On one of the online forums that I follow, someone started a thread asking “what is your favorite new toy that gets you excited to train?”
Predictable answers included things like new bike, new trainer, power meter.
My answer? We got a brand new velodrome. A new $300k toy.
That’s what it feels like. How could we in the NE Ohio cycling community have gotten so lucky? We got lucky because a group of people did the hard work to make it happen.
I have to admit that when I first heard about the project, I was skeptical. Great idea, but no way could anyone pull that off, around here anyway. Even when they announced that they would start building, my thought was that I’d believe it when I saw it.
Sadly, I think that we in this area have been conditioned to be skeptical and cynical. We believe it only when it happens.
The big lesson is that things only happen when people commit to making them happen. They may not always succeed, but they’ll never succeed if they aren’t willing to try and to possibly fail.
So. We in the cycling community have this new toy. Only this new toy needs ongoing support if it’s going to last, and if it’s going to progress to the next phase.
I rode the track a handful of times, and it was enough to get me thinking about making a donation to join the Founders Club ($1000). Then seeing local neighborhood kids riding the track convinced me. The kids have been there just about every time I’ve been there riding.
If the goal of 120 Founders Club members is met by end of the season, members get a season pass through 2015. That’s a pretty good deal. Of course you can donate whatever amount you are able.
Now that we have this, it is up to us to support it.
For more info on donating:
… and a couple of video clips from my “new toy to go with the $300k new toy”: