ROCK HILL, S.C. -- The Giordana Velodrome is a world-class facility in Rock Hill that has already attracted major athletes in it’s first year.
The 250-meter track is banked at 42-degrees and is on a 250 acre site that on is the centerpiece of the 1,000 plus acre RiverWalk community.
The Velodrome is endorsed by USA Cycling and will host national and UCI caliber events while introducing the local community to the Olympic sport of track cycling.
Track Cycling has been around since at least 1870. When cycling was in its infancy, wooden indoor tracks were laid which resemble those of modern velodromes, consisting of two straights and slightly banked turns.
With the exception of the 1912 Olympics, track cycling has been featured in every modern Olympic Games. Women's track cycling was first included in the modern Olympics in 1988.
This morning on Larry’s Look, we got a close-up look at the Velodrome----including just how highs thank banking looks when you’re standing next to it.
Thad Fisher is Cycling Coordinator and he had all the amazing facts about the facility plus he showed us the actual bikes that are used on the track.
These bikes are light weight, with one gear, and no brakes!
The good news: kids as young as eleven have been certified to race on the track. With the proper training, it’s a fun sport for all ages.
For details, go to: http://www.giordanavelodrome.com