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Thread: Cambridge velodrome, road circuit and BMX track - Open meeting

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    Default Cambridge velodrome, road circuit and BMX track - Open meeting

    Grosvenor and their development partner Wrenbridge have recently announced a second option for the sporting provision at the proposed Cambridge Sporting Village at Trumpington which includes options for an outdoor velodrome, along the lines of the one recently built at Bournemouth, a closed road circuit and BMX track. Grosvenor and Wrenbridge would be keen to present these ideas to the cycling community and understand their thoughts on what is proposed.

    Now is the time to influence the cycling provision being provided and learn how you can help make this happen.

    The Cambridge Sporting Village project seeks to address the lack of playing facilities for sports including hockey, rugby, cycling, football and climbing and has the support of Sport England, England Hockey, British Cycling, Cambridgeshire FA and Cambridgeshire RFU.

    A presentation and Q&A session is being held at 7.30 PM on Tuesday 21st January at Trumpington Meadows Primary School, Kestrel Rise, Trumpington , Cambridge, CB2 9AY.

    All are welcome to attend this open meeting.

    Chris White, Director, Wrenbridge
    Last edited by dds11; 16-12-2013 at 10:07 AM. Reason: To add the original author's name
    Digby Symons
    dds11@cam.ac.uk
    01223 760502

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    I'll be there, the more cyclists we can get to attend the better in my opinion. Otherwise we'll be drowned out by the NIMBYs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dds11 View Post
    Grosvenor and their development partner Wrenbridge have recently announced a second option for the sporting provision at the proposed Cambridge Sporting Village at Trumpington which includes options for an outdoor velodrome, along the lines of the one recently built at Bournemouth, a closed road circuit and BMX track. Grosvenor and Wrenbridge would be keen to present these ideas to the cycling community and understand their thoughts on what is proposed.

    Now is the time to influence the cycling provision being provided and learn how you can help make this happen.

    The Cambridge Sporting Village project seeks to address the lack of playing facilities for sports including hockey, rugby, cycling, football and climbing and has the support of Sport England, England Hockey, British Cycling, Cambridgeshire FA and Cambridgeshire RFU.

    A presentation and Q&A session is being held at 7.30 PM on Tuesday 21st January at Trumpington Meadows Primary School, Kestrel Rise, Trumpington , Cambridge, CB2 9AY.

    All are welcome to attend this open meeting.

    Chris White, Director, Wrenbridge
    Would be great to have somewhere for youngsters.

    Even though Cambridge is 50 miles away from us, it's still better than driving to Welwyn and Newport track for Talent team sessions from the forgotten county of Norfolk.

    At the moment we have to go to another country for our local velodrome, with a 5 hour drive.

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    Access by car to the school is from Consort Avenue off Shelford Road, past the Barratt marketing building. (Please note that the area surrounding the school is still a building site). Pedestrian or alternative access is via the footpath from the Trumpington Park & Ride.
    Digby Symons
    dds11@cam.ac.uk
    01223 760502

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    Default Reminder: Cambridge velodrome, road circuit and BMX track - Open meeting

    A presentation and Q&A session is being held at 7.30 PM on Tuesday 21st January at Trumpington Meadows Primary School, Kestrel Rise, Trumpington , Cambridge, CB2 9AY.

    All are welcome to attend this open meeting.

    Access by car to the school is from Consort Avenue off Shelford Road, past the Barratt marketing building. (Please note that the area surrounding the school is still a building site). Pedestrian or alternative access is via the footpath from the Trumpington Park & Ride.

    P.S. If you expect to attend please email me so I can give the organiser some idea of numbers: dds11@cam.ac.uk
    Digby Symons
    dds11@cam.ac.uk
    01223 760502

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    Any news on how the meeting went?

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    Meeting was well attended - thanks to everyone to came.
    The potential developers/project managers (Grosvenor & Wrenbridge) gave a presentation on the background to the proposal and its current status.
    They hope to make a planning application later this year for a development between the Trumpington Park and Ride and M11 which they expect to include new housing and a "Sports Village" with facilities for a number of sports. They expect this to include an outdoor 250m velodrome, a BMX track and a cycling road circuit.
    There was a lively question and answer session / discussion.
    Next steps are for us (the cycling community) to liaise with the potential developers regarding the details for a planning application and to identify how to lobby in support of the application.
    It seems that if the project is going to get planning permission then it will be very important to show the need for such facilities.
    Digby Symons
    dds11@cam.ac.uk
    01223 760502

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    Quote Originally Posted by dds11 View Post
    Meeting was well attended - thanks to everyone to came.
    The potential developers/project managers (Grosvenor & Wrenbridge) gave a presentation on the background to the proposal and its current status.
    They hope to make a planning application later this year for a development between the Trumpington Park and Ride and M11 which they expect to include new housing and a "Sports Village" with facilities for a number of sports. They expect this to include an outdoor 250m velodrome, a BMX track and a cycling road circuit.
    There was a lively question and answer session / discussion.
    Next steps are for us (the cycling community) to liaise with the potential developers regarding the details for a planning application and to identify how to lobby in support of the application.
    It seems that if the project is going to get planning permission then it will be very important to show the need for such facilities.
    Sign me up

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    Outdoor 250m ... sounds quite tight and steep (that's a comment, not a criticism). What was Harlow? 199? 197? What is Calshot. Leicester was 333?

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    I believe Harlow was 197m, although I never saw it.
    Leicester was 333m, outdoors wooden.
    Calshot is an indoor wooden track and is 142m, good fun, but unusually steep.
    250m is the international standard. Newport, Manchester, Glasgow and London velodromes are all indoor, wooden and 250m. Derby (being built now) will be the same.
    The suggestion for Trumpington is to build an outdoor 250m tarmac track similar to that recently built at Bournemouth.
    Obviously an indoor track is best, but I think a 250m outdoor track is far preferable to the other longer outdoor tracks we have already in the UK: e.g. Welwyn and Reading which are both around an athletics track and hence 460m. The bankings on these tracks are so much less steep that they are not very good training tracks for the indoor velodromes. The longer lap also effects the racing: it is much harder to gain laps in a bunch race and you cannot easily ride a Madison.
    As you can't use the velodrome at the same time as the athletics track and spectating is less good for both sports the Welwyn/Reading designs do not seem to me to be a very good compromise.
    Last edited by dds11; 31-01-2014 at 10:58 AM.
    Digby Symons
    dds11@cam.ac.uk
    01223 760502

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