A brand new velodrome at the International Sports Village in Cardiff Bay is on track for delivery in 2022/23.

Cardiff Council’s Cabinet will decide on Thursday, July 15, whether to proceed with the plans for the velodrome after considering the outline business case.

If approved the council will proceed with the procurement, design and construction of the velodrome which would take the place of the current facility at Maindy, where a proposal to build a new Cathays High School has presented an opportunity to relocate the existing velodrome.

Cabinet Member for Investment and Development, Cllr Russell Goodway, said: “We have an opportunity to revitalise the offering at the International Sports Village and the new velodrome will help create another focal point alongside the White Water Rafting Centre, the International Swimming Pool and Ice Arena Wales. We are engaging with the key cycling groups and organisations which use the Maindy site and the feedback has been very positive. We would hope to have design works ready to submit to planning by September so construction might begin in early 2022.”

The masterplan for the area shows:

  •           A 333m velodrome with clubhouse and stand;
  •           A 1km closed-loop circuit, for cycling, running and scooters/roller blades
  •           A large format bicycle shop
  •           Space to attract new adventure sport/leisure attractions
  •           Additional car parking space
  •           A Zip Wire tower, and
  •           Food, drink and retail opportunities.

As well as becoming home to the city’s new Velodrome, the entire Village could be encircled by a 1km long, six metre wide, road-cycling, running and scooter/roller blade circuit. This track would be separated from pedestrian and vehicle traffic and would also be free to use for the general public at specified times.

When the masterplan for the area was announced Anne Adams-King, CEO of Welsh Cycling, said: “Welsh Cycling have been involved with Cardiff Council in the discussions about the relocation of the velodrome from Maindy to the Sports Village and are excited about the opportunities that this will bring for cycling.

“Welsh Cycling have been involved throughout the process and British Cycling have also provided technical input. Furthermore, we have been assured of no lack of continuity of use between Maindy and the new facility.

“We are very much looking forward to continuing to work with the Council’s Project Team to help to develop a facility that will support the growth of cycling.”

Deian Jones, Chair of Maindy Flyers Cycling Club, said: “As a growing club with an illustrious history, Maindy Flyers welcomes Cardiff Council’s commitment to a seamless transition to a new facility. Development of the closed road circuit together with the new velodrome will provide a safe environment to develop youth cycling further, and will be appreciated by the club’s membership comprising over 150 riders all of which are under 18.”