If the dune buggy and the sewing wheel hadn't enjoyed that fateful tryst so many years ago, the bicycle might never have been born. Honor the proud parents of pedal-powered progress with today’s Groupon: for $22, you get one season ticket, plus a free soda each night, to the Thursday Night Lights bike-racing series (a $45 value) at the National Sports Center Velodrome in Blaine.
The Thursday Night Lights series at the National Sports Center Velodrome accelerates spectators into a speed-fueled frenzy through a range of live bicycle races. For 17 Thursdays, from May 19 through September 8, fixed-gear chariots whisk riders around a 250-meter track thronged by fans under summer night skies. Velocipede contenders rattle spokes in race formats from the classic Scratch, in which all bikers start from the same line, to Unknown Distance, in which bolt-ready competitors don't know the race’s endpoint until the last lap and a half, to Eternal Summer, in which riders attempt to bike quickly enough to stop the Earth's spin. Each outing fits 10–15 races into about 2.5 hours of family-friendly entertainment, Click here for a season schedule.
Regarded as a top-flight venue among competitive crossbar-straddlers, the NSC Velodrome is the only outdoor wood-plank velodrome in the Western Hemisphere that hasn't been overrun by termite cyclists. Groupon customers swig their free soda as the house DJ dazzles eardrums with sounds to match the spectacle. All seats are general admission and close to the action, delivering velocity junkies their fix of rubber-burning adrenaline.
1700 105th Ave. NE
Blaine, Minnesota 55449Get Directions