<img width="108" height="73" align="left" src="http://www.baltimorespokes.org/images/articles/20061128182246218_1.jpg" alt="">As if his plan to turn an industrial waterfront in Southwest Baltimore into a "second downtown" was not grand enough, developer Patrick Turner thinks a new velodrome would be the perfect capstone to that project.
If Turner has his way, however, Baltimore will get one. He wants to build a velodrome as part of the massive project he is planning on the shores of the Middle Branch, a finger of the Patapsco River just two miles south of the Inner Harbor. A velodrome is an arena with banked tracks made specifically for bicycle racing, best known for its function in Olympic contests. Amateurs can ride public tracks for recreational purposes, but relatively few such arenas exist in the United States.
To see two velodrome riders eclipse 40 miles per hour on YouTube.