On a beautiful summer’s evening this past week we ventured north to the National Sports Center Velodrome to watch the cycling races. The Velodrome track is made of narrow strips of a specialized wood that has 43-degree banking in the turns, and the bicycles that are ridden here have no brakes and only one gear. The racing we saw was fast and furious along with a requisite amount of strategy and planning. The riders, both men and women that race here give it their all. I admire their skill level and the physical endurance they possess. As the riders raced into the evening, the nearly-full moon rose, the sun set and the lights at the track came on. On this warm evening the crowd was entertained with top-notch racing.