Question: What is a velodrome used for?

A Velodrome is a purpose built arena for Track Racing. Modern velodromes feature steeply banked tracks, consisting of two 180-degree bends connected by two straights.

Where does velodrome come from?

velodrome (n.) building for bicycle races, 1892, from French vélodrome, from vélo, colloquial abbreviation of vélocipède (see velocipede) + -drome, as in hippodrome.

What are the lines on a velodrome?

The track itself is marked up with a series of lines - red, black and blue. The red line is known as the sprinters line - riders have to go round this if they want to overtake a lead rider. Then theres the black line - the shortest route around the track - and its important to stay on that as much as possible.

Why is a velodrome slope?

In conclusion, the sides on a velodrome are sloped so that the cyclists wont slide of the track, so that they will not have to lean at extreme angles in order not to fall over and so that they can keep speed whilst turning.

What is the velodrome track made of?

Velodrome tracks are surfaced in wood or smooth concrete; shorter and Olympic are wood, longer are concrete. All tracks must have a standard set of markings: -Between the track centre and the actual track there is the blue band (also called Cote dAzur), minimum 10% of the track width wide.

Why is a velodrome called a velodrome?

velodrome (n.) building for bicycle races, 1892, from French vélodrome, from vélo, colloquial abbreviation of vélocipède (see velocipede) + -drome, as in hippodrome.

What does a velodrome look like?

Modern velodromes feature steeply banked oval tracks, consisting of two 180-degree circular bends connected by two straights. The straights transition to the circular turn through a moderate easement curve.

What wood is used for velodrome?

Siberian pine At the heart of the Velodrome is the 250 metre long track of FSC certified Siberian pine. The tracks oval shape and banked corners had a major influence on the shape of the building.

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