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A Celebration of Beautiful Bob Williams

I’m still on a high from racing at Blaine last night.  Ominous clouds overhead and occasional rain drops served as a constant reminder that our races could be shut down at an instant.  It made for a dramatic mood… RIDE YOUR HEART OUT FOR THIS RACE MAY BE YOUR LAST!

Despite dark skies, our track’s resident Ray of Sunshine did not fail to brighten the evening.

Meet NSC Velodrome’s Track Director and Official Resident Ray of Sunshine: Bob “Beautiful Bob” Williams.  Here he is accepting an expertly crafted award from the women of May’s introductory track class.


See, the women’s field has exploded over the past year thanks to Bob’s support.  He’s given us clinics and has come out of retirement to personally instruct them.  He’s worked with us to establish track time for women’s specific track practice.  He drives the motor for us.  He’s been a huge advocate for us.  And last night, he gave us the first Women’s Cat 4 Only race on this track.  Huge.


Bob does this because, well, Bob loves bike racing.  Especially track bike racing.  And the track community loves Bob.  

These awesome pictures of Bob have been floating around.  I thought I would share them on the blog because the pictures are amazing and the man needs to be celebrated.

See, Bob was racing track before there was a track to race on.







Then he got his track when the Shakopee Velodrome opened in 1977.


And here is Bob crushing it on the Shakopee Velodrome...


Flashing his "Beautiful Bob" Smile.


Thanks Bob, for everything you do for us.  Our community would not be the gem that it is without you.

You're just the best.


Bob Williams

June 6, 2014

OMG You’ve just about captured my entire life! Always fun to look back at what it was like in those years. Man I could tell you stories!



June 6, 2014

Great photos! Nice to see how some things have changed dramatically and how others haven’t changed at all. I didn’t know there was a velodrome in Shakopee; will have to look into that! Many thanks to Bob for all he does. The track is full of positive energy from a lot of wonderful people, but it sure wouldn’t be the same without him.

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