Twin Cities Girls To Compete at Junior National Track Cycling Championships

Valerie McGoldrick Rides on the Front

Last week, we posted a write-up from Nicole which was all about the Velodrome in Blaine, and how awesome it is to have a velodrome right in our own backyard.  Now we have an example of what having the velodrome can do.  Check out the article below written by Jason Lardy;

Two Twin Cities junior cyclists will represent Minnesota at their first Junior National Track Cycling Championships July 6-10 in Frisco, TX.  Anya Malarski of St. Paul and Valerie McGoldrick of Deephaven will face the top junior cyclists in the US in multiple events.

Malarski, a 6th Grade student at Laura Jeffrey Academy, is no stranger to national competition, having placed 5th at the 2010 Junior National Cyclocross Championships.  She has been bicycle racing since 2006 and won 17 MN races in 2010, including the MN State Cyclocross Championship.  Malarski will compete in the Omnium in the 10-12 age group at the Junior National Track Cycling Championships.

McGoldrick, a freshman at Minnetonka High School, started racing in 2008.  She is the two-time reigning MN State Cyclocross Champion in her age group.  McGoldrick will compete in the Omnium events in the 13-14 age group at the Junior National Track Cycling Championships.

Both girls belong to the MN Junior Racing Club and compete regularly in the Thursday Night Lights Racing Series at the National Sports Center Velodrome in Blaine.  They will race this Thursday, June 30 in a final tune-up for their debuts at the National Championships.

Track cycling is a unique form of bicycle racing.  Races are held on a 250-meter wood oval race track that features 43-degree banking in the turns.  Racers ride bicycles with only one gear and no brakes, forcing them to pedal continuously while they are in motion.  Track cycling is an important Olympic sport, with more cycling medals awarded in track disciplines than any other form of bicycle racing.

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Thanks Jason and good luck to Anya and Valerie!

 

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