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USA Cycling plans 2017 Madison championships at new Detroit velodrome

Published May 10, 2017

DETROIT (BRAIN) — A velodrome being built here this year is scheduled to host the USA Cycling Madison National Championships event this October and in 2018.

The Detroit Fitness Foundation's velodrome is set to open this fall.

"USA Cycling is excited to bring our 2017 and 2018 U.S. Cycling Madison National Championships to the Detroit Fitness Foundation's new Indoor Multi Sport Complex," said Tom Mahoney, USAC's national events manager. "We're delighted to be a part of shining a spotlight on this new, world-class velodrome being built right here in the United States."

"DFF is honored to have the opportunity to host the U.S. Cycling Madison National Championships," said Dale Hughes, executive director of the foundation and the track's designer. "Being selected for this national championship is the kind of opportunity we hoped to attract to the city of Detroit with this project. We have a strong cycling community and it's incredibly exciting to bring this unique sport to our new venue and introduce the Detroit community to a fun and competitive sport."

The covered 166 meter wood-surfaced velodrome is part of a $4 million sports complex.

Hughes, a lifetime resident of Metro Detroit, has designed and built more than 20 velodromes worldwide, including the 1996 Olympic Velodrome in Atlanta and the 2015 Pan Am Games Velodrome in Toronto. 

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