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Alpenrose Velodrome now has smooth straightaways (photos)


Freshly smoothed straights at Alpenrose Velodrome.
(All photos by Brian List/OBRA)

It’s easy to see why the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA) is one of the most successful racing organizations in the country. A few weeks ago we shared that they needed to replace deteriorating concrete on the straightaways of their beloved Alpenrose Velodrome.

Today I’m happy to report that those straightaways are smooth as butter. OBRA’s track program manager Mike Murray says he plans to move forward with phase two of the project (replacing the track’s aprons) in the fall.

So far, 134 OBRA members (out of 4,800) have stepped up with donations to help make this project possible and in just a few short days they have raised about half of the total cost of this first phase. Murray adds that OBRA still needs to raise money to make this project pencil out. If you’d like to help, you can donate online (you’ll have to create a login).

Just for fun, here are a few shots taken during demolition and construction…

If you’re itching to give the new track a run, Murray says it should be ride-able today (weather permitting).

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