Velodrome Challenge Races Back To Town
By: Alpenrose Dairy
First built in 1962, the bike track was once made out of dirt and was upgraded to concrete in 1965, in preparation for the 1967 ABL National Championships. Known for its distinctive shape, the Alpenrose Velodrome is one of only 25 bicycle racing tracks in the nation and is among the most demanding due to its shape and incline. With corners positioned at a 43-degree angle, racers must maintain a constant speed of 12.5 miles per hour in order to remain upright on the track. A velodrome bike is also significantly different from a standard bicycle, it does not have brakes. It has one fixed gear, meaning you cannot stop pedaling. You use the fixed gear to speed up and slow down.
Matt Martinez, Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge race organizer, encourages the public to come check it out. "You will get to enjoy some of the best track racing the West Coast has to offer. Something that goes this fast usually requires brakes, seat belts and airbags," said Martinez. Races at the Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge range from forty-seconds to forty-minutes.
The Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge takes place on July 13,14,15—this free three-day event will be a thrill for all spectators.
Alpenrose Dairy is located at 6149 Southwest Shattuck Road in Portland.
For more information, visit http://velodrome.obra.org/
About Alpenrose Dairy
Alpenrose Dairy has been family owned and operated since 1916. For over 100 years, the Cadonau family has been committed to bringing customers the finest milk nature can provide. Alpenrose is committed to sustainable agriculture and bringing fresh, wholesome products to their customers. The Cadonau family is known throughout the Northwest for their commitment to the community. Providing year-round family-friendly activities at their legendary 52-acre campus with a stadium for little league games, a museum, opera house, and velodrome track.