THERE will be grass track cycling held at Midland Oval on Mondays and on one of the sports fields at Governor Stirling Senior High School on Thursday while the Perth SpeedDome undergoes an upgrade.
National Cycling Centre WA director Amanda O’Connor said both sessions run start at 4.30pm and finish at 6pm.
The sessions are suitable for children from about eight up to 16-years-old.
She said the children could bring road bikes, track bikes, or mountain bikes with the only requirement being that the bikes were mechanically sound and had working brakes (unless it was a track bike).
The sessions will consist of eight-week blocks of skill development, games and racing.
During the Monday session at the Midland Oval the group will use the grassed area inside of the old outdoor velodrome track, which has been earmarked for re development.
In August last year the Liberal National Government said it would spend $2.52 million on an upgrade to the Perth SpeedDome in Midvale, including installing a new 250m timber velodrome cycle track and replacing the roof.
Sport and Recreation Minister Mia Davies said during the past 27 years the SpeedDome had hosted state, national and international events, including the 1997 UCI Track Cycling World Championships.
“The track was installed in 1989 and has been the training ground for some of our greatest Western Australian cycling champions, including Paul Clohessy, who won a gold and bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Games for men’s tandem cycling,” she said.
It has also been the training venue for Sam Welsford and Melissa Hoskins who both competed in the Rio Olympic Games.
Ms Davies said the high-grade Siberian pine circular track had deteriorated faster than expected, and for it to continue to be classified as UCI level 2 and be used for national and international events, it needed to be replaced.
She said VenuesWest owned the venue on behalf of the government and the funding would come from its existing capital works budget.
The upgrade includes internal painting and upgrades to fire pumps and sprinklers.