Canada’s competitive cyclists are hoping a new velodrome under construction in Milton for the Pan Am Games will give them an edge against the international competition.

The building will include a state-of-the art cycling track with an infield that can be used for concerts and other sporting events, such as basketball and volleyball.

The building will also include a separate running track and fitness centre, which will all open to the public after the Games.

Milton Mayor Gordon Krantz is excited about what the facility will mean to his community beyond the 2015 Games.

"It will be one of only two high-performance velodromes on the continent that elite cyclists will be able to train on," he said.  


Milton Mayor Gordon Krantz said the velodrome, currently under construction, will become a base for Canada's competitive cyclists. (2015 Toronto Pan Am/Parapan Games)

The only other velodrome of its calibre in North America is in Los Angeles. That's where Canadian Olympic cyclist Joseph Veloce trains, far from his home near St. Catharines, Ont.

Veloce competed at the 2012 Olympics in London and says training in Milton — just an hour from his front door — will make a huge difference.

"It’s very exciting for someone like me," he told CBC’s Marivel Taruc. "Not only am I able to train at home, I can live at home with my family and that’s been the hardest part of training in L.A., it’s so far away from home."

Krantz said the velodrome will help make Milton a base for Canadian cyclists for years to come.

"That’ll be part of our legacy," he said. "We will be able to count on being the training grounds for olympians in the future and hopefully, maybe one day, there'll be one or two of them come right out the town of Milton."

With files from CBC's Marivel Taruc