Ed Rudolph Velodrome

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Coordinates: 42°07′23″N 87°49′06″W / 42.123017°N 87.818342°W / 42.123017; -87.818342 The Ed Rudolph Velodrome is a velodrome in Northbrook, Illinois used to host track cycling events and soccer games.[1] It was the more centrally located of two Chicago metropolitan area velodromes (the other residing in Kenosha, Wisconsin), until the Chicago Velo Campus was constructed in 2011. It is owned by the Northbrook Park District.[2][3][4]

The 382 m (1,253 ft) velodrome was constructed in 1960 with a perimeter for track cycling and a grassy infield for soccer games. Every winter, the velodrome was flooded to create a speed skating rink. Over the years, the track served as a practice rink for members of multiple U.S. Winter Olympics teams. In the 1990s, the District ceased the annual conversion of the velodrome into an ice rink due to the facility's inability to retain water, which seeped through the soccer field. Ed Harvey, the District director, attributed this to a lowering of the water table caused by construction in the late 1980s.[5]

The track's asphalt was completely resurfaced in 1989, and again in 2004.[6][7][8]


  1. ^ "Ed Rudolph Northbrook Velodrome". Northbrook Park District. 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  2. ^ Trevisanut, Janna (2003-08-15). "Nothstein, Grichkine, Labbe, Vandevelde in benefit race, but big star was 10 year old...". News Roundup: 15 August 2003. Daily Peloton. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  3. ^ Stevenson, John (2003-09-18). "Bid for Armstrong jersey to help save Northbrook Velodrome". First Edition News for September 18, 2003. cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  4. ^ Henry, Chris (2003-07-31). "Nothstein to Northbrook Velodrome benefit race". First Edition News for July 31, 2003. cyclingnews.com. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  5. ^ "Velodrome Rink History, Despite Resident's Plea". Northbrook Star. 2002-01-10. Retrieved 2007-04-27. 
  6. ^ "Illinois, USA - $2400 night of track racing". 2005-08-10. 
  7. ^ "Northbrook Velodrome repairs 2004 - Photos by Douglas Pence". Retrieved 2008-06-24. 
  8. ^ "About the Velodrome". Archived from the original on 2008-05-27. Retrieved 2008-06-24. 

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