Track Cycling: Intro and History

Velodrome racing is unlike any other discipline of cycling. Cyclists are drawn to the pure speed and excitement of riding in close quarters on a banked track. There is also great camaraderie among track cyclists since they spend a lot of time together racing and training at the track.

Velodrome racing started in the 1800’s. It was popular among the public, much like NASCAR is today. Madison Square Garden was actually originally built as a track racing venue. Nowadays, there are about 20 working velodromes in the U.S. and many more around the world. The sport flourishes in other countries, and is making a comeback in the U.S. A new indoor velodrome has just been completed in the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles, CA and promises to bring world class racing back to the States.

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