Main contractor ISG has begun installing the timber cycling track on the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome
The 6,000 seat arena will host the Olympic and Paralympic Track Cycling events in 2012.
With the curved roof of the Velodrome now covered and the building watertight, work is underway to install the timber cycling track.
A team of 26 specialist carpenters have installed 356 vertical timber support trusses that will support the track. With these now in place, 56km of surface timber will be laid to form the track surface.
The track surface will be built from a sustainably-sourced Siberian pine, specially selected because the trees are known for being straight and tall making them suitable for the lengths of timber required to shape the track. The extreme Siberian climate also means the timber is very stable and will not shrink or contract in the environmental conditions of the Velodrome.
Construction work started on the Velodrome in March 2009 and the venue is on track to be completed early next year, making it the first Olympic Park venue to be completed.
After the Games, a road cycle circuit and mountain bike course will be added to the Velodrome and BMX circuit to create a legacy VeloPark that will combine cycling facilities across all disciplines in one cycling ‘hub’.
The legacy VeloPark will be owned and managed by Lee Valley Regional Park Authority.