Definition of velodrome in US English:



  • 1A cycle-racing track, typically with steeply banked curves.

    • ‘Now, you're on the road rather than the velodrome, but is this still a bonus for Australian cycling?’
    • ‘It was foreseen by us that the velodrome would be totally enclosed.’
    • ‘Yes, we need a 50-metre pool and, yes, we need a cycling velodrome, but we do not need any more stadiums.’
    • ‘White City Stadium, built for the London Games, included a velodrome, seating for over 68,000 spectators, and an unusually long 100-meter pool!’
    • ‘The track there is the busiest velodrome in the world and McGlynn sees no reason why a facility in Scotland wouldn't be just as popular.’
    course, racecourse
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    1. 1.1 A stadium containing a cycle-racing track with steeply banked curves.
      • ‘Every ticket for the six days of competition in the Olympic velodrome has been bought, bucking the trend of sluggish sales.’
      • ‘We also organized a trip to a velodrome in London so that we could try something new.’
      • ‘At the velodrome there was a collective groan as Rob Hayles collided with a Dutch rider and clattered down the steep incline in an action replay of an incident which had ended his Olympic dream in Sydney.’
      • ‘The proposed velodrome would be of a standard that would host national events and therefore attract additional tourism to Hawke's Bay.’
      • ‘It is one of 25 velodromes in the U.S., but is considered among the top-three cycling facilities in the world.’


Late 19th century: from French vélodrome, from vélo ‘bicycle’ + -drome (see -drome).