velodrome

noun
ve·​lo·​drome | \ ˈvē-lə-ˌdrōm How to pronounce velodrome (audio) , ˈve- How to pronounce velodrome (audio) , ˈvā- How to pronounce velodrome (audio) \

Definition of velodrome

: a track designed for cycling

Examples of velodrome in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web One afternoon, bicycle races in a virtual velodrome were running every three minutes, each lasting about a minute. New York Times, "The Gambling Company That Had the Best Pandemic Ever," 26 Mar. 2021 For us, this includes the velodrome and the surrounding property that is used for cyclocross races. oregonlive, "Alpenrose permanently closes its Velodrome, an institution for Portland’s cycling community," 24 Feb. 2021 From a presidential speech to Pennsylvania’s restrictive blue laws to a velodrome flooded with mud, the league tends to move its contests to that day of the week only as a last resort. Benjamin Hoffman, New York Times, "Are You Ready for Some (Wednesday) Football?," 1 Dec. 2020 Meanwhile, no decision has been made about what might take the velodrome’s place at the Sports Center, said spokeswoman Sara Soli. Katy Read, Star Tribune, "Velodrome at National Sports Center in Blaine comes down after 30-year run," 31 July 2020 About 200 racers used the Blaine velodrome regularly, with about 50 to 80 competing in races every Thursday, Lardy said. Katy Read, Star Tribune, "Velodrome at National Sports Center in Blaine comes down after 30-year run," 31 July 2020 The closest velodrome to Arizona requires a six-hour driveto Carson, Calif., which doesn't lend itself to even a basic understanding of the sport, much less aspiring to be an Olympian in it. Jeff Metcalfe, azcentral, "Arizona cyclist finds her way onto track, in contention for Tokyo Olympics," 20 June 2020 Due to the pandemic, Marquardt has been forced to give up access to a cycling velodrome track, world-class gym, and all the perks that come with being an Olympic hopeful. Cesar Marin, CNN, "Mandy Marquardt: Diabetic Olympic hopeful adapts to training in quarantine," 2 May 2020 Hungry for success The accident is a reminder of the dangers of track cycling as riders race around steep velodromes at high speeds on a fixed-wheel bike with no brakes. Paul Gittings, CNN, "Indian cycling star Esow Alben targets Olympic gold," 4 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of velodrome

1895, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for velodrome

borrowed from French vélodrome, from vélo "bicycle, cycle" (short for vélocipède velocipede) + -drome -drome

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The first known use of velodrome was in 1895

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13 May 2021

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“Velodrome.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/velodrome. Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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