Roller Race to Support the Kingsbridge Armory Velodrome – Jan 19

The New York Cycling community is coming together to support the development of a state of the art velodrome complex at the Kingsbridge Armory.

The Event

Roller Race on January 19,2012 at Amity Hall 80 W. 3 St.
Admission $20
John Eustice M.C
Bronx Brewery Drafts for $4

Roller Racing is becoming a hot topic. Ch. 7 News is coming to cover the event.

See the exciting final round Roller Race Video from December’s “Drink Floyd” race.

Capacity limit is only 150. Come early to ensure a spot.

Racing starts at 7:30 PM. Come early for Happy Hour and dinner. Amity Hall has a Full Menu

Info for Racers

Race Entry $10
$500 Prize Money – payout is for first five places. $200,$125,$75,$50,$50

Winner receives free entry for Red Hook Crit

sign up at 6:30 at the race venue – USAC license required – 2012 licenses and 1-Day licenses will be available.

The roller racing rules including gear restrictions.

Bronx Brewery

The Bronx Brewery is providing their Pale Ale at discounted prices for the event. Launched in August, their Pale Ale has been excellently received and is now available in most craft bars and some fine restaurants in the city.
The Bronx Brewery is a new business in the Bronx. We’re happy to partner with the Bronx Brewery for this event, to show our commitment to business development in the Bronx. Part of developing the Kingsbridge Armory is helping new business development and creating new jobs. While partly symbolic, we hope to continue our relationship with the Bronx Brewery at the Kingsbridge Armory.

The Veldorme

The New York Cycling community has long been searching for a home for a state of the art indoor facility. Kingsbridge might be the only existing building in the city that can accommodate one. Finding space for a new building with good access to public transportation is a difficult challenge in the city. The very successfull New Balance Track and Field Armory in Washington Heights, where the Millrose Games will be held in February, sets a good precedent for successful development of city armories.

The building of the velodrome will enable the development of programs to attract kids into the sport. The English program at Manchester which has produced world champions on the track and the road ,including Sir Chris Hoy and Mark Cavendish, is the model. While Manchester benefits from the state lottery, Kingsbridge will privately finance its programs.

The facility will provide a top level year round training facility for New York’s riders.

Regularly scheduled local and regional races for all classes will be held.

The Velodrome Arena will host major events including the World Championships and the return of ^-Day Racing to New York.

The Kingsbridge Armory

The Kingsbridge Armory opened in 1917 as the home of the 8th Regiment Army. At the time it had the largest open span ceiling in the world. It is still the world’s largest armory. The drill floor is 180,000 square feet, larger than a city block. A 250 meter track and surrounding arena can fit easily along with a BMX Skate Park and other facilities.

The armory, which is in the Bronx, not far from Yankee Stadium, is a great location for the velodrome. It is easily accessible by public transportation. The #4 train stops at the front entrance and a D train station is 2 blocks away. 15 bus routes from the Bronx stop at the armory. The building is also in a network of bike paths connecting the Bronx with Manhattan and Westchester and just a few blocks from the Major Deegan Expressway.

In the past New York produced many stars on the track. In 1960, Herb Francis was the first African-American on a U.S Olympic cycling team on which he was joined by NCA CEO Jack Simes. Nelson Vails, from Harlem won a silver medal in the 1984 Olympics and Mike McCarthy, from the Upper West Side, won a World Championship on the track in 1992.The new facility will revive this tradition.

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