Mayor Martin J. Chavez of Albuquerque, New Mexico has announced the development of the Albuquerque Bicycle Park with a world class BMX track and indoor velodrome in a sports complex near the University of New Mexico. The facility will provide a year round altitude training and racing center (Albuquerque is at 5,200 feet/1,600m) that is hoped to attract track cyclists and BMX racers from around the United States and the world.
"This is so directly in line with my economic development plan to have Albuquerque become a center for cycling, a sport that is very popular here," said Mayor Chavez, who also announced that David Chauner, president and CEO of race promoter Threshold Sports has been hired to help the city plan and develop the project.
Mayor Chavez indicated that at least $10 million will be raised from city, state and private sources to fund the project. Ground breaking is expected to take place in 2005 with targeted completion in Fall 2006.