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Location: Erie, CO
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Here's the article from the Erie Review:
Canyon Creek Filing 6 was rezoned at the Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 27 to accomodate plans for Erie to become home to only the 24th Velodrome track in the United States.
A Velodrome is a sporting arena for track cycling. The track is oval and features steeply banked curves.
Frank Banta and his business partner Doug Emerson, owner of University Bicycles in Boulder, presented their plan to build a velodrome track on County Line Road at the Board of Trustees meeting on Nov. 13.
The plan is to build a 250 meter track with fixed seating for 100 to 200 passengers on a 182,000 square-foot site.
“We are really looking at this as a place people can use as a fitness center,” Banta said. “The typical traffic impact should be very minor.
In order to use a Velodrome track a track bike is required.
“We’ll have a fleet of specific bikes that people can rent,” Emerson said. “Like bowling you have to put on the shoes. It might seem counter-intuitive, but track bikes don’t have brakes, if nobody has brakes, then nobody can hit their brakes and cause a pile-up.”
Emerson said that the plan is to form Velodrome clubs rather than hosting major events.
“Took about an hour to get one together at my shop,” Emerson said. “We’re turning people away it’s so popular.”
Like many, Trustee Tina Harris was unfamiliar with what a Velodrome is.
“I did a little Internet research and what I found was that there are only 23 Velodromes in the U.S.,” Harris said. “The only other is at the Olympic training facility in Colorado Springs. I think it’s exciting to bring something innovative to Erie”
Trustee Tom Van Lone voiced concern about the location of the Velodrome at the meeting on Nov. 13.
“I think it ought to be out in a field somewhere,” he said at the time. “It just doesn’t fit on County Line Road.”
However, he did end up voting in favor of the rezoning.
When asked by Mayor Andrew Moore about the timeline of the project, Emerson said that they were “moving forward fairly quickly” and that they did have funding in place.
I also talked to JD Whitney, the owner of Echelon Spokes and Slopes (and the team I race for), and he said that the plan is for the velodrome to be indoors under one of those inflatable bubbles. The developers were just down in Atlanta looking at buying the bubble used for the 1996 Olympics velodrome. JD thinks this will happen pretty quickly.