The name came from the French word 'velo' (cycle) and the Greek word 'dromos' (race or course). The term velodrome was first used in 1895.
Velodromes are oval tracks typically made of wooden planks.
Most velodromes are steeply banked, consisting of two 180° bends and two straights. When velodromes first started popping up, not all of them followed the same sizing and some were made into different shapes.
The indoor velodrome didn’t start gaining prominence until the late 1800s and early 1900s. These indoor tracks could be used for much more than just cycle racing, as well. For example, an indoor track was built in Paris in 1909, and was used for cycle racing, as well as ice hockey, wrestling, boxing, roller-skating, circuses, bullfights, demonstrations, and much more. This Parisian track, Vel’ d’Hiv, was also a popular place to visit by Ernest Hemingway, who was a regular fan of the six day races.
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