2017 Masters World Track Cycling Championships – Velosports Center, Los Angeles

Well, my ride day at this year’s masters championships finally hit and I had the opportunity to compete against 11 other riders in the 500 meter time trial for my age group. If you’ve been following me on Facebook, you know that this competition has been on my “to do” list for several years. I had the best intentions of really training but, as it often does, life gets in the way.

That said, I did manage to ride 1,443.02 miles since the first of the year. One would think those miles would be enough for a simple 40 second ride. But, sadly, they weren’t.

We had riders in my age group from the US, France, Columbia, the UK, Australia, and Sweden. A rider from Poland registered but did not make the event.

I finished 8 out of 12 riders and I was really pleased with that result. Ah, but next year!!!

I had a fantastic time this year riding and training at the Velosports Center leading up to the event. As I’ve said many time,s “cancer hates a healthy body” and cycling is a great way to get exercise and meet people.

If you are a cancer survivor and are physically able, I encourage you to explore getting back on your bicycle. If you’re new to cycling, just drop by your local bike shop and they can connect you with a local cycling club that will be delighted to show you the ropes. You can also visit USA Cycling and find a list of cycling clubs in your area.

If you live in the Los Angeles area and would like to learn to ride the velodrome, just send an email to velodrome @ cancerjourneysfoundation.org and we’ll get you started.

The 2018 Masters World Track Cycling Championships also will be here in Los Angeles. It’s important for cancer survivors to have a fitness goal, and competing in the 2018 event might just be a good goal for you. This coming Sunday will be my first training ride for the 2018 championships.

There are several different track events but I just rode the time trial this year. Watch the video below and see how easy it really is!

Check out our events page for walks and cycling events that may fit your survivorship program – CancerJourneysFoundation Events.

Warm regards,



Cancer Journeys Foundation President Robert Hess preparing to ride. His uniform carries the names of cancer survivors and victims from around the world.