Star Track
STAR TRACK: Youth Cycling & Mentorship Program

Please consider giving NYC’s deserving children a healthier future by making a donation to Star Track. Star Track’s fiscal sponsor is Bike New York, which is a 501 (c)(3). Donations made to Star Track, through Bike New York, are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

No matter how little or how much you give, your donation will go a long way to improving the lives of our children. Thank you.

Schedule

The spring 2014 session of Star Track, a free, eight-week track cycling program, will run from April 8 – May 31, 2014. It will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, and Saturday mornings at the Kissena Velodrome according to the following schedule:

Tuesday/Thursday 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.              Group A
Wednesday 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.              Group B
Saturday 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.            Group B
Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.   Group C

Registration is mandatory. For more information and to register, please email startracknyc@gmail.com

Participants are STRONGLY encouraged to have prior knowledge of how to ride a bicycle.

Mission

Our goal is to empower New York City children, ages 8-14, from under-resourced communities by building self- confidence, strength, goal setting and teamwork through the exciting sport of track racing.  Located at the historic Kissena Velodrome, Star Track’s mission is to reach children with a physical activity that engages them.  In this way, we can address the health and emotional issues facing under-active children of today.

The children we serve learn the discipline associated with being an athlete. They set goals and train to become part of a competitive cycling team. They also benefit from mentoring by our experienced coaches.

Partners

Star Track was founded in collaboration with the City of New York Parks & Recreation and NYC2012, the organization that led New York’s bid for the 2012 Olympic Games. Star Track’s partners are Bike New York and the City of New York Parks & Recreation.

Director

Deirdre Murphy Bader, Star Track’s Executive Director, competed in the 2000 Olympic Games in road cycling. She is a former World Master’s Road Cycling Champion and has extensive experience coaching cyclists young and old. Deirdre holds a USA Cycling Level 2 Coaching License.

Cycling in New York City

Bicycle racing has a long tradition in New York City. In fact, the first Madison Square Garden was used as a velodrome, an oval bicycle racing track with banked curves. At the time, bicycle racing was one of the biggest sports in the country. “Races testing speed and endurance drew huge crowds, with the top riders among the sports stars of their day. The bike races at Madison Square Garden were all the rage around the turn of the 20th century.” Madison Square Garden was the most important bicycle racing track in the United States and the Olympic discipline known as the Madison is named after the original Garden. (1)

Recent Highlights

Stephanie Torres, who learned how to ride a bicycle at Star Track at the age of 13, won four gold medals at the 2013 US Collegiate National Championships.

Star Track was recently honored by receiving the designation as a USA Cycling Center of Excellence.  The USA Cycling Center of Excellence designation is awarded to select junior and Under-23 development teams which excel in the development of young cycling athletes. http://www.usacycling.org/usacdf/coe/index.php

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