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Photo Gallery: Saving the Superdrome

Until recently, the Superdrome in Frisco, Texas, wasn’t really looking all that super. When the 250-meter EDS Superdrome opened in 1998, it was deservedly touted as one of the best outdoor velodromes in the country, if not the world. Financed in large part by the information technology firm, the track featured an impressive collection of hi-tech equipment, including a huge score and video board and on-site, computerized physiology training facilities. But with a new CEO and the bursting of the hi-tech bubble, EDS’s interest in cycling began to wane. Troubles were then exacerbated when the

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Cyclists give time to resurrect Texas track

Off with the old! Volunteers remove boards on the backstretch of the Superdrome in Frisco. The first step in r ...

Off with the old! Volunteers remove boards on the backstretch of the Superdrome in Frisco. The first step in r …

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Ryan Crissey hangs on corner 2 to remove old boards at the Superdrome. The corners of the velodrome are banked ...

Ryan Crissey hangs on corner 2 to remove old boards at the Superdrome. The corners of the velodrome are banked …

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Until recently, the Superdrome in Frisco, Texas, wasn’t really looking all that super.

When the 250-meter EDS Superdrome opened in 1998, it was deservedly touted as one of the best outdoor velodromes in the country, if not the world. Financed in large part by the information technology firm, the track featured an impressive collection of hi-tech equipment, including a huge score and video board and on-site, computerized physiology training facilities.

But with a new CEO and the bursting of the hi-tech bubble, EDS’s interest in cycling began to wane. Troubles were then exacerbated when the company’s point man in the sport, Nick Chenowth, was charged with mishandling sponsorship funds for EDS’s entire cycling program (see “Fear and loathingin Plano” – VeloNews.com, December 2001). By 2001, the company pulled out the sport completely and ended its relationship with the track that once sported its name.

Work continues in corner 3 to remove the old boards.  After boards are removed the steel frame must be sanded  ...

Work continues in corner 3 to remove the old boards. After boards are removed the steel frame must be sanded …

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At the same time, the track’s wooden surface began to show signs ofpremature aging. Weather damage to the once-beautiful surface made racing on the track unsafe. Less than four years after it had opened, nearly 500 of the Superdrome’s 700 boards showed serious signs of damage.

By May of 2002, the track’s other major sponsors – the city of Frisco and Collin County Community College – opted to close the facility instead of investing an estimated $200,000 in the needed resurfacing project.

Looking down the homestretch at corners 3 and 4, a new coat of anti-rust paint has been applied to the exposed ...

Looking down the homestretch at corners 3 and 4, a new coat of anti-rust paint has been applied to the exposed …

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The track may well have been torn down at that point were it not for the efforts of local cyclists, specifically the Frisco Cycling Club and its president Ryan Crissey.

The club has since assumed responsibility for management of the Superdromeand, last year, began looking at an array of lower-cost options to undertakerepairs. Relying on a core of volunteer labor, the club has managed toreduce the estimated cost of a resurfacing effort to just $30,000.

Progress! The first section of new surface is installed.

Progress! The first section of new surface is installed.

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That project is currently underway in Frisco and VeloNewsreader Barry Stevenson has sent photos of the club’s progress. Over the next twoto three weeks, we will continue to monitor the progress of the resurfacing project as members of the Frisco Cycling Club work to bring the Superdrome back to life.

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