The Idea Begins

Rob Good and Albert Coulier presented the idea of an indoor track to be built in the south end of London. Albert Coulier designed the track. The track was to be located in the former Ice House hockey arena in the south end of London. Coulier's company, Apollo Velodrome Systems, has constructed dozens of tracks over the decades, including Olympic and world championship tracks in Montreal, Pan Am tracks in Winnipeg and other temporary tracks in arenas in Canada and the United States. Apollo Systems set out to build a 138m track. The Forest City Velodrome Association, a non-profit organization, was created to operate the track with the idea of holding races, clinics and other activities at the track. 

Riding Begins

In as little as four months, cyclists were enjoying riding on the track. This exciting initiative brought together business, community and government partners to finance, build and run a 138-metre indoor cycling track. The Forest City Velodrome is one of only four indoor velodromes in North America and the smallest permanent indoor cycling track in the world.

First Youth Outdoor Rides

Albert Coulier envisioned the FCV as a place to foster Youth Cycling and develop riders that would be bound for competion on the world stage.

Our first youth ride hit the roads in London with a bit of "Keystone Cops" action.... the kids were only familiar with fixed wheels and when we came upon the first stop sign, the kids started pedaling backwards to stop.... You can imagine the size of the pileup that happened when the ride leaders stopped.... so back to the FCV parking lot where we could demonstrate how to ride with brakes and gears.

The summer program was an extension of the FCV winter track program and began as a way to keep youth track riders engaged throughout the summer.

Team Attack Cycling

The Team Attack was initiated with new team kits being designed and worn by team members. The first Ontario Youth Cup races were attended and a contingent of Team Attack riders were sent to the Ontario Cup race at Springbank Park to challenge other teams from around the province. Riders of all youth age groups began to receive coaching and race advice in an effort to make them better racers.

Invita Signs on as Youth Team Sponsor

The Invita bike shop (Mississauga) wanted to help the team and the Invita-FCV Junior Cycling team was born.  It was the first time our Junior program started to turn heads in the province.... who are these guy's?  The Invita-FCV team placed 7 riders on the squad that represented Canada at the Junior Pan Am Championships.

Kallisto signs as Youth Team title sponsor

Team kit manufacturer Kallisto signed on as the team's title sponsor, with Toyo Tires Canada as the secondary sponsor, and the Kallisto-FCV pb Toyo Tires team was born. Team Attack riders were merged into the squad and everyone... youth, elite, and masters now raced under the Kallisto-FCV banner.  In the years to follow, the youth program grew to over 30 riders and in back to back years, Bayley Simpson & Sarah Mason won Junior Track Omnium National Championships. 

Track World Championships

Albert's dream is realized with the expert coaching of Rob Good. In July 2016, Nick Wammes of Bothwell Ontario and Ali Van Yzendoorn of Orillia Ontario represented Canada at Track Junior World Championships.