Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Recreation: Plan for Draper Cycle Park, velodrome is on track
Recreation » Plan for Draper Cycle Park and velodrome is on track as organizers hope to get the facility open by 2016.
First Published May 14 2014 03:48 pm • Last Updated May 14 2014 09:51 pm

John Newell imagines it as a destination for world-class athletes, neighborhood cyclists and everyone in between, a bike-racing track in the mold of the Olympic facilities left behind by 2002’s games.

Newell, chairmain for the Draper Cycle Park Association, is pitching the proposed Draper outdoor velodrome as part of a larger $9.7 million park, a boon for recreation, local bicyclists and national competitors looking to take advantage of the city’s ideal 4,500-foot biking elevation.

At a glance

Info on the Draper Cycle Park

» The park is expected to open in 2016.

» The total cost of the project is $9.73 million, with $6.4 million raised to date.

» Utah would become the 23rd state with a velodrome racing track in the U.S.

» For more information, visit drapercyclepark.org.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

"It would be open every day of the week and we’d have weekly races going on, kind of a community asset to support cycling. But it would also bring in large numbers of people as more of an economic development-type thing for these bigger national races," Newell said.

The velodrome will be part of the larger Draper Cycle Park, which, pending completion of fundraising, would open in 2016 near Corner Canyon. The park would house bike races on its unique banked track as well as in-line skating and roller derby events.

Marek Shon, a Utah bike racing promoter, called velodrome racing the "crack cocaine" of cycling because of the excitement for both riders and spectators.

"It’s the perfect surface and the perfect bike. It’s super fast and super exciting; it’s amazing," Shon said.

Shon said the velodrome would round out the myriad cycling options in Utah, including road and mountain biking, and improve a state that already enjoys spending as much time on two wheels as possible.

"It’s another piece of the puzzle as far as having world-class events here. Utah is all about tourism and having visitors, so it’s another reason to bring people to Utah," he said.

The historical factor is there, as Utah once housed a velodrome in the early 1900s at Saltair. And although racing remains popular in Europe, Cycle Park Association treasurer Ryan Miller admits raising money has been a hard sell for some. There are 22 states with velodromes in the U.S., according to USA Cycling, with the closest housed in Colorado, Oregon and California.

"Fundraising is tough. We haven’t had a track in Utah since the early [20th] century, so it’s not as well-known to the general public," Miller said. "If we were in Europe, it’d be a no-brainer."


story continues below
story continues below

To date, $6.4 million has been raised for the project, with another $3.5 million to go to keep the timeline on schedule for 2016. Both Newell and Miller said the next step is finding corporate naming right sponsorships for the velodrome and other smaller parts of the park to raise the final chunk of funding.

"This could be the next Delta Center or USANA Amphitheater," Newell said.

Shon compared the potential of the velodrome to constructing a little league field, where an entire community could get invested in a "gamut" of events for the very young to the diehard racers.

"We’ve got little kids racing on the track, local adults racing on the track and we have the facilities to bring world-class six-day races to Draper," Shon said. "That would be awesome."

bsmith@sltrib.com



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.