Plans for indoor velodrome in Edmonton picking up speed
From Olympian Lori-Ann Muenzer to Paralympian Ross Wilson: cycling ‘success just keeps breeding success'
A delegation from the City of Edmonton and the local track-cycling community is heading to Milton, Ont., this week to see what it can learn about that community's indoor velodrome.
The $56-million Mattamy National Cycling Centre, with its 250-metre wooden track, opened in January 2015.
It's the kind of centre many in Edmonton are lobbying for.
Devaney Collier is one of nine members of Edmonton's Juvenus Cycling Club competing at the championship.
Collier, 18, already picked up a silver medal at the Junior World Track Cycling Championships earlier this year in Switzerland.
"I think that's largely because of the Argyll Velodrome and the program that we have here at the club," Collier said.
Collier started cycling at age two, before taking part in the Lori-Ann Muenzer Program, named for the Edmonton track cyclist who won gold at the 2004 Olympics.
"Success just keeps breeding success and I think that's something that will continue into the future and I hope to inspire some younger people who will be the next generation of that," Collier said.
But Jeff Bakal with the Argyll Velodrome Association believes for that success to continue, Edmonton must have a new indoor track.
The existing outdoor velodrome was constructed for the Commonwealth Games back in 1978.
It would include the indoor velodrome, weight rooms, an open gym space and a connection to the Peter Hemingway Pool.
The centre would open in 2020.
Fundraisers are well on their way to meeting the goal of $20 million to move the project forward, Bakal said.
"The last five years the sport has moved indoors and they have to change with the time," he said.