Apr 25, 2017

USA Cycling Selects Midtown Detroit to Host U.S. Cycling Madison National Championships


New Multi-Sports Complex at City of Detroit’s Tolan Playfield to Host National Indoor Cycling Competition in October

The Detroit Fitness Foundation (DFF) has been selected by USA Cycling (USAC) to host the 2017 U.S. Cycling Madison National Championships at its indoor multi-sports complex, which is set to open by fall. The women’s and men’s competitions will take place October 19 - 21, 2017 at the to-be built 64,000 square foot location.

“USA Cycling is excited to bring our 2017 and 2018 U.S. Cycling Madison National Championships to the Detroit Fitness Foundation’s new Indoor Multi Sport Complex,” said Tom Mahoney, USAC National Events Manager. “We’re delighted to be a part of shining a spotlight on this new, world-class velodrome being built right here in the United States.”

USA Cycling is the governing body for Velodrome Track Cycling races in the United States. USAC is affiliated with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) and the Union Cyclist International (UCI). On October 19 and 20, cyclists will be given warmup and training time before participating in the qualifying rounds for the final competition. Gold, silver and bronze awards will be presented to winners after the final competition on October 21. Dates for the 2018 event have not been set.  

“DFF is honored to have the opportunity to host the U.S. Cycling Madison National Championships,” said Dale Hughes, executive director of the foundation. “Being selected for this national championship is the kind of opportunity we hoped to attract to the city of Detroit with this project. We have a strong cycling community and it’s incredibly exciting to bring this unique sport to our new venue and introduce the Detroit community to a fun and competitive sport.”

The cycling velodrome within the complex features a steep, oval track and meets hosting facility requirements with its 166 meters of wood surface oval banked 15 degrees in the two straights and 50 degrees in the two turns. The indoor complex also includes run/walk/skating lanes, fitness class areas and a café with light food and drinks.

The complex will be an air dome structure designed and built under the leadership of world-class velodrome developer Dale Hughes, and will house the second permanent indoor cycling velodrome in the United States. Hughes, a lifetime resident of Metro Detroit, has designed and built more than 20 velodromes worldwide, including the 1996 Olympic Velodrome in Atlanta and the 2015 Pan Am Games Velodrome in Toronto. Like Hughes’ own Olympic connections, Tolan Playfield has an Olympic heritage. The park was renamed in 1968 to honor Thomas Edward Tolan, Cass Tech graduate and the first African American man deemed the “World’s Fastest Human” and two-time Olympic Gold Medalist. His accomplishments were extraordinary at the time and remain so today.

DFF has partnered with the Detroit Sports Commission (DSC) to assist in recruiting national and international cycling events, like the USAC cycling championship, for the multi-sports complex. DSC’s mission is to enhance the local economy and image of metro Detroit by attracting and hosting amateur sports events.

In addition to the velodrome, the multi-sports complex will provide additional sporting and fitness opportunities, including many programs for local youth. DFF is also seeking a naming rights sponsor, as well as additional sponsorship opportunities for the complex. Interested parties may contact Susan Tait, Director of Sponsorships and Grants at +1313-820-9955.

For more information on the competition, visit http://www.usacycling.org.


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