Testing the legs at Burnaby!

Recently, a handful of Juventus youngsters (who, especially this winter, were consistently dedicated to improving spin, and increasing power) ventured to the Vancouver area.  They were after that other component in a competitive track cyclist's toolbox - race experience!  Burnaby's notoriously exciting 200 m indoor velodrome was the perfect venue, and the Western Track Challenge the perfect event.

The clone of the Eastern Track Challenge (held a week earlier), aimed to provide a caliber of racing similar to that found at the upcoming Junior National Track Championships.  But it was much more for Mat, Chris, Zac, Annie, and Lukas.  This was an opportunity to ride indoors on a wooden track for the very first time!

Mat, Chris, and Lukas representing Team Alberta and Juventus at the Western Track Challenge.

Mat, Chris, and Lukas representing Team Alberta and Juventus at the Western Track Challenge.

The banking and co-efficient of friction on the Argyll Velodrome does a poor job of preparing a rider for the necessary speed, and quick response required for the tight action of Burnaby.  Seriously - have you every seen anyone slide off the track in TL!? - in a neutral lap? even in C?  

Annie said, "It was for sure scary at first, but once you were going, it was fun!"  Mat noted, "The corners on the wood track were sharper than what I was used to, which made the turn feel faster while on the bike. I was surprised at how hard it was to stay on the black line, with the sharp corners pulling you up the track."

So . . . there were a few butterflies, but the group quickly got down to business. A couple of laps at the bottom and up they went, . . . smooth, . . . fast, . . . FUN!!  

Juventus U17s mixing it up in bunch races.

Juventus U17s mixing it up in bunch races.

Mat launches for his IP

Mat launches for his IP

Juventus U15s Lukas, and Annie, along with U17s Mat, and Chris, aimed to get their money's worth. The U15s had a 200 qualifier, Match Sprints, Scratch, IP, and Points Race. The U17s tacked on a Keirin, and Elimination. Added experience came in the form of a Team Alberta Team Sprint for Chris, and a Team Alberta Team Pursuit for both Mat, and Chris. 

Zac chose the sprint events offered to the Junior Men - 200 qualifier, Match Sprints, and Keirin.  The tight boards of Burnaby offered great feedback for honing sprint skills. 

Zac, Chris, and Mat will be off to the Junior National Track Championships (offered for U17 and Junior) at the end of March, in Milton, Ontario, adding yet another velodrome racing experience to their toolkits.

Good racing Juventus!!

Juventus in the U17 Team Alberta TP

Juventus in the U17 Team Alberta TP

Chris rolls to warm up, and rolls to cool down in Burnaby.

Chris rolls to warm up, and rolls to cool down in Burnaby.

Chris with a great gate start.

Chris with a great gate start.

Chris and Mat join with Jackson and John from Calgary for Team Alberta silver in U17 Team Pursuit!

Chris and Mat join with Jackson and John from Calgary for Team Alberta silver in U17 Team Pursuit!

Posted on March 3, 2017 .