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    Let's talk: interest in a new cycling park and velodrome?

    I havenít been active on this site for a few years (having twin babies does that to a person), but thought it might be a good place to come back and start. Iím doing some unofficial research among cycling enthusiasts. Without giving away details I probably shouldnít, Iím working on a project to potentially build a 72-acre cycling park, about an hour outside of Chicago. This would be a ground-up development on suburban land near interstate access, not redevelopment of an unused industrial warehouse in a run-down area or anything like that. It is potentially a public-private partnership involving a municipality, park district, and private business.

    Some of the key items in the park:

    • Indoor Velodrome: 250m modern wood-planked track, spectator stands
    • Outdoor Criterium Course: 1-mile tarmac course with electronic timing and spectator stands
    • Outdoor Mountain Bike Skills Course: artificial & natural structures for mountain biking of various difficulties
    • BMX Park: larger than the small typical dirt-parks found throughout the area.
    • Bike Rentals available for all disciplines.



    What makes this possibly economically feasible is the indoor velodrome building. The infield could be used for several uses outside of cycling (trade shows, concerts, indoor soccer, etc.). The fact that there are only 3 other indoor Velodromes currently in the USA could make it have somewhat of a draw. Itís not being developed as a huge money-maker, but more of a ďbring people to the areaĒ type of thing.

    Any input, criticisms, or comments are welcome. Iím just looking to talk this out with other cycling enthusiasts more than anything.

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    I vote yes.

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    There has been some good development in the NW burbs for mountain biking in the last couple years. Andres Park and Carpentersville (Raceway woods) have some new trails. Check out CAMBr - Chicago Area Mountain Bikers and Andres Bike Park - Chicagoland mountain bike, bmx, and freeride park

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    I vote YES
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    Yes, that's the kind of place I would like to visit.
    Are you describing the Chicago Velo Campus on the southeast side?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Bosma View Post
    Yes, that's the kind of place I would like to visit.
    Are you describing the Chicago Velo Campus on the southeast side?
    Chicago Velo Campus is way too small and steep
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    Quote Originally Posted by lowbike View Post
    Chicago Velo Campus is way too small and steep
    The list of proposed features that the OP posted here very closely parallels the objectives of the CVC, hence my question. Two is better than one. I could be convinced to patronize both.
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