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by Shane Stokes
February 2, 2018
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Triple Tour de France winner Greg LeMond has been named as honorary chairman and project advisor to the Velodrome Development Foundation, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit foundation run by community and sports leaders to support velodrome development and drive public and collegiate programming initiatives.
According to the foundation, LeMond will also be a special advisor to the World Cycling League, the principal developers of the National Velodrome at Albright College (the first indoor velodrome in the Eastern U.S.) and architects of Team Trak, a new track racing format designed to modernize the sport.
“I am very excited to play an active role in this project,” LeMond said on Thursday. “I’ve always understood how important track racing and indoor velodromes are to developing world-class cyclists. Plus WCL’s TeamTrak format is a much needed and exciting way to showcase top male and female track racers and create new interest in the sport.”
The new National Velodrome is a $25 million multi-purpose cycling and events center, and will serve as the headquarters of the new World Cycling League. “Albright is smart to recognize the value of this facility,” said LeMond. “Not only to develop a nationally ranked collegiate team but also for the unique curriculum opportunities for product development, sports medicine, and sports event management, to name a few. I look forward to exploring these ideas with the college.”
LeMond’s new roles came out through VDF board member, Steve Whisnant. He is the former managing director of the United States Olympic Committee and a long-time friend and associate of Greg’s. “This is so right for Greg,” he said. “He and his wife, Kathy, have supported a number of philanthropic and business endeavors over the years but none that so neatly combines his desire to give back to the sport through athlete development and product innovation.”