The Cleveland Velodrome Project (Fast Track Cycling) is a just a few short months away (mid June 2012) from opening a 166 meter Olympic style steel and wood outdoor track in Slavic Village at I-77 and Broadway Avenue in Cleveland. Fast Track Cycling, a 501(c)3 non profit organization, has secured a 2 year rent free lease from the City of Cleveland and an option to purchase a 9 acre site where the velodrome will be built, the former site of St. Alexis Hospital. Fast Track has raised $258,000 of the $300,000 project total from individuals, private foundations and other sources, leaving a funding gap of just $42,000.
The velodrome has been ordered from V Company Worldwide (Dale Hughes), who built the Rochester Hills, MI velodrome and Chicago velodrome in 2011. The track will be built with marine grade plywood to withstand Cleveland weather with the ultimate goal of covering the velodrome to provide four season cycling in Northeast Ohio.
Please consider supporting the Cleveland Velodrome project as a Founders Club Members at the $1,000 pledge level. In return for your pledge you will receive a three (3) year free track membership, a brick paver with your name in the infield and recognition on our website. If the Founders Club pledge level does not fit in your budget, please consider a smaller donation, all donations are tax deductible. Donations can be made online at http://clevelandvelodrome.org/become-a-supporter/
or by check payable to Fast Track Cycling, c/o Brett Davis, 20595 Lorain Road, Suite 300, Fairview Park, OH 44126.
Additionally, volunteers will be needed to assemble the track and prepare the site in May and June, 2012. Volunteers are welcome to sign up to help through clevelandvelodrome.org. Follow the progress at http://www.facebook.com/clevelandvelodrome. View the Chicago track, identical to what Cleveland will get at http://www.facebook.com/ChicagoVeloCampus
The Cuyahoga Valley Spring Series race on 4/29/12 will also be a fundraiser for the Velodrome, all proceeds will go directly to the project.
The Outspoken Cyclist interviews Brett Davis, board chair of Fast Track Cycling, the non-profit that is spearheading this project.