Give your kids the chance to train and race like champions in the Lehigh Valley!  Olympic gold medalist, Marty Nothstein, and his team of coaches provide a comprehensive program of fitness, competition and sportsmanship.  BRL (Bicycle Racing League) is open to boys and girls ages 9-16,  no experience necessary.  Riders will learn  track etiquette, race strategy and training  tips from the Valley’s best coaches and  racers.  They will experience the thrill and  excitement of competing on the same  track that has produced more than 150 National Champions, including 7 Olympians.

The ‘little league of cycling’ program consists of four teams that will practice and race for eight to ten weeks, culminating in a championship race and BRL All-Star Night, June 24th, during Friday Night’s World Series of Bicycling, where riders will share the stage with international superstars.  Coaching, track bikes, helmets (if needed) and a team jersey are provided for a new low registration fee of $60.oo.  

Red Robin has once again joined the Valley Preferred Cycling Center for the 2011 Season and will be awarding each participant a $25 gift card to Red Robin upon completion of the program on June 24th.  Riders must be present at award ceremony following the All-Star Finals, on June 24th.

Interested racers can complete registration on-line.  Riders who are licensed by USA Cycling (the national governing body of cycling in the United States) must sign up for the open category.  If you have questions about eligibility, please contact the Valley Preferred Cycling Center.

Important dates to remember:

April 4th-   Introductory classes start
April 18th- Team practices start
June 10th- BRL Championship
June 24th- BRL All-Star Finals

For additional questions, please contact Ben Miller, Director of Community Programs, at 610-395-7000 Extension 226.

If your child is under the age of 9 and wants to participate, BRL has good news!  Registration for the 2011 Pee Wee Pedalers is going on now, and is open to boys and girls ages 5-8 who are able to ride a bicycle without training wheels.  The 2011 PeeWee Pedalers course is aimed at introducing youngsters who are learning to ride bikes to the excitement and thrill of riding on a velodrome (Bicycle Track), while teaching elementary cycling skills and basic bicycle safety.  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.

The PeeWee Pedalers course is held on Saturdays and runs for five weeks at a time.  Each PeeWee Pedalers class is one hour in length and held at 9-10am or 10-11am.  Parents are encouraged to stay for the class.  Click here to register for the 2011 PeeWee Pedalers.

The coaches at the Lehigh Valley Velodrome are waiting to teach your youngsters the ways of bicycle safety, riding, and etiquette, not to mention the Red Robin gift card that you’ll get upon completion of the program.

If this isn’t your first year participating in this program, what tips do you have for the newcomers? 

Do you know of any other places in the Lehigh Valley that make for great programs for children?