In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Valverde sprints out of select group to win Pais Vasco, stage 5; Coquard wins final stage, Calmejane the overall for Direct Energie at Circuit Cycliste Sarthe; Brennauer takes sprint win in Healthy Ageing Tour as van Dijk protects lead; With an eye on the all-time record, Boonen calm heading into final Roubaix; ‘One of the classiest of the big champions:’ Rivals, teammates celebrate Boonen’s career; Aru suffers knee injury during altitude training; No Liège defense for Poels due to injury; Road furniture causes more crashes at Pais Vasco, Cummings and Atapuma out with injuries; Professional Cycling Association reviews disc brake covers; British Cycling creates ‘People Director’ position to focus on athlete welfare; Team Sky bring three riders new to Paris-Roubaix; Second indoor velodrome coming to US; Video: Canyon-SRAM on why they train; 2017 UCI Women’s WorldTour: Focus on Ronde van Vlaanderen; Video: UCI timing partner Tissot.
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The National Velodrome and Events Center, a 2,500-seat, high-tech cycling arena, will be the second world-class indoor velodrome in the United States and the first one on the east coast. The group behind the World Cycling League announced that the new facility will be built in partnership with Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania.
— Alexandra Hogan (@AlexHoganWFMZ) April 6, 2017
“We had an overwhelming response from property owners, developers and construction companies who wanted to be considered,” saidBerks County Commissioner Pam Shupp. “But when we got the call from the president of Albright College expressing interest, we knew this could be the winning formula.”
“We couldn’t find a better public/private partnership than this to usher in a new, inclusive way of showcasing track cycling to the public and provide more opportunity for cyclists,” said WCL CEO David Chauner.
“We have been looking for unique things to set Albright apart and to support Reading community initiatives,” said Lex O. McMillan III, Ph.D, the president of Albright College. “After meeting with Pam and WCL principals, we realized that having an international velodrome connected to the College would put Albright at the forefront of cycling development, enhance our community and become a unique recruiting tool for new students with an interest in cycling.”
The World Cycling League is the first independently owned and funded indoor track cycling league and launched its first event last year. The only other indoor velodrome in the U.S. is located in Carson, California.