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Friday, November 03, 2006

Here’s some good news for all you track riders and fans. And some good things, like this, are happening in the cycling world. Let’s all get behind and support the good stuff, OK? Just received this press release from Pro Cycling Tour Communications


EAGLEVILLE, PA November 2, 2006: Lower Providence Township Manager, Joseph C. Dunbar, along with investors and project developers, announced today that the first indoor velodrome and events center on the East Coast will be located on a 14 acre site not far from Valley Forge National Park just outside of Philadelphia.

The 2,500 seat arena and world class velodrome will be capable of hosting high level national and international competition and will provide a much needed year round facility for training and development of American cyclists. Although the velodrome and comprehensive cycling program will anchor the facility, the building will be designed for multi-use including expanded seating capacity to over 4,000 for concerts, other sporting events and community activities. Initial plans also call for connecting the velodrome, via bike path, to the widely used Schuylkill River and Perkiomen bicycle trails.

“Cycling is a great lifetime sport that promotes health, fitness and family recreation,” Dunbar said. “The Velodrome and related facilities will be the perfect recreational and entertainment addition to our area and will ensure that Lower Providence Township is in the forefront of bringing unique and exciting events to our township and the surrounding Delaware Valley.”

Jack Simes and his company, Veloplex Arenas, will be engaged to help plan and construct the facility, anticipated to feature a 250 meter board track designed and built by Peter Junek of Canada. Simes, a three-time Olympian and Olympic Team coach, will also work closely with VMG to create an innovative racing format with unique spectator appeal.

Image is one that I took at Hellyer Velodrome in San Jose, CA during the World Deaf Cycling Chapionships earlier this fall.


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