Lee Valley Velopark

Sport and fitness , Stadiums Stratford
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 (© David Poultney)
© David Poultney
Riders try the course for the first time ahead of the London Prepares BMX competition.
 (© Rob Greig)
© Rob Greig
London 2012 Velodrome, Hopkins Architects

During the Olympics London went cycle-crazy, probably because we were winning quite a bit. Now the famous Pringle shaped venue is open to the public, and there’s plenty to encourage them to get back on their bikes.

The Lee Valley Velopark is unique in bringing together four Olympic cycling disciplines in one place. As well as the track cycling facilities inside the temperature controlled velodrome the BMX track outside has been remodelled and now features 390m of bumps, curves and jumps. A looping, one-mile floodlit road cycle circuit has been created and there are five miles of brand new mountain biking tracks.

The velo park, which is located at the northen end of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s north-east concourse, offers a wide programme of events, from classes for first time riders to major world championships. Some sessions need to be booked but the centre also offers pay-and-ride slots for cyclists who just want to turn up and have a go.

The velodrome will opem for guided tours as part of Open House London.

Venue name: Lee Valley Velopark
Address: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
E20 3EL
Transport: Rail: Stratford International rail/DLR
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Kirsty E

Having tried desperately for hours during the London 2012 Olympics to get tickets for the cycling events, we finally managed to visit the Velodrome this week. What a spectacular building it is. The view from the outside reflects the shape of the track and is absolutely awesome to see. Inside, we found it fascinating simply to sit at the café and watch cyclists ride around the track. It is impossible to fully appreciate how steep the sides are without seeing it in person. Up close, it looks almost vertical at some points.

Anyone can try out the track of any ability, and for around £40 an hour, we will definitely be returning to test it for ourselves. Love the children’s area too, including their own mini velopark with ramps and hills. Fantastic for the little ones!

Dianne H

If you are after something different to try in London and totally missed the hype surrounding the Olympics, take a cycle on over to the very impressive Velodrome building in Stratford’s Olympic park.The building is as impressive outside as it is inside with a sleek and modern copper design which highlights the sheer size of the track.

I was a spectator watching my dad and sister speed round on a birthday training slot.  Both were complete novices to the Velodrome and my sister to cycling in general and tickets were £40 adult and £30 student for the 9am slot, which was a highly recommended booking time as the less people on the track the better!  There was one trainer for 6 people who was really good at giving step by step training for reaching the higher points after a few practice laps.  The one thing that they didn’t realise before which makes it slightly more terrifying, is that your feet are strapped onto the bikes and you have to keep pedaling to avoid falling off. 

It was a great atmosphere with music in the background and screens displaying Olympic footage for the cyclists, although I’m pretty sure most people would be concentrating on the track.

One hour seems quite tame but everyone seemed exhausted by the end of it.  Remember to bring your own gear if you have any, or you can always treat yourself in the onsite cycle shop.

To get you in a spin I would definitely recommend this as a unique experience.  I am not sporty in the slightest and really enjoyed spending the morning watching everyone pretend they were the next Chris Hoy!

Emma S

I can't have been the only one inspired by Vicky Pendleton and Chris Hoy during the Olympics (how is it already more than three years ago?!), and I jumped at the chance to have a go round the Velodrome myself recently. Taster sessions cost £35 per person and include bike hire, coaching and an hour's session on the track. Initially it is terrifying but the coach is really good at slowly introducing you to the steeper parts of the course, and before you know it, you'll be whizzing around with the fastest in the group (screaming, but inside this time, which is progress). Sessions get booked up quickly so be prepared to be flexible and book far in advance, but definitely make sure you get this into your diary!