London 2012 Velodrome Press Launch September 8, 2008Triple Beijing gold medal-winning Olympic hero Chris Hoy unveiled plans for new world-class cycling facilities in London for cyclists of all ages and abilities today as the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) released the latest designs for the London 2012 VeloPark.
The VeloPark, to be based in the north of the Olympic Park, will include a 6,000 seat Velodrome to host the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic indoor track cycling events as well as a BMX circuit for Olympic events. After the Games, a road cycle circuit and mountain bike course will be added to create a legacy VeloPark that will combine cycling facilities across all disciplines in one cycling 'hub'. The VeloPark will be linked into cycle routes across London, connecting the whole of the capital with the new world-class cycling facilities.
Chris Hoy, the first Briton in 100 years to win three gold medals at the same Olympic Games, said:
"I have been hugely impressed with the VeloPark designs which I'm sure will help deliver some world-class performances from athletes in 2012 and inspire a whole new generation of cycling champions for many years after the Games."
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said:
"The VeloPark is going to be an outstanding iconic landmark that will be admired around the world and I can't wait to see the finished structure packed to the rafters cheering on Team GB cyclists as once again they go for gold in 2012. It will also provide an excellent legacy of facilities for every type of cyclist from across the south of England and be able to compete to stage major cycling competitions and events in the years to come."
The form of the Velodrome has been designed to express the drama and elegance of the track geometry. The project team hopes it will become one of the defining images of the Olympic Park and a place where World Records will be broken.
The VeloPark design team are made up of:
- Hopkins Architects
- Expedition Engineering
- Grant Associates
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