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The Marymoor Velodrome Association

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The Marymoor Velodrome Association’s track-racing series keeps legs spinning and heads turning all summer long

Friday Night Bikes
There’s something magical about the science of a velodrome—the way the smooth track, the steeply banked turns and the centripetal force interact to whip bicyclists round and round toward the finish line—and the science is made even more spectacular when it’s couched in an outdoor setting like Redmond’s Marymoor Park, with picnickers and Frisbee players frolicking nearby. The Marymoor Velodrome has been offering thrills (and, yes, spills) since 1975, and has both hosted and spawned world-class athletes, including Olympians Rebecca Twigg, Tom Broznowski and Jennie Reed. Even better, every Friday night in June you are invited to witness the velodrome’s fast-paced competitive racing series known as “The Show” (which, on the first and third Fridays of each month, includes the popular “Kiddie Kilo” race, open to all youngsters ages 2–12 who bring a helmet and a bike). But be warned: It’s addictive. If you find yourself bitten by the Breaking Away bug, consider gearing up for one of Marymoor Velodrome Association’s track classes. Before you know it, you’ll be a pedal pusher yourself. Friday nights 6/4–9/10 (except 7/30, and weather permitting). 7 p.m. $5 (spectators). Marymoor Park, 6046 West Lake Sammamish Pkwy. NE; 206.957.4555; velodrome.org.

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