The Jacksonville Velodrome Ride & Video

Before everyone in the Jacksonville, Gainesville, Ocala, Lake City, Middleburg and Orlando areas of Florida gets too excited, let us preface this article by saying the velodrome was never completed.

JAXVelodrome2015-3All that exists is the apron / inner ring track.

With that said, what is there is rideable, but it isn’t suitable for track bike usage. JOM has ridden with Anna Meares, and she’ll tell you the same thing.

Unfortunately, as it stands, the Jacksonville velodrome is nothing more than an overgrown concrete ring, measuring about 230 – 240 metres in length. This would mesh with the intended size for the original track, likely to be 250 metres.

It’s going to take a lot more than $15,000 US to turn this into a real velodrome. But whatever the future may bring, we hope to see a functioning velodrome somewhere in North Central Florida.

 

What does this have to do with the Gravel Cyclist crew?

Several of us have known about this velodrome, long before creation of its Facebook page and recent media coverage.

However, after several years of procrastination, the Gravel Cyclist crew assembled a route departing the bustling metropolis of Raiford, Florida, to the velodrome and back, along a mix of dirt, gravel, underwater and paved roads.

JAXVelodrome2015-2The route there was interesting to say the least. The photos within this article document a few points of interest, some of which cannot be explained.

JAXVelodrome2015-1
Dog lockup? Cyclist lockup? No idea what this is for…

But, you’re reading this article because you want to see the video.

The video below contains some footage of the velodrome as it stood on the 4th of April, 2015. Enjoy in the beauty of High Definition, courtesy of YouTube.

In parting, enjoy this photo of JOM wading through deep water, part of the route.

JAXVelodrome2015-4Thanks for reading!

5 comments on “The Jacksonville Velodrome Ride & Video

  1. Darn close to interesting!
    The first thing that “velodrome” needs is a forest fire.
    After that build a new velodrome from scratch.

    Then get a life.

    My theory is the box was intended to house up dangerous cyclists who drown
    their bikes.

    K-Dogg 🙂

  2. I was expecting it to look like the Brian Piccolo Park Velodrome in Broward County. This looks more like & to be a nice gravel trail ? MTB/ATB appears more ideal equipment. This is more a rural velodrome/greenway.

    1. Yep, it isn’t much more than the inner ring of a velodrome that was never finished. I applaud the work of the people in JAX who would like to get this up and running, but this project needs serious work, and a lot of money.

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