After an 18-month race the International Olympic Committee has decided that London’s bid for the 2012 Olympics was the strongest. It was pretty close at the end with Paris, but London pulled out all the stops with a host of sporting celebrities including David Beckham on hand to help convince the judges.
What does this mean for cycling though? There is no doubt that it’ll be a boost for British sport in general and should be a motivator for many young people to take more interest in sport. We’ve got plenty of homegrown talent who’ll be eager to take those gold medals in front of a homecrowd, and we actually stand a strong chance of delivering.
A 6,000 capacity Velodrome will be built, along with an equally spacious BMX track at a cost of £37 million. The development on these would have gone ahead even if London had not won the Olympic bid. The last remaining remnant from the 1948 Olympics is the Herne Hill velodrome, and as we all know it’s future is in doubt.
We’ll bring you more information and some pictures soon. Visit the official London 2012 website for more information.