Avantidrome talk of the cycling world

27 March 2014

Top Kiwi track cyclists will be competing at Cambridge’s Avantidrome little over a week after it opens for public use, vying for selection for Commonwealth Games glory.

Building work started on the $28.5m project in June 2012 – the finished Avantidrome building is 120 metres long and as tall as a six-storey building at its highest point.

And top cyclists will be on the 250m track from March 13 for the Bike NZ Elite and U19 Track National Championships.

With the track opening for public use today, staff have plenty to do before the four-day champs.

“It’s great, wouldn’t have it any other way,” Home of Cycling Charitable Trust chief executive Geoff Balme said.

The championships are a “must do event” for selection in the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, he said, and are likely to feature up-and-coming athletes looking for selection in future New Zealand teams.

However they won’t be the first cycling stars to put wheels to wood at the Avantidrome – previous testers include recently-retired Commonwealth Games gold medallist Alison Shanks and Home of Cycling Charitable Trust deputy chairman and Olympic rowing gold medallist Rob Waddell. And the local community is also lining up track time.