Meadowbank Velodrome

Although our campaign is on hold for now, we maintain a keen interest in developments at Meadowbank.

It’s great to see the Meadowbank Velodrome featured in The Ride Journal:

Race at Meadowbank

Race at Meadowbank


Images of Meadowbank velodrome from The Ride magazine

Images of Meadowbank velodrome from The Ride magazine

News Release: Future star adds his voice to Save Meadowbank Campaign

Callum Skinner

Callum Skinner

The inaugural winner of the Chris Hoy trophy today added his voice to the campaign to save Meadowbank.

Callum Skinner is a highly talented cyclist who rides for the Meadowbank-based City of Edinburgh club. He is only 16 but has already excelled in both sprint and long-distance competition. His coaches hope he will get a place on the prestigious Olympic Development Programme and represent his country at future Commonwealth and Olympic Games. Yesterday he was the first recipient of the Chris Hoy Trophy, a new award to honour promising young cyclists in the east of Scotland.

“We need a replacement track cycle facility in Edinburgh,” said the James Gillespie’s High pupil. “The existing track might be worn but to demolish it and not have a replacement would be a great mistake. It would cost the cycling community in Edinburgh and mean we fail to pick up new track riders.”

He also emphasised the benefit of having the cycle track alongside other sport facilities. “I used to play squash at Meadowbank and I do think it’s located in a fantastic part of the city. If we lose what we’ve got then Meadowbank will become a deprived area in terms of sports facilities.”

Allister Watson, his former coach and a director of Scottish Cycling, said: “Callum is the latest in a long list of cyclists who have graduated from the Meadowbank velodrome. We need to keep a track cycling facility so as future generations can get the same chance.¨

Save Meadowbank spokesman Kevin Connor added: “Chris Hoy made very valid points when he called for the Meadowbank velodrome to be saved. The same arguments apply for all the sports that currently take place at Meadowbank.

“We call upon the Lib Dem/SNP administration to show leadership, listen to what thousands of people are saying and retain ALL the facilities at Meadowbank, not just a few of them.”

News Release: Chris Hoy in video appeal for Meadowbank to be saved

Triple Olympic medallist Chris Hoy has given his backing to the campaign to save Meadowbank from closure.

The most successful Scottish Olympian of all time learned his craft in his home town of Edinburgh and readily admits he wouldn’t have achieved his record haul had it not been for the Meadowbank velodrome. Yet Edinburgh Council plan to ignore thousands of objections and demolish the velodrome – plus the neighbouring international athletics stadium and sports centre – and replace it with a cut-down complex that doesn’t cater for most of its current sports, including cycling.

In the video clip, produced by Edinburgh Racers, Chris Hoy said: “Elite sport cannot stand alone without local facilities giving kids the chance to get into the sport in the first place. I really hope Edinburgh is going to continue to produce world champion cyclists in the future but we cannot do this without a local facility.”

Mark Barry, director of youth racing in Manchester, added: “This is a track that has been absolutely fundamental in the success of the Great Britain cycling team. Most of our world, Olympic and European champions have come from here.”

The video highlights the lack of proper investment since the Meadowbank track was built forty years ago and the absence of a roof, which causes several events to be rained off every year.

Allister Watson, director of Scottish Cycling, made a telling comparison between Scotland’s top two medal-winning sports: “Cycling is Scotland’s second most successful Commonwealth Games sport. The most successful sport is swimming. I wonder how our swimmers would get on if there was only one swimming pool for the country and it was outside.”

Save Meadowbank spokesman Kevin Connor welcomed the video. He said: “Chris Hoy is a great role model and proof of what Meadowbank has helped achieve. Imperfect facilities are better than no facilities at all. Edinburgh Council claim they are being forced to radically downscale Meadowbank purely on financial grounds. If that is the case we call upon the Scottish Government to provide them with adequate funding.”

News Release: Call for Edinburgh to match Mansfield and retain the “Chris Hoy Velodrome”

Chris Hoy training at Meadowbank

Chris Hoy training at Meadowbank

Edinburgh Council should follow the lead set by an English town and rename a popular sports facility in honour of its Olympic hero.

Mansfield Council is to refurbish and rename its swimming pool in honour of double Olympic winning swimmer Rebecca Adlington, who learned to swim in the town’s Sherwood Baths.

“We’re going to rename the baths in her honour,” said Mansfield’s mayor Tony Egginton. “It can be Rebecca Adlington’s baths or Becky’s. Whatever she wants. We’re really proud of her – and the way our leisure facilities here have given her a hand.”

Chris Hoy became Scotland’s most successful Olympian of all-time when he won his third Gold medal in Beijing. He learned his craft in his home town of Edinburgh and readily admits he wouldn’t have achieved his record haul had it not been for the Meadowbank velodrome. Yet Edinburgh Council plan to demolish the velodrome – and the neighbouring international stadium – and replace it with a cut-down complex that doesn’t cater for most of its current sports, including cycling.

The Council has decided to proceed with its plan despite thousands of objections. Kevin Connor, spokesman for the Save Meadowbank campaign, describes the decision as “embarrassing and an insult to Scotland’s most successful Olympian”. He thinks Scotland’s capital city should follow Mansfield’s lead and rename the Meadowbank velodrome.

He said: “Mansfield Council has decided to refurbish and rename its swimming pool in honour of their Olympic medalist. Edinburgh Council plan to demolish the velodrome where Chris Hoy started his career. The contrast couldn’t be clearer. It’s embarrassing and an insult to Scotland’s most successful Olympian. Surely the Capital city of Scotland can at least match the ambition of Mansfield. We call on Edinburgh Council to retain the cycling velodrome at Meadowbank and rename it in honour of Chris Hoy.”

Chris Hoy has given his personal backing to the Save Meadowbank campaign. In a recent article in Scotland on Sunday he wrote: “If Meadowbank hadn’t existed there is no question that I wouldn’t be where I am today or Craig MacLean for that matter.

“Without the grassroots introduction to the sport, there will be a whole generation of kids that won’t have the opportunity to try out track cycling and one or two could have gone on to become Olympic or world champions.

“The future of the sport depends on there being a facility and I fear for the future of Scottish cycling. There is expertise in Edinburgh that’s been built up over 40 years and that will all be lost if Meadowbank isn’t replaced. But it is politicians and not sportspeople who make these decisions, and sometimes it is a shame that we do not have more of a voice.”