Tickets to watch the races cost $5 per adult and children are free with paid admission.
See the www.IVBP.org web site "Calendar of Events" page for specifics.
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should attend a track cycling race?
The spectator venue of the International Velodrome at Bloomer Park is family and pet friendly. The tiered hillside seating is grass covered and can accommodate hundreds of spectators. Lights illuminate the track after dark. A live band is often playing on Fridays too.
What do I bring?
It is recommended to bring a lawn chair or blanket, mosquito repellant, and you may bring your own refreshments. During a day race, sunscreen or an umbrella are helpful. Within Bloomer Park, there are restroom facilities 50 yards away. Bloomer Park also has playground equipment and walking trails for restless spectators.
When do I show up?
The Friday Race Series at the International Velodrome at Bloomer Park begin at 7:30 pm. Racers begin warming up 90 minutes before races start. It is not uncommon for spectators to “come and go” during a 1.5 – 2 hour race evening. The Start/Finish line will be the ideal place to take pictures and get autographs. Check the calendar on IVBP.org for scheduling specifics!
What types of races will I see?
Any track cycling race has a series of different races for teams and/or individual cyclists. Racers are categorized based on their speed. At the IVBP, “A” racers are the fastest, “AA” and “AAA” are not as fast, respectively.
The IVBP is famous for its “Madison Races” and also features scratch, points, and pursuit races. The race announcer will explain each race type, category, and length while the riders are getting ready to start.
How to Watch a Race
Cheering is highly encouraged by spectators – both on the infield and from the hillside. It is best to pick a team – wearing matching colored jerseys – and watch them closely, especially during a Madison race.
Is this a new type of racing?
The sport of track cycling / velodrome racing is more than 130 years old and is incredibly popular in Europe. The IVBP hosts the most prolific race schedule in the entire USA!