The Lehigh Valley Velodrome in Pennsylvania, USA, will be hosting the Air Products Developmental Cycling Program Finals on Friday, August 19. This event, now in its 29th year, is a free, introductory track cycling program for anyone 5 years of age or older. The program has graduated over 14,000 children and adults and garnered nearly a thousand junior national, elite national and international competition medals. Graduates of the program include Olympians Marty Nothstein, Giddeon Massie, Tanya Lindenmuth, 2004-2005 World's medalist Kim Geist and Champion Sarah Uhl.
This year's graduates will be racing in front of the large Friday night crowd at the Lehigh Valley Velodrome. The finals will include races in eight categories for boys and girls ages, 9-10, 11-12, 13-15, and 16-18. In addition, adult racing includes women aged 19-plus, men 19-39, 40-plus men and 60+ men. The top three in each category are awarded medals and the overall winner receives a championship jersey. The organisers will also be honouring the achievements of this year's USA Junior National Championship participants: Lehigh Valley Velodrome riders won 50 medals on the track and 15 on the road.
"The Air products program, one of the most successful developmental programs in the country, has been once again, a rousing success in 2005. We look forward to challenging the riders that have qualified for this week's AP Finals, as they race to see who will earn the jersey of AP champion for 2005," the velodrome's cycling coordinator Erin Hartwell said.
International racing for the evening will include a variety of race events with all of the Velodrome's top riders. Events on the men's side include one mile heats and final, a 10k and a flying 1000m record attempt by Jon Norfolk and Dave Cresswell. The women will compete in a 5 mile final and a miss and out.
There will be some musical action before the racing gets underway by the Friends of Greyhounds, Pierogie Man and the Pierogie Mobile, and the Allentown Municipal Band, who will be performing in the infield.
Gates open at 6:30 pm on Friday, August 19, with racing to begin at 7:30 pm.
More information: www.lvvelo.org