For those of you who don't know me, or are unfamiliar with my sport, my name is Alissa Maglaty, aka Gator, and I am a sprinter in the sport of track cycling. Track cycling began in the 1880's in the United States, in a time before NASCAR, football and other popular spectator sports. With the most basic of bicycles that included one fixed gear and no brakes, athletes traveled around the country and world to race on wood board tracks (velodromes), most of which were built in approx. 18 hours and deconstructed at the end of the event.
Today, track racing is still a popular sport around the world and is making a comeback in the USA. My goal is to be part of the Olympic Team that walks out onto the stage at Rio and brings this action-packed sport back to the forefront of American sports fanatics' attention, or at least the front of their Wheeties boxes.
A little bit about me: I was born and raised in Northern California and after a 3 year stint of training in Portland, Oregon, learning the fundamentals of track cycling/sprinting, I moved back to California for a summer of training with top athletes from around the world at the VELO Sports Center, our country's only indoor velodrome. Now, I'm back in the Bay Area where it all started, training with Lee Povey and Performance Cycle Coaching, and I can tell this year is going to be great!
I'm all about hard work, with my eyes toward the 2016 Olympics, each and every day. I knew I wanted to go to the Olympics when I was little, though at the time I thought it was going to be for gymnastics. Years later, I found my sport, the one I was built for and absolutely love to do.
Now let me tell you a little more about my fundraiser:
Fundraiser Description: to raise funds to travel around the country/world to hit time standards and collect UCI points toward qualifying for the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, CANADA, as well as the 2015-16 World Cup and World Championship events.
Summer Racing Goals:
1. Meet Time Standards: USA Cycling recently released an updated version of its High Performance Plan which identifies time standards athletes must meet to be eligible to compete at the Pan American Gamess, World Cups, and World Championship events in the 2015/16 season. Time standards must be met in competition, so this summer I will be focused on hitting those standards at the races this fundraiser will help me get to.
2. Accumulate UCI Points: UCI (Union Cycliste Internationale) rules require that to be able to compete at World Cups, World Championships, and the Olympics, riders must travel around the world and compete at UCI races to collect points. My goal over the next two years is to represent the USA at World Cup/Championship events on the track in the Keirin, Sprint and Team Sprint events. To be selected I must also have enough UCI points, in addition to meeting time standards, to be eligible for these races.
3. Gain Experience: Just as it is important to test out new equipment and become familiar with it before race day, it is also important to race at higher levels of competition for the benefit of learning about the other riders, getting exposure to the chaos, noise, race nerves and overall atmosphere of the event. It's time to start racing against the best women in the world, and the monies raised through this GoFundMe campaign are 100% intended to place me on the track with these women!
4. Be Awesome: 'nuf said.
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