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London 2012 Olympic cycle track 'ready first'

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Timelapse video: building the Velodrome

The cycle track is on course to be the first London 2012 venue completed for the Olympic Games.

The velodrome, in Stratford, east London, was one of the last venues to go under construction, in March 2009.

The Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) said work on the track was expected to be complete by early 2011, making it the first site to be finished.

Olympic team sprint cycle champion Jamie Staff visited the venue and said he was "hugely impressed".

Staff, 36, from Ashford, Kent, said: ""It was good to see at first hand how the venue is being designed and built to create a great crowd atmosphere and deliver the best possible conditions for track cyclists.

"I'm sure this will be a perfect venue for Team GB to hit gold in 2012."

He added: "I was hugely impressed by the progress being made."

Artists impression of velodrome

Steel work on the 6,000-seat venue is now complete and installation of its distinctive double-curved cable roof has now begun.

When complete it will incorporate 10 miles of cable.

ODA chief executive David Higgins said: "This year will be the toughest so far across the site.

"We now turn our attentions to the lifting of the huge cable-net roof of the velodrome, a key engineering challenge which will help crown this spectacular venue."

After the Olympics, the venue will be used for the community and contain a cafe, bike hire and a cycle workshop.



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