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Inverness velodrome plans get in to gear – north charity HiVelo has unveiled a vision for new cycle sports complex which will be the first of its kind in the Highlands

By Ian Duncan

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The proposed velodrome.
The proposed velodrome.

Plans are being developed to create a new cycle sports complex which will be the first of its kind in the Highlands.

Organisers, the north charity HiVelo, are hoping that it will be open by autumn 2023 – with an ambition for it to simply get more people riding bikes, more often.

They are planning a phased development in the east of Inverness which is centred on an indoor 200m velodrome – it will also have space for reception, changing/shower accommodation, bike/kit hire, coaching, refreshments, spinning and conditioning studios, large meetings room and spectator gallery.

In addition, the track centre will be available for pump track, roadcraft and other skills development as well as hosting exciting demonstrations and celebrity presentations.

The safe modern complex includes a traffic-free 1km road circuit for use by all types of riders, para-cyclists and other sports.

A future third phase reserves space for a 200m short course competition BMX track for up to eight riders, launching from a 5m start hill, and the site will be laid out to prioritise cyclists and pedestrians with vehicles segregated and held to one corner of the complex.

John MacMillan, the charity’s chairman, said: “This new cycling hub to serve the Highlands, Islands, Moray and Aberdeenshire area is long overdue.”

The proposed site adjoins Inverness Shopping Park and discussions are underway with the landowner Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

HiVelo secretary Mike Greaves said: “Open year-round for 14 hours a day, with skilled coaches, bikes and kit for hire when needed, there will be sessions to suit everyone.”

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