Dundalk IT article 5 February 2014
Dundalk to host Ireland’s first International Standard Velodrome & BMX Track
Plans to build Ireland’s first international standard cycling velodrome took another massive step forward this week when Dundalk-based Cuchulainn Cycling Club announced plans to construct an indoor Velodrome in conjunction with Dundalk Institute of Technology (DKIT) in their newly acquired JJB Building. The plans have also been presented to Cycling Ireland whom have already stated their intent to construct an indoor velodrome and are very welcoming of the project and are exploring how this can be advanced.
The building was originally constructed to house 12 indoor soccer pitches a swimming pool, gym, ice-rink and bar/restaurant complete with 500 car parking spaces. DKIT started negotiations to purchase the building in 2013 and finally signed off on the contract last month.
Cuchulainn CC announced their plans to build a velodrome and cycling park in Dundalk as part of its 75th Anniversary celebrations in 2010. A velodrome is an arena for cycling, similar in shape to an athletics track, except with steeply banked corners that allow cyclists to reach speeds in excess of 80kph. This style of cycling is very popular around the world with 10 of the 18 cycling events held in London 2012 being held on the track. To date a lot of hard work has gone into the project to make Dundalk the cycling capital of Ireland.
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