London cyclists support Herne Hill 'Save the Velodrome' campaign
photo Triple Olympic gold-medalist Bradley Wiggins training at Herne Hill where he rode many early races
People are being urged to attend a public meeting at Dulwich College on Wednesday 6 October 2010 to help save the velodrome in Herne Hill in south-east London from possible closure.
The cycling track, which opened in 1891, and is the last surviving venue of the 1948 Olympics, is falling into disrepair, amid claims that the landlord is unwilling to provide a long enough lease to encourage proper investment.
There are widespread fears that without suitable investment the land could eventually be cleared to make way for a multi-million pound property development.
Wednesday 6 October 2010
Peter Cattermole, whose club VC Londres uses the velodrome regularly, said: “If you came here on a Saturday and saw hundreds of kids bombing around the track, you’d think it would be criminal to lose it.
"Anyone who cares about kids, cycling or the environment should come to the public meeting or sign the petition."