London Velopark
The London Velopark is a cycling centre being constructed in Leyton in east London, United Kingdom. It will serve as one of the 'Big Five' permanent Olympic and Paralympic venues for the 2012 Games. The Velopark will be situated at the northern end of London's Olympic Park.

The funding for the Velopark was confirmed in February 2005, and the project was scheduled to go ahead whether or not London's bid for the 2012 Summer Olympics was successful. However, as London's bid for the Games was successful, the velodrome was redesigned with a spectator capacity of 6,000 rather than 1,500 seats that it would otherwise have had. There is also a separate BMX racing facility. In addition to the two Olympic venues, the London Velopark will feature a 1.6 km road racing circuit, and a cross-country mountain bike course. However, the road racing at the Olympics and the Paralympics, which was originally scheduled to take place in Regent's Park and on Hampstead Heath, will instead start and finish at The Mall in central London and head out into Surrey to the south and include loops around Box Hill , and the Olympic mountain biking will be held east of London near Hadleigh Castle in Essex.

On 12 July 2007, the Olympic Delivery Authority announced the selection of the design team for the Velopark, comprising Hopkins Architects, Expedition Engineering, BDSP, and Grant Associates. The Velopark is scheduled to be completed by the contractor, ISG, in 2011. In 2004, during London's Olympic and Paralympic bid, the estimated cost was £37 million, including £20 million for the velodrome.

In 2009, at the time work began on the construction of the velodrome, the estimated cost of that facility alone was £105 million. Work on the Velodrome was completed in February 2011. The Velodrome was officially opened by many successful British athletes including Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton. The venue will be used for the first time in competition during the UCI Track Cycling World Cup Classics in February 2012. The velodrome will also be used for the 2012 Paralympics.

BMX racing
The outdoor BMX racing track, which will also have a spectator capacity of 6,000, is scheduled to be handed over in mid-2011. In preparation for the 2012 Summer Olympics, in 2010 the Dutch National Olympic Committee commissioned a replica of the planned BMX track at their National Sports Centre Papendal. It came into use in March 2011, ahead of the hand over of the London Velopark BMX venue.

Post Games
Since London won the Games, the planned size of the velopark has been reduced from 34 hectares to 10 hectares. The road and mountain bike circuits will be far smaller than originally proposed, and the promised cycle speedway track will not be built. The London Development Agency (LDA) have funded a new permanent road cycle circuit and mountain bike course at the Hog Hill cycle track, costing £5m. This replaces the former Eastway cycle facilities sited within the London Olympic Park. The London Borough of Redbridge will be funding the facility up to the completion of the legacy London Velopark. Work is underway to identify an operator of Hog Hill beyond 2012.

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