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Rio Olympics: Delays threaten track cycling schedule

Rio Olympics: Delays threaten track cycling schedule

The Rio Velodrome in December 2015 – will it be ready in time? Delays continue to affect the construction of several Olympic venues, including the new Rio Olympic Velodrome, with news that one of the test events scheduled to happen in advance of the 2016 Olympics has had to be postponed.

The event, the Aquece Rio International Track Cycling Challenge, was meant to be held between 18 and 20 March 2016, but will now be pushed back to between April 29 and May 1. This is down to delays in laying the velodrome track, according to news reported on the insidethegames.biz .

Although the velodrome was reportedly 76 percent complete in December, its construction is lagging behind other venues in the newly contructed Barra de Tijuca Olympic Park.

Track cycling isn’t the only Olympic cycling discipline to suffer setbacks in the run-up to the Rio 2016 Olympics. In October 2015 a number of international riders invited to test the Olympic BMX track declined to ride, stating that the track was ‘unsafe’ .

There have also been ongoing problems at other venues. Guanabara Bay, the planned location for many of the Olympic sailing events, has been strongly criticised due to the high levels of […]

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