Remodelled Olympic VeloPark is world’s first centre with track, mountain bike, road and BMX in one spot
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Cycling heroes Laura Trott and Mark Colbourne helped reopen the 2012 VeloPark today – the first place in the world offering track, mountain bike, road and BMX facilities in one place.
Sessions at the state of the art Lee Valley VeloPark will be open to riders of all abilities and prices start at just £4.
People can book in to try out the 42-degree banking of the 250-metre indoor velodrome track, or the remodelled BMX slopes, where the starting track has been lowered from eight metres to 3.8 metres to make it safer for the general public.
Two new circuits have been added since the Olympics - a one mile floodlit road track and five miles of mountain bike trails catering for three different difficulty levels.
Before the public can attend sessions on Monday March 31, the venue which is located in Hackney will host the Revolution series next weekend, bringing back there some of the world’s top riders for the first time since the Games.
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The following Sunday the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Cycle will start and finish on the venue’s road circuit.
The venue run by the Lea Valley Regional Park Authority will host about 75 specially priced sessions for schools and 135 for clubs each month, and other schemes for women, over-50s and toddlers on offer.
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Double Olympic gold track and road champion, Laura Trott, 21, who is an ambassador for the venue said: “I have such fantastic memories of London 2012, and coming back just brings them all back to me.
“I’m sure it’s going to help kids get into cycling and that’s what the legacy of the Games is all about.”
Paralympic champion Mark Colbourne added: “I do feel honoured to have competed in the velodrome and very proud to have raced and won in front of my home crowd.
“This ambassadorial role will help me to inspire many more children in their quest to achieve great things in sport and in life.”
The VeloPark is the fourth Olympic venue to reopen after the Lee Valley White Water Centre, the Copper Box Arena and the Aquatics Centre.