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Old 11-05-13, 03:29 AM   #1
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Is SRAM building an indoor velodrome in Chicago?

A friend told me this is true, so i searched online. here is what i came across.

http://velopaint.blogspot.com/2013/0...r-chicago.html

this is the building
http://www.core77.com/blog/interiore...rior_24220.asp

nothing concrete really. anybody know more about this?
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Old 11-05-13, 09:09 AM   #2
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that would be interesting. why don't you try calling the architecture firm and asking to speak with somebody on the project?

i zoomed in to the same zoom on google maps and compared the sizes of the building (fulton market cold storage) and of the NSC velodrome in Blaine, MN (a 250).

a velodrome getting crammed into that building would have to be a pretty narrow velodrome with very tight-radius turns (think Alpenrose), but that's not even considering any interior structural stuff that might be there (support beams? that big column that's probably a staircase...).
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that would be interesting. why don't you try calling the architecture firm and asking to speak with somebody on the project?

i zoomed in to the same zoom on google maps and compared the sizes of the building (fulton market cold storage) and of the NSC velodrome in Blaine, MN (a 250).

a velodrome getting crammed into that building would have to be a pretty narrow velodrome with very tight-radius turns (think Alpenrose), but that's not even considering any interior structural stuff that might be there (support beams? that big column that's probably a staircase...).
it wouldn't hurt to contact.

said friend sent me this today http://tenspeedhero.com/features/ful...orage-sram-hq/
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that would be interesting. why don't you try calling the architecture firm and asking to speak with somebody on the project?

i zoomed in to the same zoom on google maps and compared the sizes of the building (fulton market cold storage) and of the NSC velodrome in Blaine, MN (a 250).

a velodrome getting crammed into that building would have to be a pretty narrow velodrome with very tight-radius turns (think Alpenrose), but that's not even considering any interior structural stuff that might be there (support beams? that big column that's probably a staircase...).
200m is a common length for indoor velodromes... Like what they have up in Burnaby.
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I'm 99% sure that it is simply an indoor test track like the one in their current HQ.

http://www.bikerumor.com/2012/08/10/...quarters-tour/



It's the kind of track that a mechanic would use to test a bike before returning it to a customer. But here, the engineers test new products.

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sorry for the misleading information. thanks carleton
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sorry for the misleading information. thanks carleton
No problem. I'd like to see a new velodrome, too
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What, two in Chicago isn't enough? I would be happy seeing them take full advantage of the new 166m one. The original plan was that the new track would be "temporary" until they got things together to build a permanent 250m facility indoors, but I dont' know how successful the new 166m track has been.

You can read a little about the dream on their website:
http://www.chicagovelocampus.com/
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