The Washington Park Velodrome opened in 1927 and is the oldest operating velodrome in the country. It’s the only track in the state. It’s a 333 meter track with 28 degree banked corners. The track has produced many National, Olympic and World Champions over the years. In 2015-2016 the velodrome had a much needed renovation, changing the surface to concrete and increasing the corner banking.
Spectators are always welcome to watch and admission is free on “the hill” for any night of racing. Refer to the listed website for exact racing dates, as well as special weekend races and events.
- May-August: Tuesday Night Racing starts at 7 p.m. This is the premier night of racing at the velodrome. Bike racers from around the Midwest come to compete in various endurance and sprint events with speeds reaching 35-40 mph in these exciting races.
- May-August: Wednesday Night Masters and Rookies Racing start at 7 p.m. This program is centered around timed events, with racers riding track bikes or stock bikes and features new and experienced riders. Masters riders perfect their technique before heading off to World Master Championships. Newcomers and even juniors can work on individual events, join the mass start event, or motor pace work each week.
- June-August: Monday Night Stock Bike Racing starts at 6 p.m. This is the introduction to track bike racing. Riders as young as three years old bring their stock bike and a helmet and give track racing a try. Generally geared to younger riders, adults are also welcome to race.