New Roof for Bromont Velo­drome

$4.5 Mil­lion in Fund­ing for New Multi-sport Fa­cil­ity

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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

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