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National Sports Center Velodrome to host Minnesota Fixed Gear Classic this weekend, August 24-25

08/23/2018, 10:15am CDT
By Barclay Kruse, NSC Chief Communications Officer

Blaine, Minn. (August 23, 2018) --- Professional and elite track cyclists from around the world will return to the National Sports Center Velodrome in Blaine on Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25 for the 2018 Minnesota Fixed Gear Classic.

The two-day competition will be the premier elite-level race during the 2018 season at the NSC Velodrome.


Peter Moore, in the lead, will be one of the top local riders competing in the Fixed Gear Classic. Moore just returned from the Junior World Championships in Switzerland, where we took 7th place in the madison event.

Some of the top riders who will be competing this weekend.

  • Daniel Casper, Lauderdale, Minn.  Reigning World Masters Champion and World Record Holder.
  • Tela Crane, Seattle. Former U.S. National Champion.
  • John Croom, Rock Hill, S.C. Reigning U.S. National Champion.
  • Peter Moore, St. Paul. Reigning U.S. Junior National Champion, USA World Junior Championship team (7th place in the Madison), and National Record Holder.
  • Tim Mulrooney, Minneapolis. World Masters Champion and World Record Holder.

Track cycling, known as the fastest human sport on two wheels, is an exciting fast-paced race for fans to enjoy. Racers will use track bicycles, a bike with only one gear and no brakes, to race around the 250 meter track with 43-degree banking in the corners and 15-degree banking in the straightaways. Track bicycles don't coast, so the pedals turn whenever the bicycle is moving.  Riders can slow down by putting back pressure on the pedals or by riding up the banking.

The Fixed Gear Classic will feature both men and women riders competing in sprint and endurance omnium races. The sprint omnium will be made up of races that test riders' ability to achieve very high speeds for very short distances; while the endurance omnium is composed of different races that test the riders’ ability to race for longer distances.

Friday will host 20 events for both men and women (qualifier, sprints, heats and finals) beginning at 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, the first of 22 events for both men and women will begin at 4:30 p.m. Admission is $5 per person and free for children 12 and under.

The NSC Velodrome’s regular weekly Thursday Night Lights race will be held on Thursday, August 23, beginning at 7 p.m., making three straight days of racing on the track.

Media/Photographer Credentials: Contact Jason Lardy, 612.940.3984, jlardy@nomadmarketing.com

 

 

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