Saanich Olympian Gillian Carleton learned track cycling at the Juan de Fuca velodrome in 2011 on a rental bike. Last summer she won a bronze medal in track cycling team pursuit at the London Olympics.

PISE donates bikes for velodrome

There are now more bikes to go around at the Juan de Fuca velodrome.

There are now more bikes to go around at the Juan de Fuca velodrome.

Through a partnerships with the Greater Victoria Velodrome Association and the Pacific Institute of Sport Excellence, 20 new track bikes are available for youth programs and the public.

“We had more riders than bikes last year,” said GVVA president Michael Cooper.

Before this donation, rental bikes at the velodrome were the same bikes from 1994 Commonwealth Games when the track was built, said Olympian Gillian Carleton.

Carlton won a bronze medal at London Games in the team pursuit. With many years of triathlon experience, she first took up track cycling at the velodrome in 2011.

“It’s really faces paced and with a banked track you can pick up speed. If you are an adrenaline junkie it’s a ton of fun,” Carleton said.

Carleton and the rest of Team Canada also just  picked up another bronze medal in Belarus at the Track Cycling World Championships last week.

The 23-year-old from Saanich would have never been able to try track cycling if it weren’t for the velodrome and the rental bikes available. Carleton said she is excited for the possibilities new bikes will open for youth in Greater Victoria.

“They are special bikes that most kids don’t have,” said Eric Simonson, the school bike league commissioner.

PISE donated $5,000, which matched with other donations sought out by the GVVA.

“We recognize that when you have healthy communities everything else tends to take care of itself,” said Robert Bettauer, CEO of PISE.

The bicycles will be used for the 2013 School Bike League and for other public programs.

charla@goldstreamgazette.com

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Greater Victoria man killed in Alberta accident was expectant father

Geordie Murray described as ‘wonderful husband, brother son and friend’

VicPD says circumstances around missing teen are ‘high-risk’

Arianna McKenzie last seen in Centennial Square

Canada Post aware of ongoing email, text phishing scams

Scammers pretending to be Canada Post will ask for personal and payment information

Suicide rates not impacted by seasons

While men are three times more likely to commit suicide, women have higher rates of depression

VIDEO: Music stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant at Grammys award show

Music artists including Billy Ray Cyrus, Rick Ross and Kirk Franklin paid tribute to Bryant

Pregnant B.C. woman stuck in Wuhan, the epicentre of coronavirus outbreak

Woman is due to give birth in Wuhan, China unless she can get out

Ontario confirms second presumptive coronavirus case in wife of first patient

Both arrived on a China Southern Airlines flight after having been to Wuhan

Canada’s basketball community mourns Kobe Bryant after helicopter crash

Bryant was an 18-time NBA all-star who won five championships

‘Devastated’: Fans, celebrities remember Kobe Bryant after his death

Bryant played all of his 20-year career with the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers

Investigation launched after six dead puppies dumped in Richmond hotel parking lot

RAPS reminds people they can always give up puppies they can’t take care of

Canadian Lunar New Year celebrations dampened by coronavirus worries

But Health Minister Patty Hajdu said today that the risk of infection is low

B.C. VIEWS: New coronavirus outbreak an important reminder

Walking the line between cautious and alarmist

Kobe Bryant, daughter killed in California helicopter crash

Bryant entered the NBA draft straight out of high school in 1996

Most Read