The track racing season will be starting in a few weeks, so let's take a look ahead to see what we might expect to see. There are 22 velodromes in the USA, 6 of them are right here in the Midwest! So, dust off that track bike, it's time to get your speed on!
Indianapolis, IN Major Taylor Velodrome This is a 333 1/3 meter, concrete track with seating for 3,000 fans. The track is open for training for a $5 fee. Racing begins May 15th and then continues on Thursday and Friday nights throughout the summer.
Rochester Hills, MI Bloomer Park Velodrome This track opened in 2000 is a 200 meter wooden velodrome with bankings of 44 degrees. Their season opens Saturday May 1st with a weekly "NAS-Track" league on Fridays and some Saturdays.
Blaine, MN National Sports Center Velodrome This is a 250 meter wooden track with banking of 43 degrees. It was built in 1990 and is the same design that was used in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Racing begins Thursday May 20th, training days are running right now.
Kenosha, WI Washington Park Velodrome This is a 333 meter asphalt track built in 1927, making it the oldest operating velodrome in the United States. USAC races are held on Tuesday nights, Master's only races are on Wednesdays, and stock bike races are held on Mondays. The track is open to the public for riding and training since it is a city park. Racing begins May 18th.
St. Louis Penrose Park Velodrome This is a concrete track with 28 degree banking. The season opens May 6th with a racing clinic then continues with sanctioned racing Thursdays, time trials on Wednesdays. The velodrome is a public park so is open for riding and training on non-race days.