The goal is a velodrome – a smooth surfaced track with banked corners used for bicycle racing. Unlike outdoor road or stage bicycle races – more commonly known in mainstream America – track races are much friendlier to spectators. In road or stage races, the setting is outdoors and you can’t see the riders until they pass by your vantage point. In some race formats – like the Tour de France – that happens exactly once.
In contrast, track racing takes place in a stadium-like environment, where spectators can watch all of the action as it unfolds.