Gregory Bauge, Francois Pervis and other champions of track cycling have finally Paris a covered velodrome in the Olympic format, they could see for the first time on the site of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines.
“A Christmas before time!” Exclaimed Bauge, triple world champion and individual sprint silver medalist at the London Olympics. “Wow, I’ve never been on a track with such a design,” added Pervis, who sprayed last week in Mexico two world records (200m and mile).
The ring light wood (pine) 250 meters, set in a very bright speaker, is called to serve as a working tool to the French track riders so far limited to the track 166 meters Insep in Bois de Vincennes (east of Paris). It is the master-piece of the National Cycling Centre with in the immediate vicinity, a BMX track at the Olympic format and the seat of the French Cycling Federation (FFC) earlier in Rosny-sous-Bois (Seine-Saint-Denis) . “We expected this velodrome for so many years. During his time, Daniel Morelon (triple Olympic champion in 1968 and 1972) had claimed to General de Gaulle, “said David Lappartient , president of the FFC, without needing remember that the final specific indoor velodrome in the Paris region (Vel d’Hiv) was destroyed in 1959.
The project, initiated by the urban community of Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, was initially registered under the equipment provided for the Paris bid for the 2012 Olympics . “But we said we would do this equipment, regardless of the outcome,” said Robert Cadalbert, president of the urban community. “If the public-private partnership is sometimes very critical, it is in our case a success,” said vice-president in charge of the case, Yves Macheboeuf. “It was a marriage of three, between communities, Velopolis (operating company National Velodrome) and the Federation. After the specification and implementation, we are at the third stage, the management will start. It can say the bet completely successful after one or two years of experience. ”
Before its riders, the chairman of the FCC has set a target:”become again the first world nation on the track now, we have the tool to match our ambitions A Insep, athletes could no longer use the gears and wheels used in the race. ”
“I am very pleasantly surprised,” confirmed François Pervis . “The track is very wide, one meter more compared to others, and it changes a lot. During training, we will go faster, you can win 1 or 2 km / h every sprint.” Technically, the ring, which has a very large radius, wowed the “Blues”. “It’s fluid, it runs very well,” described Gregory Bauge to define its initial sensations. “We’re going to have more fun and speed.” From there to compete with Britain, large Olympic power of the track, the rest not to cross. “We know very well that this is not all,” recalled Baugé, “but it is a good start.” Moreover, the inauguration on January 30 will result in a match France – Great Britain. As a symbol and a wink sent to the British masters.