(UNEDITED) In response to the "Letter to the Editor" on March 7, 2011, regarding the proposed Velodrome/Field House: Bicycle track racing is a very old sporting event and has been around since the early 1900's. Madison Square Gardens, in New York City, was named after the famous "Madison's". A six-day velodrome indoor track race which lasted, obviously, six days. It was the most popular sport during the 1900's. Numerous other states throughout the country hosted velodrome track cycling. Like most sports it takes years of practice and skill to perfect. Like the article implied, track racing is not for everyone due to the challenge of riding on a banked track with a specialized bicycle which requires some unusual handling techniques.
Right now there is only one other indoor velodrome track in the United States, it is in California. Building another velodrome in Utah would not only allow the public an opportunity to experience track racing at it's finest, it would draw top cycles from around the world, which would bring in needed revenue to Ogden. For the past several years Utah has successfully hosted the Tour of Utah, a stage road race taking place in August. This race is now a world class UCI event, which will bring in more top riders from around the world and, again, more revenue to Ogden and other cities hosting the race. The addition of a first class velodrome in Ogden will suport the interest in track racing by the amateurs and professionals, who by the use of the track, will therefore help to fund the velodrome.
Whatever the sporting event: cycling, soccer, tennis, swimming, etc. the Field House housing these events will be a great assect to Ogden and the people living here. Let us move forward with the Field House Project NOW!