Economic impact of bike races, VeloSwap and a tiny track primer

Economic impact of bike races, VeloSwap and a tiny track primer

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An open letter to Missouri state representative Allen Icet

Dear Representative Icet,
The purpose of my note is express my professional cycling program’s support of one of the greatest bike races in the United States: the Tour of Missouri.

The mission of Team Type 1 is to instill hope and inspiration for people around the world affected by diabetes.

We believe that with appropriate diet, treatment, and technology, anyone with diabetes can achieve their dreams. We are living proof of this mission as 52 of our 66 competitive athletes have Type 1 or Type 2 diabetes. As a participant in the Tour of Missouri in 2009, Team Type 1 was able to reach the 325,000 citizens of Missouri who have been diagnosed with diabetes. As you know, the Tour of Missouri was also beneficial to your state, bringing in $38.1 million in economic development from a $1.5 million investment by the state of Missouri. For each of us, the Tour of Missouri is a “win-win.”

With the state of Missouri leading the national percentage of adults who have been told by a doctor that they have diabetes, 9.1% to 8.2%, respectively, the partnership of the Tour of Missouri and Team Type 1 can encourage Missourians to make a positive change in their health and lives.

Our belief is the bike is a tool for healthy living and diabetes management. And the Tour of Missouri is a powerful way to promote this message among Missourians and the rest of the United States.

I sincerely urge you to support the funding of the Tour of Missouri for 2010.
Sincerely yours,
Phil Southerland
Founder and CEO, Team Type 1
Atlanta, Georgia

VeloSwap?

Editor,
What are the dates and web address for the VeloSwap?
Russell Scott

Absolutely. VeloSwap is slated for October 23rd in Denver. You can keep track of plans at www.veloswap.comEditor

What are they doing out there?

Hi,
With the track world championships this week, I see reference to many events I don’t understand. What distinguishes the Madison, pursuit, and keirin?

Thanks,
Chris Parker
Wayne, Illinois

Okay, here’s a quick-n-dirty summary, Chris:
Pursuit is now a head-to-head race pitting riders (or teams) who start on opposite sides of the velodrome. Racing over a pre-determined distance, riders’ (or teams’) times are then compared to determine a winner. (We say “now” because the event was originally conceived as a race that would last until one or the other competitor caught the other.)

The Madison is a relatively long team event in which pairs of riders compete in a tag-team format. (It’s the one in which you see those nifty hand slings.) The Madison is named after Madison Square Garden in New York and was originally conceived as a way around local laws that barred riders from competing for too long in those great old Six-Day events.

The Scratch Race is essentially a track version of a criterium, in which riders race over a specified distance and the order of finish determines the winners.

The Points Race assigns value to specific laps throughout a race. Riders accumulate points and the winner is determined by the number of points he or she earns over the race.

The Keirin pits a group that includes a varying number of riders who start by drafting off the back of a motorcycle until the last lap-and-a-half when a sprint for the finish determines the winner.

The Matched Sprint pits two — and sometimes three — riders against one another over the course of a kilometer, with the final 200 meters timed. Riders are matched according to their times over a flying 200-meter time trial.

The Kilometer Time Trial (500 meters for women) is just that, an all-out individual effort over the specified distance.

The Omnium is cycling’s version of the pentathlon, combining sprint with endurance events, carried out over the course of a single day. The winner of each discipline is given 1 point, second receives 2 points and so on down to the last place. The first event is a flying 200 meters, followed by a scratch race, a 3km pursuit (2km for the women), a points race and a kilometer (500m for women). – Editor