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York Outdoor Velodrome launched

27th June 2014

A new outdoor velodrome in York was launched yesterday. Part of York Sport Village, near Grimston Bar on the eastern edge of York, the facility cost £1.1m, and was funded by the University of York and British Cycling.  

York Press reports that two teenage cyclists from the Clifton club were amongst those to test the track yesterday. The paper quotes Bob Howden, President of British Cycling, who said, 'Following the success of British riders at the Tour de France and Olympics, there are more people than ever riding bikes in this country. With increased participation, however, comes the need for new facilities. British Cycling has been delighted to get behind this fantastic project and hopefully we might see the next Joanna Rowsell or Jason Kenny develop at the York Velodrome. On a personal note, I and many other fellow Yorkshire volunteers will take particular delight in seeing a long haul for a home track facility finally come to fruition.'

The new 250m velodrome adds to the existing 1km outdoor floodlit cycling circuit at York Sport Village. The velodrome opens to the public on 13th July 2014, and it'll be used by elite athletes, the public, schools and clubs, and university students.

This video shows cycling on the outdoor cycling circuit:

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