Velodrome to leave lasting legacy for cycling post Games
After the fast and the furious sports of track cycling and BMX have come to a close at the London 2012 Olympic Games, the 6,000 seat velodrome and outdoor BMX track will form part of the new Velopark.
The Velodrome itself will need very little transformation and will form the centerpiece of the Velopark, standing as both a world-class cycling facility and a lasting legacy to the sport. Cyclists of all abilities will be able to enjoy the track and with taster courses on offer even novices will be able to have a go.
The outdoor BMX track will be reconfigured so that all riders will be able to sample the jumps, bumps and tightly banked corners. There will also be expert coaching on hand and floodlighting so beginners through to experts will be able to practise their skills from early in the morning to late at night.
A 1.6km road circuit and 6km mountain bike trail will also be added, and with bike hire and cycle workshop facilities on site, the Velopark will become the epicentre of cycling in the capital.
Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, said Sport England were delighted to be helping “to ensure a mass participation legacy for all those inspired by the Games to get back on a bike – from budding track cyclists and BMX riders to families who want a day out on their bikes.”
The Park will also support the continued development of competitive cycling with the British Cycling Federation using the venue to train UK athletes with international potential. It will also have the capacity to host the full range of cycling events, including a World Championships.
“This is a stunning venue built for champions, and designed for legacy,” said London 2012 Chairman Sebastian Coe. The Olympic Delivery Authority Chairman John Armitt added: “The venue will become one of the defining images from the Games, and a landmark new building for future generations to enjoy.” The Velopark will be open to the public from the end of 2013.