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Velodrome Challenge rolls into town

by: TIMES PHOTO: LACEY JACOBY - Stephen McLaughry, part of the Bike Central team, competes at the Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge.The Cadonau family’s Alpenrose Dairy, at 6149 S.W. Shattuck Road, has quite a jewel on its property, and the country’s cycling community had its collective eyes on the steep world-class velodrome last weekend.

Competitors from far and wide gathered for the 16th annual Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge, an elite-level three-day racing event.

There are not many tracks like it around the country — 25, according to the Alpenrose folks — and it’s known for its distinctive shape, concrete surface and 43-degree incline. Racers have to maintain speeds of 12.5 mph or faster just to stay upright. Imagine having to do that on your daily commute!

Competitors competed and races were won, and in the end, everybody had fun.by: TIMES PHOTO: LACEY JACOBY - Powered by motor, Dean Reed leads the racers on a parade lap during the three-day event

by: TIMES PHOTO: LACEY JACOBY - Racers maintain speeds of 12.5 mph or faster to stay upright at Alpenrose Dairy Velodrome.

by: TIMES PHOTO: LACEY JACOBY - A disguised Erin Goodall warms up before her Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge race last weekend.

by: TIMES PHOTO: LACEY JACOBY - National-caliber racers competed during the Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge at the Alpenrose Dairy.