After years of patching and repainting, the time has
come to lay new concrete at Alpenrose.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)
The Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA) has launched a fund-raising effort to rebuild a major portion of Alpenrose Velodrome. The 1/6 mile track located on land owned by Alpenrose Dairy in Portland's southwest hills has become a crucial part of the regional racing scene and has served as a beloved venue since 1962.
However, despite years of patchwork and paint, the track's concrete surface has reached an advanced state of disrepair that can no longer be fixed with band-aids.
"Along the straightaways is just terrible," OBRA's Mike Murray shared with me today. "Riding around that thing is bumpier than riding on a regular road... If you put a speedometer on your track bike you can't even read the thing."
Murray, who has managed OBRA's track program for as long as anyone can remember, has led teams of volunteers twice a year to repair, repaint, and patch the track surface. After an off-season power-washing job, it became clear that another round of band-aid wouldn't be enough. After the power-wash blasted away years of paint and concrete patch material, "It was obvious that substantial work needed to be done to keep the velodrome running," wrote Murray in a recent email to OBRA members. (more...)