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Cycling track set to be first venue ready for Olympics

PUBLISHED: 15:03 01 February 2010 | UPDATED: 15:32 05 October 2010

VeloPark. Panoramic view of construction on the VeloPark continues as the steel cables for the roof are laid out prior to being lifted into place. Picture taken on 21st Jan 2010 by Anthony Charlton.

VeloPark. Panoramic view of construction on the VeloPark continues as the steel cables for the roof are laid out prior to being lifted into place. Picture taken on 21st Jan 2010 by Anthony Charlton.

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THE BUTTERFLY shaped steel structure of the 2012 Velodrome has been completed, keeping it on track to be the first venue to be ready for the Olympic Games.

THE BUTTERFLY shaped steel structure of the 2012 Velodrome has been completed, keeping it on track to be the first venue to be ready for the Olympic Games.

The 6,000 seat venue will host Olympic and Paralympic track cycling events.

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

Construction work started in March last year making it one of the last of the 'Big Five' Olympic Park venues to get underway. But with the Olympic Delivery Authority announcing last week that its steel structure is complete the venue is on track for completion in early 2011, which would make it the first Olympic Park venue to be completed. Work is now underway to install the Velodrome's double-curved cable-net roof

The other so-called 'Big Five' are the Olympic Stadium, the Aquatics Centre, the Olympic Village and the media centre.


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