Velodrome event rolls out of Indy

June 18, 2009
Back to TopCommentsE-mailPrintBookmark and Share
cyclingAn 11th hour deal to keep this year’s USA Cycling Masters Track National Championships at the Major Taylor Velodrome has fallen flat, and the event has been moved to Colorado Springs. The track championships were to run here Aug. 18-23.

Local organizers couldn’t raise the $18,000 needed to operate the event and notified USA Cycling and city officials earlier this month, said Paula Freund, IndyParks spokeswoman.

An organization called Indy Velo originally was going to host the event at the local velodrome, but notified city officials in October it couldn’t come up with the funds. Marian College, which has a nationally recognized cycling program and is located near the Velodrome, tried to rescue the event, but was unsuccessful and notified city officials this month, Freund said.

Colorado Velodrome Association spokesman Pat McDonough said his organization is “thrilled” to be hosting masters nationals.

“As North America’s fastest velodrome, we are excited for the opportunity to see many new world records broken here,” he said.

The event typically draws about 300 participants age 30 and over. Each of the six days of racing typically draws between 500 and 1,000 spectators. Attendance this year in Colorado Springs, USA Cycling officials said, could be hurt by the late venue change.

The biggest impact to Indianapolis—besides the six-figure economic impact—could be a ding to its reputation for its ability to host national level cycling events.
ADVERTISEMENT
  • Please note - USA Cycling had major changes in Event Managers spot -- and events leading uup to and now after that position change could have had an impact on this situation. That is a detail missing from this post.

    You also failed to mention the Marian College (university?) attempt at running the velodrome for Indy Parks and how that arrangement went far enough to have some impact on positions and staffing, but was not ratified in the final hours.

    reasons for it being in ColoSpgs & not Indy are many and varied. Much of which was not covered in the above....
  • Hello Bilko. Good to hear from you. I have covered all points in your comment above both in on-line stories at IBJ.com, and in our print publication. If you don't subscribe, you should check IBJ out. In the meantime, you can get a flavor for what's been covered by IBJ by going here: http://thescore.ibj.com/content/?p=960
    As always, thanks for reading.
  • These are the type of events that built Indy's sports/tourism reputation and the inability to raise $18k shows that Indy is losing its touch. Too much emphasis on the big ones (SB and NCAA) and letting the small events get away could have long-term, negative impacts.

Post a comment to this blog

COMMENTS POLICY
We reserve the right to remove any post that we feel is obscene, profane, vulgar, racist, sexually explicit, abusive, or hateful.
 
You are legally responsible for what you post and your anonymity is not guaranteed.
 
Posts that insult, defame, threaten, harass or abuse other readers or people mentioned in IBJ editorial content are also subject to removal. Please respect the privacy of individuals and refrain from posting personal information.
 
No solicitations, spamming or advertisements are allowed. Readers may post links to other informational websites that are relevant to the topic at hand, but please do not link to objectionable material.
 
We may remove messages that are unrelated to the topic, encourage illegal activity, use all capital letters or are unreadable.
 

Messages that are flagged by readers as objectionable will be reviewed and may or may not be removed. Please do not flag a post simply because you disagree with it.

Sponsored by
ADVERTISEMENT
  1. I am also a "vet" of several Cirque shows and this one left me flat. It didn't have the amount of acrobatic stunts as the others that I have seen. I am still glad that I went to it and look forward to the next one but I put Varekai as my least favorite.

  2. Looking at the two companies - in spite of their relative size to one another -- Ricker's image is (by all accounts) pretty solid and reputable. Their locations are clean, employees are friendly and the products they offer are reasonably priced. By contrast, BP locations are all over the place and their reputation is poor, especially when you consider this is the same "company" whose disastrous oil spill and their response was nothing short of irresponsible should tell you a lot. The fact you also have people who are experienced in franchising saying their system/strategy is flawed is a good indication that another "spill" has occurred and it's the AM-PM/Ricker's customers/company that are having to deal with it.

  3. Daniel Lilly - Glad to hear about your points and miles. Enjoy Wisconsin and Illinois. You don't care one whit about financial discipline, which is why you will blast the "GOP". Classic liberalism.

  4. Isn't the real reason the terrain? The planners under-estimated the undulating terrain, sink holes, karst features, etc. This portion of the route was flawed from the beginning.

  5. You thought no Indy was bad, how's no fans working out for you? THe IRl No direct competition and still no fans. Hey George Family, spend another billion dollars, that will fix it.

ADVERTISEMENT