Ask anyone who has been on the Minnesota cycling scene for at least a couple of decades and the name Cecil Behringer will likely illicit some sort of response. He was a state cycling champion, track owner, custom frame builder and bike advocate well before it was en vogue. But the man friends affectionately referred to as “Cec” was also much more than that.
An effort to save Minnesota’s only outdoor bicycle race track has worked. The National Sports Center in Blaine says it will re-open the Veldrome sometime in May.
The likelihood that Minnesota will lose its only race track for bicyclists is one step closer to reality. The Velodrome at the National Sports Center in Blaine opened 25 years ago, and currently needs some costly repairs.
Minnesota cyclists are trying to save an aging track that’s in need of repair. The National Sports Center Velodrome has hosted several national championships, along with the 1992 Olympic trials. But the years have taken their toll on the outdoor track. When it first opened, engineers estimated it would last about 20 years in Minnesota’s harsh climate. That was 25 years ago.
The days of Minnesota’s only bicycle racing velodrome may be numbered. With a mounting list of necessary repairs at the National Sports Center’s velodrome in Blaine, board members are weighing whether to put in hundreds of thousands of dollars or close it up.
Some major pedal power is in the Twin Cities this weekend at the National Sports Center in Blaine.