Olympic VeloPark opens to public later this month

Lee Valley VeloPark in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Pic: Anthony Charlton

Lee Valley VeloPark in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Pic: Anthony Charlton

The Lee Valley VeloPark, part of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, is due to open to the public at the end of the month.

Members of the public will be able to use various cycling facilities and activities within the site, including the velodrome  where Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton pedaled their way to Gold during the 2012 Games.

Booking a taster session at the velodrome will cost £30, which includes bike hire and tuition and allows users to complete the first stage of an accreditation process. Users will need to complete four stages of an accredition process to ride the track unsupervised.

Paul Bloomfield-Bray, spokesperson for the Lee Valley VeloPark said: “The taster session will cost £30 and includes bike hire and tuition, and if you get the bug its great, because you can move onto the next stage.”

As well as the velodrome Bloomfield-Bray said the other cycling facilities that were in use during the 2012 Games are also available for public use. He said: “We effectively have four of the Olympic disciplines under one roof.” As well track cycling they include BMX racing, mountain biking and road cycling.

The Olympic BMX trail has been re-modeled to cater for all abilities and a floodlit, 1-mile road circuit has been constructed around the velodrome.

The VeloPark will be fully open to the public on the March 31, after holding Sport Relief’s ‘Clash of the Titans’ event on March 21.

Introductory sessions on the velodrome can be found here.


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