New Roof for Bromont Velodrome
$4.5 Million in Funding for New Multi-sport Facility
Almost two decades since the closing of the Montreal velodrome in 1989, there is exciting news that the National Cycling Centre Bromont (CNCB) will finally be given a roof and become a fully operational indoor velodrome.
Thanks to an investment of more than $4.5 million from the Government of Quebec, the new multi-sport facility will be able to extend its period of activity and offer optimal conditions to the athletes who train there.
The combined efforts of Cycling Canada, the Quebec Cycling Federation (FQSC), the City of Bromont, the Bromont Sports Club and the Bromont Ski Resort have made it possible to go from a simple sketch to a vibrant sports complex.
Established in 1997, the CNCB first opened the Bromont velodrome in 2001 after a four-year undertaking that saw the 250-metre track used at the Atlanta Summer Olympics shipped north to Quebec.
“Quebec is full of cycling talent. We see it particularly in road cycling, mountain biking and para-cycling, where Quebec is the undisputed leader on the national scene,” said André Michaud, president of the FQSC. “With the arrival of an indoor velodrome, there is no doubt that Quebec will also perform in track cycling, a discipline where we are already well represented. We only have to think of Olympians Hugo Barrette and Kirsti Lay, or other emerging athletes like Ariane Bonhomme, Laurie Jussaume, Lauriane Genest, Tristan Guillemette, Thierry Kirouac-Marcassa, Joel Archambault, Patrice St-Louis Pivin and Gabriel Drapeau-Zgoralski.”
The new indoor concept was spearheaded by Nicolas Legault, executive director of CNCB since 2012, who committed himself wholeheartedly in carrying out this ambitious project. Legault and his supporters recognized that even if several Quebec track athletes have made their way onto the National team and compete against the world’s best, an outdoor velodrome was not enough for a long-term sustainable program.
Inspired by the model that has proven itself in various cycling nations, including France, Great Britain and Australia, two National Strategic Centres were initially set up, one in Victoria (Western Canada) and one in Bromont (Eastern Canada). Further inspired by the world-class Milton Velodrome, Quebec’s athletes will soon enjoy an infrastructure in the province that’s dedicated to the discipline’s development and its national scope.
The new facility, which includes the new indoor velodrome, facilities for other sports and lodging for athletes, is expected to be completed in late 2019 or early 2020. For more information, visit www. CNCB.ca.
Artist’s rendering of new Velodrome at the National Cycling Centre Bromont, part of a new multi-sport facility