THE topography of the land earmarked for Bathurst’s new bike park on the Vale Road is lending itself perfectly to the construction of the velodrome and future clubhouse.
Work on stage one of the $5 million project has started – and the marking out of the site, adjacent to The Lagoon turnoff, has revealed the location of some of the facilities and will give residents an idea of how the complex will fit in perfectly with the lay of the land.
Bruce Goddard, from EODO Pty Ltd, which won the contract to build the bike park, told the Western Advocate he expects earthworks to get underway in late January.
“The plans are with council as we speak. We’re just waiting on the construction certificate, but I must say council’s engineering and planning staff have done everything they can in expediting that process,” he said.
“At this stage the site has been roughly pegged out after consultation with the bike club and council. Everyone is happy with the design and how it’s going to be located.
“The topography is fantastic. The future clubhouse will look out over the valley and it all forms a natural amphitheatre.”
Mr Goddard said that after some research it has been decided the surface of the velodrome will be similar to a track at Coffs Harbour and be surfaced with hot mix asphalt.
“It will be a fast track with banking. It’s about as fast as you can get for an outdoor facility. It will measure exactly one third of a kilometre, which lends itself to a three lap race over one kilometre,” he said.
Stage one of the project includes the velodrome and the delivery of power, water, sewer and lighting.
At the same time the cycle club has started mapping out the mountain bike track, but this process does not involve EODO.
Councillor Greg Westman said stage one would cost $1.28 million.
“We now have a better of idea of what’s going to happen out there and the oval shape of the track,” he said. “With a bit of cut and fill the clubhouse will fit nicely into the side of the hill, with the track on the flat.
“These are only the formative stages, though, and depending on Mother Nature it is hoped the initial phase will be completed by the end of 2013.
“The weather is critical, because the sub base layer needs to be spot on so we don’t get cracking in the track’s surface later on.”
Cr Westman said an education centre would be located in the centre of the velodrome.
“It’s a teaching facility which is a bit like a mini roadway where handling skills and road safety can be taught to juniors as well as being available to the schools,” he said.
Cr Westman said that at this stage the development is expected to be rolled out over three, or possibly four, stages.
Stage two will be the addition of a kermesse course (road racing track covering 1.2km) and the start of the mountain bike course.
“Stage three is for a BMX track, the completion of the mountain bike course and the finalisation of the car parking area,” Cr Westman said.