Dominating the Lee Valley VeloPark area in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park is the iconic, award-winning, 6,000-seat Velodrome which was the scene for Olympic glory in the London 2012 Games. Team GB dominated the track cycling competition winning seven out of a possible ten gold medals plus one silver and one bronze. The GB Paralympic track cycling team won a total of 15 medals, comprising five golds, seven silver and three bronze.
The work on the Velodrome began in 2009 and was completed in 2011 with an estimated cost of £105 million. It was the first Olympic Park venue to be completed and was designed Ron Webb, who designed the velodrome tracks for the Sydney and Athens Games. The 250-metre track was made with 56 km (35 miles) of Siberian Pine and 350,000 nails.
The indoor Velodrome is one of the fastest track in the world and has staged a number of major international events since the Olympics including the final of the Revolution series, the UCI Track Cycling World Cup and the 2016 UCI Track Cycling World Championships. On 7 June 2015 Sir Bradley Wiggins broke the UCI Hour record at the Velodrome, setting a distance of 54.526 km (33.881 miles).
Unlike many major arena, it is possible for visitors to use the track and book an introduction to track cycling with a one hour session. Everyone from beginners to elite riders are able to ride the track at this iconic venue on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
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For more information about the Velodrome , visit the Lee Valley VeloPark website here
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