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Cycle legend Sir Chris Hoy unveils “stunning” 2012 velodrome

PUBLISHED: 11:04 23 February 2011

Cycle star Sir Chris Hoy leads the way into the top of the bend at the Veldrome.

Cycle star Sir Chris Hoy leads the way into the top of the bend at the Veldrome.

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BRITISH cycling superstar Chris Hoy, along with Team GB’s Victoria Pendleton and Jason Kenny, take to the track in the London 2012 Velodrome, the first Olympic Park venue to be finished.

Velodrome. Exterior view of the Velodrome. Picture: David Poultney

And after his debut ride yesterday Sir Chris, triple Gold medal-winner at the Beijing Games and the most successful Olympic male cyclist of all time, 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 gives me a feel for what it’s going to be like in a year and a half’s time. I can’t wait”

The 6,000 seat arena was completed on time and on budget.

It will host the Olympic and Paralympic track cycling events and in legacy will be used by elite athletes and the local community.

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

Lord Coe hailed the velodrome as a “stunning venue built for champions, and designed for legacy.”

He added: “The ODA has done a terrific job.”


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