Cleveland Velodrome hosts Friday night cycling races

CLEVELAND - Cleveland’s Velodrome hosted its first in a series of Friday night cycling races.

Nine races were on tap at the Slavic Village outdoor track. Racers are members of USA Cycling and competed for points and cash prizes.

The Cleveland Velodrome , which opened in 2012, is one of just a couple of dozen such tracks in the country.

Dave Bartels volunteers and races at the velodrome, it has given him an opportunity he thought he’d never have.

“Since I was a little kid, I’ve been dying to ride a velodrome, I’m 50 years old and I finally got a chance to do it,” he said.

The Friday night series will continue into September and are open to spectators. The admission is free. Races begin at 6:15 p.m. The course is open from 5 to 6 p.m. to those who have completed their Track 101 course.

The velodrome is at 5033 Broadway Avenue in Cleveland just off I-77 and Pershing Avenue.

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