Product Overview

Overall rating:

Score 9

Pros:

  • Great view for spectators, no matter where you sit
  • Nice and warm
  • Well made
  • Looks stunning

Cons:

  • Not enough toilets
  • Expensive and rather unimaginative food
  • Those seats weren't made for eight hours straight use

Product:

London Velodrome: First ride

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£0.00

The London 2012 velodrome had its first proper test during the final round of the 2011-12 UCI Track World Cup in February.

We’ll make one thing very clear before you read on – we are testing this product as a spectator and not as a competitor, as an attempt at the latter would take far too much time and energy.

The exterior of the London velodrome is, to use a much over-used word, beautiful. In comparison to some of the neighbouring Olympic facilities it is unassuming and far less industrial. It looks more like an wealthy architect’s house than a branch of Homebase.

Its exterior size hides what lies within. The vast seating area rolls smoothly around the edge of the track, providing a near-perfect view of the racing surface no matter where you are in the facility.

It’s also easy to walk around to obtain a different view of the action. Small food outlets are dotted around the facility.

A crisp loudspeaker system, large scoreboards and large television screens made it easy to keep on top of the provided information. Perfect for getting to the bottom of the confusion of an omnium.

There were, however, several recurring niggles among other testers. Despite them flushing flawlessly, there were simply not enough toilets, causing queues to form.

Hard plastic spectator seats may provide a wipe-clean surface, but after lengthy use they are rather uncomfortable.

Verdict

Only the hard seats and inadequate toilet facilities prevent the London velodrome scoring a perfect 10. In all other respects, it’s stunning.

Full Specification

Supplier:
http://www.london2012.com/velodrome
Weight:
A lot

Standover:
Quite high
Size Range:
One size fits all

Size Tested:
6000 seater, 250m track
Frame:
Steel, glass, timber

Saddle:
Hard plastic

  • Guest

    I don’t have one myself, but it certainly looks impressive. I have heard from others about problems with some of the accessories, though: chonky start gates, slippery areas near the start on the home straight and wobbly commissaires have all been mentioned. So I would certainly want a decent test-ride before I considered laying out my £93m.