Manchester Velodrome is an indoor cycle-racing track (or velodrome) in Manchester, northern England. A velodrome is an arena for Track cycling. Modern velodromes feature steeply banked oval tracks consisting of two 180-degree circular bends connected by two straights England is a Country which is part of the United Kingdom. Its inhabitants account for more than 83% of the total UK population whilst its mainland It opened in September 1994 and is the United Kingdom's leading indoor Olympic-standard track. The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located The Olympic Games is an international Multi-sport event established for both summer and winter games Today it is home to the National Cycling Centre, and the headquarters of British Cycling, the national governing body. British Cycling (shortened to BC, formerly known as the British Cycling Federation or BCF) is the national governing body for cycle It is open to the public.
It hosted the track cycling in the 2002 Commonwealth Games, and the UCI world championships in 1996, 2000 and 2008. Track cycling is a Bicycle racing Sport usually held on specially-built banked tracks or Velodromes (but many events are held at older velodromes where the The 2002 Commonwealth Games were held in Manchester, England from 25 July to 4 August 2002 Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI is a Cycling association that oversees competitive cycling events internationally The 2008 UCI Track Cycling World Championships were the World Championship for Track cycling.
The track has a reputation for speed. By 30 March 2008, more than 15 world records had been set there, including Chris Boardman's 1996 and 2000 hour records and the 4000 metre team pursuit record set by the Great Britain men's team at the 2008 World Championships. Events 240 BC - 1st recorded Perihelion passage of Halley's Comet. 2008 ( MMVIII) is the current year in accordance with the Gregorian calendar, a Leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Chris Boardman (born 26 August 1968 in Hoylake) is a former English racing Cyclist who won an Individual pursuit Gold The hour record for Bicycles is the record for the longest distance cycled in one Hour on a bicycle The metre or meter is a unit of Length. It is the basic unit of Length in the Metric system and in the International Cycling The team pursuit is a Track cycling event similar to the Individual pursuit, except that two teams each of up to four riders compete start See also Kingdom of Great Britain Great Britain (Breatainn Mhòr Prydain Fawr Breten Veur Graet Breetain is the larger of the two main islands
The track is 250 metres long. Its bankings reach 42 degrees in the middle. The track is as steep at the top as it is on the black (racing) line. On 21 May 2007 the velodrome closed to be re-surfaced. Events 878 - Syracuse Italy is captured by the Muslim sultan of Sicily. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. The old track was relaid with Siberian pine. It reopened on 16 July 2007, and is now considered smoother to ride. Events 622 - The beginning of the Islamic calendar. 1054 - Three Roman legates fractured relations between the Western and Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century.
The Revolution Series was introduced in 2003 to make track cycling more popular. It uses music and lighting to add to the spectacle. It has been a success, the velodrome sold out on a number of occasions. The series attracted top riders. There are intermediate races for up-and-coming riders.
Some of the top names that have competed in the Revolution include:
The series will run again in the winter of 2009, its seventh season. David Millar (born 4 January, 1977 in Mtarfa, Malta) is a Scottish Road racing cyclist racing for UCI Professional Bradley Wiggins, OBE (born 28 April 1980 is a Belgian-born British professional track and Road bicycle racer currently riding for Team Christopher "Chris" Hoy MBE (born 23 March 1976 in Edinburgh) is a track cyclist representing Great Britain and Scotland Craig MacLean (born 31 July, 1971 in Grantown-on-Spey) is a Scottish Track cyclist who has represented Great Britain and Northern |} Jamie Alan Staff (born 30 April 1973) is an English Racing cyclist, formerly on BMX and later on the track. Jason Queally (born 11 May 1970) is an English Track cyclist from Chorley England Victoria Pendleton (born 24 September 1980 Success on the track Pendleton won one bronze and three silver medals in the British National Track Championships Jan van Eijden (born 10 August 1976) is a German track cyclist born in Bad Neuenahr. Franco Marvulli (born November 11, 1978 in Zürich) is a Swiss professional Racing cyclist. Bradley John McGee OAM (born 24 February 1976 in Sydney New South Wales) is an Australian professional Racing cyclist for UCI ProTeam Christopher Malcolm (Chris Newton (born 29 September 1973 Stockton-on-Tees, England) is a successful road and track racing cyclist Mark Cavendish (born Douglas Isle of Man 21 May 1985) is a Manx and British Racing cyclist who rides for UCI ProTeam Geraint Howell Thomas (born 25 May 1986 in Cardiff) is a Welsh professional Racing cyclist who rides for the UCI Professional Continental team Sergi Escobar Roure (born September 22, 1974 in Lleida) is a Spanish world champion Track cyclist who specialises in individual Arnaud Tournant (born April 5, 1978) is a French track cyclist. Theo Bos (born 22 August 1983 in Hierden) is a Dutch Track cyclist, Olympic silver medalist and five-time world champion Yaroslav Popovych (Попович Ярослав born January 4, 1980) is a Ukrainian Cyclist with the UCI ProTour Silence-Lotto Roger Hammond (born January 30 1974 in Harlington) is an English bicycle racer, specialising in Cyclo-cross and Gilberto Simoni (born August 25, 1971, Palù di Giovo, Province of Trento) is an Italian professional Road bicycle racer
An incomplete list of events which Manchester Velodrome has hosted: