26 June 2008

Salt Lake Velodrome, a history.

There is a petition on the internet to garner support for a velodrome to be built in Salt Lake City. Some people may think that a velodrome in utah is a new thing, but Utah actually has had not one, but two velodromes. Not sure what a velodrome is, click here. I couldn't find too much information about the previous velodromes, but I did manage to find a few pictures. Some of the big cycling stars of the day raced there, including Major Taylor. Unfortunately they both burned down in the early 1900's.

1906, Salt Lake City, UT: A motorpacing still life photograph. A cyclist strikes a pose behind the derny on the outdoor Salt Palace velodrome.

Salt Lake City, Utah, Salt Palace Velodrome, 1899-1913, outdoor, 1/8 mile (201 meters), wood, 48 degree banking, 5,000 seats, altitude 4,400 ft.Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Air Velodrome, 1904, outdoor, under construction at the edge of the Great Salt Lake.

Wouldn't it be great to see racing like this is Salt Lake again? Sign the petition.


Kelly Hill said...

Did you sign it? I can't find your signature. lyk

Bike Junkie said...

Yes, I signed it several months ago.

Jeanie said...


I found your blog while searching for info on the old velodromes in Utah. Great information and pictures! Hopefully a new one will get built soon.