Time is ticking for the oldest cycling circuit in the country.
South London’s Herne Hill Velodrome is in danger of closing for good.
Quickly deteriorating, and suffering a lack of funding, the track and surrounding mtb trails are used by hundreds of children.
Olympic gold medallist Bradley Wiggins started his track career there aged 10. Now future champions race and train helped by a team of devoted coaches and volunteers. A campaign - Save The Velodrome - has been formed by a community based alliance of local residents and the cycling community. Keeping it going will require funding - both corporate and private, as well as ongoing voluntary support.
Perhaps fuelled by a tough economy, and a wider interest in health, cycling seems to be enjoying a resurgence at the moment though - and as more and more people realise the benefits of riding for both their hearts and pockets, this campaign seems to be perfectly timed. So to help keep this important venue alive, please visit savethevelodrome.com and register your support.
With thanks to Judith, Jason and Peter.