Andy Dudle in action at T-Town. Photo: MindYourDesign
Every summer since 1974, Fridays in the Lehigh Valley have meant professional track racing at the Valley Preferred Cycling Center (T-Town) often including international stars and Olympic athletes. After a seriously abridged racing season in 2020, Friday night racing returned on June 4th followed by a first-class fireworks display. We are proud sponsors of the track and we were glad to be back to help celebrate a return to racing that included our elite racers Jessica Chong (Lehigh Valley) and Andy Dudle (Emmaus), and masters racer Greg Hoffman (Doylestown).
Jessica Chong racing the Flying Mile Scratch Race. Photo MindYourDesign
Jessica Chong picked up 2nd place in the Pro-Am Women Flying Mile Scratch Race (5 laps) behind defending "Rider of the Year" Champion Colleen Gulick (Winning Time 2 minutes 13 seconds). For those wondering what all that jargon means: the race starts from a moving (flying) start, does 5 laps of the 333 meter track (one-mile) and the objective is to be the first over the finish line (scratch race). Chonger currently sits 2nd overall in the "Women's Rider of the Year" standings.
Fresh from the trails, right to the track.
Fresh from his success at the Transylvania Epic mountain bike stage race, Andy Dudle (Emmaus) swapped out his mountain bike for his Giant Omnium track bike and Boyd Cycling track wheels. Although Andy is relatively new to track racing, his proficiency as a road racing sprinter is lending itself well to the oval. He plans to do a lot of racing on Tuesdays and Fridays at T-Town this season. Andy is currently sitting fourth in the "Men's Rider of the Year" standings.
Master's Racer Greg Hoffman. Photo: MindYourDesigtn
We've all known Doylestown native, Greg Hoffman for many years as a passionate cyclist, racer and enthusiast of all things bicycle. Greg is a veteran of the legendary Doylestown Wheelmen club formed by Bert Smith of Doylestown's "Village Cyclery" from 1956-1999, a predecessor to our team. We are particularly proud that as a masters racer he has flown our colors at three of America's velodromes (Brian Piccolo in FL, Baton Rouge, and St. Louis) three gravel road races (Miami, West Palm Beach and Mother Road Oklahoma) and two criteriums (Gambler Crit in Okahoma and Pickle Juice in PA) this Spring. Really excited to see him take to our hometown track on Friday night. Greg is a hero to all of us "veterans."
Bill Elliston calling the action. Photo Credit: MindYourDesign
We'd be remiss in pointing out that our teammate and the coach to many of other elite athletes, Bill Elliston (Easton) is sharing the announcing duties at T-Town this season with long-time announcer Gabe Lloyd. Track cycling definitely has a terminology of its own, and a slew of different kinds of races that can be confusing to new spectators and these guys do a great job of explaining it all. T-Town is a family friendly venue ($9.00 general admission!) with amazing concessions in a beautiful setting. Gates open at 5:30 PM on Fridays, with racing beginning at 7 PM. We have a pair complimentary passes at the shop on a first-come-first-serve basis for all Fridays, and we sponsor the Golden Wheel scratch races on June 25th. Some nights at the track end with a fireworks display like we enjoyed Friday. Come out and bang the boards!!
A great night to celebrate a return to the track. Photo Credit: MindYourDesign