The Lehigh Valley Velodrome in Trexlertown, PA, USA, will be hosting the annual KidsPeace Bicycle Racing League Finals on Friday, June 16. This Velodrome tradition will feature events with international riders along with the Bicycle Racing League races consisting of the top competitors from one of the world’s best youth cycling programs.
The KidsPeace Spring Bicycle Racing League began at the beginning of April, with the participants being coached by some of the sport's leading athletes. Olympian May Britt Hartwell was a team head coach, along with 2005 Rider of the Year Ashley Kimmet as Hartwell’s assistant. Also coaching the League were Mike Grabowski, Jorge Romero, and Bob Biese. This Friday, the Spring Bicycle Racing League, sponsored by KidsPeace, will have their chance to show what they have learned. The winner will takes all in the night’s events and the top three competitors in each age group will receive a 2006 Spring Bicycle Racing League trophy.
The night's racing will feature some quality international competition: Jan van Eijden (Germany), the 2000 world sprint champion and team sprint world champion, and Italy's Roberto Chiappa, who was last week’s sprint champion. Also racing will be Holland's Teun Mulder, the 2005 Keirin world champion and compatriot Tim Veldt. Among others scheduled to ride are Germany’s Stefan Steinweg and Christian Grasmann, Australia's Pete Fitzpatrick, USA’s Dave Clinger, and the Spike Pro Team.
Gates open at 6:30pm and racing begins promptly at 7:30pm on Friday night.