VELODROME PROGRAM

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The International Velodrome at Bloomer Park

What is a velodrome? 

Modern velodromes feature steeply banked oval tracks, consisting of two 180-degree circular bends connected by two straights. The straights transition to the circular turn through a moderate easement.  The International Velodrome at Bloomer Park (IVBP) is 1/8 mile with 45 degree corners and a 15 degree flat.

According to USA Cycling there  are only 29 velodromes in 22 states in the USA.  In the Metro Detroit area  is IVBP is in Rochester Hills MI. in Bloomer Park at 345 John R. road.

There are 17 colleges, which offer track scholarships.

What is track cycling?

Track Cycling is a bicycle racing sport usually held on specially built banked tracks or velodromes using track bicycles.  The bike has one gear and no brakes.  The special pedals on the bikes fit securely on the cycling shoes of the cyclist.  The cyclist’s  feet a secured to the pedals.

Velodrome Cycling Program

BikeVON is designed to give the youth of color in the Metro Detroit area an opportunity to learn how to ride on the velodrome.

There has been only 2 Africans Americans who are recognized for their contribution to cycling Major Marshal Taylor and Nelson Vails.

This program is designed to integrate youth of color ages 8-16 into the elite sport of track racing or velodrome racing. We seek to deliver a method to change the way Detroit’s young people, who often never leave their neighborhoods, think about their world by creating a passion for cycling.

  • Racing empowers kids with the knowledge to make an informed decision for a healthy lifestyle and a respect for the trails and greenways of Detroit Metropolitan area.
  • The program provides a fun, relaxed environment where kids can establish relationships outside of their community and ethnicity.
  • Youth many earn a cycling college scholarship from one of the nineteen colleges.
  • The local cycle club, Team O2 offers funds for college from  Michigan Youth
Mrs. Jones, Emily’s grandmother explains riding a velodrome
Emily’s first ride

 

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