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December 8/07 6:11 am - News from the Forest City Velodrome

Posted by Editor on 12/8/07

News from the Forest City Velodrome - London, Ontario

Sad News

On Friday evening, November 23rd, our maintenance man, Bill Thornton passed away suddenly. Bill will be remembered as a person who would do anything for anyone and was a huge supporter of the Forest City Velodrome. Our condolences go out to Bill's wife Sharon, their children and their grandchildren. Bill will be missed very much by us all.

Schedule Change

In an effort to align our opening time for Recreational Riding, beginning Monday, December 10th, the FCV will open at 4 pm on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. This minor change will allow us to simplify the sessions so that everyone will know exactly when we will open. All other sessions will continue at their original times. Please check the website for the up-to-date schedule as of December 10th.


We are trying to keep the building heated to 12 degrees for all sessions. This is a work in progress. The heating system is being monitored every hour that we are open to ensure riding comfort for all members.

Christmas Training Camp

It is with great pleasure that the Forest City Velodrome is announcing the 3rd Annual Christmas Training Camp. The dates of the camp are December 26th to 29th.

The camp will start at 1 pm each day (with extra sessions on Wednesday & Thursday evenings as part of the FCV regular schedule).

The cost of the camp is $150.00 for Non-FCV Members and $100.00 for members of the Velodrome.

Camp Schedule

Wednesday, December 26th - 1 pm - 4 pm**
Wednesday, December 26th - 7 pm - 8:30 pm Regular FCV Schedule
Thursday, December 27th - 1 pm - 4 pm**
Thursday, December 27th - 7 pm - 9 pm Regular FCV Schedule
Friday, December 28th - 1 pm - 4 pm **
Saturday, December 29th - 10 am - 1 pm **

**Drop-in Fee is $25.00/session for FCV Members. The camp will be limited to 20 riders. Please register early.

Referral Bonus Program

The Forest City Velodrome will be introducing an innovative way for our many members to reduce the annual membership fees for the 2008 Season.

The FCV will be offering 3 different bonuses for current members who refer new riders to purchase a membership in 2008.

When a member:

1. Refers a child into the Velo-kids Program (Saturday afternoons 3 pm) and the new rider purchases a membership you will receive a $20.00 credit towards your 2008 Membership.
2. Refers a student or out of town rider to the Velodrome and that referral purchases a membership, you will receive a $35.00 credit towards your 2008 Membership.
3. Refers a rider to the Velodrome and they purchase a 2008 Membership, that FCV member will receive a $50.00 credit towards their 2008 Membership.


Recreational Sessions

As a member of the FCV, you can ask your Session Leader to introduce different skills to your session. These skills will teach you how to stand up on the pedals in the straights, ride with your hands on top of the bars and other basic skills to help with your confidence. Just ask "We can deliver"

Upcoming Events

Friday February 1st - "University Challenge #2"

There will be more information posted in the next few weeks...Let your alumni know that this is open to current students, faculty and alumni of a University or Community College. All events will be timed and points will be awarded to determine an overall winning school. Book the day off so you can participate.

FCV Winter Nationals

February 8th & 9th will be host to the "3RD Annual FCV Winter Nationals"

5 Events for all Categories

Friday - 500m/Kilo & Points Race
Saturday - Pursuit TT, Sprint & Scratch Race

Entry Fee $30.00 Elite / Master, $20.00 Cadet/Junior

Awards for these Categories:
Junior Men
Junior Women
Elite Men
Elite Women
Master Men
Master B Men (minimum 6 entries)

Sport Pace Line Sessions

The Forest City Velodrome encourages riders to attend the Sport Pace Line Session on Sunday mornings. This 3 hours of pace line work will improve your skills until noon. Come out and enjoy this new Sunday morning session. At noon - 2pm a recreation e slot has recently been added for your riding enjoyment.

Saturday Night Training

For the next few Saturdays the FCV will have open Training Nights .... with some structure. Whether you want to do short efforts or long, we will do our best to accommodate your schedules.

Training begins at 6 pm and will wrap up at 8:30 - 9 pm
Beginning Saturday December 8th & 15th.

Watch for more updates in the New Year.

Christmas Sale!

We have some items available for that rider on your list or anyone that would like something special from the FCV.

We have T-shirts - New Design $20 each
Toques - $10/$15
Ball Caps - $15
Coffee Mugs - $2

If you are interested please contact Mary Kelly at

Thanks to Brian & Mary Kelly for the new design on the T's.


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