Hellyer Challenge – National Track Race
Hellyer County Park, San Jose, CA
When – June 28-29, 2013
Who Raced – Vance MacDonald
This weekend I was privileged to spend the weekend in San Jose for the
Hellyer Challenge, one of seven events on the National Track Calendar.
This prestigious series attracts national talent, and sure enough
every field (Elite, Women, Masters) was brimming with National
Despite the record heat, I was quite impressed with all aspects of the
event: the facility, the organization, the races. The only blemish
being two spectacular crashes, one sending both Ironfly boys (Davy and
Phillips) to the hospital. They are doing reasonably well, but I
suspect will be off the bike for a bit.
The track itself is 333m, so flatter than we are used to here in LA.
The concrete is in better condition than both Encino and SD. The
overall facility, in a beautiful park, is certainly the most refined
of the three outdoor tracks. There is some nice funding and leadership
happening up there. And they have racing 3 nights/week.