Scoresheet: Alpenrose velodrome closed
Alpenrose velodrome closes — There will be no more bicycle racing in the velodrome at Alpenrose Dairy in southwest Portland.
An announcement posted Tuesday, Feb. 23, on the Facebook page of the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association said the Alpenrose Dairy property has been permanently closed for events.
The velodrome was built in 1967 and that same year hosted the USA Cycling national championships. It has been a site for many regional and local races.
Tuesday's announcement was not unexpected. Since Alpenrose Dairy was sold in 2019 to Smith Brothers Farms of Kent, Washington, the closure of facilities that have been used for decades was anticipated.
Those wishing to post memories of the Alpenrose Velodrome are invited to share them at the Alpenrose Velodrome or OBRA Facebook pages.
Here is the Facebook post, signed by Alpenrose Velodrome Director Jen Featheringill and OBRA Executive Director Chuck Kenlan:
Dear OBRA and Alpenrose Velodrome Friends,
Although we expected this someday, we are sad to inform you that the Alpenrose Dairy property has been permanently closed to events and all other uses. For us, this includes the velodrome and the surrounding property that is used for cyclocross races. Although we knew that this day would probably come, it is disappointing to not get one final year of racing at this historic property.
We are incredibly grateful to the entire Cadonau family for the decades of generosity to the Oregon community by allowing all of the groups the use of the land and facilities free of charge. It is truly the end of an era.
Many of us have fond memories of the AVC, the Six-Day, and all the weekly track racing series that introduced so many people in our community to riding one of the most challenging velodromes in the country. There are memories of the first Cross Crusade race in 1994, which was also a Super Cup race, and the epic Crusade season openers in the following years. In 2009, Tony and Joe started the Blind Date Series, which brought new racers to the sport of cyclocross every Wednesday night in September for 11 years.
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