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Speed, strategy on display at upcoming track cycling provincials in Colwood

Speed, strategy on display at upcoming track cycling provincials in Colwood

Track cyclists of varying ages and ability levels will be riding the Westshore velodrome Aug. 19 to 21, during the B.C. Provincial Track Championships. (Photo…

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Track cyclists of varying ages and ability levels will be riding the Westshore velodrome Aug. 19 to 21, during the B.C. Provincial Track Championships. (Photo courtesy Greater Victoria Velodrome Association) Riders young, young at heart and downright fast are gearing up to hit the track at the West Shore velodrome this month for the B.C. Provincial Track Championships.

The competition at West Shore Parks and Recreation in Colwood, happening Aug. 19 to 21, features races of various lengths for age groups from under-13 up to masters, as well as elite categories.

The weekend kicks off at 5:30 p.m. on the Friday with team sprints – riders start together on the same side – and four-member team pursuit, with starting positions on opposite sides of the track, having the first medals up for grabs.

Also that night is the thrilling Madison event, a set-distance tag-team relay that sees riders take turns riding at speed and switching off every so often with rested teammates.

Saturday’s schedule gets underway at 10:30 a.m. and includes B.C. championship events in time trial, omnium (multi-event) and the unique Keirin races, where riders follow a motorcycle around the track in single file for two laps, then sprint for two more after the motorbike peels off. Finishing off Saturday is an event called the Colwood Crawl, a one-lap race that literally requires riders to move slowly around the track.

Sunday action gets underway at 9 a.m. with the flying 200, which sees riders do two-and-a-half laps of the 333-metre track and get […]

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