Velodrome would be popular says Olympian

By Patrick O'Sullivan

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NEEDED BOOST: Hawke's Bay cyclist Regan Gough gives team mate Hayden Roulston a hand during the men's Madison race at the UCI World Cup track cycling event in Cambridge last year. PHOTO/FILE
NEEDED BOOST: Hawke's Bay cyclist Regan Gough gives team mate Hayden Roulston a hand during the men's Madison race at the UCI World Cup track cycling event in Cambridge last year. PHOTO/FILE

Hawke's Bay's Rio Olympic Games cyclist Regan Gough does not have fond memories of long commutes to Taupo and Wanganui to train on a bumpy outdoor velodrome.

A Napier velodrome would make his life "and a lot of others a lot easier", he said during a break from the Tour of Southland this week.

"I am based in Cambridge now because the high-performance programme is based around the track up there," he said.

Officially opened in 2014, the Cambridge facility is a state-of-the-art world-class, indoor complex with a 250m wooden track and 43-degree banking.

It is the home of CyclingNZ, Triathlon NZ and High Performance Sport New Zealand's training centre.

The only other indoor velodrome in New Zealand is in Invercargill.

The 2015 world team pursuit champion said the proposed Napier velodrome would be well used by both locals and out-of-towners.

"It would be very central and easy to access for the majority of the North Island and Hawke's Bay has quite a big cycling fraternity that would benefit from it."

He said the Cambridge velodrome was not for elite cyclists alone.

"It is utilised almost 24/7, whether it is by the elderly or kids and disabled riders.

"The Napier velodrome would be a multisport venue, something that will get even more use."

Unlike many other sports facilities an indoor velodrome required supervision. He said in Cambridge potential users needed to complete a training session before being allowed on the track.

"You almost become certified to ride the track, but it is not a big deal. You can hire a bike and a helmet for $10 or $15 in Cambridge and ride for up to 2 hours."

A "super cheap" second-hand track bike - which have fixed wheels, no gears and no brakes - could be purchased for as little as $1000.

- Hawkes Bay Today

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