Council to consider new University velodrome

cycling[1]Council officials are to consider plans for a new £1 million velodrome at the University after the proposal was submitted today.

The 250-metre outdoor cycling venue will be considered at a City of York Council planning committee or by delegates who will have the power to decide whether or not the project can go ahead.

It is hoped that the velodrome can be built on the University’s Heslington East campus at the York Sport Village by the end of 2014 in time for the start of the Tour de France.

The project is expected to cost around £1 million and be part-funded by British Cycling.

The oval track, which will be the only one of its kind in Yorkshire, will be open to University members and the public from May to September with floodlights in operation to allow use at night.

Adverse weather, including heavy rain, is said to be why the track will only open for 5 months of the year.

A statement by the project’s agents O’Neill Associates said: “The velodrome will create a new facility to complement and enhance the existing cycle track and help develop York into a sport cycling hub for the region.

“It will help local clubs to attract new members and young riders in gaining experience.

“In addition, the velodrome will be available for use by the university, enhancing the sporting offer it can provide for prospective students.”

Vision revealed plans for the new velodrome in June – announced as part of an overhaul into campus sport facilities.

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  1. I’m a qualified British Cycling coach at the outdoor 250m track in Bournemouth, currently the only track of this type in the U.K.

    If you want to know more about how a track like this works year round, in the rain, the type of racing and training etc. then get in touch!

    Regards, Richard Eastham 07816299909.

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