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Bolt to celebrate birthday with Golden Wheel Race

Press release was first posted on thevelodrome.com and sent out to the local media on July 13, 2016.

TREXLERTOWN, Pa. – Everyone is invited to a birthday party in T-town on Friday night.

This Friday night, Bolt, the Valley Preferred Cycling Center’s mascot, is celebrating his first birthday during the Golden Wheel Race, all part of the World Series of Bicycling.

Bolt’s Birthday Bash will be the focal point of the off-the-track fun for Friday night as Bolt will be joined by other Lehigh Valley mascots. Also, the popular local food truck Trixie’s Treats will be in the plaza serving up delicious dessert treats.

During happy hour, B104 will be broadcasting live in the plaza.

On the track, it is the Golden Wheel Race, which is a handicap event, and the main event of the evening. Additionally, there will be other races in the program as well.

The Golden Wheel Race is the last World Series of Bicycling event and the final chance for the riders to compete before the 2016 USA Cycling Junior and Elite National Championships, which are July 25-31. Friday night and Saturday night of nationals are included as part of the 2016 World Series of Bicycling season.

“The Golden Wheel Race is one of our fan favorites,” VPCC Executive Director Marty Nothstein said. “It really is an exciting style of racing. We make our strongest riders on the track chase the riders who aren’t as strong. On top of that, we will have other great racing for our fans as well.”

Another interesting aspect of the racing for this Friday night is the invitation for masters and stagiaires to race under the bright lights as well.

With just a few more World Series of Bicycling events remaining this season, the Univest Rider of the Year standings now become an important conversation. Heading into Friday night, Matthew Rotherham of Great Britain leads the men’s competition with 19 points. Luke Mudgway of New Zealand is in second with 15 points, but Mudgway is done racing in T-town for the season. Racquel Sheath is winning the women’s battle with 16 points while Alysha Keith is in second with 14 markers.

VPCC is selling upgraded tickets to the newly re-furnished VeloDeck for Friday night as well. For $10 per ticket, fans get one of the best seats in the house, located on turn four, as well as one beer voucher to be redeemed at the Beer & Wine Stand.

Tickets start as low as $5. Children ages 12 and under are free with a paying adult. Gates open at 6 p.m. with racing starting at 7:30 p.m.

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