University of York have announced new plans for an outdoor velodrome facility which could cement York’s place on the map as one of the nation’s most consummate cities of cycling.
A University of York spokesman revealed: “We are planning a 250-metre velodrome at York Sport Village. The cost is expected to be around £1 million and we are in discussions with British Cycling over funding. The velodrome, which will be open to the public, will be the only one of its type in Yorkshire and will be used for training and cycling events. It will complement the existing 1,000-metre cycle track at York Sport Village and we are aiming for a 2014 completion date.
“In the year the Tour de France comes to York, it will be a superb addition to the city’s sports facilities. The development underscores the University’s commitment to the health and well-being of the York community.”
The creation of the University of York velodrome promises to be a shining example of the University of York enriching the city as the whole, offering local cyclists the opportunity to train or try out track cycling on an Olympic distance track just a short bus journey from the city centre.
Coun Sonja Crisp, cabinet member for leisure and culture, said: “For a city where cycling is deeply embedded and celebrated in local culture, more world-class competitive options for our two-wheeled talent to develop and shine are an important part of the city’s Olympic and Tour de France legacy, as well as for the health and wellbeing of our cyclists.”