Cyclingnews.com reports that former Junior World Champion Jeff Hopkins – the new American Track Racing Association (ATRA) director – will be responsible for a new track series in 2010.
The 2010 ATRA seroes will be US-based track cyclists’ first opportunity to compete in a national track racing series in 7 years.
The 11-race series will begin in May at the Superdrome in Frisco, Texas and visit seven other velodromes around the country, before returning to Texas for the National Championships.
In his new role, Hopkins put together the series to try to unify track racing in the USA. Some of the races will be run under an ATRA permit, others will be raced as USA Cycling races, but all of the tracks are members of the ATRA.
“If just one person from another track travels to race at each event, the series will be a success. We have to start small and manageable, bring some awareness and then continue to grow the series every year,” Hopkins said.
Provisional National Championship Series Schedule:
22-24 – Matrix Cup (Superdrome – Frisco, Texas)
11-13 – Minnesota Fixed Gear Classic (NSC Velodrome – Blaine, Minnesota)
18 – Festival of Speed – US 10mile (Valley Preferred Cycling Center – Trexlertown, Pennsylvania)
9-10 – Outback Bikes presents ‘The Omnium’ (Dick Lane Velodrome – East Point, Georgia)
16-18 – Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge (Alpenrose – Portland, Oregon)
23 – Keirin Cup (Valley Preferred Cycling Center – Trexlertown, Pennsylvania)
31 – Far West Championships (Encino Velodrome – Encino, California)
14 – Alpenrose Heartbreaker (Alpenrose Velodrome – Portland, Oegon)
21-22 – CA State Championships (Hellyer Park Velodrome – San Jose, California)
10-11 – Thomsen, LTD. ‘The Madison’ (Dick Lane Velodrome – East Point, Georgia)
17-19 – Elite Nationals Qualifier (Superdrome – Frisco, Texas)