2 months in, Giordana Velodrome in Rock Hill already attracting tourists
May 11, 2012 at 10:01 PM EST - Updated June 27 at 3:06 AM
ROCK HILL, SC (WBTV)
Al and Anita Ray Robinson are what you call professional tourists from Auburn New York
This week they made a stop in Rock Hill to visit friends and hear about the new Velodrome Cycle track in town.
"It's new and interesting and we'd never seen a velodrome before," said Al Robin son.
The Giordana Velodrome opened the first week of March, but it's not the first in Rock Hill
"Rock Hill had two velodromes at the turn of the century located at Winthrop University," said Thad Fisher with the city of Rock Hill.
So far around 400 cyclists have trained or are in the process of getting certified to speed around the track.
"Our youngest certified rider is nine year old and our oldest is 81 years of age," said Fisher.
Thad Fisher says in its short history the track is gaining interest.
"In August we'll have the National Omnium track race here and sprint races," said Fisher. "We've has riders from California, a lot of people pass through we had Olympians here for the grand opening from Pennsylvania."
To gather more interest for Velodrome tourism every Thursday and Friday night there will be cycle races at the track for anyone to watch free of charge.
"I'd think I'd enjoy coming back and watching a race," said Al Robinson.
On their future travels the Robionson's say they'll brag about what they saw here today.
"We'll say Rock Hill Rocks when it comes to biking," Anita Ray Robinson.
There are only 20 velodromes in the Unites states the closest tracks are in Atlanta and Allentown Pennsylvania.
If you want to go see the races at the Velodrome they'll be held at 7 o'clock every Thursday and Friday nights and admission is free.