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Friday Bike Nights Return to Bloomer Park Velodrome This Summer

You have to see the racers in action in order to appreciate the Bloomer Park bike track as a gem that's unique to our community.

If you always wondered about — but never ventured out to — the in Rochester Hills, there's no better night than Friday night.

Starting this Friday, spectators are welcome to enjoy Olympic-style racing at the 200-meter wooden, oval-shaped Velodrome. Festivities start at 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $5 for adults and free for children with a paid adult admission. (There is a $5 vehicle entry fee for Bloomer Park itself.)

The Velodrome is a curved, sloping track; track bikes are single-speed bikes without cables, brakes and without the ability to coast. The bike simply moves as fast as the rider is pushing the pedals.

According to race director and Velodrome designer Dale Hughes, the Velodrome is one of only 22 nationwide, and there are only two others similar to it in the United States.

Nancy Drapalski June 16, 2012 at 02:45 AM
Attended opening night tonight - PERFECT WEATHER - PERFECT TIME. A hidden gem in our backyard. I'm hooked.
Kristin Bull (Editor) June 16, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Good to know, Nancy! Thanks for sharing!

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