What’s a velodrome? Here’s what you need to know about the Olympic-style velodrome opening in Detroit!

It’s okay if you don’t know what a velodrome is. I didn’t either. A velodrome is an arena for track cycling. These bikes don’t even have breaks! You change the speed by moving the pedals up and down. Speeds can reach 40 mph, so watch out! This particular $4-million velodrome and sports complex is slated to open in Tolan Playfield park near the city’s Midtown neighborhood. There are only two velodromes in the United States and Detroit is getting the third! It opens December 9, 2017.

It really is amazing, because the nearly $5 million it took to build the track was all anonymously donated by an avid bicyclist who just wants to share the love of the sport with Detroit. The Detroit Fitness Foundation is tasked with finding out how to continue running it. User fees and events will also help.


Photo courtesy of Kraemer Design Group via The Detroit News.

Dale Hughes (Rochester Hills), a world-renowned velodrome designer and the Detroit Fitness Foundation’s executive director, stresses that the taxpayers of Detroit and Michigan statewide will not have any velodrome-based burden. “There is no taxpayer money whatsoever in our facility, either in building it or operating it,” he said.

Though these user fees have to come from somewhere. We see cycling as a platform for reaching affluent millennials,” Lexus spokesman Curt McAllister said. “Our research shows that millennials appreciate cycling and it’s actually high on their hobby list.”

Lexus is one of the sponsors for the velodrome. I’m not sure where the “affluent millennials” are, but hopefully they come through for the Detroit velodrome. Pricing is as follows: General — $200 | Detroit residents — $175 | Daily pass — $20 | Detroiter daily pass — $15. The $10 fee to rent a mandatory track bike is not included. There will also be pricing packages available.

Check out this fitness facility on December 9! Find it at 601 Mack Ave, Detroit, MI, 48201.

Are you excited about the new facility? Have you ever done track cycling before? Let us know in the comments below. And don’t forget to share your photos with us!

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