British Cycling funding package set to save racing at Preston Park velodrome

British Cycling will give £110,000 of the £160,000 required to save the Preston Park velodrome from closure

Preston Park Velodrome

The future of Preston Park velodrome in Brighton looks to be safe after British Cycling said it would fund the majority of the £160,000 required to bring the facility up to scratch.

The velodrome closed in 2015 over safety fears, but BC will stump up £110,000 to help it re-open, with the other £50,000 coming from section 106 funding contributions from planning applications.

British Cycling coaching, education and development director John Mills said: “Preston Park provides an excellent, traffic-free cycling facility, which is of great value to the people of Brighton and the wider South East Region.

“We are delighted to have agreed a partnership funding package for the work which will see this track return to full operation in the spring.”

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Brighton & Hove City Council leader Warren Morgan said: “This announcement is excellent news for the cycling community.

“The Preston Park velodrome is a much loved part of our city’s history, being the oldest cycling track in the country.

“The funds will be put to good use to replace the fencing and carry out minor repairs.

“The track is used by riders of all abilities and after the repairs are completed everyone will be able to enjoy it, knowing it is a safer and refurbished place to cycle.

“It will also be wonderful for the Track League to return as it is a great community event every week, bringing people together from all over Sussex and further afield to compete in or spectate the racing,” he added.

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Stuart Clarke is a News Associates trained journalist who has worked for the likes of the British Olympic Associate, British Rowing and the England and Wales Cricket Board, and of course Cycling Weekly. His work at Cycling Weekly has focused upon professional racing, following the World Tour races and its characters.