New velodrome under construction in Cleveland

 

The popularity of track racing has waxed and waned over the the past century, but it seems to be on an upswing, as new velodromes are being constructed for the first time in a generation.

Fast Track Cycling, a Cleveland-based, non-profit 501(c)3 organization has announced that it has signed a contract to bring a 166-meter steel and wood velodrome track to the Broadway Slavic Village neighborhood. The velodrome track’s grand opening will occur on Saturday, June 16.

Fast Track announced plans in January 2010 to build a velodrome track at the site of the former St. Michael’s Hospital in Broadway Slavic Village. Fast Track Cycling recently signed a ground lease agreement with the City of Cleveland for the 8.4 acre site for $1 per year.

The track will be constructed from galvanized steel and a marine-grade plywood riding surface. A $50,000 grant from The Cleveland Foundation helped Fast Track complete the Phase I capital requirement of $300,000, which includes the cost of track bicycles and other related equipment.

Fast Track Cycling signed the purchase contract with V-Worldwide, Inc., an international designer and builder of Olympic-style velodromes. V-Worldwide built and operates the International Velodrome at Bloomer Park in Rochester Hills, Mich. More recently, V-Worldwide built the track for the Chicago Velo Campus, a track identical to the one that will be built in Cleveland.

As part of its mission to promote the sport of cycling, Fast Track will implement youth and adult programming. Fast Track will provide free coaching, free track time and free equipment rental for youth aged 18 and under, and affordable membership-based adult programming for recreational and competitive cyclists.

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