Club?s bid for velodrome roof
By RACHAEL BORICH
THE wheels are in motion in the Rockhampton Cycling Club's quest to construct a roof over the city's Kenrick Tucker Velodrome.
While it is still early days the club already has the support of Cycling Australia track sprint coach Martin Barras, who only returned to Adelaide this month after using the Rockhampton facility for a month's training.
Barras said it was "locked in 99%'' that his national track sprint squad will return to Rockhampton for the next two years for a winter training block and said it remained to be seen if they doubled that training block.
Adelaide's cold and wet winters force the AIS (Australian Institute of Sport) track cycling program to reshuffle its schedule.
"Rockhampton does produce more certainty and a roof would give more certainty,'' Barras said.
If the Rockhampton Cycling Club could find the necessary financial backing, and community support, it would become the only undercover velodrome in Queensland.
Queensland is unable to hold national titles because it has no covered track and organisers will not risk sessions being washed out with competitors juggling a busy international cycling calendar.
Rockhampton Cycling Club president Terry Edwards confirmed the club was definitely pursuing the option of getting a roof, whether it be sails or a hard roof, and now it was a matter of getting designs and costings.
The benefits are numerous if the roof project goes ahead with the prospect of luring elite riders to be based in Rockhampton, the potential of hosting national titles and possibly attracting international riders for a track series.