“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Trexlertown in Lehigh County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)

The Velodrome Story

24 Acres and a Vision

The Velodrome Story Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, June 15, 2012
1. The Velodrome Story Marker
Inscription. The Valley Preferred Cycling Center, the most celebrated velodrome in modern American cycling history, traces its roots to the dream of one inspired visionary and its legendary success to the dreams of countless champions who began their trek to glory on its 333-meter track. The concrete crater in a cornfield was the idea of publisher Bob Rodale. Rodale fell in love with track cycling while competing in skeet shooting at the Mexico Olympic Games in 1968. The president of Rodale Press and later publisher of Bicycling and Mountain Bike magazines knew in his heart that the excitement and colorful action of this healthful sport could capture the interest of Americans. Construction began in 1974 on a plot of land in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania owned by Bob and Ardie Rodale. As the work progressed and the track took shape, Rodale worked with community leaders to create programs such as the Air Products Developmental Cycling Program that would develop new young local riders. Rodale reached out to two of the most celebrated cyclists of the 1960s and 1970s Jack Simes III and David Chauner to bring his dream to life. Working with the late Artie Greenburg and announcer Brian Drebber, Simes and Chauner launched an immediate effort to attract top international cyclists and events. When the first race was held on October 12, 1975, there were no locker
The Velodrome Story Marker image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, June 15, 2012
2. The Velodrome Story Marker
rooms for the athletes, no seats for the fans, and no railing at the top of the track. From those early days legendary athletes such as Jerry "The Gentle Giant" Ash, Leigh "the Tree" Barczewski, Gil "Gabby" Hatton, Sheila Young, and Connie Paraskevin reignited the sport of track cycling in the United States, and Rodale's dream caught the imagination of the American cycling public. Soon after the track's completion, Rodale donated the land to Lehigh County in return for a pledge that the county would continue to support development of the track and its programs. In 1979, the Trexlertown Velodrome, or "T-Town", as it is still affectionately called by the national and international racers who make their home here each summer, was renamed the Lehigh County Velodrome. The velodrome is now managed by The Velodrome Fund, a nonprofit 501(c)3 foundation that continues to promote track cycling. Thanks to the generosity of Valley Preferred, a community partnership of doctors and hospitals, the newly renamed Valley Preferred Cycling Center continues to lead the nation in quality competition, championship racer development, and community programs that offer the opportunity for racers and non-racers to enjoy the thrill of bicycling track racing in the nation's most loved and most successful velodrome.
Location. 40° 32.82′ N,
The Lehigh Valley Velodrome Dedication Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, June 15, 2012
3. The Lehigh Valley Velodrome Dedication Plaque
75° 36.648′ W. Marker is in Trexlertown, Pennsylvania, in Lehigh County. Marker can be reached from Mosser Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Trexlertown PA 18087, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lock Ridge Iron Furnace (approx. 2.7 miles away); Portland Cement (approx. 2.8 miles away); Lock Ridge Furnace (approx. 2.8 miles away); Casting Pigs (approx. 2.8 miles away); From Production to Preservation (approx. 2.8 miles away); Servicing the Furnace (approx. 2.8 miles away); World War II and Korean Conflict Memorial (approx. 2.9 miles away); War Memorial (approx. 2.9 miles away).
Categories. Sports
The Velodrome image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, June 15, 2012
4. The Velodrome
Racing action at the velodrome image. Click for full size.
By Alan Edelson, June 15, 2012
5. Racing action at the velodrome
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 8, 2012, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey. This page has been viewed 365 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 8, 2012, by Alan Edelson of Union Twsp., New Jersey. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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