Trust puts its detailed case for funding a multi-use covered velodrome
- Outline the overall benefits of a multi-use covered velodrome
- Canvas the long history of velodrome development efforts in Whanganui, since the current one was built in 1995
- New economic modelling, including some which shows a multi-use facility could be operated at nil cost to ratepayers
- Confirmed support for development from Cycling New Zealand, which affirms that a fit-for-purpose velodrome in Whanganui will, without doubt, contribute to a thriving community across cycling in New Zealand, and
- Two scientifically conducted surveys of national event demand and value to Whanganui, and one of Whanganui residents showing what type of development they prefer.
Whanganui has a world class velodrome. Built in 1995 to full international standards, it features a stunning, tropical hardwood surface, regarded as the fastest in the country. This surface is now becoming weathered and needs to be protected if it is to survive. In addition, being exposed to the elements, it is difficult to host major events at the track due to the potential of weather disruption.
Roof the Velodrome. A revolutionary design has been proposed by Copeland Associates, which will provide a cost-effective solution to this long standing problem. A breathtaking dome structure, using membrane technology similar to London’s O2 Dome, would provide New Zealand’s largest single span roofed space and deliver protection for our wonderful velodrome at a fraction of the cost of a traditional roof.
Stepping Up for our Region
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have pride in your Regional Velodrome in Whanganui.
“Protect the Asset”
Velo5000 Club Sponsor – Tony Hodge.
“I believe in it, I think it’s fantastic, I think it’ll be wonderful for Whanganui, it’s going to be great for the region. The really positive thing is so many people have come together from around the region to support it, including the Mayor of Palmerston North and Cycling NZ”.
Here's an example of an event Whanganui is missing out on after the Whanganui District Council decided by a split 6 to 6 vote not to do final due diligence and roof the city's velodrome. Ninety talented teenage riders are heading to Invercargill's covered velodrome...
Supporters of the need to cover the existing Whanganui velodrome which would enable the venue to be used as a multi use facility, providing for local, regional and international usage, cannot understand why the council has chosen to walk away...
The detailed case for the Whanganui District Council to set aside $26 million in its Long Term Plan is set out in these documents. They have been submitted by the Regional Development Trust to the council as part of its LTP submission. The...
Cycling New Zealand is totally committed to the benefits that roofing the Regional Velodrome in Whanganui will bring to New Zealand Cycling at every level and support the Regional Velodrome Roofing Group unconditionally.
The fully developed velodrome will be a centre piece in Cycling New Zealand’s Cycling Performance Hubs.
Wanganui is one of the track designs I am really proud of.
I went away from the old-fashioned long straights and tight curves and produced a design with long sweeping curves. It was a break with the past.