Valley Preferred Cycling Center has the best community cycling programs in the country! Several top American cyclists, including Olympic Gold Medalist Marty Nothstein, got their start in these grassroots programs. These community programs have been instrumental in making Valley Preferred Cycling Center one of the top velodromes in the world.
Developmental Cycling Program
For 35 years the Air Products Developmental Cycling Program at Valley Preferred Cycling Center has been the starting point for many of America’s best track cyclists. From Olympic Gold Medalist and multiple World Champion Marty Nothstein and former Junior World Champion Sarah Uhl, to current champions Bobby Lea and Kim Geist; the Air Products program is recognized around the globe for its legendary graduates.
Open to cycling enthusiasts ages 5 and up, the Air Products program is a great introduction to the skills and challenges of velodrome riding and racing, so whether you see yourself wearing a World Champion’s Rainbow jersey or Gold medal or just want to take your fitness and appreciation of the sport to the next level; the Air Products Developmental Cycling Program has something for you. Program coaches are USA Cycling certified and CPR and First Aid trained. Eligible participants are invited to race under the lights on a Friday night - just like the pros!
Red Robin Marty Nothstein
Bicycle Racing League
Devoted to youth boys and girls ages 9-17, the Red Robin Marty Nothstein Bicycle Racing League introduces new riders to the thrill and excitement of bicycle racing. The league is made up of four teams that practice twice a week after school, and riders compete with kids their own age. Don’t worry about experience, it’s not required. A team of experienced coaches will guide participants through a program of fitness, competition and sportsmanship. We should also mention that Olympic Gold Medalist Marty Nothstein has an active leadership role with this program, so our young riders get to meet and learn from one of the best.
The Spring season concludes with the Team Championship Finals followed by the All-Star Championships during the popular Friday night World Series of Bicycling. The Fall season concludes with the Team Championship Finals.
Teva Respiratory PeeWee Pedalers
Who can forget the thrill of riding a bike for the first time? The PeeWee Pedalers course is aimed at introducing youngsters who are learning to ride bikes to the excitement and thrill of riding on a velodrome, while teaching elementary cycling skills and basic bicycle safety. The PeeWee Pedaler course is open to boys and girls ages 5-8 who are able to ride a bicycle without training wheels. The youngsters will be brought through a fun filled course that uses obstacle courses to teach the riders bicycle handling skills and safety as well as track riding basics. After completing the PeeWee Pedalers program the children are invited to join the Professionals on a World Series of Bicycling night of racing, where participants will take several laps in front of more then a thousand spectators before completing an obstacle course to the podium area for pictures.
The PeeWee Pedaler program is parent-interactive, encouraging parents to stay and help out during the session to observe what their PeeWees learn for better retention at home.
Rodale Corporate Challenge
The Rodale Corporate Challenge at Valley Preferred Cycling Center has become one of the most popular events of the summer season since it began a decade ago. This unique event offers your company a terrific team-building opportunity, the chance to put your corporate logo in front of at least 2,000 Friday night fans, an introduction to velodrome racing for new racers or a welcome return for our veterans and on top of all this- it’s just plain fun!
The Rodale Corporate Challenge pits up to 14 teams together in a round-robin elimination format throughout the evening as teams compete in the Italian Pursuit and scratch races. Each six-person team includes at least two women and up to four men. No prior racing experience needed! Valley Preferred Cycling Center provides the track bikes, coaching and training time for each team. Teams train 1-2 nights per week for four weeks prior to the event.
Try the Track!
Introductory Track Clinics
The Valley Preferred Cycling Center -Try the Track Program plays host to two great offerings- Guys On Track! and Girls On Track!
Each is not only an introductory clinic for cyclists age 12 or older who know how to ride a bike and want to be introduced to track cycling for the first time, but also an avenue for experienced racers to hone their skills and learn valuable secrets from some the best racers and coaches in the world! Sessions are designed to introduce riders to riding the track with strength, confidence and proper etiquette.