmental cycling courses for all ages. The Valley Preferred Cycling Center is committed to providing the community with cycling programs that promote education, fitness, and healthy competition.
2014 World Series of Bicycling Schedule:
6 UCI Keirin Cup
13 UCI U.S. Sprint Gran Prix
20 UCI Fastest Man on Wheels- Featuring the Mike Walter Madison
27 UCI Festival of Speed
28 Red Robin BRL All-Star Finals
4 No Racing Scheduled
11 Tandemonium/ Women’s Open
18 Keystone Cup
25 U.S. 10 Mile Championship
1 The Golden Wheel Race
8 International Omnium Championships
15 Rodale Corporate Challenge
22 Air Products Championships
29 Madison Cup
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