New outdoor cycling velodrome opening in York

Gary Verity (yellow helmet) leads the cyclists around the new velodrome at York Sport Village.

Gary Verity (yellow helmet) leads the cyclists around the new velodrome at York Sport Village.

Gary Verity (yellow helmet) leads the cyclists around the new velodrome at York Sport Village.

New outdoor cycling velodrome opening in York

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OLYMPIC cycling stars of the future could be trained in York thanks to the city's new outdoor velodrome.

A new Olympic-sized outdoor velodrome at the University of York - the only one in Yorkshire and the North East of England -  is set to open to the public next month and hopes to capitalise on the current buzz around the arrival of the Tour de France on July 5.

The £1.1m facility, jointly funded by the university and British Cycling, features a 250 metre macadam track rising to a 30-degree gradient bank, and will be open to anyone aged eight and over as well as students from the university at the York Sport Village off Hull Road.

The venue will host regular taster and skills sessions, structured training and a weekly race league. There will also be opportunities for local schools and community groups to take part in cycling sessions, as well as weekly coaching sessions for under-16s run by Clifton Cycling Club.

Clifton club cyclists, Robert Gray, 16, from Blossom Street in York, Ben Wait, 15, from Hornsey and Ash Coning, 14, from Malton, were among those taking to the track today.

Ben said: "This is the first time we have had a chance to use it. We have had to go to Scunthorpe to train before this. It's great to have it here in York."

Schools from York and East Yorkshire including Archbishop Holgate's CE, St Wilfrid's RC Primary, the Minster School and Pocklington School have already tried out the facilities.

Gary Verity, Welcome to Yorkshire’s Chief Executive, said: “The Tour de France will be a catalyst for great things in our great county and for the legacy project of the Grand Départ, Cycle Yorkshire. The greatest cyclists in the world will, I am certain, inspire Yorkshire to get on its bike and this new facility will provide the perfect platform for more people of all ages, to engage with and enjoy cycling, one of the key aims of Cycle Yorkshire.”

Prof Koen Lamberts, Vice-Chancellor of the University of York, said: “In the year the Tour de France comes to York, we are very proud to provide a superb addition to the city’s sports facilities that will complement our floodlit 1.2km closed road cycle circuit.

"Our partnership with British Cycling to develop this additional facility is a clear demonstration of our commitment to ‘inspire activity’ and to promote the health and well-being of people across the city and beyond.”

Bob Howden, President of British Cycling, 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 facility opens to the public on July 13 and any club, school or sporting organisation wishing to find out how they can make use of the new cycling facilities at York Sport Village, University of York can contact Keith Morris or Andrew Johnston at York Sport on 01904 325751 or cycling@york-sport.com, or visit www.york-sport.com/cycling

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12:38pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Justin7 says...

Wonderful. That's Peddling Paul sorted.

Now for the thousands and thousands of council tax paying citizens of this city and some news about the new stadium?
Wonderful. That's Peddling Paul sorted. Now for the thousands and thousands of council tax paying citizens of this city and some news about the new stadium? Justin7
  • Score: 12

1:01pm Thu 26 Jun 14

YorkStone says...

Great facility to have in the city and cant wait to try it out!

Not sure re the commnet above what tax has to do with a new facility funded by York Uni and British Cycling though?!
Great facility to have in the city and cant wait to try it out! Not sure re the commnet above what tax has to do with a new facility funded by York Uni and British Cycling though?! YorkStone
  • Score: 8

1:02pm Thu 26 Jun 14

BikerSharp says...

Maybe the stadium would be built quicker if like this wonderful velodrome it was privately funded?
Maybe the stadium would be built quicker if like this wonderful velodrome it was privately funded? BikerSharp
  • Score: 13

1:28pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Fat Harry says...

A cycling story with no mention of the council - you can almost hear keyboards being punched to pieces in frustration right across the city.
A cycling story with no mention of the council - you can almost hear keyboards being punched to pieces in frustration right across the city. Fat Harry
  • Score: 11

4:28pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Grumpy Old Man says...

British cycling has taken a giant leap forward in recent years because we built INDOOR VELODROMES which can be used all-year round. This is a giant step backwards and a complete waste of money. Anyone in the Press area capable of making the national team will be heading for Manchester, not risking injury and their careers riding on a track open to ice, rain, wind and wet leaves!
British cycling has taken a giant leap forward in recent years because we built INDOOR VELODROMES which can be used all-year round. This is a giant step backwards and a complete waste of money. Anyone in the Press area capable of making the national team will be heading for Manchester, not risking injury and their careers riding on a track open to ice, rain, wind and wet leaves! Grumpy Old Man
  • Score: -5

5:00pm Thu 26 Jun 14

andrew flower says...

Paul the pedaller can take himself there and stay. Perhaps he'll be happy at last.
Paul the pedaller can take himself there and stay. Perhaps he'll be happy at last. andrew flower
  • Score: 10

6:10pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

It was to be expected.....

"All the worry about childhood obesity, about sedentary lifestyles, about teens just hanging round their bedrooms playing XBox and never getting out and being active or meeting new friends, about kids having nothing worthwhile to do and just causing trouble.
All the need for grass roots youth sports training for our future medallists and champions.
Wow, some private organisation has sorted us out a facility?
Well that ticks all the boxes!
Brilliant! What more could we want? It's a wonderf..... Wait, what?
Bikes? Really? Bikes?

I hate it! It's a rubbish idea!"
It was to be expected..... "All the worry about childhood obesity, about sedentary lifestyles, about teens just hanging round their bedrooms playing XBox and never getting out and being active or meeting new friends, about kids having nothing worthwhile to do and just causing trouble. All the need for grass roots youth sports training for our future medallists and champions. Wow, some private organisation has sorted us out a facility? Well that ticks all the boxes! Brilliant! What more could we want? It's a wonderf..... Wait, what? Bikes? Really? Bikes? I hate it! It's a rubbish idea!" Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: -1

7:42pm Thu 26 Jun 14

yorkandproud says...

Buzzz Light-year wrote:
It was to be expected.....

"All the worry about childhood obesity, about sedentary lifestyles, about teens just hanging round their bedrooms playing XBox and never getting out and being active or meeting new friends, about kids having nothing worthwhile to do and just causing trouble.
All the need for grass roots youth sports training for our future medallists and champions.
Wow, some private organisation has sorted us out a facility?
Well that ticks all the boxes!
Brilliant! What more could we want? It's a wonderf..... Wait, what?
Bikes? Really? Bikes?

I hate it! It's a rubbish idea!"
Can you write this again, in plain English, that an old York lad can understand, please.
[quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: It was to be expected..... "All the worry about childhood obesity, about sedentary lifestyles, about teens just hanging round their bedrooms playing XBox and never getting out and being active or meeting new friends, about kids having nothing worthwhile to do and just causing trouble. All the need for grass roots youth sports training for our future medallists and champions. Wow, some private organisation has sorted us out a facility? Well that ticks all the boxes! Brilliant! What more could we want? It's a wonderf..... Wait, what? Bikes? Really? Bikes? I hate it! It's a rubbish idea!"[/p][/quote]Can you write this again, in plain English, that an old York lad can understand, please. yorkandproud
  • Score: 1

7:45pm Thu 26 Jun 14

eeoodares says...

What a brilliant facility for a City like York.
What a brilliant facility for a City like York. eeoodares
  • Score: 9

8:27pm Thu 26 Jun 14

piemagico says...

Grumpy Old Man wrote:
British cycling has taken a giant leap forward in recent years because we built INDOOR VELODROMES which can be used all-year round. This is a giant step backwards and a complete waste of money. Anyone in the Press area capable of making the national team will be heading for Manchester, not risking injury and their careers riding on a track open to ice, rain, wind and wet leaves!
How much do you think an indoor velodrome would have cost? And where would the Uni & British Cycling have found that extra £10m+?
[quote][p][bold]Grumpy Old Man[/bold] wrote: British cycling has taken a giant leap forward in recent years because we built INDOOR VELODROMES which can be used all-year round. This is a giant step backwards and a complete waste of money. Anyone in the Press area capable of making the national team will be heading for Manchester, not risking injury and their careers riding on a track open to ice, rain, wind and wet leaves![/p][/quote]How much do you think an indoor velodrome would have cost? And where would the Uni & British Cycling have found that extra £10m+? piemagico
  • Score: 8

9:26pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

yorkandproud wrote:
Buzzz Light-year wrote:
It was to be expected.....

"All the worry about childhood obesity, about sedentary lifestyles, about teens just hanging round their bedrooms playing XBox and never getting out and being active or meeting new friends, about kids having nothing worthwhile to do and just causing trouble.
All the need for grass roots youth sports training for our future medallists and champions.
Wow, some private organisation has sorted us out a facility?
Well that ticks all the boxes!
Brilliant! What more could we want? It's a wonderf..... Wait, what?
Bikes? Really? Bikes?

I hate it! It's a rubbish idea!"
Can you write this again, in plain English, that an old York lad can understand, please.
In a word - no.

I'm an old York lad.
I understand. It's plain English.
Ok, I wrote it - it's blooody good English.

My mate who lives a good life in Guatemala, he's an old York lad from years ago. He hasn't needed English for years. I emailed him and ran it by him.
Guess what?
Yep... Plain English.

If it's not good enough for you, maybe you don't *want* to understand?
[quote][p][bold]yorkandproud[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: It was to be expected..... "All the worry about childhood obesity, about sedentary lifestyles, about teens just hanging round their bedrooms playing XBox and never getting out and being active or meeting new friends, about kids having nothing worthwhile to do and just causing trouble. All the need for grass roots youth sports training for our future medallists and champions. Wow, some private organisation has sorted us out a facility? Well that ticks all the boxes! Brilliant! What more could we want? It's a wonderf..... Wait, what? Bikes? Really? Bikes? I hate it! It's a rubbish idea!"[/p][/quote]Can you write this again, in plain English, that an old York lad can understand, please.[/p][/quote]In a word - no. I'm an old York lad. I understand. It's plain English. Ok, I wrote it - it's blooody good English. My mate who lives a good life in Guatemala, he's an old York lad from years ago. He hasn't needed English for years. I emailed him and ran it by him. Guess what? Yep... Plain English. If it's not good enough for you, maybe you don't *want* to understand? Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: -1

7:10am Fri 27 Jun 14

imassey says...

Buzzz Light-year wrote:
It was to be expected.....

"All the worry about childhood obesity, about sedentary lifestyles, about teens just hanging round their bedrooms playing XBox and never getting out and being active or meeting new friends, about kids having nothing worthwhile to do and just causing trouble.
All the need for grass roots youth sports training for our future medallists and champions.
Wow, some private organisation has sorted us out a facility?
Well that ticks all the boxes!
Brilliant! What more could we want? It's a wonderf..... Wait, what?
Bikes? Really? Bikes?

I hate it! It's a rubbish idea!"
Don't use it then.

Problem solved.
[quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: It was to be expected..... "All the worry about childhood obesity, about sedentary lifestyles, about teens just hanging round their bedrooms playing XBox and never getting out and being active or meeting new friends, about kids having nothing worthwhile to do and just causing trouble. All the need for grass roots youth sports training for our future medallists and champions. Wow, some private organisation has sorted us out a facility? Well that ticks all the boxes! Brilliant! What more could we want? It's a wonderf..... Wait, what? Bikes? Really? Bikes? I hate it! It's a rubbish idea!"[/p][/quote]Don't use it then. Problem solved. imassey
  • Score: 4

7:18am Fri 27 Jun 14

mortandindi says...

Lets use it for the tour de France and also that stupid skyride, by doing so myself and a lot of others can go to work.
Lets use it for the tour de France and also that stupid skyride, by doing so myself and a lot of others can go to work. mortandindi
  • Score: -7

8:28am Fri 27 Jun 14

yorkshirelad says...

This is great. These sporting facilities will help keep York right up there as a world class university.... Our city needs all the sports facilities it can get. Fantastic and well done to the people that got this for York and Yorkshire.
This is great. These sporting facilities will help keep York right up there as a world class university.... Our city needs all the sports facilities it can get. Fantastic and well done to the people that got this for York and Yorkshire. yorkshirelad
  • Score: 7

9:24am Fri 27 Jun 14

yorkandproud says...

Buzzz Light-year wrote:
yorkandproud wrote:
Buzzz Light-year wrote:
It was to be expected.....

"All the worry about childhood obesity, about sedentary lifestyles, about teens just hanging round their bedrooms playing XBox and never getting out and being active or meeting new friends, about kids having nothing worthwhile to do and just causing trouble.
All the need for grass roots youth sports training for our future medallists and champions.
Wow, some private organisation has sorted us out a facility?
Well that ticks all the boxes!
Brilliant! What more could we want? It's a wonderf..... Wait, what?
Bikes? Really? Bikes?

I hate it! It's a rubbish idea!"
Can you write this again, in plain English, that an old York lad can understand, please.
In a word - no.

I'm an old York lad.
I understand. It's plain English.
Ok, I wrote it - it's blooody good English.

My mate who lives a good life in Guatemala, he's an old York lad from years ago. He hasn't needed English for years. I emailed him and ran it by him.
Guess what?
Yep... Plain English.

If it's not good enough for you, maybe you don't *want* to understand?
Sorry Buzz, I still can't understand what on earth you are talking about. I think you are attempting sarcasm in this post , but not sure. I have also tried to read your pathetic post on another thread, regarding the car crash in Rawcliffe. You have got a serious problem with residents who ride bikes. Your solution to this problem could lie in Guatamala possibly . Give us all a favour, and do one you fool.
[quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yorkandproud[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: It was to be expected..... "All the worry about childhood obesity, about sedentary lifestyles, about teens just hanging round their bedrooms playing XBox and never getting out and being active or meeting new friends, about kids having nothing worthwhile to do and just causing trouble. All the need for grass roots youth sports training for our future medallists and champions. Wow, some private organisation has sorted us out a facility? Well that ticks all the boxes! Brilliant! What more could we want? It's a wonderf..... Wait, what? Bikes? Really? Bikes? I hate it! It's a rubbish idea!"[/p][/quote]Can you write this again, in plain English, that an old York lad can understand, please.[/p][/quote]In a word - no. I'm an old York lad. I understand. It's plain English. Ok, I wrote it - it's blooody good English. My mate who lives a good life in Guatemala, he's an old York lad from years ago. He hasn't needed English for years. I emailed him and ran it by him. Guess what? Yep... Plain English. If it's not good enough for you, maybe you don't *want* to understand?[/p][/quote]Sorry Buzz, I still can't understand what on earth you are talking about. I think you are attempting sarcasm in this post , but not sure. I have also tried to read your pathetic post on another thread, regarding the car crash in Rawcliffe. You have got a serious problem with residents who ride bikes. Your solution to this problem could lie in Guatamala possibly . Give us all a favour, and do one you fool. yorkandproud
  • Score: 3

10:45am Fri 27 Jun 14

Buzzz Light-year says...

yorkandproud wrote:
Buzzz Light-year wrote:
yorkandproud wrote:
Buzzz Light-year wrote: It was to be expected..... "All the worry about childhood obesity, about sedentary lifestyles, about teens just hanging round their bedrooms playing XBox and never getting out and being active or meeting new friends, about kids having nothing worthwhile to do and just causing trouble. All the need for grass roots youth sports training for our future medallists and champions. Wow, some private organisation has sorted us out a facility? Well that ticks all the boxes! Brilliant! What more could we want? It's a wonderf..... Wait, what? Bikes? Really? Bikes? I hate it! It's a rubbish idea!"
Can you write this again, in plain English, that an old York lad can understand, please.
In a word - no. I'm an old York lad. I understand. It's plain English. Ok, I wrote it - it's blooody good English. My mate who lives a good life in Guatemala, he's an old York lad from years ago. He hasn't needed English for years. I emailed him and ran it by him. Guess what? Yep... Plain English. If it's not good enough for you, maybe you don't *want* to understand?
Sorry Buzz, I still can't understand what on earth you are talking about. I think you are attempting sarcasm in this post , but not sure. I have also tried to read your pathetic post on another thread, regarding the car crash in Rawcliffe. You have got a serious problem with residents who ride bikes. Your solution to this problem could lie in Guatamala possibly . Give us all a favour, and do one you fool.
Well at least you said sorry, and so you should.

I'm of the opinion that you shouldn't dish out personal abuse and nastiness until you are able to read and understand the plain English that you are quibbling about.
[quote][p][bold]yorkandproud[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]yorkandproud[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Buzzz Light-year[/bold] wrote: It was to be expected..... "All the worry about childhood obesity, about sedentary lifestyles, about teens just hanging round their bedrooms playing XBox and never getting out and being active or meeting new friends, about kids having nothing worthwhile to do and just causing trouble. All the need for grass roots youth sports training for our future medallists and champions. Wow, some private organisation has sorted us out a facility? Well that ticks all the boxes! Brilliant! What more could we want? It's a wonderf..... Wait, what? Bikes? Really? Bikes? I hate it! It's a rubbish idea!"[/p][/quote]Can you write this again, in plain English, that an old York lad can understand, please.[/p][/quote]In a word - no. I'm an old York lad. I understand. It's plain English. Ok, I wrote it - it's blooody good English. My mate who lives a good life in Guatemala, he's an old York lad from years ago. He hasn't needed English for years. I emailed him and ran it by him. Guess what? Yep... Plain English. If it's not good enough for you, maybe you don't *want* to understand?[/p][/quote]Sorry Buzz, I still can't understand what on earth you are talking about. I think you are attempting sarcasm in this post , but not sure. I have also tried to read your pathetic post on another thread, regarding the car crash in Rawcliffe. You have got a serious problem with residents who ride bikes. Your solution to this problem could lie in Guatamala possibly . Give us all a favour, and do one you fool.[/p][/quote]Well at least you said sorry, and so you should. I'm of the opinion that you shouldn't dish out personal abuse and nastiness until you are able to read and understand the plain English that you are quibbling about. Buzzz Light-year
  • Score: -3

4:30pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Oh my............ says...

This sounds fabulous? Cannot understand why people are moaning about it? I hope it is a great success.
This sounds fabulous? Cannot understand why people are moaning about it? I hope it is a great success. Oh my............
  • Score: 3

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