Velodrome to open to public

The Olympic velodrome and BMX track will open to the public next year. The site - now called the Lee Valley VeloPark - will reopen on March 4.

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Unparalleled facilities will deliver Olympic promise

Laura Trott winning an Olympic gold at the Velodrome last year. Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire

Cycling stars of the London 2012 Games will be back at the scene of their sporting glory as part of the grand opening on March 14 and 15, as the grand finale of Revolution -Britain's top annual track cycling series - has been moved there for this special occasion.

The VeloPark, based on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Stratford, east London, must cater for everyone from children to champions, according to LVRPA chief executive Shaun Dawson.

Around 600,000 visitors a year are expected.

Mr Dawson noted:

"It is iconic and sexy and where the Olympics were held. It will help to pay for the community stream (of programmes) but we need to strike a balance with the pricing.

"For people who have never ridden a bike, to those who are setting world records, these unparalleled facilities will deliver the Olympic promise of inspiring a generation," he said.

"Our ethos is to run venues that are community-focused and commercially-driven."

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