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FROM: DC VELODROME
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 23, 2012; Washington, DC
DC Velodrome Coming to Akridge’s Buzzard Point Property – Cycle Track to Host Classes and Races at 100 V Street, SW starting this Summer.
Akridge and DC Velodrome have announced an agreement to locate the District’s first track cycling facility on Buzzard Point in southwest DC. DC Velodrome, a newly formed nonprofit organization, will install the track on the south end of Akridge’s nine-acre development site at 100 V Street by June. The venue will stage professional and amateur races from June through the fall and offer a wide range of classes for children and adults. The track, leased from Major League Cycling, can accommodate 12 to 24 cyclists at a time and hundreds of spectators.
“Locating DC’s first velodrome on Buzzard Point lets us make an exciting contribution to the vitality of the neighborhood and the diversity of activities available to the city and the region – while still keeping the site readily available for permanent development,” said Matt Klein, president of Akridge. “And our location near the water, which is increasingly surrounded by lots of sports and recreational activities, is a perfect fit for a velodrome.”
There are currently 26 velodromes in operation in the US, and the closest one to DC is 170 miles away in Pennsylvania. With the popularity of track cycling growing rapidly and DC bicycle ridership outpacing most of the country, and anticipation for the 2012 Summer Olympics building, the DC Velodrome is expected to draw enthusiastic students and crowds. Helmets and track bicycles will be provided at no charge to beginning students, and spectators will have a full view of the cyclists from seating around the perimeter of the banked 166-meter track.
“Our members, sponsors, and partners in DC have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of a velodrome here, and we couldn’t be happier to be bringing it to them,” said Rui Ponte, DC Velodrome President, and owner of CycleLife, the popular run, bike and swim facility in Georgetown. “But just as important is the opportunity we now have to inspire new fans and participants – and of course more sponsors – in an area with such a powerful cycling culture.”
Akridge’s Buzzard Point property consists of three city blocks between T and V Streets and First and Second Streets, SW, four blocks southwest of Nationals Park and adjacent to Fort McNair. The site will ultimately allow for development of 2.7 million square feet. Initially, DC Velodrome will lease a portion of the land from Akridge, with long-term plans to find a permanent location elsewhere in the city.
Preparation of the V Street site will take place over the coming months as funds become available to DC Velodrome through donations and sponsorships. The track will then be brought to the property and assembled, while grandstands, lights and a public address system are installed. Regular updates on DC Velodrome’s progress will be posted at www.dcvelodrome.org, on Twitter @DCVelodrome, and on the DC Velodrome Facebook page.
Akridge is a comprehensive commercial real estate services company that provides acquisition, development, construction management, asset management, property management, leasing and consulting services. Since 1999, Akridge has won ten national “best in the industry” awards for Client satisfaction from the industry’s foremost benchmarking firm, CEL & Associates. The Akridge organization has been honored with the National Capital Business Ethics Award, awarded by the Society of Financial Service Professionals, and has also been recognized as an Energy Star Top Performer and Partner of the Year. For more information, please visit www.akridge.com.
About DC Velodrome
The DC Velodrome (DCV) is a nonprofit corporation established for the purpose of building and managing a bicycle track and facilities (velodrome) for use by residents in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and surrounding areas. The organization is currently seeking sponsorships and donations. Initial partners and sponsors in the DCV initiative include Arnold & Porter, CycleLife, Federal Advocates, Inc., Major League Cycling, Ponte Mellor Architects, Ltd., VeloShine Bike Wipes, Akridge and 100 V Street. For more information, please visit www.dcvelodrome.org.
Rui A. Ponte
David S. Butterworth
Bryan J. Esposito
Please use this link to register for the DC Velodrome fundraiser dinner and informational meeting on Sunday, March 18, 4:30 PM at Sonoma Restaurant, Washington, DC.