West Chester Man Behind Building of Nation’s Second Indoor Velodrome

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Albright College president Dr. Lex McMillan, left, and World Cycling League CEO Dave Chauner, a West Chester resident. Image via Susan Angstadt, Reading Eagle.

A West Chester resident who leads the global indoor cycling scene is racing to build the nation’s second — and the East Coast’s only — indoor velodrome.

World Cycling League CEO David Chauner just announced that the bicycle racing organization has picked Albright College to host its $20 million velodrome and world headquarters, according to a Reading Eagle report by David Mekeel.

“It just really lifts the whole cycling community higher,” Chauner said. “The National Velodrome at Albright College is going to be a game-changer.”

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Officially dubbed the National Velodrome and Events Center, the facility will seat 2,500 around its 200-meter, high-banked racetrack and host 13 or 14 WCL meets each year once it opens in 2018. A late summer groundbreaking is expected.

Beyond the October-to-March WCL season, the velodrome will also host “year-round cycling programs, pre-Olympic training camps and events, collegiate events, and other sporting events and special programs,” the article explained.

Read more about the new velodrome in the Reading Eagle here, and check out VISTA Today’s previous coverage of David Chauner here.

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