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Old 02-06-13, 01:18 PM   #1
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Bad news for New England track racing

Just this afternoon I received an email from one of the assistant managers of the Northeast Velodrome, my home track, that the track racing program will not return this year. It was previously used as a go-kart track, and the karters have returned with a bid for use of the facility that is too much for us to counter. Even the general liability insurance is triple what it was last year. Any model that the managers came up with to make this work ended up having us lose money, plus there would be usage issues with the karters. The owners of the property said they would be open for negotiations for 2014, but at the moment track racing at NEV appears to be a dead end. There is some solace in that a friend of mine informed me of an indoor sports facility in Danvers, Massachusetts that might be open to the idea of building an indoor velodrome, but even that's not a guarantee.

That being said, anyone got a place near T-Town?
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Sad news TrackMonkey7. You guys have so few tracks to begin with, even one closure will be devastating!
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I'm sure you would be more than welcome to Kissena Velodrome in NYC. Closer than T-town and besides you can ride then go into Manhattan and enjoy the night or the weekend.
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I'm sure you would be more than welcome to Kissena Velodrome in NYC. Closer than T-town and besides you can ride then go into Manhattan and enjoy the night or the weekend.
Hmm, I'll have to think about that, too.

What sort of organized racing takes place at T-town and Kissena? If I'm gonna make a trip out to either of these tracks, I'd want to organize time off from work so I can make the most of my visit and fit as much racing in as possible.
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Kissena:
http://www.kissenavelodrome.info/
Occasional weekend races (opening weekend, labor day weekend, state champs, and maybe one or two others).
Races every Wednesday night from late-April or thereabouts, through the end of the summer.

T-Town:
http://www.thevelodrome.com/
Tuesday: elite racing
Friday nights: pro racing
Saturdays: masters and amateurs
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Yeah, this is a very sad thing. TrackMonkey, how solid did the Danvers thing sound?
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Yeah, this is a very sad thing. TrackMonkey, how solid did the Danvers thing sound?
I wouldn't be too hopeful about it, I feel like it's quite a long shot. But it's worth a try. I've been talking with one of the managers from NEV and he's going to make contact with the owner of the facility sometime soon. For this to be a success depends on the owner's intent to expand his facility (which I was informed he did), and how receptive he is to the idea of a velodrome and the costs associated with it.
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I raced at NE Velo last summer. Loved it. The perennial lanterne rouge but I had great fun. I'm bummed it's closed. There's a velodrome in Bromont, Quebec. I think originally used at the Atlanta Olympics. I'm going to look into it this spring.
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