Thursday, July 16, 2009

Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge promises fast action, tough fields

World class athletes will race in Portland’s backyard for three days of fast, intense action when the 2009 Alpenrose Challenge takes place this Friday through Sunday.

The Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge is the biggest track race of the year at Alpenrose, and one of the most competitive in the country.

This year's event will feature two-time Olympians Adam Duvendeck (2004, 2008) and Jame Carney (1992, 2000). Other notable athletes include New Zealand professional cyclists Jason Allen and Liz Williams, Canada's Travis Smith, Trinidad and Tobago's Emile Abraham (also a winner a stage winner at the Tour of Poland), Nature Valley stage winner Erica Allar, and Olympic hopefuls Daniel Walker and Kelyn Akuna. Also competing will be Alpenrose favorites Dean Tracy, Steven Beardsley, Mark Blackwelder, Jen Featheringill and others.

The event is free to spectators, and Madison's Grill will be providing food from its BBQ Friday evening and all day Saturday and Sunday. Madison's will also be providing food and snacks to the VIP area. Tickets for the VIP area are available by contacting Jeff Standish at

(End times for sessions are approximate)

FRIDAY, July 17

Session #1 ... 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Events: Pursuits

This session features athletes against the clock in 4k and 3k pursuits. Two riders start on opposite sides of the track and race for time.

Session #2 ... 5 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Events: 500m TT (women/masters), Kilo (men/masters), Qualifier Points Races (men/women)

This session starts off with fast times featuring the 1k TT (kilo) and the 500m TT. Next are the Qualifier Points Races for elite men and elite women. This is where riders will be trying to qualify for racing Saturday and Sunday. The points races are fast and furious and will feature local riders looking for a chance to race against the elite and pro level riders.


Session #3 ... 10 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Events: Bike Central Flying 200m (masters/women), Energy Star NW Keirin (men), Bike Central Sprints (masters/women), Madison (men/women)

The Saturday morning session will feature the Elite Men's keirin and the elite men and women's madisons. The elite women and masters will also be competeting in a sprint tournament.

Session #4 ... 4 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Events: Kiddie Kilo, Energy Star NW Keirin Finals (men), Bike Central Sprint Finals (masters/women), Points Race (masters/men) 5-Mile scratch (women), Team Sprint

The Saturday evening session features the finals for the men's keirin and women's/master's sprint tournaments. Also taking place are the master's Miss & Out and women's 5 mile scratch race. The men and women then have team sprint showdowns before ending the night with the 30k men's points race.

SUNDAY, July 19

Sessions #5 & #6 ... 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.
Events: Bike Central Flying 200m (men), Energy Star NW Keirin (masters/women), Bike Central Sprints (men), 10-mile scratch (men/masters), Miss & Out (men/masters), Points Race (women), Flying Lap (all)

In the morning, the masters and women will compete in the keirin, and the men will duel in their sprint tournament.

The last session of the event will include the finals for the keirin and sprints, then move into the men's miss and out, women's points race and masters miss and out. The event concludes with the flying lap where riders attempt to break the record for a single lap at Alpenrose.

There will be a 30 minute break between sessions.

Also featured during the Sunday action will be an opportunity for individuals to participate in the first ever AVC Veloswap. For $10, you can buy a table space and sell your unwanted cycling gear while watching the action.