Middlesbrough is set to be the location of a new outdoor velodrome funded by British Cycling.

The 250 metre velodrome is scheduled to be opened in Spring 2015 and will be a part of Middlesbrough's new Sports Village and will be a good addition to the already popular one kilometre cycle circuit at Prissick.

The Sports Village is yet to be built but work on this is due to start next month so that an athletics track can be built in the Autumn of this year.

British Cycling are pairing up with Middlesbrough Council to make sure these plans happen and the Mayor of Middlesbrough, Ray Mallon, is keen for the area to become an iconic sporting region.

Mallon said, according to British Cycling: "It is essential that the Middlesbrough Sports Village has the sort of facilities we know people want, and the inclusion of a velodrome has been high on the agenda from day one.

"The aim from the outset has been to create an iconic sports destination of regional significance, and the velodrome will help to ensure it is a centre that attracts people from Middlesbrough and beyond for many years to come."

British Cycling's 'Whole Sport Plan' aims to develop new cycling facilities and restore any facilities that still exist and this project which will cost around one million pounds will help ensure their aims are met.

Ian Drake, the Chief Executive of British Cycling said: "The new outdoor velodrome will give the sport of cycling a great lift in the North East, and provide the region with a great opportunity to develop a long-held passion for the sport even further.

"In order to continue to build participation we need to create a new network of traffic-free cycle sport facilities with appropriate facilities such as this.

"We are making significant progress in our plans to deliver new facilities nationwide, with developments confirmed in Pendle, Derby, York, Torbay, Hadleigh and Peckham and we are very excited with the development and look forward to the opening in 2015."

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