Cantrell Velodrome

About 50 years ago I was studying athletic administration under the late Heck Kenny, Ph.D., who was ranked as one of the two best athletic administration specialists in the US and one of the best in the world when, on one day during a class, I made a decision that I wanted to race bicycles for a while (1969 and 1970 New Mexico State Road Champion when the races were required to be 100 to 125 miles), coach for a while (the Los Angeles Racing Team, which I was told by others was one of the best programs in the US and world - we regularly beat internationally ranked teams and US world and Olympic teams; without me knowing about it, Belize got the international governing body to hire me to run a clinic for their top coaches and riders, and, following the bad 1988 US Olympic results, the USCF fired their national coaches, hired new coaches, and contacted and hired me to be a consultant for that team in building their new Olympic Development program; I was pretty good), and then manage my own program to help people, especially young people as my idea of retirement. I love teaching and helping people.

I am trained to design, build, and manage any university or professional sports program from scratch and such university programs are very large and complex because it would have to include programs and classes for physical education for the university, training coaches, officials, and other athletic administrators, the collegiate sports programs, intramural programs, and other programs required to run any university sports program plus working with an architect to custom design, build, and manage the required athletic and educational facilities for all of those programs along with managing the very complex schedules for all of the different activities to make sure we didn't have two programs requiring use of the same facilities at the same time.

Yeah, it is just a wee bit complex and will put to shame what most CEOs have to manage. Remember that I am trained in both athletic administration and business management with an M.B.A. and I know very well the difference in requirements for doing both jobs. I am extremely well trained.

The sports program at the University of New Mexico I was trained in was ranked as one of the 3 to 5 best such programs in the US and was easily one of the best in the world.

For example, the head of our sports sciences department was Hemming Atterbom, Ph.D. of Sweden whose exercise physiology book was used in all of the top universities in the US and Europe for more than a decade after I left the program. I had a number of professors who were among the best in the world for their field.

For example, I am also trained to participate in, coach, officiate, manage, and promote almost 20 different sports from the US and Europe, many of them Olympic sports. I even learned to coach competitive badminton that most people don't even know exists and my instructor was a professional badminton player from Japan.

After I left the program I began doing my own research concerning fulfilling my dream of building my own sports facility and program. At that time, all of the top pro teams in the US designed, built, managed, and owned their own facilities and they hired athletic administrators (AAs) like me to manage those facilities and the sports programs. I quickly found that, if I called them up and told them I was doing research on athletic administration, they all gladly gave me at least one or two hours of their time to teach me about real world athletic administration and answer my questions because I was one of them so I did quite a bit of research and improved on what I had been taught.

They quickly taught me that even professional sports programs couldn't finance their own facilities and keep the doors open. For example, the San Diego facility that was shared by both a professional NFL football team and a professional baseball team couldn't finance their own facility so they had to run a minimum of 180 other activities every month to help pay for it.

Common sense told me that a bicycle track, even with using it as a base for operation for road and MTB racing, couldn't fund and maintain a facility and professional staff so I had to make it a multiple sports facility just like they use at universities and run activities for a number of different sports to keep the doors open. Yep, this will be almost as complex and diverse as any university program. Hey, the bigger the challenge, the bigger the achievement.

I did more than 30 years of that research, while racing and later coaching, to prepare for my retirement and to fulfill my dream of helping kids that I knew was going to be a massive amount of fun work, you know, like 60 to 80 hours per week.

When my health began failing almost a quarter of a century ago, I decided to plan for retirement. My business plan was to get well enough I could put in those 60 to 80 hours a week or it wouldn't work, raise the startup capital, hire one or more other AAs to begin building my management team, based on my marketing research we would fine tune our program for our market, then work with an architect to fine tune the design for the required facilities, and go to work building and managing my dream.

So, while trying to find out what was killing me so I could stop it and recover, I did my marketing research for this area and started designing the activities and programs and using that to make a rough draft of the required facilities.

I finally got so sick I literally couldn't do anything and had to put my program on hold until I could get recovered enough to put in the required 60 to 80 hours a week. I got so sick I couldn't even ride a bicycle for more than 15 years, not even around the block. Doctors later told me I should have died but God and my knowledge in biology and sports medicine kept me alive.

A few years ago I was finally starting to recover enough to where I could start riding my bicycle to help me recover faster so I could put in the 60 to 80 hours a week to fulfill my dream of helping kids but I got a bacterial infection that caused me to relapse really bad and I had very little recovery for about 1.5 years so I figure that was going to be it for that dream.

That caused me to change my dream into using a 8X10 foot wooden shed as a "bike shop" to teach kids how to fix their bikes and do better in life. I am determined to help kids.

A little over 1.5 years ago, someone burned that shed down, I can't afford to replace it, and that destroyed that dream. I was left with nothing because I can only work about 10 to 20 hours a week and, like today, some time I have to take naps.

This last Monday, June 24, 2023 God spoke to me and said, "Carl, you were going to hire a couple of AAs anyway to help you build your dream of helping kids so just do a Gofundme to raise the money for your project, after you have enough money to begin the work, hire one or more AAs to do those 60 to 80 hours a week for you while you just supervise them and you can still have your dream of helping kids."

I got really happy because I could dream again and quickly did some research and decided to start with a sole proprietorship to give me absolute control of the project because the upper class trash have so completely corrupted nonprofit corporations and other corporations so that they and their evil attorneys can pretty easily steal them in the event the program begins to bring in too much money. It increases my liability but I know how to deal with that and I have to protect my program and kids.

I did some checking around with the state, federal, city, and county governments and my bank and quickly realized that my best and fastest way for startup was to just temporarily use my personal bank account and a Gofundme account to feed donations into my bank until I have the money for initial startup (at least 3 to 4 million dollars - I need a total startup of $7.5 million), where it will make sense to hire a couple of AAs to help me begin building my half century old dream. Then I will have to get a tax number from the IRS to hire employees, we can fine tune my programs and facility design, while purchasing the land and bring my plans up to date, then work with an architect to create the final facility plans and get the building permits, and then the fun begins.

Then, if you or anyone you know would like to help fund my dream to help kids, please go to the Gofundme account for the Cantrell Velodrome to help me build the most unique and fun athletic facility in the world so I can help kids. Be sure to share it with everyone you can.

BTW, the track will be in Alamogordo, New Mexico, USA and our main market includes El Paso, TX, USA and Juarez, Mexico along with other smaller communities in the area but will probably eventually draw people from all over the world. The velodrome will be at 4,200 feet in altitude for good high altitude training.

I want to share a few items of how innovative and complex my program will be. This is just a tiny snap shot of how complex and fun this program will be.

In the main arena, I am going to have 3 wooden tracks built within each other.

Why 3 board tracks in the main arena?

The outer track will be a 250 meter banked bike racing track with 45 degree bankings in the turns.

Inside it will be a 110 meter roller racing track with about 15 to 20 degree bankings that will easily leave enough room at both ends for pits. (I also studied mechanical engineering and math in college.)

Inside that will be a 50 meter roller derby track to provide the facility with significant revenues to help keep the doors open.

The 250 m track will be used for racing, training, classes, clinics, and record attempts (I also want to try an old fashioned, nonstop 6 day race during the off season to see how it will work).

The 110 track will be for roller racing, warm up and warm down for the bike racing, youth racing for kids who are too young to racing on a 45 degree banking, classes, and clinics.

The 50 meter track will be used for roller derby, warm up and warm down for the roller and youth races, classes, clinics, and my "Tikes and Trikes" program, where kids 1 to 6 can enjoy racing tricycles I provide on a board track with their mommies and daddies taking their pictures and cheering them on. Remember, it will be family oriented.

The infield for the 50 meter track will be on hydraulic lifts to raise it just above the bottom of the 250 m track with a live band, there will be two story dance floors just past the end for turns 3 and 4, with lights and sound, to bring in more revenues once or twice a week to help keep the doors open.

In just that part of the facility, we will have both bike and roller racing plus other things for both sexes and all ages. It will be fun. We will run it very similar to how a good college facility is run with quite a few different activities and programs. It will be very complex with seasonal programs and every Saturday will be my Olympic development program for everything to help the athletes.

This one small part of the velodrome is fun and will draw even more people to the facility to help keep the doors open.

In the southeast corner will be a two story structure. The bottom floor will be a food court like in big shopping malls with different types of food like Mexican, Chinese, pizzas, and such with a small dining area where they can eat or they can take the food to their bleacher seats to eat, while enjoying the activities.

The top floor is designed to be a really nice restaurant where a guy can put on a suit and tie and take his woman out for a nice dinner. In the east end will be a dance floor that will be a little larger than a regulation dancing contest floor for competitive dancing with space for both live and recorded music.

We will have themed nights for the food, music, and dancing based on my market research.

Saturday will be Olympic development, classes, practice, and lessons all day long, including for competitive dancing.

Sunday will be Mexican music, food, and dancing all day long (El Paso and Juarez will be my primary market).

We have a lot of cowboys here so Friday night will be country western food, music, and dancing with junior high and high school competitions on the tracks below.

We have a large German population here so one night between Monday and Thursday will be German food, music, and dancing. The other 3 nights will be one night of 1950s and early 1960s music, food, and dancing with JBug (the swing), big band, and early rock and roll with people encouraged to dress the period along with encouraging a local hot rod club to meet in our oversized parking area to add to the mood along with 1 or 2 hours of Penny farthing racing on the track and outdoors, one night of ball room dancing, and one night of jazz.

That facility will be completely sound proofed to keep sound in and out.

Did I tell you that I am trained to participate in, coach, officiate, manage, and promote almost 20 different sports?

I also have the rules and regulations on pdf files on a CD for at least 30 different sports I used to help me design ye ole Cantrell Velodrome. I do my homework.

Oh, did I tell you that we will also have an outdoors events management team?

One thing I want to run will be a 5 day bicycle road stage race I designed for the Sacramento Mountains plus MTB and cyclocross races and running. I also want my outdoors events management team to work with various sports groups in our area to build local to regional sports circuits.

For example, I want them to work with the bicycle racing groups in El Paso, Juarez, and Silver City to set up a local to regional road racing circuit. Hey, since it will include both the US and Mexico, we will have our own international racing circuit. That will be fun.

My strategy for my business and dream is to give as many people as possible as many reasons as possible to use my business as often as possible and that in part comes from my training to be a college sports athletic administrator.

You will come here at least once, many will return, and that will keep the doors open.

There is much, much more because the facility is big and will have a lot of activities and programs. I could probably write a book on the design and management of this project.

I guarantee that there is no sports facility like the Cantrell Velodrome anywhere on this planet. It is custom designed to be one of a kind and you can be a part of it by helping me raise the funding for the startup. I only started my Gofundme account yesterday and already have one donation and this is only the second place I have posted this.

Thank you and may God bless and keep you all.

BTW, after I wrote all of that, I realized that God is fulfilling my dream this way so I will keep working on this blog and I will be sure to give you updates concerning the project's progress. Thank you.

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

You better....

Pray long, pray hard, pray often!!!

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