Look! It’s Your Velodrome

You might already know Edmonton has an outdoor velodrome. But did you know your membership in Velocity gives you open access to the velodrome too?

Argull VelodromeYes, Juventus has a clubhouse at the velodrome, but they don’t own the track itself. The city of Edmonton owns it. Juventus is its custodian.

Velocity is one of the key stakeholder clubs in the Argyll Velodrome. That means we can develop our own programming at the facility in coordination with the other stakeholders.

Recently I met with all the stakeholders to begin planning our programming for the coming season. As your club coach, I’m here to serve your training needs. But before I make any plans, I want your ideas about the kinds of track training programs you’d like me to deliver.

Not having a track bike doesn’t need to stop you. The club owns a stable of track bikes at the velodrome for the exclusive use of club members. All you need to supply are your pedals and helmet.

What kinds of programming do you want?

I can think of at least two ways we can use the velodrome: train to train or train to race.

Train to train is a supplement to your general fitness training. I can create and lead a weekly program that gets you safe and comfortable riding the track. Then you can progress to some structured track training for fun and fitness. You don’t need to move on to racing.

But maybe you’re already a road racer. Train to race may be what you want. Your racing experience is missing out if you don’t take advantage of the track for some training. Riding the track will give you a convenient and exciting interval training experience.

And as some of you have maybe heard me say, come to track where you can learn how to win races. On a night like track league, you’ll get four or five low-pressure/low-stakes races, each about 10 to 20 minutes long, where you can take your best shot at launching a winning move. No need to spend 2+ hours in a road race only to mess up your finish!

Tell Me What You Want

So before I meet again next week with the stakeholders to divvy up the time slots on the track, I need to hear from you.

Leave a comment here to tell me the #1 way you’d like to use YOUR velodrome.


Attention Velocity Club Members – if you participated in races in 2017 sanctioned by the Alberta Bicycle Association you may be entitled to have a portion or all of your race fees reimbursed by the Club.

Each year, Velocity Cycling Club allocates a portion of the money it receives from its Casinos to the reimbursement of race fees for those that purchase an ABA racing license and participate in BMX, Road, Track, MTB, or Cyclo-cross races sanctioned by the ABA.

The process for reimbursement is simple:

  1. Gather up and make a PDF copy of all your racing invoices that you would have received from Zone 4 (the system used by the ABA to register for a race)
  2. Open the Excel Spreadsheet and make a copy for yourself (click here to download:  Velocity Race Fee Expense Claim) – summarize your race and entry fee amounts in the fields indicated.  The dollar amount will automatically total.
  3. Email the spreadsheet, together with PDF copies of the Zone 4 entry fee invoices to the attention of:  treasurer@velocitycyclingclub.ca  (NOTE:  There is a link on the website under “contact us”)

What Happens Next:

  1. As per our requirement with Gaming, the Executive will verify your participation in the event by reviewing the ABA race results.  The Club is only eligible to reimburse Members for races in which they started.
  2. Once that is complete, a cheque will be issued for a portion or all of your race fee claim (NOTE:  Race fees may be capped for each rider depending on the total amount of claims the Club receives and the availability of Gaming Funds

NOTE:  In order to prepare realistic budgets for the next cycling season, all Race Entry Fee Claims must be received no later than April 15, 2018.  Any claims received after this date will not be eligible for reimbursement. 


March Club Meeting

The March monthly club meeting will be held on Monday, March 5 at 7pm at the MEC downtown location 11904 – 104 Ave NW Edmonton. The meeting room is on the second floor. The meetings typically last roughly 90 minutes, and all members are welcome.

This will be a Combination Velocity AGM / meet the new Coach / monthly meeting

Tentative Agenda:

  1. Welcome
  2.  2017 Executive Reports
  3.  confirm/elect 2018 executive – (We are still in need of a VP).
  4. Introduction of new club coach Kevin Rokosh
  5. 2018 budget
  6. Club storage unit
  7. Club trailer
  8. Velo stage race
  9. AOB
  10. adjourn

Hope to see you there!

Weekly Update: Oct 16 – Oct 22

Just a couple of things to mention this week.

Monthly Club Meeting

This month’s meeting will take place on Monday, October 23rd at 7pm in the Downtown MEC Community Room. All members welcome.

AGM & Year End Party

Our AGM and year end party are coming up at the end of November.

Velocity Cycling Club organizes an event at the end of each season to get together and celebrate our accomplishments. Again for 2017, the Year End Party will be preceded by the Annual General Meeting (AGM). So come on out! In a single evening, you can celebrate our accomplishments from the season, and influence the direction that our club is heading next!

More info can be found here.


Indoor Training at Aerobic Power

Aerobic Power is offering an indoor winter cycling program in their state of the art Cycling Studio equipped with the Compu-Trainer power training system and PerfPro Software providing the rider and coach immediate feedback on all your cycling metrics maximizing your cycling development.

The program begins with a review of the most efficient peddling techniques and aerobic system development. The program progresses over the course of the winter leading riders through individualized designed workouts based on personalized testing and the appropriate phases of training for that time of year.

Regularly priced at $35 per session Aerobic Power is offering Velocity members a winter rate of $25 per session based on a 20 week cycling program commitment. There are 12 spots available (minimum 8 riders).

The program will start no later than November but could start late October if interest demands. It will run for 20 weeks not including the Christmas Break.

If you’re interested you can email kevin@aerobicpower.com to secure a spot.

Where:  Performance 104 / Aerobic Power (7121 104 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6E 4B7)

When:  Thursdays nights at 7:30pm starting late October early November (total of 20 sessions)

Cost:  $25.00 session 

Minimum of 8 riders (12 spots available)