It is too easy to compare the Kansas Velodrome to the film "Field of Dreams". Lawrence based track racing enthusiast, Bill Anderson wanted a Velodrome. He and cycling promoter Mark Thomas, had sat on numerous committees with the good intention of building a concrete or asphalt Velodrome somewhere in the metro. Kansas City has a fairly rich history of bicycle track racing. A large outdoor Velodrome was raced on in the late 19th century, but burned to the ground apparently in the early 20th century. Municipal Auditorium was the scene of popular Six Day events from the 1930's at least until the late 1940's, with local talent like Henry Meyer and the big names in the sport, the Walthours. However, by the early 1960's local track events became rare, and mostly contested on High School running tracks. Mr. Anderson began to look for an alternative to the slow moving process of the "Velodrome Committees."
The Localcycling crew discovered a gem a few years ago.
Kansas City's historical West Bottoms area is known for the former stockyards, haunted houses and the American Royal Rodeo. The district is also home to some neatly restored and repurposed buildings with some unique tenants. Art galleries and fresh restaurants have been added to the mix.
Locally produced wines and specialty beers (Boulevard Smokestack Series) plus some small plates are served up in a beautifully remodeled setting.
They also happen to host a weekly bicycle ride.
The "Wine Ride" was dreamed up by a couple of Localcycling Team members that work at a nearby West Bottoms Business. Amigoni offered a nice place for a Friday after work 'wind down', adding a relaxing bike ride before seemed a perfect match.
The ride itself is offered year round (with the exception of inclement weather). The format is an easy paced exploration of the Bottoms and nearby neighborhoods lasting about one hour. There is no fixed route, and the ride leaders try to offer up fresh scenery each week.