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Star Track

Youth Cycling & Mentorship Program

The spring 2015 session of Star Track, a free, nine-week track cycling program, will run from April 13, 2015  to June 13, 2015. The program will take place on Mondays through Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon., at the Kissena Velodrome.

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

Star Track will teach your child the principles of bicycle riding and racing, as well as teach him/her teamwork and enhance his/her physical and psychological development. Emphasis on nutrition will be incorporated.

Children ages 8-14 who are at least 53 inches in height are welcome to join. Once your child is registered, we will email you a Release and Waiver form and a Parent Pledge. Both forms must be completed and signed by a parent or guardian. Please bring these forms with you on the first day of class. These forms are required for participation, no exceptions.

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

Star Track participant getting instructions

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. 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.

Cycling in New York City

Bicycle racing has a long tradition in New York City. In fact, Madison Square Garden was built first for track cycling, and it is still remembered in the name of the “ Madison,” an Olympic event. The Kissena Velodrome was built for the 1964 US Olympic trials. Read more about the history of bicycling in New York City Parks.

Star Track participants riding around a track

USA Cycling Centers of Excellence

USA Cycling Centers of Excellence

Star Track has been designated a USA Cycling Center of Excellence, which is awarded to select junior and Under-23 development teams which excel in the development of young cycling athletes.

Partners

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

Highlights

The 2014 Star Track Team at the USA Cycling Juniors Track National Championships
The 2014 Star Track Team at the USA Cycling Juniors Track National Championships

A proud bronze medalist at the USA Cycling Juniors Track National Championships
A proud bronze medalist at the USA Cycling Juniors Track National Championships

Stephanie Torres posing with her bike
Stephanie Torres, who learned how to ride a bicycle at Star Track at the age of 13, won gold and bronze at the 2012 USA Collegiate Track Nationals.

Star Track participants riding around a track

Winner of the G.C. Mengoni Grand Prix in Central Park, September 24. 2011

Winner of the G.C. Mengoni Grand Prix in Central Park, September 24. 2011

Videos

Star Track on It's My Park

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