Knowsley velodrome goes from strength to strength

Knowsley's Friday Night Track League

In today's tough economic times, when local councils across the country face significant cuts to their sports budgets, losing a well-loved sports venue has become an all-too-familiar sad experience. And it was one faced by Merseyside cyclists when, six years ago, the popular, but aging, Kirkby velodrome staged its last meeting.

Opened in 1964, the track was a key venue for riders throughout the north-west, and hosted Chris Boardman's first test of the ground-breaking Lotus Type 108 Olympic pursuit bike, which he rode to victory in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. But, in need of major refurbishment, the venue closed in 2007 amid fears that velodrome cycling would be lost to the region for ever.

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