Michigan’s First Velodrome Set To Open in Detroit- Also, What Is A Velodrome?
It sounds like a Mad Max movie but a velodrome is actually an indoor cycling track. Bicycle racing comes to Detroit beginning January 26.
Bikers who prefer pedal power over horsepower will be able to ride year round as Detroit is opening the Lexus Velodrome at the end of January 2018. Those who prefer the sound of the wind in their ears vs the noise of the engine will be able to escape the elements and ride this indoor cycling track.
More than just a circle in an empty warehouse, the velodrome is suitable for Olympic training with 15-degree banking on the straightaways and the curves tilted to 50 degrees. Serious riders can compete, with racing every weekend and those who don't wear spandex can ride for fun during the week.
"We've got the bikes, we've got the helmets, the shoes," Dale Hughes, track designer and facility executive director told MLive. "Just bring your body and willingness to try something cool."
There are also lanes for walkers circling the track at Detroit's Lexus Velodrome, just the 3rd of its kind in the United States.