Dundalk indoor velodrome plan

An announcement is expected on a new 250m international indoor cycling track planned for Dundalk.

An announcement is expected on a new 250m international indoor cycling track planned for Dundalk.

It would be the country’s first indoor velodrome and an extension of a plan put forward by Cuchulainn Cycling Club last year.

Last February, the club got planning permission from Dundalk Town Council to build a 250m outdoor velodrome, a 360m BMX track and a pump track at Hoey’s Lane Dundalk.

Martyn Irvine, who became Ireland’s first track world champion in 117 years when he won the scratch race at Minsk last year, has helped the push for an Irish indoor velodrome.

Irvine had to travel abroad to prepare for international competition.

There are outdoor cycle tracks in Dublin, Belfast and Kanturk but this would be the first indoor velodrome.

Cycling Ireland has been trying to establish a track of this kind and Abbottstown sports complex had been suggested.

The new Dundalk plan could be in operation within months if all necessary funding can be secured.

The original Cuchulainn plan set out to include an enclosed cycling track or velodrome, a BMX track, a multi-purpose loop track with a single track mountain bike trail and a playground. It was stated that a velodrome and multi-purpose park would provide a safe environment for promoting and organising cycling at youth level.

The scheme would include a BMX race track, a flood lit BMX / skate park and a multi-functional track. The trail track would link all the facilities on-site and would be approximately 1.1 km per lap. Various special stage areas including a water feature, would be included along the track.

The velodrome itself would be semi-built into the contours of the site and be suitably landscaped and will accommodate spectators..

The proposed clubhouse would provide storage, toilet - changing and meeting room facilities. It would also provide spaces for retail and an administration office suite.

“We want to develop a cycling park that will introduce the sport to this and future generations,” club chairman Pat O’Shaughnessy said at the time the plan was launched, “as well as providing the people of Dundalk with a top class sporting facility, something that has never been done in Ireland in the past.”