Velodrome update: Grand Opening Announced at Groundbreaking Ceremony

On May 1, 2012 at 2:30pm a small group gathered for the ribbon cutting of one of the great rebirths in the Cleveland area, a Velodrome track.

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  • A map of the track and the banking by V-Worldwide, a company that has built velodromes around the world, including for the Atlanta Olympics.

  • Fast Track Cycling trustee Pete Gutierrez, Cleveland bicycle planner Marty Cader, Fast Track Cycling president Brett Davis, and Great Lakes Courier editor Michael Gill

  • A small tent showing photos from the past and drawings of the future.
  • The track's layout, marked on pavement by surveyors.

  • Fast Track Cycling will offer programming for kids as well as experienced riders. Here one of board president Brett Davis' kids takes a turn around the future site. Engineers found the existing pavement suitable as a foundation for the track.

  • The ceremony starts off.
  • Trustee Matt Litzler speaks to the crowd of city officials, bicycle advocates, and neighborhood leaders.

  • Brett Davis speaks to the crowd.

  • GLC's Michael Gill capturing it on video.
  • Anthony Brancatelli, Ward 12 Cleveland Councilman looks on.
  • Jacob VanSickle speaks with GLC's Michael Gill (right) and Marty Cader (left).

  • Time to cut the ribbon!
  • Surveying crews working away.
  • Anthony Brancatelli Ward 12 Councilman, looks over the first Great Lakes Courier, while GLC editor Michael Gill and Bike Cleveland's Jacob Van Sickle look on.

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