Construction of new velodrome track starts in Flanders
In Heusden-Zolder, the construction of the track of a new velodrome in Heusden-Zolder officially started on Saturday. "The construction of the sports complex Sport Vlaanderen Heusden Zolder - Velodrome Limburg, which in addition to the indoor cycling track of Olympic quality will also contain a gymnastics hall, a medical centre, a catering establishment, a fitness centre and commercial spaces, is perfectly on schedule to open its doors in the spring of 2023," says the press release by Sport Vlaanderen.
According to Sport Vlaanderen, Flanders aims to host international cycling tournaments in the velodrome, once the track is finished. "With the new track, which meets the UCI standards, Flanders will soon be able to organise European and World Championships track cycling. Both for recreational cycling and for our top athletes, the new centre in Limburg means a big step forward."
"Cycling is firmly anchored in our DNA. The new velodrome will be a fantastic showcase for Flemish cycling", said Flemish Minister of Sport Ben Weyts. "It will also serve as a training centre that will guarantee a broader intake at the base. The new centre is a big step forward for both recreational cycling and for our top athletes. We are investing heavily in our sporting future."
The complex will consist of more than 15,000 square metres of sports infrastructure. The project costs 23 million euros and the opening is planned for spring 2023.
't Kuipke velodrome in Ghent. - © BELGA PHOTO KRISTOF VAN ACCOM