Track cycling now has a place

The Forest City Velodrome opens and indoor track cycling now has a place in Ontario. The velodrome, housed in a former hockey arena and first opened in 2005, went from concept to reality in just over four months. Proposed by Rob Good and Albert Coulier in 2004, and constructed over the next several months, the 138-metre indoor cycling track is currently one of only four indoor velodromes in Canada and the USA. FCV is currently the smallest permanent indoor cycling track in the world.

First Road Rides

Our first youth ride hit the roads in London with a bit of "Keystone Cops" action.... the kids were only familiar with fixed wheels and when we came upon the first stop sign, the kids started pedaling backwards to stop.... You can imagine the size of the pileup that happened when the ride leaders stopped.... so back to the FCV parking lot where we could demonstrate how to ride with brakes and gears.

The summer program was an extension of the FCV winter track program and began as a way to keep youth track riders engaged throughout the summer.

Team Attack Cycling

The Team Attack was initiated with new team kits being designed and worn by team members. The first Ontario Youth Cup races were attended and a contingent of Team Attack riders were sent to the Ontario Cup race at Springbank Park to challenge other teams from around the province. Riders of all youth age groups began to receive coaching and race advice in an effort to make them better racers.

Invita Signs On

The Invita bike shop (Mississauga) wanted to help the team and the Invita-FCV Junior Cycling team was born.  It was the first time our Junior program started to turn heads in the province.... who are these guy's?  The Invita-FCV team placed 7 riders on the squad that represented Canada at the Junior Pan Am Championships.

Kallisto signs as Title Sponsor

Team kit manufacturer Kallisto signed on as the team's title sponsor, with Toyo Tires Canada as the secondary sponsor, and the Kallisto-FCV pb Toyo Tires team was born. Team Attack riders were merged into the squad and everyone... youth, elite, and masters now raced under the Kallisto-FCV banner.  In the years to follow, the youth program grew to over 30 riders and in back to back years, Bayley Simpson & Sarah Mason won Junior Track Omnium National Championships. 

Track World Championships

In July 2016, Nick Wammes of Bothwell Ontario and Ali Van Yzendoorn of Orillia Ontario represented Canada at Track Junior World Championships.

Track WorldCup

On November 12, 2016, Bayley Simpson of Lindsay, Ontario, was member of the National Team that won Canada's first ever men's Gold medal in Track World Cup competition at Apeldoorn, Netherlands. Bayley won his first track race three years prior at the Forest City Velodrome.

2017 and Beyond

Now recognized as one of the premier youth development programs in Canada, Kallisto-FCV is currently helping athletes 9 to 18 years old pursue their Olympic dreams. As we head into the future, the Kallisto-FCV p/b Peloton Contracting Youth Cycling Team is expanding. We are always looking to develop young athletes with big dreams.

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