Morning Glory Cycling Club Fundraiser

February 22, 2013 by  Howard Chang

On Thursday February 21, at the Amsterdam Brewery, the Morning Glory Cycling Club put on a fabulous fundraiser benefiting the Pan Am 2015 Velodrome. With $5 million left to raise, the MGCC wanted to show what Ontario cycling clubs can do to help fund this game-changing world-class facility that will host the Pan AM 2015 cycling events in Milton.

Fraser Chapman, President of MGCC and a committee member for the Milton Velodrome fundraising campaign, orchestrated a movie night featuring the Bradley Wiggins Documentary – A Year In Yellow. (This movie is so new, guest of honour and ex-pro Michael Barry had to bring a PAL version from England and Fraser had it converted in order to play locally.)

A Year In Yellow is a fantastic movie–a real insider’s look into the world of a champion cyclist moving from being relatively unknown to being a sports superstar. Wiggins is mercurial, candid, self-aware and probably quite a handful for his team managers, but an intensely charismatic figure. The footage was beautifully shot and I would advise all of you to rent or buy the DVD when it comes to Canada legitimately!

As chair of the fundraising committee for the Milton Velodrome, I was asked to say a few words and help connect the dots between the predominantly recreational cycling audience and high-performance track cycling. Michael Barry and Fraser also did a fantastic job of explaining why the Velodrome will benefit all Canadians: it will lead to more participation in our sport, which will result in better health, better air quality, less congestion and a host of other benefits.

The event wrapped up with a great silent auction and if Michael’s Di2 Pinarello Graal TT bike actually fit me, I would be about $6000 lighter in my wallet today–whew! Congrats to MGCC and Fraser for a wonderful evening and let’s hope other clubs take up the challenge to do the same.

Find out more or make donations directly to the Velodrome at www.make-it-happen.ca.

 

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