Velodrome In Pictures

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The venue

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The venue
The venue
From an aerial perspective

© London 2012

One of Team GB's biggest triumphs of Beijing 2008 came with our cyclists and so it's understandable that for London 2012 we have a Velodrome to match our credentials.


The venue

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The velodrome

The velodrome

The most sustainable venue in the whole Olympic Park, and awarded the Prime Minister's Better Public Building Award, the Velodrome boasts a 100% naturally ventilated system to create the perfect track-level temperature and eliminate the need for air conditioning; its track is made of sustainable Siberian pine wood; external cladding is made from lightweight materials to keep transport and manufacture emissions low; the venue uses as much natural light as possible, reducing the need for electric light; the roof even catches rainwater for recycling.


Under construction

Under construction

Under construction


A concrete lower tier will have 3,500 seats located around the track, while a further 2,500 seats will be suspended in two upper tiers within the two curves of the venue's roof. A ground-level glass wall between both levels will afford 360-degree views of East London across the Olympic Park - and allow people outside the venue to glimpse what's going on inside.


From an aerial perspective

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From the air

From the air

Specialising in aerial photography since 1991, Jason Hawkes has produced over 40 aerial photographic books for the likes of the BBC, Random House and Harper Collins. Taking to the sky in a helicopter, he snapped these impressive photos of the Velodrome. All the environmental benefits have not been created at any aesthetic expense: the slick 6,000-capacity Velodrome, shaped rather like a giant Pringle crisp, is a stunning architectural feat - and got the approval of Sir Chris Hoy (one of Team GB's Beijing 2008 heroes) right from the outset.


Sporting events


Hopkins Architects won the rights to design the venue and working alongside the likes of Hoy, the venue's designers have aimed to create a record-breaking track that meets high standards for both architects and cyclists alike.
The Velodrome will host all the Olympic and Paralympic Track Cycling events:

Olympic Events

22nd August - 7th August

  • Sprint
  • Keirin
  • Team sprint
  • Team pursuit
  • Omnium
Paralympic Events

30th August - 2nd September

  • Sprint
  • Pursuit
  • Time trial
  • Team sprint


Nearby Food and Drink

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The Olympic Stadium is located within the Olympic Park, Stratford. Even though the park isn't located within central London, there are numerous  restaurants and bar venues nearby: 


Forman's Fish Island 

  • 7 minute walk
  • Best of British menu devised by Lloyd Hardwick
  • Bethnal Green - 2 tube stops from Stratford, via the Central line
  • Minimalist warehouse chic restaurant with a great brunch menu
King Eddie's 
  • 20 minute walk
  • An east-end style gastropub with a traditional and affordable menu

The Britannia 

  • 24 minute walk
  • Large pub garden, jukebox and laidback atmosphere
Pub on the Park 
  • London Fields station - 1 stop from Stratford, via National Rail
  • Large garden and extensive beer menu, with traditional bitters and run-of-the-mill lagers


Nearby Attractions

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Westfield Stratford

Westfield Stratford

Westfield Stratford City Shopping Centre

  • 10 minute walk
  • This 1.9 million square foot shopping mall has been billed as the 'gateway' to London's Olympic Park. With 300 high street shops, 50 or so restaurants, a 14-screen cinema, a bowling alley and the UK's largest casino, it's an impressive entertainment venue that's located just minutes away from the Olympic Park.


Roman Road Market 

  • Mile End Tube - 1 stop from Stratford, via London Overground
  • Situated on the oldest known trade route in Britain, this market offers crafts, antiques, food, clothing and more

Hackney PictureHouse 

  • Hackney Central - 1 stop from Stratford, via London Overground
  • Seven-screen cinema with three bars - including Hackney Attic which hosts music and comedy evenings
Theatre Royal Stratford East 
  • 18 minute walk
  • 450-seat theatre that showcases new writing and ethnically diverse plays

The Greenway 

  • 7 minute walk
  • A flat, almost continuous and straight traffic-free walking and cycling route that carves through East London at a high level 
All Star Lanes 
  • 10 minute walk
  • Bowling alley located within Westfield Stratford Centre
Victoria Park 
  • Mile End Tube - 1 stop from Stratford, via the Central Line
  • The city's first public park boasts picturesque lakes and an Old English Garden 




There are numerous options when travelling to the Velodrome. Driving is not advised due to high levels of traffic and restricted parking - limited, pre-booked parking will be available for disabled spectators. Public transport options include:

Javelin Train

Delivering passengers from St Pancras to Stratford International in just seven minutes, the Olympic Javelin high-speed train shuttle service will take up to an estimated 25,000 travellers per hour.

Overground Stations

National Rail, Docklands Light Railway and London Overground will run trains to the following stations:

London Underground

  • Stratford - Jubilee and Central Lines
  • West Ham - District, Hammersmith & City, and Jubilee Lines
Walking and Cycling

Greenway walking and cycling routes will connect the Olympic Park with numerous locations - including Victoria Path, Lee Valley North and Epping Forest. The walking routes are step free and there will be free cycle parking provided at the Eton Manor Transport Hub, Greenway Transport Hub and Victoria Park.


Time lapse video


Watch the two-year building of the Olympic Velodrome in just two minutes.

Sophie Wallace


Sophie Wallace

9th October 2015







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