Esperance Cycling Club receives community grant to upgrade Esperance Velodrome

The Esperance Cycling Club was successful in receiving a community grant of $32500 to upgrade the Esperance Velodrome.

Cycling Club vice president Andrew Maccan said they were very happy to have received the grant.

“We are over the moon, not just with the money, but also with the support we have had from the shire,” he said.

Mr Maccan said the velodrome had not been used for over 20 years and tree roots had damaged the surface.

“In many places the bitumen surface has been weathered away and then you have big cracks,” he said.

Mr Maccan said club member Carmel Creed had worked hard to put the application together which had resulted in the club submitting a professional proposal.

He said the velodrome was a project of “real value” and would add something new to Esperance.

“It give kids the opportunity to ride bikes,” he said. 

“We have got no BMX club or junior racing at the Mountain Bike Club and it’s very hard to run junior bike racing with the traffic and risk management needed.”​

The club is aiming to have the facilities all ready for an Easter 2020 Race Carnival which would put Esperance on the ‘cycling map’. 

Mr Maccan said the carnival was held in Esperance annually until the previous bike club folded.

“The idea is to get up to the point where we can run that carnival again as a statewide event,” he said.

“We want to have the facilities at the track as well as having that surface so that it is suitable for high level racing.”

Mr Maccan said the club was working to be less of an imposition to commercial vehicles on the road.

The velodrome will provide cyclists somewhere to ride in busy harvesting times and will be a safe location to train children.

“Up till now we have had to train kids to be road cyclists on the road,” he said.

“We want to train kids to be road cyclists on the velodrome while they are learning important skills.”

Mr Maccan said the velodrome was a $120000 project and the club was still in the process of sourcing more funding and finding sponsors.

The club is working with the shire to reduce the cost of the project but aims to have the surface ready by the end of the 2018/2019 financial year.

Mr Maccan said the facility had already received interest from schools wanting to use the velodrome for physical education and bike skills training.

The Triathlon Club have also expressed an interest in using the track to train juniors.

“It’s not just going to be the bike club,” he said.

“We are really keen for this facility to have as much use as possible.”

Shire president Victoria Brown said the community grants program received excellent applications this year. 

“It’s important that we continue to have strong community groups, to help make Esperance the place we all want to live in,” she said.