Whanganui’s velodrome is closing until further notice due to concerns about the deterioration of the track.
Whanganui District Council’s property manager Leighton Toy says considerable work went into restoring the track to a suitable condition for the recent Downer New Zealand Masters Games.
“However, we have received advice that a cyclist using the track last week had their wheel go through a rotten board. Thankfully the rider managed to stay on the bike, but it is recommended that the velodrome track be closed for the foreseeable future.”
Former New Zealand head cycling coach Ron Cheatley says the council has no option but to close the facility pending repairs. “No one want to see injuries occurring as the result of an unsafe track.”
He says it’s important for the community to have its say on the future of the velodrome. “All my life there’s been a velodrome here and in fact Whanganui has had a velodrome since as early as 1877. We’re now at a critical junction, where we’re very close to not having one at all.”