2011 BMC Race Machine / Colnago ct 1 / 80's Rossin / 90's Merlin/ 70's Raleigh 20/ Swift folder, etc.
It would be nice to think that more 'dromes equalls more riders/racers.. ultimately and there would be no conflicts. Could very well be the case. Heck, NYC has two major league baseball teams...
The mre the merryer PA could have its own kind of subway series. NYC could use an indoor track while we are at it...
The April Issue of the Lower Providence Newsletters says:
Plans for the Lower Providence Velodrome and Events Center
are moving forward, with developers reaching an agreement
of sale on the 950 Rittenhouse Road site. The velodrome, a
steeply banked, indoor cycling track, will be used for national
and international competitions. Currently, there is only one
indoor cycling track in the country. The venue also will be
able to host concerts, other sporting events, and community
Track will be 200meters! Uci's own track in europe(brand new)is 200 meters-built by Rolf Schurmann. The LP Veol will be multipurpose(small concerts,high school sports,boxing etc.) The 150 room hotel adjacent to the velo will be cycling themed with an Olympic swimming pool. This will attract tri athletes etc. The big names all endorse this project! Trust me! No problems from anyone ever-to this point. The 2 stadiums will know each others schedules-thats part of the puzzle.
i emailed the financial manager yesterday at procyclingtour.com here in pa. he said it's going, keep an eye on their website. not much to go on, has anyone heard from the township? thank you. al ruigrok, willow grove, pa.
A small (200 m or less) track can be relatively cheap to build and maintain. Forest City (138 m) was built for ~$100K CAD in an old hockey rink.
With indoor tracks the trouble isnt nessicairly building the track. Its keeping it from going broke while it generates interest from the non track racers. Forest City Velodrome probably has the most kids going thru its velokids program compared to any other North Americans track, but relys on its supurb voulenteers who devote a **** load of time to the velodrome.
Non profit orginizations require voulenteers.....Lots.
Well, I wish they would have built the one in Arlington, but that area has become too yuppie and fad-conscious to see the big picture of something as cool as a drome. Having another track within hours will give those of us who travel another option. Nothing but good, I say.
The township (Lower Providence) supervisors have mostly been wrapped around the axle working the issues related to the American Revolution Center which is within the boundaries of Valley Forge National Park, so the velodrome, if it is still happening has not gotten much attention.
My understanding is that site remediation is still in progress. (It used to be a semiconductor manufacturing facility (Commodore))
I've spun by the site multiple times in the last few months and there is some limited activity, but nothing to suggest that anything is imminent.
Here is an update from Philadelphia Inquirer this morning:
Bike-race promoter seeks Pennsylvania velodrome site
By Christopher K. Hepp
Inquirer Staff Writer
Twenty-four years ago, David Chauner seized on a breathtaking incline in Manayunk and made it a household name.
Now, he's looking for a spot in Chester County to give a similar boost to a largely forgotten pursuit that once rivaled baseball in popularity.
Chauner is the man who brought Philadelphia the annual professional bike race that includes the Manayunk Wall, and still is a promoter. His latest venture is to build an indoor velodrome - a banked track for bike races - somewhere along the Route 30 corridor in the Exton area.
East-coast indoor velodrome plans revived
By Mark Zalewski, North American Editor
Two years ago there were plans for an indoor velodrome outside of Philadelphia, organised by Dave Chauner, who promotes the annual Philly week of races. The plans seemed to be coming along until the major part of the financing fell through. But today the effort is alive again and taking significant steps toward making a third indoor velodrome in the US a reality.
"We came close a few years ago in Montgomery County – we had the investors and the property but the financial commitments from the state did not work out in terms of timing," Chauner told Cyclingnews. The bottom line is we went over to Chester County."
There are currently two proposed sites for the planned new-construction building that will house a 200-metre track, about an hour from downtown Philadelphia. "We are working with Dale Hughes to design the track and the facility around it. The building will be about 95,000 square feet with permanent seats. It will have locker rooms, bike storage and additional retail space."
When asked why not a 250-metre track, the recommended size to host UCI events, Chauner said the overall goal is not for that purpose. Instead he hopes this is the beginning of a league-type format that will more closely emulate American team sports, and subsequently generate wider interest.
Friday, February 6, 2009 6:13 AM EST
By Brian McCullough
Special to The Mercury
A bicycling businessman wants to put Chester County on the sport's fast track with a new indoor velodrome and events center.
The velodrome would be the first indoor cycling track on the East Coast and only the second in the United States.
The 2,500-seat arena and velodrome, a steeply banked wooden track, would be capable of hosting high-level national and international competitions and provide a year-round facility for training and development of young cyclists, said David Chauner, a two-time Olympic cyclist and member of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame.
Although the velodrome and cycling program would anchor the facility, the building is designed for multi-use purposes, including added seating capacity for concerts, other sporting events and community activities.
Chauner's Velodrome Management Group of Audubon has been researching sites in the Philadelphia area for several years and recently decided on Chester County due to its proximity to Philadelphia and central location in southeastern Pennsylvania, home to thousands of cyclists and cycling events.
The Chester County Economic Development Council is helping Chauner find a 10- to 15-acre site that is close to rail lines and major highways and in a community that has nearby hotels, restaurants and businesses to service visitors. Added pluses would be close proximity to other recreation facilities and a location that could be easily reached by bike path.
With a price tag of about $15 million, the development council said it expects the velodrome to create nearly 100 new full- and part-time jobs and that $25 million to $35 million would be pumped into the local economy by out-of-town visitors each year.
IMC Construction of Malvern, R2 Architects of Voorhees, N.J., and V-Worldwide of Detroit have been selected to assist Velodrome Management Group with the project.
Tim Connor, senior director of the county development council, said the ability to hold large gatherings when cycling and sporting events aren't going on "is something Chester County desperately needs."
Indoor track in Chester County?
February 5th, 2009 2:38 pm · 0 comments
Professional race promoter David Chauner is working with economic development officials in neighboring Chester County to find a site for an indoor cycling track, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday.
Chauner is president of the Pro Cycling Tour, which promotes the Pennsylvania Triple Crown professional races in Allentown, Reading and Philadelphia. Until recent years, the Allentown race was held in Lancaster.
Chauner established the Velodrome Management Group L.L.C.to develop a 2,500-seat cycling track and arena. He is Chester County Economic Development Council and has reporedly narrowed the search to about three locations in the Route 30 corridor area near Exton.