Following the closure of the Saffron Lane velodrome over 10 years ago, the United Kingdom is moving forward to replace what was once a top cycling facility.
A new velodrome is as integral part of the plans for the exciting new Beaumont sports complex adjacent to Beaumont Leys leisure centre. The proposed complex will include a motorbike speedway stadium that will be home to the reformed Leicester Lions as well as a state of the art five-a-side football facility. And not only will it house a brand new velodrome, but also a national standard BMX track.
British Cycling is so delighted at the news that it will move its regional headquarters, including four full time staff, to the site. Leicestershire resident Gary Coltman who won eight British National track titles at Saffron Lane and now heads up the world class Olympic Talent Programme is excited about the development and the opportunities it offers to local residents.
"At a time when cycling is a leading Olympic Sport and Great Britain is the world's number one track cycling nation, there hasn't been a better time to replace the famous facility that was not only home to track cycling in the UK but also provided so many great opportunities to the residents of Leicester."
"Participation of cycling has risen by an incredible 40% over the last 12 months," add Coltman. "It is very much a growing sport and with BMX now in the Olympics, it is simply a great time build a facility that houses both track and BMX. Geographically it is perfect with great transport links for visitors from across the region as well as being situated very close to the National Cycle Network and providing opportunities for other types of cycling at the complex."