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Cycling track planned for Southwest

Friday - 2/24/2012, 7:54am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) - A nonprofit group is planning to build a track cycling arena in southwest Washington that organizers say will offer free classes and competitive races.

The Washington Post) reports that DC Velodrome plans to erect a 166-meter-long oval wooden track with banked turns at Buzzard Point on V Street, just off South Capitol Street.

Rui A. Ponte, a founder of the group, says the track will host classes and training sessions for adults and teens. Ponte says it will also host sanctioned racing events.

DC Velodrome is starting a fundraising campaign to raise about $300,000, about a third of the costs needed to pay for the track and cover free programming.

The group says the cycling track _ or velodrome _ would be the 27th in the country.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com


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