IOC inspect completed 2012 Olympic Velodrome

IOC coordination commission chairman Denis Oswald has visited the London 2012 Velodrome as work is completed on the timber cycling track.

The 6,000-seat venue – which will host the Olympic and Paralympic Track Cycling events - remains on target to be the first Olympic Park venue to be completed, early next year.

Work to install the timber cycling track began in September, with work to complete the external timber cladding of the Velodrome using a striking Western Red Cedar also well underway.

The Velodrome was visited by Oswald as part of the IOC’s latest coordination commission visit.

He was joined on site by London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) chairman Sebastian Coe and Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) chairman John Armitt.


IOC chairman Denis Oswald and IOC member John Coates join ODA chairman John Armitt and LOCOG chair Sebastian Coe to paint the finish line on the completed track at the Velodrome

Following the inspection Oswald said: “As an amateur cyclist, it is fantastic to see the finished track in London’s new Velodrome.

London 2012 is aiming to create the world’s fastest cycling track by tailoring the track geometry and setting the temperature and environmental conditions within the venue to create record-breaking conditions.

The venue has also been being designed with seating all the way round the track to create the best possible crowd atmosphere during events.

LOCOG chairman Coe added: “This will be a world-class track in 2012 producing world-class performances.”