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    What does a velodrome cost?

    What would it cost roughly to build a covered, small velodrome? The reason I ask is because I know a guy who is seriously thinking about spending $500,000 on a sports car. I bet he's good for a couple million if he could put his name on something that would make him a hero in our city. Land is cheap here so I'm thinking strictly about the building.

    Also, what do you think would be the shortest feasible track that a fit 50yr old could ride on?

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    i bet you thats a start. i'm no businessman but if he wants to throw a few bucks my way let me know. i could use some book money for next semester.
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    Depends on the materials you use, but a concrete track can be built for less than $500,000. A tarmac track is even cheaper - go for 15 degree banking and you can use a tarmac machine - just like doing a road.

    But if you want a wooden track made of the correct Russian hardwood, grandstand etc - http://news.scotsman.com/scotland.cfm?id=1632132007

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    Quote Originally Posted by woof View Post
    What would it cost roughly to build a covered, small velodrome?
    The track itself is the cheap part. It's the building that's expensive.

    what do you think would be the shortest feasible track that a fit 50yr old could ride on?
    That question made me laugh. I ride on arguably the shortest one in the world and it's 138 metres and 50 degrees steep (Forest City Velodrome in London Ontario). I'm a month shy of 60 and guys in their 80's ride there. If you can ride 25kph you can ride this thing. 30kph is much safer. By the way, the shorter the track the more steep it must be.

    So I can't answer your question as to what the shortest track that a 50yr old could ride. This one maybe -


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    I imagine that spending $500,000 dollars on a car is very different from spending $500,000 dollars on a velodrome. Unless he has that much cash liquid, I wonder how easy it would be to get loans/make downpayments for the latter.

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    I think I saw an interview with Dale Hughes where he said something like "Raise $200K and I can get you a track built". It would be outdoor plywood, but probably quite nice. I'm not sure what an inflatable building costs, but the burnaby people might be able to help with that.

    And FWIW, the track Mike T. rides was built for something like $100K canadian, back before it was worth anything.
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    two existing companies:

    track and building package, veloplex arena system: http://www.betcycling.com/veloplex/veloplex.htm



    v-worldwide: http://www.betcycling.com/veloplex/veloplex.htm

    seems to be track only, need separate building.

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    Thanks for the info. I'm hoping the crazy vanity (or whatever it is) that makes a guy buy a $500k car can be converted into getting us a velodrome. I'm doing OK but far from rich but I know people who could order that velodrome next week if they wanted it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Yoshi View Post
    I imagine that spending $500,000 dollars on a car is very different from spending $500,000 dollars on a velodrome. Unless he has that much cash liquid, I wonder how easy it would be to get loans/make downpayments for the latter.
    I doubt the folks who buy $500,000 cars worry much about getting loans.

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    http://www.stltoday.com/stltoday/new...2?OpenDocument

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    Quote Originally Posted by lofter View Post
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    crosses fingers and wishes for xmas
    That's great and everything, but Wentzville is seriously the far side of the moon for most of the riders I know. And it's totally inaccessible if you don't own a car.

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    just thought i would share it . i seen it reading the dispatch .
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    Easier to do than a pool. A parent at my daughter's school wanted to donate money to build a swimming pool, but the school declined due to ongoing maintenance costs. I'm sure a velodrome would be much less expensive to maintain. Good luck!
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    outdoor velo would be hella easy. depending on the popularity of racing in ur area the guy could make his money back in 5-10 years by holding amatuer races everyweek.

    I would say it would be a great place for kids to get started on the sport, but then i realize a bunch of dumbass 14-yr olds trying to be cool would barrell down that thing without a helmet and get themselves killed, probably getting the track shut down.
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