The Velodrome Story

The Velodrome Story (HM149U)

Location: Breinigsville, PA 18031 Lehigh County
Country: United States of America

N 40° 32.82', W 75° 36.648'

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24 Acres and a Vision

The Valley Preferred Cycling Center, the most celebrated velodrome in modern American cycling history, traces its roots to the dream of one inspired visionary and its legendary success to the dreams of countless champions who began their trek to glory on its 333-meter track.The concrete crater in a cornfield was the idea of publisher Bob Rodale. Rodale fell in love with track cycling while competing in skeet shooting at the Mexico Olympic Games in 1968. The president of Rodale Press and later publisher of Bicycling and Mountain Bike magazines knew in his heart that the excitement and colorful action of this healthful sport could capture the interest of Americans.Construction began in 1974 on a plot of land in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania owned by Bob and Ardie Rodale. As the work progressed and the track took shape, Rodale worked with community leaders to create programs such as the Air Products Developmental Cycling Program that would develop new young local riders.Rodale reached out to two of the most celebrated cyclists of the 1960s and 1970s Jack Simes III and David Chauner to bring his dream to life. Working with the late Artie Greenburg and announcer Brian Drebber, Simes and Chauner launched an immediate effort to attract top international cyclists and events.When the first race was held on October 12, 1975, there were no locker rooms for the athletes, no seats for the fans, and no railing at the top of the track. From those early days legendary athletes such as Jerry "The Gentle Giant" Ash, Leigh "the Tree" Barczewski, Gil "Gabby" Hatton, Sheila Young, and Connie Paraskevin reignited the sport of track cycling in the United States, and Rodale's dream caught the imagination of the American cycling public.Soon after the track's completion, Rodale donated the land to Lehigh County in return for a pledge that the county would continue to support development of the track and its programs. In 1979, the Trexlertown Velodrome, or "T-Town", as it is still affectionately called by the national and international racers who make their home here each summer, was renamed the Lehigh County Velodrome.The velodrome is now managed by The Velodrome Fund, a nonprofit 501(c)3 foundation that continues to promote track cycling. Thanks to the generosity of Valley Preferred, a community partnership of doctors and hospitals, the newly renamed Valley Preferred Cycling Center continues to lead the nation in quality competition, championship racer development, and community programs that offer the opportunity for racers and non-racers to enjoy the thrill of bicycling track racing in the nation's most loved and most successful velodrome.
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HM NumberHM149U
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Date Added Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014 at 10:39pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 448280 N 4488650
Decimal Degrees40.54700000, -75.61080000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 32.82', W 75° 36.648'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 32' 49.20" N, 75° 36' 38.88" W
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Area Code(s)610
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1151 Mosser Rd, Breinigsville PA 18031, US
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