Burnaby velodrome hosts 4Day races

The Burnaby Velodrome will be the place to be post Christmas, hosting four days of serious track racing from Dec. 27 to 30

Biking and sports enthusiasts, visitors, and local businesses will get together for the Burnaby Velodrome 4Day Bike Race, running Dec 27 to 30.

Velodrome head coach Kelyn Akuna, said “If you like fast action and top competition, and want to try something new, come out to our 4Day Race. You're sure to have a good time. There will be food trucks, a craft beer festival, and activities for kids.”

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Sponsored by the Burnaby Velodrome Club, the Burnaby 4Day Bike Race starts on Dec. 27 at 7pm. Admission for adults is only $5 per day.

International Olympic athletes and Tour de France contenders will join local and national stars for four days of energetic racing action.

“Races at the velodrome are special,” said Akuna. “Most important, they are inside. The audience can always see the riders. And it’s fast. Racers cannot ride slower

than 30 kilometres per hour, because of the track’s bowl-like shape, banked to 47 degrees in the corners.”

Strategies and tactics are easy to spot, and when the crowd ‘gets into the action,’ cheering always encourages contestants to give their all. There are short and fast races as well as longer, more strategic ones. There’s something for every fan.

Event types range from fast and furious match sprints, reaching speeds up to 65 km per hour, to

challenging endurance and points races.

Young riders can also get in on the action. In the morning, they’ll have a chance to hone their skills at a youth training camp before racing in the afternoon.

The 4Day caps a year in which the velodrome welcomed

Canada’s top youth riders for the national championship, as well as visiting athletes from B.C., Washington and Oregon states for their Feature Friday Night Races.

The velodrome club at the Harry Jerome Sports Centre, 7564 Barnet Highway, operates one of only two indoor cycling tracks in Canada and one of the fastest in North America. 

The track is open year-round for training and racing. Introductory, intermediate, and advanced programs happen every week.

Check out www.burnabyvelodrome.ca for more details.

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