27 Sep Community Leaders Support National Velodrome at Albright College
New Velodrome Development Foundation Unites College and Community
Reading, PA: Plans for the National Velodrome at Albright College took another step forward with this week’s formation of the Velodrome Development Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the success of Greater Reading’s unique new $25 million multi-purpose cycling and events center. The velodrome will be located on a 7.5 acre site owned by Albright College a few blocks from campus.
The stated mission of the Velodrome Development Foundation is “to support the development of the National Velodrome at Albright College and the sport of track cycling for the benefit of youth, amateur cyclists, Albright and the Greater Reading and Berks County community.”
County Commissioner, Christian Leinbach, who will serve on the twelve person board of directors, is one of the earliest proponents of the National Velodrome, the first world class indoor cycling arena to be built in the Eastern United States.
“The velodrome will be a welcome economic boost and enhance the reputation of Greater Reading and Berks County as a forward-thinking community. It goes hand-in-hand with the growing interest shown in our region as a national destination for great cycling roads, trails and events”, Leinbach said.
He cited the Berks Area Mountain Bike Association (BAMBA), the Schuylkill River Trail through Reading and the recent success of the Radsport Fest races up Mount Penn and in West Reading as examples of the growing interest in Berks County cycling that will be enhanced by the year round facility.
Dr. Lex McMillan, President Emeritus of Albright College, was elected president of the Velodrome Development Foundation. As the recently retired president of Albright, McMillan secured the relationship with World Cycling League to locate the Velodrome on college property and was the logical choice to lead the Foundation and its fund raising efforts.
“I am excited to remain active on the velodrome project and look forward to helping merge the interests of Albright, the Greater Reading community and the visionaries at World Cycling League. This is a very worthwhile project and one that exemplifies the power of a solid public/private partnership,” McMillan said.
The Foundation’s immediate goal is to secure $500,000 in pre-construction funding to support the next round of architectural and engineering plans, site preparation, fund raising and administration. To date the World Cycling League has invested over $300,000 in building designs, renderings, permit applications, legal costs and administrative fees to secure the site and zoning approvals.
In addition to Lex McMillan and Christian Leinbach, Velodrome Development Foundation board members include Dave Kline, Executive Director Reading Eagle Company; Chris Kraras, Founder/CEO White Star Tours; Rick McDougall, VP Development the Burkey Group, Eric Schippers, SVP Penn National Gaming; Crystal Seitz, President Greater Reading Tourism; Ben Serotta, cycling industry consultant, Peter Wiswell, Manager, Zurich NA Marine Claims and David Chauner, Rick Mayer and John Nelson of World Cycling League.