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Bay area riders in for a big treat.(5 posts)

Bay area riders in for a big treat.Alex-in-Evanston
Sep 10, 2002 7:30 AM
Looks like you're going to get one hell of a velodrome in a few years. Plan is for a 6,000 seat indoor arena, state of the art track, integrated health club facility. It's almost too good to be true.

My understanding is that the developers are hoping to ride the coat-tails of extreme sports, which have had terrific fan acceptance and make lots of cash in attendance and TV revenue. Part of the pitch on their website calls track cycling "human powered NASCAR".

It sounds like the funding is a combo public and private, which makes me nervous for a few reasons. Ideally, it will be a smash hit and pay off for the investors. Potentially, it will be an empty whale and poison smaller public/private attempts to construct velodromes in the U.S.

I was alerted by my local velodrome association. Check it out at

Sweet! But....gregg
Sep 10, 2002 7:37 AM
2005?? That's a dang long time!

I have been lucky enough to catch some racing at the Hellyer Velodrome in San Jose (racing under the lights!)

I would love to see one of those figure 8 configurations!

I'll bet...phlegm
Sep 10, 2002 8:16 AM
It's part of the quest to get the olympics in the bay area.
If SF doesn't get the olympics, will it get cancelled? -nmTig
Sep 10, 2002 8:21 AM
Cog Size and Chain Ring Reccs for pre-race riders?teamsloppy
Sep 11, 2002 8:25 PM
I'd love to ride the pre-race course. But what gearing does it take to ride up the hills for mere mortals (i.e. not Lance and nowhere near George)? My car has problems on Taylor if it has to stop midhill. And should I plan to walk ( Road shoe vs. Mtb Shoe and pedal preparedness)?

And what about crossing the cable car tracks? Is this a Mountain Bike Ride or a Road Ride (for us mere mortals)?

Pre-race riders from last year, your comments appreciated.