On June 11-13, a three day track racing event will be held at the National Sports Center Velodrome in Blaine, Minnesota to benefit the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. This is the Minnesota Fixed Gear Classic and registration for it is now open. The race is part of the Nature Valley Grand Prix stage races. Other stages are at Saint Paul, Cannon Falls, Minneapolis, Menomonie and Stillwater. The Nature Valley Grand Prix is part of the volunteer-run event Nature Valley Bicycle Festival.
The Minnesota Fixed Gear Classic follows a dual omnium program. This will allow separate races for sprinters and another for endurance specialists. It has two categories for men (Pro-I-II) and women (Pro-I-II-III).
David LaPorte, executive director of Nature Valley Grand Prix, explains how the charity came to have track racing in its program, “Track was a part of the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival for the first three years, from 1999-2001, culminating with the 2001 Elite Track Nationals We brought it back in 2008, but the economy forced us to take a year off in 2009. Now it’s back, this time we hope for good. By bringing track racing under the same media and marketing umbrella as the Nature Valley Grand Prix, we hope to gain national exposure for this sport even in non-Olympic years.”
The online registration closes on June 4. Forms and other details can be downloaded here.