[Uwracing] Supporting the MVA
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Mon Mar 2 20:38:08 PST 2009
Below, and attached, is information on an upcoming event organized by an ex-collegiate racer from WWU, Tela Crane. It's a great opportunity to support a local cycling organization, the MVA, and hear an Olympic cyclist.
Two-Time Olympian, John Vande Velde to address Seattle cyclists at benefit auction
REDMOND, Wash., March 2, 2009—Former Olympian John Vande Velde will be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser dinner and auction to benefit the Marymoor Velodrome Association on March 14. Vande Velde will share stories from his cycling career and the career of his son, a professional cyclist for Team Garmin-Slipstream, Christian Vande Velde.
The “First to the Line” dinner and auction will be held at The Community Center at Mercer View. A wide variety of cycling and non-cycling related auction items will be available to bid on, with all proceeds benefiting the Marymoor Velodrome Association. The silent auction will begin at 5:30 p.m.
Auction items include an autographed World Champion jersey from local rider, Olympic athlete and Keirin World Champion Jennie Reed. A complete bicycle plus wind tunnel testing time from Blue Competition Cycles will also be auctioned.
Keynote speaker, John Vande Velde, a member of the 1968 and 1972 Olympic teams, competed on the track in the team and individual pursuit events. He joined the professional ranks after the 1972 Games and raced in European six-day events.
“We’re really excited to have John speak at the MVA’s Benefit Dinner and Auction this year,” said Hyun Lee, MVA board president. “It will be great to have him talk about the history of track racing in the United States.”
In 2004, Vande Velde was inducted into the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. After retiring from cycling, he served as Vice President of USA Cycling, Vice President of the United States Cycling Federation and as a member of the UCI track commission.
Vande Velde is also known around the country for constructing and managing the Vandedrome, a portable velodrome that was used for the 1998 Goodwill Games in New York City.
His son, Christian, placed fourth in the 2008 Tour de France and was a member of the 2008 Olympic team for the United States.
The dinner and auction will also be the debut of the MVA Junior Development Program, and a significant portion of the proceeds from the auction will go toward the new program.
“We are excited to introduce our new junior programs,” Lee said. “Kids are the future of track cycling and we want to provide them with more opportunities to get on the track.”
For additional information about the auction or to make dinner reservations, visit http://velodrome.org/mva/ or contact Tela Crane.
About the Marymoor Velodrome Association:
The Marymoor Velodrome Association is a non-profit, volunteer organization that manages educational and competition programs at the Velodrome in Marymoor Park, located in Redmond, Washington.
Marymoor Velodrome Association
velokids at velodrome.org
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