Built and used for the 1952 Olympic Games, the Helsinki Velodrome is a textbook model of classic functionalist architecture. Coinciding with the authorities turning down financing for a new indoor velodrome project, the oldie is deteriorating at a fast pace, risking the future of track racing altogether in the World Design Capital of 2012. As it looks now, no further plans for renovating this beautiful site are in the pipeline.
Coinciding with the London Olympic Games a group of fixed gear enthusiasts in Helsinki decided to commemorate the 60 year anniversary of the Helsinki Velodrome with a race, sponsored by the local fixed gear community yksivaihde.net.
Showing that track racing in Helsinki is well alive and kicking, here is a B&W photoset of our house photographer John Amunét. Please do check for out the full set of wonderful shots (also in colour) HERE.