Officials of the planned $25 million National Velodrome at Albright College announced Thursday that Greg LeMond, the three-time Tour de France winner, will serve as chairman of the velodrome board.
The 2,500-seat velodrome will be only the second indoor bike track in the country and is expected to give national and international exposure to the small, private liberal arts college in Reading.
LeMond will serve as honorary chairman of the Velodrome Development Foundation, the nonprofit organization run by community and sports leaders to support the velodrome’s development and programming.
LeMond will serve as special adviser to the World Cycling League, the principal developers of the velodrome and TeamTrak, a new track racing format.
“I am very excited to play an active role in this project,” LeMond said in a news release.
“I’ve always understood how important track racing and indoor velodromes are to developing world-class cyclists. Plus WCL’s TeamTrak format is a much-needed and exciting way to showcase top male and female track racers and create interest in the sport,” he said.
Lex McMillan, president of the Velodrome Development Foundation and former president of Albright College, called LeMond a “huge asset to our foundation, both for his innovative ideas and for his connections to many more donors and investors in the velodrome project from the greater cycling community.
“We are delighted and deeply grateful that he has agreed to join us.”
The National Velodrome at Albright College is expected to be about 95,000 square feet and be used for collegiate and other sporting events and programs, in addition to 12 World Cycling meets each season between October and March, as well as livestream WCL international cycling meets. A bar and restaurant called the Bell Lap that overlooks the track is planned for the arena. Spillman Farmer Architects of Bethlehem and the Burkey Group of Reading will design the velodrome.
“Albright is smart to recognize the value of this facility, not only to develop a nationally ranked collegiate team but also for the unique curriculum opportunities for product development, sports medicine and sports event management, to name a few. I look forward to exploring these ideas with the college,” LeMond said.
Steve Whisniat, a foundation board member and former managing director of the U.S. Olympic Committee, reached out to LeMond to join the board.
LeMond’s professional cycling career includes three Tour de France victories and multiple world championships. He is the founder and principal of LeMond Composites in Oak Ridge, Tenn., a carbon fiber manufacturing company.
LeMond is active in cycling as an anti-doping advocate and Tour de France commentator for Eurosport.
In August, Albright officials announced that Ben Serotta, a renowned custom bicycle designer for some of the world’s top cyclists, will head the performance center at the velodrome.