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World Cycling League, college to build indoor velodrome

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READING, Pa. — The World Cycling League is teaming up with an eastern Pennsylvania college to build a $20 million indoor cycling track.

The National Velodrome and Events Center at Albright College, in Reading, will have 2,500 spectator seats and also serve as the league’s global headquarters.

Officials hope to begin construction by late summer and open the track in time for the 2018-19 school year.

The facility will be only the second of its kind in the United States. The VELO Sports Center in Carson, California, opened three years ago.

David Chauner, the league’s CEO, says the velodrome will attract world-class cyclists to live, train and race in the area.

If the track is built as planned, it will be available for athletes who wish to train for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

CEO Derek Bouchard-Hall to leave USA Cycling at year’s end

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Derek Bouchard-Hall is resigning as chief executive of USA Cycling at the end of the year and less three years after getting the job.

The chairman of USA Cycling’s board of directors, Bob Stapleton, will help run the organization while a replacement is found. Stapleton said Friday the search has already begun.

Bouchard-Hall plans to take over an undisclosed company with close ties to USA Cycling.

Bouchard-Hall came from the retail sector of the cycling industry, and was tasked with rebuilding an organization that had fallen into disarray. There was a major schism between USA Cycling’s goals of fostering the sport at the amateur level while also pushing its high-performance program.

Bouchard-Hall wound up overhauling USA Cycling’s entire structure, hiring a wave of new coaches and administrators to push forward its world championship and Olympic teams.

Member of U.S. cycling team found after going missing in Spain

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MADRID — American cycling team Trek-Segafredo says one of its members has been taken to a hospital after going missing for several hours in northeastern Spain.

The team says director Steven De Jongh was “conscious” after being found by authorities on Monday. It did not immediately give any other details.

De Jongh’s wife called for help on Twitter, saying her husband went missing after going on a morning ride near the city of Girona. She later said a helicopter found him, breathing, and with a pulse.

The team says police were involved in the search.