Track or velodrome racing at the National Sports Center (NSC) in Blaine has been called “NASCAR on Two Wheels.” The blazing speeds and gravity-defying turns makes Velodrome racing one of the most awe-inspiring spectator sports around. One of the few wooden tracks still left in the United States, the track at the National Sports Center is scheduled to be demolished after the 2019 season ends. Built to host the 1990 Olympic Festival track racing events and National Championships, the NSC Velodrome is one of the most unique tracks in the world. It is the only outdoor wood-plank velodrome in the Western Hemisphere. Thursday, August 29 will be your last chance to experience the excitement of the track at the National Sports Center. In addition to racing, there will be live music and other special activities.
Velodrome bicycle racing has put Minnesota on the world map for 30 years. The state-owned NSC Velodrome is the most unique facility at the NSC and one of only 26 in the U.S. The outdoor wood track has hosted the 1992 Olympic Cycling Trials, several U.S. National Championships, international Grand Prix meets, a weekly race series, development classes and training sessions. At first glance, track cycle racing is a chaotic, confusing sport. After you have seen a race, the uniqueness of the sport creates a memorable impression that is only amplified by the simplicity of the competition. And, with only one gear and no brakes, the track bikes used are the epitome of simplicity.
So be there on August 29th for your last opportunity to see outdoor velodrome racing in The Twin Cities and the beautiful facility! The racing starts at 7:00 pm and runs until 10:00 pm. Tickets are $5 at the door.