CYCLING GOLD MEDALIST OVERLOOKS VELODROME COMPLETION

The Velodrome for the 2012 London Olympics is one step further to completion after the last stage of the steel structure was completed last week.

Olympic gold medallist Jamie Staff overlooked the completed steel structure of the Velodrome which is set to host the Olympic and Paralympic track cycling events in the 2012 Olympic games.

The Velodrome, which will be apart of the VeloPark, is set to be one of the first venues to be completed in 2011 ahead of the games the following summer.

David Higgins, the ODA Chief Executive is pleased with the progress made so far on the  Velodrome build.

“The completion of the Velodrome steel structure gives us an exciting glimpse of what will not only be a world-class venue for the Games and legacy, but another striking piece of architecture for the Olympic Park,” Higgins said.

“The Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre are already firm fixtures on the east London skyline but the Velodrome taking shape has created a new focal point in the north of the Olympic Park. This year will be the toughest so far across the site, and we now turn our attentions to the lifting of the huge cable-net roof of the Velodrome, a key engineering challenge, which will help crown this spectacular venue.”

After looking around the new cycling venue Staff is confident that the facilities will give Team GB the best chance of claiming as many track gold medals as possible.

‘It was great to visit the London 2012 Velodrome site and I was hugely impressed by the progress being made,” he said.

“It was good to see at first hand how the venue is being designed and built to create a great crowd atmosphere and deliver the best possible conditions for track cyclists. I’m sure this will be a perfect venue for Team GB to continue to hit gold in 2012.”

Posted on 28/01/2010