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Youth Cycling & Mentorship Program

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 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Group A
Wednesday 4:00 p.m . – 5:30 p.m. Group B
Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Group B
Saturday 10:30 a.m. – noon Group C

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.

Mission

Guy teaching kid on bike

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.

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.

Director

Deirdre Murphy, 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 Expert Coach license and received her B.A. from Ithaca College.

Highlights

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.

Stephanie Torres posing with her bike

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

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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