Alpenrose Challenge this weekend

One of the biggest and baddest track races of the year will go down this weekend (July 15-17) at our very own Alpenrose Velodrome. It’s called the Alpenrose Challenge and there will be top-notch talent and tons of action.

Here’s what race organizer Candi Murray says:

The velodrome is a stadium type venue that allows you to see the entire course of the race. Here in Portland we have the tradition of fast, exciting track racing at Alpenrose which is one of the steepest tracks in North America with its 42 degree banking and fast drop-offs in the turns. Track racers fly around the velodrome on bikes with one gear and no brakes at speeds of 40 mph plus. They seem to defy gravity as they ride the steep banking, which is as high as a two-story building at the rail. Each race is short and the action is fast and furious.

I’ll be out there on Sunday and it would be great to see a big crowd. Before you guy, check out this great Track Spectator’s Guide. See you there!

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

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