MILTON VELODROME TAKING SHAPE
Not far off the highway and down a small country road is a development that could shape the face of cycling in Canada.
It looks small, at first, but as you drive past the signs showing the Canadian cycling team flying around a track and down the paved road leading to the Milton Velodrome, you realize how much of a game-changer this could be.
The $56 million facility is being built in Milton for the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan Am Games. First suggested to be built in Hamilton, city council there voted against having the velodrome built in the Steel City, so Milton jumped at the opportunity.
At 250 metres and with 1,500 seats, the velodrome is being built to handle the biggest track cycling events in the world.
A few weeks ago, RunBikeRace had the opportunity to tour the construction site, where the concrete foundation was completed and the steel girders were still being put into place.
Construction started in February and is expected to be completed by August, 2014, just in time for the winter indoor riding season. The Pan Am and Parapan games will be held in the summer of 2015.
Here’s what the velodrome will include:
- 250 metre Category 1 Homologated (certified) Cycling Track
- Infield area suitable for basketball, volleyball, badminton and trade events
- 3200 sq. ft. fitness and conditioning centre with studio for spinning, yoga and pilates classes
- 300 metre walking/jogging track
- Training and events for local, regional, provincial, national and International levels
- Track cycling development programs for all ages and abilities
- Cross training for all cycling disciplines
- Bike retail shop
- Cycling and facility change rooms
- Sport programs (basketball, volleyball, badminton and other sport activities)
- Fitness classes/active living programs
- Multi-purpose meeting room (accommodates 30 people)
- Office space