Photos: At Highland Park Track, Cyclists Are Put Through Their Paces

Aug 7, 2013

Fifteen years ago, the Allegheny Cycling Association was hosting their summer cycling races in the parking lot of the Pittsburgh Zoo.

Today, racers have found a more fitting home at the Bud Harris Cycling Track in Highland Park. Formerly a driver training course, according to the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, the track is a half-mile concrete oval featuring banked walls and a slight hill.

Every Tuesday and Wednesday from April to September, the ACA hosts cycling races at the track. There are four different classes for racers of different skill levels, and at the end of each season prizes are awarded to the top teams and solo riders of the summer. 

All you need to race is a bike, helmet and cycling license. Races typically range between 20-40 laps, depending on the weather and available daylight. For more casual riders, the track is open all summer for anyone looking to get in a few laps or enough practice to race in the big leagues.