Last weekend marked the final weekend of indoor BMX activities at the Alberta Indoor Cycling Center in Olds, Alberta. The Alberta Bicycle Association would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the dedicated volunteers and riders alike who made this facility possible for the 2012/2013 season.
This season saw the facility open to riders almost every weekend along with an assortment of weeknights from the beginning of November through to the end of April - a record season for any indoor BMX facility in Alberta's history.
See the below note from Shane Peterson - Alberta Bicycle Association VP of BMX:
"Last weekend was the last weekend of the AICC as we tore it down on Sunday. I want to THANK the Tuchscherer family, the Tremel family, the Nugent family and all the others that helped out (you know who you are) with the Alberta Indoor Cycling Center, BMX Training Facility this past winter. The AICC track was likely one of the best indoor tracks I have ever seen- anywhere. (Thank you Adam Muys for your help with the design and build).
I know that those riders that took best advantage of it come into the 2013 outdoor season already drastically faster and much more prepared than if the facility was not available to them - they are going to "hit the ground running". The improvements in the rider skills and speeds over the winter, among those that took best advantage of the facility, were nothing short of awe inspiring and that goes without exception.
I have had several people from outside Alberta AND Alberta riders from the past that have moved on from the sport, comment to me with envy about the facility. If you have a vision for our young Alberta BMX Association and Alberta Bicycle Association riders to get faster and develop to compete at top level BMX races on a National and International level it is IMPERATIVE that we keep this facility alive and ongoing, it is nothing short of essential. The necessary rider development simply cannot be done with our outdoor tracks alone given our short Alberta summer season. When you factor in days lost on an outdoor Alberta track due to weather etc, the winter indoor provides more riding hours than most, if not all, tracks will get in a typical summer.
The Indoor Winter Race Series was to be a key source of revenue to keep the facility alive, so lastly I want thank all of those riders and families that supported the indoor by riding it and participating. There was no awarded plates, no big purse $$, no giant trophies so those families that supported the facility by participating in the Winter Series did so out of love of the sport and that, to me, is worth a HUGE Thank You.
Cheers - see you on the outdoor tracks starting today and tomorrow."