POSTED: February 27th 2011

Hoy hails golden prospects for British cycling after opening of Velodrome

Sir Chris Hoy in his 'new home' /
Sir Chris Hoy in his 'new home' /

KEIR RADNEDGE / Sports Features Communications

LONDON: Britain's hopes of maintaining its domination of cycling at the Olympics have been encouraged by the opening of the new Velodrome on the Games site in east London - first venue to be unveiled, on time and within budget.

Sir Chris Hoy, a triple gold medallist at Beijing in 2008 and who had been involved in the design, said: "It's fantastic, really impressive. From the outside to the inside, everything is top drawer. I have never been in a better velodrome anywhere in the world.

Asked about Britain's 2012 medal prospects, he said: "There's always more to come, we are always striving to improve ourselves. Every day we are training as hard as we can."

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who also attended the fromal opening ceremony, said: "This is the most wonderful velodrome in the whole world, a crucible where future British champions are going to be forged.

"It's an incredible achievement, on time, under budget. This venue in particular is going to last for generations to come. It will be a place of pilgrimage for cyclists across the country . . . Structures such as this create jobs and drive growth and employment for a long time to come."

The 6,000-seater velodrome cost around £93m and will host the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics indoor cycling and BMX events. It has 360deg. public viewing concourse. After the Games, a road cycle circuit and mountain bike course will be added for public use.

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