This is the fourth year of the Fixed Gear Classic event as part of the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival. Competition is open to Men, categories Pro, 1, 2 and Women, categories Pro, 1, 2, 3. Winners will divide a cash purse of more than $5000. The National Sports Center in Blaine, Minnesota, will live stream the Fixed Gear Classic. Racing begins at 6:30 CDT (UTC -5) on Thursday, June 7, 2012 and Friday, June 8, 2012. Racing begins at noon Saturday, June 9, 2012. (See complete schedule)
Switzerland’s World Champion Franco Marvulli will get some stiff competition to defend his title as Endurance Omnium Champion at the Fixed Gear Classic. Tour de France and Vuelta a Espana stage winner Leon van Bon will also take to the 43-degree banked wooden oval in Blaine, Minnesota. These two international racers and 40 other world class racers will compete from June 7-9, 2012 in more than 100 sprint, endurance, and timed events.
“Besides the sprint and endurance omniums, we’ve got some exciting new events this year,” said Jason Lardy, Marketing Director for the Nature Valley Bicycle Festival, “for example, on the third day of the event, we’ll run a Madison Kilometer time trial, which will carry its own prizes.”
Marvulli is a top competitor in the European Six-Day races, and both a former World Champion in the Madison and in the Scratch Race. His main competition will come from former road Dutch Champion van Bon, but also from the reigning Canadian Points Race Champion, Jean-Michel Lachance and Emile Abraham, the national champion from Trinidad & Tobago. Cari Higgins (Exergy-Twenty12), a multiple US National Champion, will be watched by many for victory in the womens events.
“We’ll again feature a unique dual omnium program that showcases separate competitions for sprinters and endurance riders,” Lardy said. “That means cross over races will bring sprinters and endurance riders together to try to win omnium points or at least take them away from their competitors.”
The Velodrome at the National Sports Center is an internationally known venue for local and national events. The unique track is a pine 250m oval with 43-degree banking in the turns. It is made from rare African hardwood, afzalia – a type of mahogany.