Cycling Velodrome Planned for SW DC

Nonprofit raising money for wooden track

Friday, Feb 24, 2012  |  Updated 12:40 PM EDT
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Cycling Velodrome Planned for SW DC

Cyclists in D.C. could be riding up the walls of a new proposed velodrome.

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A nonprofit group is planning to build a track cycling arena in southwest Washington that organizers say will offer free classes and competitive races.
 
The Washington Post reports that DC Velodrome plans to erect a 166-meter-long oval wooden track with banked turns at Buzzard Point on V Street, just off South Capitol Street.

  Rui A. Ponte, a founder of the group, says the track will host classes and training sessions for adults and teens. Ponte says it will also host sanctioned racing events.
 
DC Velodrome is starting a fundraising campaign to raise about $300,000, about a third of the costs needed to pay for the track and cover free programming.
 
The group says the cycling track - or velodrome - would be the 27th in the country.

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