Plans submitted to complete ‘world class’ VeloPark
The creation of one of the best cycling facilities in Europe has taken another step forward with the submission of plans, by The Olympic Park Legacy Company, to develop outdoor tracks immediately after the 2012 Games.
The organization will build a 1 mile road cycle circuit and around 8km of mountain bike trails around the existing Velodrome and BMX Track.
The Lee Valley VeloPark will be situated in the north of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the road cycle circuit will cross the River Lea in two places and be framed in the south by wetlands, park spaces and tow-paths for walkers and cyclists to enjoy.
The plans have been agreed by British Cycling, Sport England and Lee Valley Regional Park Authority, who will own and operate the Lee Valley VeloPark after the Games, while closely consulting with users including Eastway cyclists.
The road cycle circuit, which replaces the old Eastway Cycle Circuit, features a series of loops to the west of the Velodrome and a large single loop to the east of the venue. The circuit is engineered to provide a variety of right and left turns, straights, rises and falls along its route. It has been laid out so several shorter sections of the track can also be used, while the circuit can be lit to enable night-time use and competition.
The mountain bike trails will form a loop and cyclists will be able to pit their skills on three different sections rated as easy, intermediate and difficult. There will also be a skills training area with jumps, grade reversals and level changes.
The Legacy Company will also regrade the Games-time BMX track in the north east of the Park after the Games to complete the package of public outdoor facilities. The plans also provide a pedestrian path connecting the Velodrome to Waltham Forest in the north.
Plans for the Velopark have been created by a design team including Hopkins Architects Practice and LDA Hargreaves who designed the Velodrome and the Olympic parklands respectively.