CLEVELAND - The cycling scene in Cleveland is stronger than ever. For proof, you don't need to look any further than the city's Slavic Village intimidating race track, Velodrome.
"I was like 'I'm not doing it – that's so steep, I'm not doing it,'" said Anneke Frankemolle when she saw it for the first time.
Frankemolle is a member of Case Western Reserve University's cycling team. The club added track cycling last year when they learned about the new biking facility.
"Cleveland has got a lot going on in terms of cycling," said Gary Burkholder. He and some biking buddies came up with the idea while sitting at a bar.
"We thought 'Hey, Cleveland weather is awesome in the winter wouldn't it be nice to have an indoor velodrome?'"
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Their dream became reality – opening the track last summer. Fundraising for phase two, to enclose the track, is already under way.
The secret to staying up right on those steep turns?
"If you can maintain a 17 mph speed for maybe a few minutes at a time, you are definitely capable of riding the track," said Burkholder.
The group behind the Velodrome offers a Track 101 course which gets cyclists comfortable before they ride. For seasoned riders like Anneke, that lesson made all the difference. She's now singing a different tune.
"I'm just loving it so much. It's awesome. You have to try it for yourself!"
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