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In the 1950s, bicycling enthusiasts flocked to the annual velodrome races at Public Hall, and on August 30 velodrome racing returns to Cleveland with a new, permanent home in the Broadway/Slavic Village neighborhood.
The Cleveland Velodrome is a 166-meter Olympic style bank wooden cycling track, the only one of its kind in Ohio, and one of only 27 tracks in the United States.
A velodrome is a banked oval bicycle track for recreational riding and racing that range in size from 130 meters to 400 meters in length. The Cleveland Velodrome is situated on an 8.9 acre site located at I-77 and Broadway Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. Recreational and competitive cyclists of all ages, all abilities and all backgrounds enjoy cycling at the Cleveland Velodrome.
“Again the city is glad to help welcome in a new and exciting venture transforming vacant land within Slavic Village,” said Councilman Tony Brancatelli. “The Cleveland Velodrome sits upon land St. Alexis Hospital once called home. We have found a unique way to bring an exciting recreational opportunity to the heart of Cleveland.”
The land, which is owned by the city of Cleveland, has been leased out to Fast Track Cycling, a nonprofit organization dedicated to managing and maintaining the track. The Cleveland Velodrome project had been in development for five years, with more than 200 volunteers and 125 individual donors who worked tirelessly to make it a reality. It opened in 2012.
“The Cleveland Velodrome is yet another great asset and amenity for our city,” said Councilwoman Phyllis Cleveland. “The track will be free for all youth under the age of 18 to learn, train and ride. Our community will be home to a unique track that will attract bicycling enthusiasts from across Ohio and the region.”
The track was funded from private donations and was assembled by local volunteers during the summer of 2012. The organization continues its fundraising efforts and construct an enclosed track facility for year-round use.
The organization’s mission is to provide youth and adult cycling programs to promote the health and recreational benefits that riding a bicycle provides. They provide free youth programming (age 18 and under) and our Track 101 – learn to ride class – is free for adults. Also, the project is an important catalyst for the redevelopment of the Slavic Village/Broadway neighborhood of Cleveland. It has attracted over 10,000 visitors since it opened in 2012.
For more information on The Cleveland Velodrome, 5033 Broadway Ave., training sessions, rentals and season passes visit www.clevelandvelodrome.org