Dundalk Town Council last week approved a 150-year lease of lands at Murihevnamor for Cuchulainn Cycling Club’s plan to build Ireland’s first international standard velodrome and BMX track.
The cycling park will consist of a 250m banked cycling track and a separate BMX track and will be located off Hoey’s Lane adjacent to the Muirhevnamor Community and Sports Centre.
The initial project is for both the cycling and BMX tracks to be outdoors, however ultimately it is envisaged that the cycling track will be roofed.
The club launched the project in 2010 as part of their 75th anniversary celebrations and last Tuesday night the Dundalk Town Council made a 5.3 acre site available for the project and planning permission has been secured. The project also has the support of DkIT and Cycling Ireland.
The track will provide a training resource for elite athletes and will promote the sport of cycling and the club will run special courses through it’s Cycling Ireland affiliated coaches.
The tracks will also play host to competitive events including underage, male and female racing.
Speaking on behalf of the board of Cuchulainn CC, club chairman, Pat O`Shaughnessey said:
“This is a great step forward in the project, with planning permission having already been granted and now a lease for the site, it is all systems go to move onto the next phase”.
He also thanked the Town Clerk Frank Pentony and Town Engineer Catherine Duff for their support.
Cuchulainn Cycling Club are providing €100,000 for the project which will be funded through a combination of loans, fundraising, sponsorship and club benefactors.
The overall project is expected to cost in the region of €2.5m and has been split into three phases.
The club has worked with a leading track designer who is responsible for some of the world’s best and fastest tracks including a number of Olympic venues.
The first phase of the project will see the erection of fencing, all associated site ground works and the construction of a BMX track while phase two will see the construction of the outdoor velodrome. Both phases will cost in the region of €250,000 each. The final phase, the erection of the roof on the velodrome, is estimated to cost €2m.