Search

Sir Chris Hoy thrilled as London 2012 Velodrome opens

13:47 22 February 2011

Members of the Great Britain Track Cycling team test out the newly finished Olympic Velodrome in Stratford, London.

Members of the Great Britain Track Cycling team test out the newly finished Olympic Velodrome in Stratford, London.

PA Wire/Press Association Images

CYCLING legend Sir Chris Hoy says he cannot wait to compete on the London 2012 Velodrome after the facility was officially completed.

Sir Chris Hoy

The triple gold medal-winner from the Beijing Games was amongst a group of athletes and dignitaries to see the new building on Tuesday morning.

The 6,000-seat Velodrome will host the Olympic and Paralympic Track Cycling events in 2012.

After the Games, the legacy Velodrome will be used by elite athletes and the local community and will include a café, bike hire and cycle workshop facilities.

The ODA started work on the Velodrome in March 2009 with construction now completed and the first Olympic Park venue in place nearly 18 months before the start of the Games.

Sir Chris said: “Having been involved in a very small way in the design process in the early stages, it’s amazing to see the Velodrome finally completed, and to be able to have ridden on it today gives me a feel for what it’s going to be like in a year and a half’s time. I can’t wait!”

Selected riders from the Great Britain Cycling Team tried out the Velodrome for the first time today including Beijing Games medal winners Victoria Pendleton, Jason Kenny and Ross Edgar, together with rising stars and established names in the GB cycling team.

The cyclists were joined in unveiling the Velodrome by ODA Chairman John Armitt, Seb Coe Chair of the London Organising Committee (LOCOG), Secretary of State Jeremy Hunt, Mayor of London Boris Johnson and other guests.

Latest Sport Stories

14:58
London Raiders defenceman Matt France challenges a Streatham rival in the corner (pic: John Scott)

Captain happy with weekend haul

O's Mathieu Baudry looks set to remain with the club after a potential loan move to Peterborough United was called off by the O's. Pic: Simon O'Connor

Defender set to remain at Brisbane Road.

Orient debutant Neil Eardley challenges Colchester's Gavin Massey (pic: Simon O'Connor)

The Welsh international, on loan from Championship side Birmingham City, made his O’s debut in 2-0 defeat at Colchester United on Saturday.

12:33
West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce before the FA Cup Fourth Round match at Ashton Gate, Bristol.

Hammers Correspondent Dave Evans looks back over West Ham’s FA Cup weekend

Most read sport

Have you noticed lots of ladies with smudged lippie on social media lately? Find out why they’re deliberately committing a make-up faux pas.

Emergency declared as blizzard is expected to dump up to 24 inches of snow.

With 100 days to go until the General Election we decided to give it a try.

Twitter is taking on WhatsApp and Instagram with new features to make the app more social.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Docklands and East London Advertiser e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24
Our trusted business finder