France’s National Velodrome, in the community of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, was inaugurated on 30 January. The velodrome sports centre can accommodate up to 5,000 people in bleachers and 6,000 in total, making it the second largest indoor sports venue in Ile-de-France after Bercy.
The 23,573 m² centre will be the new headquarters of the French Cycling Federation. The track, designed by Ralph Schürmann, is the first in the world that is 250 metres long and 8 metres wide, with a constant 23 metres radius.
Next to the velodrome, a BMX stadium is the only permanent covered BMX course in France, and only the second in Europe. It consists of two starting ramps (5 and 8m in height) and two straights split to provide two levels of difficulty (practical leisure and high level). Three turns, and the last two straights, are shared. There’s a sprint training track as well as a competition track. The site has accommodation for top athletes and their coaches.
The project team on the 70 million € (excluding VAT) project included Bouygues Batiment IDF, Schurmann Sportbau, architects Chabanne & Partners, Eccta, Ter, Synthesis Engineering, Vélopolis, Elan and Qualiconsult.
Picture credit: Chabanne & Partners / photo: Hugo Hébrard