World-class cycling velodrome nears opening in Detroit

Nov 20

6:00 AM

By Chris Hughes

Tagged: All Neighborhoods

By JC Reindl, Detroit Free Press

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Only two U.S. cities have a specially designed sports venue for indoor bicycle-racing.

Next month, Detroit becomes the third.

The Lexus Velodrome is scheduled to debut Dec. 9 with a preview race around the track, which is called a velodrome. Regular public use of the venue will begin in mid January, including free fitness and training programs for youths. Organizers' goals include forming the nation's largest minority cycling team and developing Olympic-caliber cyclists.

Situated at 601 Mack Ave. in Midtown, in the city's Tolan Playfield park, the velodrome is inside a large white air dome that rises 60 feet off the ground and is visible from I-75.

 

Read more about the Detroit Velodrome HERE