FAQs


General

When was the track built?

The Superdrome was originally built in 1998.

How is it maintained?

Since we are an outdoor wood track, we do yearly maintenance pulling and replacing bad boards, re-painting the track, etc.

What are the track open riding hours?

The Superdrome generally has Open Riding hours scheduled Feb – Sept., they vary depending on what time of year it is, as well as the wonderfully inconsistent Texas weather. Check the Calendar for exact details.

How much does it cost to work out/ride at the track? What passes are available?

A “season pass” at the track costs $200 and is good for the calendar year, or you can pay $10.00 per day. (Bike Rental is an additional $10.) More info regarding season passes.

How fast can someone ride on the Superdrome?

The Superdrome has global recognition as the fastest outdoor low-altitude track in the world. The track record is approximately 45 miles an hour, set during a sprint event by a member of the U.S.A Olympic team. You probably won’t go that fast!

How steep are the corners?

The Superdrome has a circumference of 250 meters with banking of 44-degrees in the corners. The front and back straights are banked at “only” 17-degrees. This is the same design as found at Olympic-caliber velodromes throughout the world. It is now the standard for elite-level racing. There are only two other “Olympic” velodromes in the United States, located in Portland and Los Angeles. New tracks are on the drawing boards at other U.S. locations.

What keeps the riders from falling off the steep corners?

In a single word – “inertia” (no – not “luck”). The faster a cyclist travels the greater the inertia that pushes him/her outward against the track surface. Also, the faster the cyclist travels the more he/she will lean away from the track, which increases good tire contact. This outward force overcomes gravity that is pulling the rider down. As long as inertia is greater than the gravitational pull the rider/bicycle will safely stay upright on the track. Plus, the new non-slip surface provides great traction for the wheels, which helps the rider to “stick” to the track. Prior to the application of the non-slip surface in 2004, most crashes occurred in the steep corners because the cyclist was riding too slowly and the tires slipped off the slick surface. Today, riders need only maintain a minimum speed of approximately 10-miles an hour (or less for skilled riders) to safely ride on the Superdrome.


Rider Information

Can anybody ride the Superdrome?

Yes, after taking the Superdrome development class! Anybody who can ride and maintain a speed of approximately 12+ mph can ride on the Superdrome. This is the slowest safe speed required to stay upright and not slide off the corners. Although the track may look intimidating to new cyclists it is actually quite safe if the minimum speed is maintained. Many experienced cyclists believe that it is safer to ride at the Superdrome than to ride in traffic on the roads of North Texas.

In 2005, we purchased a dozen smaller, “junior-size” bikes with 650mm wheels. These new bikes and the application of the non-slip surface will allow riders as young as 8 years old to experience the Superdrome.

Can anybody ride the Superdrome?

Yes, after taking the Superdrome development class! Anybody who can ride and maintain a speed of approximately 12+ mph can ride on the Superdrome. This is the slowest safe speed required to stay upright and not slide off the corners. Although the track may look intimidating to new cyclists it is actually quite safe if the minimum speed is maintained. Many experienced cyclists believe that it is safer to ride at the Superdrome than to ride in traffic on the roads of North Texas.

In 2005, we purchased a dozen smaller, “junior-size” bikes with 650mm wheels. These new bikes and the application of the non-slip surface will allow riders as young as 8 years old to experience the Superdrome.

I am Track Certified from another track, how can I ride at the Superdrome?

If you are a certified and experienced rider from another track, you do not have to take the development class. Rather, contact us to let us know you are coming, what track you are from (400, 333, 300, 250m) and what level of experience you have. When you come to Open Riding, the Track Monitor will go over with you what you need to know in order to ride our track. Mostly this consists of preferred track entry/exit on the back straight, riding laps at the stayers line and maintaining a higher speed than on a lesser banked track (especially on neutral roll out or warm up laps) in the turns so as not to slide out.

How can I ride on the track?

Each new track rider, regardless of cycling ability, must attend a half-day Development Class to become certified. During this class students will become familiar with the velodrome, basic riding rules and etiquette, and safety considerations. Students spend most of the time riding on the track, which builds confidence and skill. The cost is $25 and includes the use of a track bike. View class schedules and information or send an e-mail to Barry S.

Advanced Track Technique & Skills Clinics, taught by Cycling Coaches and Track Cat 1’s are offered for further track education. These clinics bridge the gap between taking the development class and becoming a track rider/track racer. Highly recommended for those wishing to race locally or regionally and those wishing to get more benefit out of the time they spend on the track.

What about Juniors & Youth Cyclists?

Yes, children 14 years old and up can take the Superdrome development track class. Children 8-14 can learn to ride the track in our Youth Development Program run by Suzie Goodwin

Can I use my road bike at the Superdrome?

No, only a track bike is allowed on the Superdrome. Track bikes are designed specifically for riding on a velodrome. They have no brakes, no gears and no freewheel so if the back wheel is turning, so are the pedals (in other words – you can’t “coast”). Speed is controlled by pedaling, by pushing back on the moving pedals and by going “up-track” which uses gravity to slow the bike as it travels uphill. Riding on the Superdrome with a “regular” bike is unsafe and is not allowed. Wikipedia – What is a track bike.


Race Information

When are races held at the Superdrome?

2-3 Friday nights a month from mid March – September (weather permitting) the Superdrome hosts the Richardson Bike Mart Superdrome Points Series. Local bicycle clubs also host races at the Superdrome, see the calendar for details. Racers are separated by categories based on age and ability. Race entry fee’s vary by promoter. Spectators are free and encouraged to attend. Cash prizes are awarded each evening.


Support

What can I do to support the Superdrome?

Funding is the most critical hurdle facing the Superdrome. Tax deductible contributions are gladly accepted. Or, perhaps you know other individuals or companies that may want to become Superdrome sponsors or benefactors. Another area of need is in publicizing the facility and events. Please help us spread the word to friends and the community. SMG can provide flyers and posters. We are happy to work with local organizations and groups to “get the word” out about this world-class facility. And we always need volunteers to help in all aspects of the operation, maintenance, marketing and events. Please contact us so we may talk.

How can I advertise at the Superdrome?

If you would like to become a Superdrome Sponsor (i.e. buy a white board for 1 to 3 seasons or sponsor a development program), contact Tim Goodwin. We have many a la carte ways to sponsor the track. If you would like to financially contribute to the Superdrome in other ways, ask us about becoming a Superdrome Benefactor.