Severe Thunderstorm Flattens Velodrome


What is left of the Boulder Valley Velodrome following a sever thunderstorm on August 3. Photo Courtesy: Boulder Valley Velodrome

A severe thunderstorm, that had tornado sirens blaring in parts of Boulder County, flattened the still-under-construction Boulder Valley Velodrome in Erie, Colorado late Saturday afternoon.

The Boulder Daily Camera reported that the outdoor, 250-meter track that was slated to open in late summer, suffered near catastrophic damage. “It’s just devastation,” velodrome construction foreman Mikel Reid told the Daily Camera. “But the plan is to rebuild, keep going, can’t stop.”

Severe weather plagued much of eastern Colorado on Saturday, and the there were at least six confirmed tornado touchdowns. But fortunately none gained full steam and reports of damage were limited.

Here’s a video of what the velodrome will look like if/when it gets finished.

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  • bmwjoe says:

    The best way would be to put up the framework then apply the riding surface later. This would be a safer way to construct an outdoor velodrome.

  • tubasti says:

    This thing has already been dragging along too slowly. I would like to see a velodrome in Boulder County as well as anybody else, but this storm is looking like the last nail in the coffin.

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