While surfing around on YouTube recently, I came across a Living St. Louis video on the St. Louis Velodrome, a bicycle racecourse in North St. Louis. Apparently this current Velodrome is a replacement for one in Forest Park that sat in the area created by the Kingshighway Jog.
After watching this video clip I had to try out the Velodrome. Although it was interesting to see, my used mountain bike and I were clearly unprepared to properly appreciate the unspectacular loop of asphalt.
Instead of spending time on the Velodrome I ended up exploring the neighborhood on my bicycle. The Mark Twain neighborhood turned out to be pretty cool. I found a couple of stretches of brand new brick houses right across the street from Bellefontaine Cemetery that were surprisingly good looking. There isn’t a whole lot of new construction in North St. Louis, so I was particularly happy to see good quality infill here.
Seeing this Velodrome and the living neighborhood around it was a very positive experience, reminding me how much this city has to offer, and how much of it I have yet to explore.