(July 21, 2009) -- Grassroots racing takes its turn at Valley Preferred Cycling Center this Friday, July 24, as the 24-7 Fitness Clubs Pro-Am Series and Bear Creek Future Stars Series get a Friday night card at the velodrome. The event, which is presented by DeSales University, will also feature the popular World Series of Bicycling Keirin Cup pro race, which was originally set for July 17 but postponed due to rain.
(Please note: Members of the DeSales community with valid DeSales ID will be admitted to event free. Complimentary tickets are also available. Please contact Fr. Doug Burns, OSFS, program coordinator for the DeSales University Sport and Exercise Science Program, at ext. 1295 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, for complimentary tickets. Tickets will be good for any 2009 World Series of Bicycling Event on any of the following days: July 24 and 31, August 7, 14 and 28.)
"This Friday night is going to be a lot of fun," said Marty Nothstein, executive director of Valley Preferred Cycling Center. "We have an enormous amount of talent that will get to showcase their racing skills. Our fans will get to cheer on all levels of racers, from up-and-coming youth riders to Olympians. There is a full card of racing and we expect some incredible action from the riders on this special night."
The mix of young riders, amateur riders and pro riders is a great combination for DeSales University. The college's Sport and Exercise Science Program provides scientific analysis opportunities for serious athletes in the cycling community both as a service to the sport, and as a means of enriching the students’ experience with elite athletes.
"We are pleased to have the opportunity to present a night of racing this Friday at Valley Preferred Cycling Center," said Rev. Doug Burns, OSFS, director of the Sport and Exercise Science Program at DeSales. "The relationship between the DeSales University Sport and Exercise Science Program and the local cycling community has been very productive for the past several years and we look forward to having a more formal relationship with Valley Preferred Cycling Center and its riders.”
According to Fr. Burns, DeSales students have benefitted from the experience of working with riders and their coaches as the DeSales program has provided science-based performance analysis for many of the talented athletes who compete at the velodrome and in road race competition.
“Cycling is among the sports which best utilize science and technology to improve the performance capabilities of the athletes who compete in it,” said Fr. Burns. “We are privileged to be among the rich pool of resources in this part of Pennsylvania available to help our cyclists continue to be among the best in the world."
DeSales University Sport and Exercise Science Laboratory: Using established protocols for performance analysis designed for competitive cycling, the Sport and Exercise Science Laboratory at DeSales University provides several performance analysis services, including Aerobic Capacity, Lactate Profile Analysis, Body Composition, Maximal Anaerobic Power and "Long Ride" Analysis. At present, these services are provided at no charge to athletes and coaches. For more information, please visit www.thevelodrome.com/DeSalesSportScience.
Ticket Giveaway: Due to last week's rainout, there are still plenty of FREE tickets left to attend Pocono Raceway on Saturday, August 1st, to see the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Final Practice and the ARCA Series Race. Be one of the first through the gate at Valley Preferred Cycling Center this Friday night to get your ticket. For more information, please visit www.thevelodrome.com/pocono.
Super Tuesdays: The 24-7 Fitness Clubs Pro-Am Series and Bear Creek Future Stars Series are both held on Tuesday nights at Valley Preferred Cycling Center. Racing starts at 7:30 p.m. Admission is FREE.
Valley Preferred Cycling Center:
The Valley Preferred Cycling Center (VPCC), located in eastern Pennsylvania, is the most prestigious professional cycling track in North America. Established as the Trexlertown Velodrome in 1975, it became the Valley Preferred Cycling Center in 2007. The 333-meter outdoor venue 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, it hosts professional cycling events, amateur events, youth bicycle racing leagues, developmental cycling courses and swap meets. For more information, contact Tim Glase, marketing director for the Valley Preferred Cycling Center, at 610-395-7000 or visit www.thevelodrome.com.
Press Release: DeSales Night at Valley Preferred Cycling Center, Fri., 7/24/09 | Posted on: 7/21/2009
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu