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Discover the secrets of the track of records

Discover the secrets of the track of records
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25/10/2013

In London, during the 2012 Games, several world records were broken on the track of the Olympic velodrome. This was not by chance. Michael Taylor, the head architect of this magnificent sports facility, designed with sustainable development and legacy in mind for future generations, explains its secrets.


From the material chosen for the track to the solution to the problem of making it fast without being able to benefit from any altitude-related advantage, to the care taken in designing the stands, for the benefit of spectators and riders alike, discover how the venue in which the cyclists thrilled their supporters at the end of July and early August 2012 was designed.

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