New status for Velodrome

Waipā’s velodrome has become the newest addition to an elite cycling programme.

The Grassroots Trust Velodrome now has the status of UCI World Cycling Centre Continental Development Satellite for Oceania.

Satellites are set up to develop cycling, in this case in all its forms, with specific focus on track, road, BMX racing and mountain biking in the Oceania region.

The title was confirmed at a ceremony at the velodrome on Tuesday. Present were Simon Perry, chair, Home of Cycling Charitable Trust, UCI WCC director Jacques Landry, Oceania Cycling Confederation president  Tony Mitchell and Cycling New Zealand chief  Simon Peterson.

“The satellites play a vital role in the development of cycling worldwide,” Landry said.

“We work closely with our satellites, which are strategically located around the world to ensure that talented athletes and their entourage can benefit from the best possible training and education opportunities.

“The Grassroots Trust Velodrome already has a proven track record of helping athletes realise their full potential, and we look forward to working with the teams in Cambridge and the region to ensure their expertise can benefit the maximum number of people in Oceania.”

Velodrome general manager Dion Merson said the establishment of the satellite symbolised an investment in nurturing talent, fostering innovation, and fostering a culture of excellence.

Pictured at Tuesday’s opening were, from left, Simon Perry, Jacques Landry, Tony Mitchell and Oceania Cycling Confederation education and development head John McDonnell.

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