Three-day event features thrilling races between cycling world's best

by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - The 16th annual Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge will take place Friday, Saturday and Sunday.Alpenrose Dairy is gearing up to host its 16th annual Velodrome Challenge on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

This elite three-day competition draws cyclists from around the world and the largest Velodrome crowd in North America annually.

Competitive track cyclists, national and international athletes, Olympians and the best local riders will all be competing for track records and cash prizes. The Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge is a one-of-a-kind spectator event, unique for its caliber of competitors, type of venue and challenging course.

Known for its distinctive shape, the Alpenrose Velodrome is one of only 25 bicycle racing tracks in the nation and is among the most demanding due to its shape and incline. With corners positioned at a 43-degree angle, racers must maintain a constant speed of 12.5 miles per hour in order to remain upright on the track.

In addition to being one of the steepest banked tracks in the nation, the track is also unique because it is made of concrete, while most others are wooden.

Charlie Warner, the Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge race organizer, encourages the public to come check it out.

“Alpenrose Dairy is proud to sponsor such a unique event that represents true sportsmanship at its best. This year, spectators will definitely not be disappointed,” Warner said.

Races at the Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge range from as long as 40 minutes to as short as five to 10 minutes.

This free event will be a thrill for all spectators to see the raw talent of these athletes, Warner added. Also, come to enjoy food and take advantage of the opportunity to shop for discounted cycling attire.

The Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge is located at 6149 S.W. Shattuck Road, off Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway. For more information, visit

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