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Hopkins’ London 2012 Olympic Velodrome roofed

### london2012.com 01 Apr 2010
World Champion sees Velodrome roof structure complete
World Champion track cyclist Ed Clancy today visited the Velodrome to see the completed roof structure.

The distinctive double-curved roof has now been lifted into place in one of the biggest cable-net roof lifts in the UK, keeping the venue on track for completion in early 2011. It will be the first Olympic Park sporting venue to be finished.

The site was visited today by British cyclist Ed Clancy who became the new World Champion in the Omnium event at the Track Cycling 2010 World Championships in Copenhagan. Ed also won gold at the Beijing 2008 Games as part of the record-breaking Team Pursuit quartet.

Ed Clancy said: ‘Becoming World Champion was an amazing experience and a reminder of the excitement of racing at a major championship, so it was great to see the Olympic Park Velodrome where I hope to compete on home soil in 2012.

‘The Velodrome is already shaping up to be a fantastic venue and I can’t wait to come back here to help Team GB continue our gold rush in 2012.’

The 6,000-seat Velodrome will host the Olympic and Paralympic Track Cycling events during the Games. After 2012, the venue will be used by elite athletes and the local community. It will include a café, as well as bike hire and cycle workshop facilities.

The completion of the Velodrome roof comes as the Olympic Delivery Authority marks its fourth anniversary and announces it is on track to meet its latest set of construction milestones.

View latest images of the Velodrome

View latest aerial images of the Olympic Park

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darjole – 18 July 2007
Designed by Hopkins Architects, the 2012 Olympic velodrome with be situated in the north of the London Olympic Park and be an iconic centrepiece for the cycling and BMX events during 2012 before becoming the UK’s premier cycling facility.


The Velodrome is being constructed by ISG who were also responsible for replacing the track at the Manchester Velodrome where the British team secured nine gold medals at the World Cycling Championships in 2008.

The design team for the VeloPark is made up of Hopkins Architects, Expedition Engineering, BDSP and Grant Associates, who were appointed in 2007 following a design competition judged by leading names from the world of architecture and design as well as Olympic cyclist Sir Chris Hoy.

london2012 – 11 September 2008
Chris Hoy talks about the London 2012 VeloPark design.


Public Art
Also coming to Olympic Park, artist Anish Kapoor has won a commission to design a 115m high public artwork, to be built as part of London’s Olympic Games in 2012. The sculpture, called ArcelorMittal Orbit, has been designed in collaboration with structural engineer Cecil Balmond of Arup. Link


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Councillors! BMX track needed, south

David says @ https://dunedinstadium.wordpress.com/2009/09/11/city-parking-issues-not-abating/#comment-8931

“A BMX track is needed out south. Kids in St Clair have to cycle a 28km return trip through the centre of the city if they want to go to Forrester Park BMX track. Not a particularly appropriate commute for kids on bikes. Otematata has a population of just 200 and they have one.

“They’re cheap to build, and there’s a perfect unused piece of council land opposite Forbury Park, below Little Kettle Park beside the tennis courts. It even has a natural start ramp.

“We’ve got Marlow Park for little kids who are learning to ride, and there’s Signal Hill and Forrester / Bethunes / Mt Cargill tracks for experts, but there’s not much for most children in the 5-15 age group.

“NZ recently had 220 riders compete overseas in the age groups BMX world champs (what other overseas world champs would get 220 Kiwis competing?) and we currently have several world champs, including in age groups 5-6 years old, 12 years old, and of course Sarah Walker.

“Unfortunately for many Dunedin kids, a 28km cross town ride or commute means this highly popular sport that NZ is very good at, is not available to them. They have the bikes – they just need some mounds of dirt to ride on.”


### Vorb Sun 26th Jul 2009 8:22am
Sarah Walker Wins Uci Bmx World Championship Title
By Melissa_Theuriau
Sarah Walker, who turned 21 this month, definitely came of age when she claimed the UCI BMW World Championship in Adelaide last night. Walker totally dominated the opposition, winning all three qualifying motos, her semifinal and the final in a brilliant display to complete her set of world championship medals.
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### TVNZ News 10:01AM Saturday August 22, 2009
Walker tops World Supercross qualifiers
Source: ONE Sport
BMX world champion Sarah Walker has topped qualifiers at the second round of the UCI World Supercross in South Africa on Saturday.
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