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London 2012 launches Cycle Park

Organisers of the 2012 London Olympic Games last night unveiled plans for their Olympic cycling park, which includes a 6000-seat velodrome and BMX circuit, according to the

Designed in consultation with local cycling groups for the Olympic Games, a road circuit and mountain bike course will be added after the games to adapt the site for public use.

Triple Beijing Olympic Games gold medallist, Chris Hoy helped launch the park and explained that he was looking forward to using the new world class facility.

"Becoming Olympic champion simply wouldn't have been possible without the local cycling facilities I used when I was growing up," Hoy said. "So I'm delighted to help launch the designs of the London 2012 VeloPark which will provide first-class facilities for cyclists of all ages and abilities."

The park will also be linked to cycle routes across London after the Games to connect the city with the new facilities.

"The tremendous success of British cyclists in Beijing underlines the importance of delivering a world-class stage for elite athletes in 2012, but we are planning for games-time and legacy together," Olympic Delivery Authority chief executive David Higgins said. "Our VeloPark plans are also looking ahead to a new generation of cyclists."

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