Tomorrow marks the return of an event I won years ago, the Roger DeLanghe Trophy Race. Held at the Ed Rudolph Velodrome in Northbrook, it’s also one of my favorite local spots to race. And when an email reminded me last night of the upcoming event, I wanted to write a little about it because there are some great things happening around this year’s race.
When the Roger DeLanghe race kicks off tomorrow night, there will be an Olympian among the start field. The Northbrook Cycling Committee, which helps organize the race, told me that Colby Pearce, a 2004 Olympian who finished 14th in the points race, will be racing. Colby and I grew up cycling around the same time and he’s excelled at the endurance track events, winning national and international events, and competing in numerous Six Days events. He could take home some of tomorrow’s $1,500 prize purse too–this race pays the first 25 riders who finish.
Or if you can’t make Thursday’s event, try to head to the velodrome on Saturday for one of Pearce’s cycling clinics. The first one starts at 9 a.m. on August 7 and includes a 60-minute lecture plus a 60-minute track-side clinic. The second clinic gets underway at 1 p.m. with a PowerPoint presentation about how to train for track cycling endurance events. Or click this link for more information.
I should also add that this race is touted as brutally fast so if you do come out to watch or race, you’ll be in for a night of excitement. Read more about it here.