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Velodrome closed

By johnboy - 26 April 2013 33

The Economic Development Directorate has announced they’ve shut down the Narrabundah Velodrome:

The Territory has received engineering advice that the Narrabundah Velodrome is ‘unsafe for both competition and training purposes,’ this assessment included consultation advice from user groups.

Sport and Recreation Services (SRS) has a duty of care to all cycling stakeholders that currently use the facility to ensure in hiring the facility it is safe and fit for purpose.

To safeguard users, a decision has been made to immediately close the Narrabundah Velodrome for cycling activities.

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Velodrome closed
PBO 9:19 am 29 Apr 13

460cixy said :

Mates and i used to ride dirt bikes around it back in the day real thrill going round it at wide open throttle. And I agree a pushy shouldn’t go any where near it

I thought it would have been a good idea to have 80cc bicycle track races ( My pushie looks more like a vintage board track racer now.) a few months ago and ……thought if only Canberra had somewhere…….Turns out they did, I never knew and now its closing………..FML!

Aeek 9:48 pm 28 Apr 13

My understanding is that as well as the banking, one of the corners is just wrong.
That said, the biggest danger is the snakes in the grass in the midfield.

The Queanbeyan track is not a real alternative. It is a asphalt track around the oval, one of the last survivors. Banking might be 5 degrees? Good for fun, but of limited use for an aspiring elite.

Benaresq 9:41 pm 28 Apr 13

The cat did it said :

It was built in early-mid 1970s, IIRC by an engineering firm that didn’t know much about velodromes, for a client that didn’t know much about velodromes either.

Which begs the question – Why close it now? If it’s been around for around 40 years without causing the end of the world, what’s changed?

caf 8:20 pm 28 Apr 13

Our Thunderdome is still open though, right?

The cat did it 5:32 pm 28 Apr 13

It was built in early-mid 1970s, IIRC by an engineering firm that didn’t know much about velodromes, for a client that didn’t know much about velodromes either. To give them their due, velodromes weren’t exactly a common construction project, so the level of inexperience should be no surprise.

Main problem was that they opted to go steep for the banking- something like 43-44 degrees, compared to the 40-41 degrees common elsewhere for a ‘general-use’ track (as distinct from something for say Olympic use). The steepness was quoted as evidence that this would really be a cutting-edge track, up there with the best and newest.

Unsurprisingly, the incidence of injuries was high, and the track was used less frequently.

Roundhead89 5:18 pm 28 Apr 13

I remember Mum driving us past it when we were kids. I used to call it “the watermelon drome”.

bundah 1:15 pm 28 Apr 13

Yes rioters i remember that it was constructed in the early ’70s so it’s been there for about four decades now..

BenMac 12:15 pm 28 Apr 13
Gungahlin Al 6:58 am 28 Apr 13

gooterz said :

Hopefully i’m not alone here:
Canberra had a Velodrome?

My words exactly…

bundah 11:01 pm 27 Apr 13

Well it looks like the nitro cars and trucks will have the place to themselves.

gooterz 9:30 pm 27 Apr 13

Hopefully i’m not alone here:
Canberra had a Velodrome?

grump 12:18 pm 27 Apr 13

I recall it being closed for safety reasons about 20 years ago +/- – as not a non standard length/diameter whatever, too. Surprised it reopened.

HiddenDragon 10:35 am 27 Apr 13

Nicely located piece of real estate, too – so a somewhat more lucrative use of it is surely on the cards.

460cixy 9:35 am 27 Apr 13

Mates and i used to ride dirt bikes around it back in the day real thrill going round it at wide open throttle. And I agree a pushy shouldn’t go any where near it

cranky 8:17 pm 26 Apr 13

Who ever, the Gov of the day signed off on a cross between Brooklands and the Circus Circle of Death..

This thing was lethal from day one, and the designers should be required to pay their fees back into consolidated revenue.

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