The Valley Preferred Cycling Center, formerly known as the Lehigh Valley Velodrome, will get a new surface to go along with its new name. The 32 year-old velodrome in Pennsylvania was last resurfaced 12 years ago in preparation for the 1996 Olympic Trials.
To begin the repairs, all major bumps on the track, mainly in turns three and four, will be ground down until smooth. Then the entire existing concrete overlay will be removed and replaced by a new overlay to the track, creating a clean, smooth surface. In addition, the joint between the inner apron asphalt and the bottom of the track's concrete apron will be repaired and an infield retaining wall near the homestretch will be replaced.
The track will be closed for the remainder of the year and will re-open when the resurfacing project is complete near the beginning of 2008.