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Cyclists on track for success after repairs to velodrome

A 2 month project to replace the fencing around the velodrome at WV Active Aldersley has been completed.

Councillor Steve Evans, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for City Environment, left, with John Ireson, chairman of the Wolverhampton Wheelers, and young members of the Wolverhampton Wheelers
Cllr Evans with chairman and members of Wolverhampton Wheelers

The decision to replace the ageing fence at the City of Wolverhampton Council run leisure centre was taken earlier this year in order to safeguard the long term future of cycling at the venue.

British Cycling funded the majority of the project, with contributions from the City of Wolverhampton Council, the Wolverhampton Wheelers Cycling Club who are regular users of the cycle track and the Bob Maitland Legacy Fund, which promotes racing cycling in the West Midlands.

The work included track repairs, replacement of drainage covers and the painting of new track lines.

John Mills, Coaching, Education and Development Director at British Cycling, said: "We are pleased that the work has been carried out and that cycling at WV Active Aldersley can now resume.

"We are grateful for the patience shown by users of the facility as activities were partly postponed whilst the work was undertaken.

"All parties involved are committed to helping cycle racing thrive, and providing a safe, sustainable environment in which riders can compete is a key aspect of this."

Councillor Steve Evans, the City of Wolverhampton Council's Cabinet Member for City Environment, said: "The velodrome at WV Active Aldersley is used for local, regional and national competitions and is very popular with both cycling clubs and residents in the city, so this investment is great news for everyone.

"We are extremely pleased with the quality of work that has been carried out at WV Active Aldersley and we are sure that track users old and new will agree."

The cycling track has now fully reopened and all activities have resumed as normal.

  • released: Monday 15 August, 2016