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Old 28th August 2008   #1
RPM
UK Velodrome Links

Some of these website Links are broken or out of date, I'll update them later.

Tracks/Velodromes in the UK
:

Brighton - Preston Park
Tel: 01273 292704
Surface: Tarmacadam
Distance: 579.03 metres
http://www.velodrome.org.uk/prestonpark.html
http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/inde...quest=c1141162
http://www.runtrackdir.com/uk/pics/b...uit4r-c640.jpg

Bournemouth, Slades Farm
Tarmac 250 metres
http://www.bournemouth.cc/


Calshot
Tel: 02380 892077
Surface: Siberian Pine
Distance: 143 metres (the wall of death!) Indoor
website.


Cardiff - Maindy Stadium
Tel: 0920 529230
Surface: Red Cement.
Distance: 459.37 metres
the only link I found...

Carmarthen - Carmarthen Park
Tel: 01267 235199.
Surface: Concrete
Distance: 405.38 metres
http://www.speedtracktales.co.uk/index2.html
Carmarthen_Park


Dundee - Caird Park Stadium
Tel: 01382 438870
Surface: Asphalt
Distance: 402.34 metres
http://www.runtrackdir.com/details.asp?track=dundee

Edinburgh - Meadowbank Sports Centre
Tel: 0131 661 5351
Surface: West African Hardwood
Distance: 250 metres
http://www.savemeadowbank.org/
petition

Halesowen Manor Abbey Stadium
Tel: 0121 550 1360
Surface: Tarmac
Distance: 400 metres

Herne Hill Velodrome
Surface: Tarmac
Distance: 450 metres
Junior track (unbanked) 250 metres
website.

Kirkby - Kirkby Sports Centre
Tel: 0151 443 4405
Surface: Asphalt
Distance: 485 metres
website.

Leicester - (currently unsafe to ride)
Surface: Wood
Distance: 333 metres

Lee Valley VeloPark Velodrome
Surface: Siberian pine
Distance: 250 metres
2012 Olympic venue
http://www.visitleevalley.org.uk/en/...012/velo-park/

Manchester Velodrome - National Cycling Centre
Tel: 0161 223 2244
Surface: Siberian Pine
Distance: 250 metres Indoor
website.

Mansfield
Tel: 01623 624678
Surface: Tarmac
Distance: 402 metres

Middlesbrough - Clairville Stadium
Tel: 01642 246767
Surface: Tarmac
Distance: 455.65 metres.

Newport Velodrome - Wales National Velodrome
Tel: 01633 670531
Surface: Siberian Pine
Distance: 250 metres indoors
website.
Newport Velodrome designed by Ron Webb who has worked on over 70 tracks in his time - he designed the tracks at Athens and Manchester.

Newcastle-under-Lyme - Newcastle Track(Stoke-on-Trent)
Tel: N/A
Surface: Asphalt
Distance: 399.71 metres

Nottingham - Bilborough Park
Tel: V. Craig 0115 915 2700
Surface: Tarmac
Distance: 460 metres
website.

Poole - Poole Park Track
Tel: 01202 261306
Surface: Tarmac
Distance: 534 metres

Portsmouth - The Mountbatten Centre
Tel: 02392 690011
Surface: Asphalt
Distance: 535.6 metres
website.

Reading - Palmer Park Sports Stadium
Tel: 0118 901 5080
Surface: Asphalt
Distance: 459.15 metres
website.

Scunthorpe - Quibell Park Stadium
Tel: 01724 865837
Surface: Asphalt
Distance: 485.06 metres

Tatem Park, North London.
225M lightly banked childrens track (frequently used by fruitbooters)
http://cyclingclubhackney.blogspot.c...d-last-of.html

Welwyn Garden City Gosling Sports Park
Tel: 01707 331056
Surface: Asphalt
Distance: 460.95 metres
website.

Wolverhampton - Aldersley
Tel: 01902 556200
Surface: Asphalt
Distance: 458.56 metres
website.

Last edited by RPM; 1st February 2014 at 15:56.
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Old 28th August 2008   #2
BringMeMyFix
 
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Isn't Meadowbank going to be the victim of property developers/the local council?
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Old 28th August 2008   #3
TSdonor
 
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Nice work, Rob... I think a tour may be in order... :)
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Old 28th August 2008   #4
winston
 
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good to see Welwyn listed...never mentioned on this site but probably just as accessible to some users of this forum as HH
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Old 28th August 2008   #5
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rode the Leicester one at saffron lane about 15 years ago before the current surface was put down, it used to have almost a step drop/ramp between the banking and the straight, was weird, and not very nice
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Old 29th August 2008   #6
RPM
If anyone knows about any more, or if anything has changed I'll amend the list.

it's just a grab off another site, and is most probably out of date..
I don't want to include anything that isn't a genuine working velodrome.
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Old 29th August 2008   #7
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From BikeRadar:

Meadowbank Velodrome facing wrecker's ball

By Mark Appleton
Meadowbank's Velodrome in use during the 1986 Commonwealth Games (Tony Feder/ALLSPORT/Getty)

At a time when Scotland has some of the world’s highest rates of coronary heart disease, you might imagine Scottish politicians would fight tooth and nail to protect the nation’s sporting facilities from the grasp of developers. Apparently not.
Edinburgh Council has voted to downsize the city’s Meadowbank Stadium and sell residual land to housing developers. In doing the complex’s Velodrome will disappear altogether while the main stadium, which hosted the 1970 and 1986 Commonwealth Games, will be reduced from a 16,000 to a 5,000 spectator arena.
Scottish Cycling has issued a statement expressing its disappointment at the loss of the Velodrome which, its says: “has played a significant part in the history of the sport in this country and has an established record of producing world class sportsmen and women.”
However its statement goes on to acknowledge the Council’s commitment to developing an alternative track cycling facility in the city. Meanwhile Edinburgh residents and politicians from parties opposed to the plan, have joined a Save Meadowbank campaign which aims to persuade the Council to reverse its decision.
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Old 29th August 2008   #8
RPM
I've just signed the petition
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Old 29th August 2008   #9
winston
 
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do they race the wrong way round in Scotland?
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Old 29th August 2008   #10
RPM
I think they only do that in Australia..
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Old 29th August 2008   #11
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from BBC:

City of Edinburgh Council has responded to criticism from Chris Hoy by reiterating its desire to create a new cycling facility in Scotland's capital.
The Olympic triple gold medallist said the planned demolition of the velodrome at Meadowbank was short-sighted.
But a council spokesman said: "Although cycling is moving away from Meadowbank, where the track is past its best, we want to create a new facility."
The spokesman stressed, though, that the council needed help with funding.
A new national velodrome is being built in Glasgow for the 2014 Commonwealth Games and will be named after Hoy.
"We are aware of Scottish Government support for cycling facilities outside Glasgow and the council is behind that idea," said Edinburgh Council.
"But we do need external assistance to pay for it. The ideal situation would be that a new cycling facility is in place before the Meadowbank track is taken down and that is what we will aim for."
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Old 7th September 2008   #12
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I think they only do that in Australia..
We photoshop our 'dromes to fuck with your minds..
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Old 29th November 2008   #13
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rode the Leicester one at saffron lane about 15 years ago before the current surface was put down, it used to have almost a step drop/ramp between the banking and the straight, was weird, and not very nice




this dude on another forum snuck in and took these pictures..what a shame.

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Old 1st December 2008   #14
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doesn't look like it's gonna be there for much longer

anyone dare to ride it and get some pics before they demolish it?
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Old 1st December 2008   #15
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"There has been graffiti, drug taking, arson..."
and that's just the riders!

""The intention is to market it for development, for housing or light industry use." = fucking typical. Make some cash for themselves.. nice.
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Old 1st December 2008   #16
RPM
the place is a legend..

it's really annoyed me, yes it's all very well building these new velodromes (with high session costs and long waiting lists) but FFS to wreck the existing sites of some amazing performances is a crime. there's room for both.
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Old 2nd December 2008   #17
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the council guy was saying how they couldn't afford to compete with manchester etc with a covered velodrome. why not just do an outdoor tarmac/concrete one? anything's gotta be better than some crummy shitbox housing development.

here's the track in its heyday - Koichi Nakano v Gordon Singleton, 1982 World Track Champs:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=OY78yS0sjbQ


http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=rzLdyxDSK2I


http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=Mx_5pQSWdRY
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Old 2nd December 2008   #18
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the council guy was saying how they couldn't afford to compete with manchester etc with a covered velodrome.
that's the problem, they shouldn't be competing, the could augment each other..

it would work, manchester's well busy, and in the summer people like to ride outside.

it would be a great training ground, a place for school trips, kids and disadvantaged people, days out, club comps, all sorts of things..

these councils are so blinkered.
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Old 2nd December 2008   #19
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My brother wearing a hemlet like Nakano's......

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Old 2nd December 2008   #20
RPM
just as well DC didn't catch him holding the bars up there..
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Old 2nd December 2008   #21
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They were lovely bars too, Dawes Concorde, super short reach.....

That's Pompey track so not completely OT...cropped myself out of the photo...although still in use it hasn't been resurfaced since this picture was taken (1980) I rode it last in 2005 and it's got a lot of patches now..
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Old 2nd December 2008   #22
RPM
these outdoor tracks need surfacing with that rough stuff they use in Japan, it tears you to shreds if you crash (HTFU) but can be ridden in the wet.

then we need regional keirin leagues on them, with betting and everything
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Old 2nd December 2008   #23
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Mind you don't OD on keirin, lad. You'll be wanting to learn Japanese soon..
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Old 30th January 2009   #25
RPM
here's adman's google map showing the UK tracks

http://maps.google.co.uk/maps/ms?ie=...42b4c1&t=h&z=6
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Old 7th March 2009   #26
diable
Calshot is an experience, go to slow high up and you just slide to the bottom on your arse.
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Old 7th March 2009   #27
RPM
go too slow on any track and you'll slide on your arse!

the banking is the same steepness at the top as it is at the bottom...
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Old 9th March 2009   #28
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well... there are a few outdoor tracks that have bankings so shallow that even if they are wet you won't slide down them.


Calshot is only slightly steeper (about 2 deg) than Newport and Manchester but it's easier to ride as the bankings are really short.
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Old 12th March 2009   #29
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Like Bendigo ^
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Old 12th March 2009   #30
RPM
that's not in the uk!

the bloke with the white catlike lid is gonna win that one
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Old 12th March 2009   #31
hippy
 
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It was just an example ya plonker.
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Old 12th March 2009   #32
RPM
shut it, robber's descendant.
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Old 24th August 2009   #33
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this is like watching your uncle dance at a wedding disco. "it's really rad, ya".

http://www.guardian.co.uk/travel/vid...odrome-england
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Old 24th August 2009   #34
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"it's proper rad" actually

the vid's not that bad, it gives a little insight to those who have never ridden on the track
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Old 24th August 2009   #35
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I don't like the fake ingénue pose that she tries to adopt, as she's clearly a good bike rider, and I also think the video's a little too long. But more of this kind of promotion, please, and in all media.

Last edited by Oliver Schick; 25th August 2009 at 08:56.
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Old 24th August 2009   #36
RPM
vital coaching point missed: always look before you move

she was moving up to the blue line without checking over her shoulder
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Old 24th August 2009   #37
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more of this kind of promotion, please, and in all media.
can't argue with that!

otherwise I'll be living in a cardboard box this winter
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Old 25th August 2009   #38
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She must've been good. Its a pretty crazy idea to unleash someone on the track for the first time with pursuit sponges on the inside of the track. I guess thats the trouble with Manchester, always squeezing sessions in.

A lot of negative talk from the coach too, "you must respect...", "don't do this or you'll go over the handlebars". Sounds proper rad to me.
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Old 25th August 2009   #39
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can't argue with that!

otherwise I'll be living in a cardboard box this winter
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Old 25th August 2009   #40
RPM
I just knew someone would post that..

I may have to ban you Herr Schick!
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Old 25th August 2009   #41
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it's also proper rad that she pretends - oh so amusingly - to be afraid of men with shaved legs. it's cycling; that's what happens; deal with it.
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Old 25th August 2009   #42
RPM
yeah "They've all got shaved legs"

very unlikely at a taster session, it was probably one bloke. that's journalism though, exaggerate to the point of bullshit for no reason, why not?
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Old 25th August 2009   #43
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I just knew someone would post that..

I may have to ban you Herr Schick!
:)
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Old 25th August 2009   #44
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vital coaching point missed: always look before you move

she was moving up to the blue line without checking over her shoulder
skills which are transferrable to driving or riding on the road.
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Old 25th August 2009   #45
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"exaggerate to the point of bullshit for no reason, why not?"

The Economist's principle is "simplify, then exaggerate" but they tend to do it wisely. The Guardian used to know how to do it too. Unfortunately that seems less and less the case as it segues into a lifestyle guide. They nicked a story of mine on Saturday 8 days after I wrote it, and then butchered it. meh to the lot of them.
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Old 25th August 2009   #46
RPM
yeah, I suppose we have to thank the Grauniad for constantly doing cycling "stuff" but they do seem to have dropped several levels down the intelligence scale recently
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Old 25th August 2009   #47
dulwichrider
 
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I like Matt Seaton though. He runs Comment is Free when he's not on his bike.
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Old 25th August 2009   #48
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So this is his fault? meerkat = racist
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Old 28th September 2009   #49
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Not UK and probably a repost but this is a nice site anyway:

http://www.velodromes.com/
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Old 28th September 2009   #50
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HH in 2015?
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