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An example of the inspiration for the Bendigo track

https://messe-muenchen.de/en/press/press-information/press-releases/european-championships-munich-2022.php

Also confirms Squash will be at a temporary venue

 

From the article:

Extra Bendigo sports, athletes' village plans revealed for 2026 Comm Games

https://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/7933120/comm-games-extra-bendigo-sports-athletes-village-plans-revealed/

The decision to build a pop-up velodrome at the Bendigo Showgrounds and not use the cycling facilities at the Tom Flood Sports Centre was due to space.

"Obviously the Tom Flood hosts the madison every year and is well established as a velodrome," Ms Allan said.

"In terms of meeting the international standard requirements that need to be met for both the track and the associated facilities, the Tom Flood site is a little bit site constrained.

"It's just frankly not got enough space around the track to be able to have all the additional spectator facilities, the associated warm up and and official facilities that you need for an international event like track cycling in the Commonwealth Games.

"That space is here at at the show grounds and that's why the show grounds site has been identified."

Victoria 2026 Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief executive Jeroen Weimar said organisers were working closely with the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) in relation to the temporary velodrome facilities.

"The UCI is the governing body for track cycling and all forms of cycling," he said. "We were very interested in their temporary velodrome solution they used in Germany in August for for the World Cup races.

"We'll be bringing a similar tracker temporary track here to the showgrounds site under a large temporary structure sitting right in the oval outside.

"The advantages for us all that we can we can bring track cycling to Bendigo and we can have a fantastic series of competitions here.

"But it also allows them to demount the track afterwards we can use it another site in the longer term. It just gives us more flexibility and allows us to bring the track cycling program right into the heart of our games."

Mr Weimar said temporary structures will also be developed in Bendigo for the 3x3 basketball and squash programs.

"Cycling will be a temporary structure (and) we're also going to be running the 3x3 basketball and wheelchair basketball in a temporary pop-up structure," he said. "We're we're finalising that location over the coming months.

"Similarly squash will be part of our program and, again, we're working on a temporary solution for the squash program.

"We've got a number of permanent venues. We have the netball taking place at Bendigo Stadium, we've got the lawn bowls at the Bendigo Bowls Club.

"We'll be running table tennis up here at showgrounds and that gives us an opportunity to build some longer-term infrastructure which will benefit the longer-term master plan for the showgrounds."

Flora Hill to be home to Commonwealth Games athletes' village

The government has also unveiled the location of a Bendigo athletes' village that will hold 1600 athletes and officials.

The Flora Hill athletes' village will be designed in consultation with Traditional Owners, local business and the community, the government says.

It will use La Trobe University-owned land to develop the athletes village.

"Land owned by La Trobe University at Fora Hill has been identified as a great site to build the Commonwealth Games village," Ms Allan said. "It was identified as a good site because it's available.

"We do have some really tight timelines in the lead up to March 2026 to build a village to host 1600 people and that's why the site was chosen.

"Now we can move to the next stage of getting on with finalising the designs and the building of the Bendigo Commonwealth Games village."

Part of the planning for the athletes village will include how the housing is used after the Commonwealth Games.

"As part of the careful planning and design work that's going into constructing the village (there) is a master planning process that involves the look at the future use post-March 2026," Ms Allan said.

"That will include looking at how we can best add to Bendigo's social affordable housing stock.

"We know that housing is a really significant issue here in Bendigo. There's a really tight housing market, it is causing some challenges.

"The best long term use will be worked through and we need to do that in consultation with the City of Greater Bendigo."

Ms Allan said the future of the athletes village site will be made clear when the master planning process for the Bendigo athletes games is complete.

"That process will take pretty much the first half into 2023 because we have to get into procurement pretty quickly to get the village built in time for March 2026," she said.

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Track Cycling in Bendigo

The question has been answered.

We’ve been speculating this year if an existing velodrome in Melbourne or a new or upgraded track in Regional Victoria would host track cycling  ….. now we know.

A temporary velodrome in Bendigo will host Track Cycling and Para  Cycling.

“Track cycling, Para track cycling, 3x3 basketball and 3x3 wheelchair basketball have been added to the Bendigo sporting programme, although weightlifting has been moved to Geelong.”

“It brings the number of sports to be staged in Bendigo to six after the abled-bodied and Para versions of lawn bowls and table tennis were chosen alongside netball and squash.”

 

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3 hours ago, ulu said:

Building a temporary velodrome sounds like an expensive waste of money when there's a perfectly good velodrome already available.

Sounds like when they say “temporary”, they might mean temporary grandstands and facilities (?) around the existing outdoor Bendigo velodrome at Tom Flood Sports Park, which tonight I just found out existed. So looks like they have a Cycling Track but need some temporary 

Here is a pic of the velodrome.

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Credit: Bendigo Velodrome at Tom Flood Sports Centre - Bendigo.vic.gov.au

Here is a video of the 2012 International Madison held at Bendigo. 

Seeng this for the first time myself.

This would be in line with these being the Regional Victoria Games, even though Melbourne has many venues.   

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Just now, AustralianFan said:

Sounds like when they say “temporary”, they might mean temporary grandstands and facilities (?) around the existing outdoor Bendigo velodrome at Tom Flood Sports Park, which tonight I just found out existed. So looks like they have a Cycling Track but need some temporary 

Here is a pic of the velodrome.

vD4YWhB.jpg

Credit: Bendigo Velodrome at Tom Flood Sports Centre - Bendigo.vic.gov.au

Here is a video of the 2012 International Madison held at Bendigo. 

Seeng this for the first time myself.

This would be in line with these being the Regional Victoria Games, even though Melbourne has many venues.   

So looks like they have a Cycling Track but need some temporary grandstands and facilities (?)

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14 minutes ago, AustralianFan said:

Sounds like when they say “temporary”, they might mean temporary grandstands and facilities (?) around the existing outdoor Bendigo velodrome at Tom Flood Sports Park, which tonight I just found out existed. So looks like they have a Cycling Track but need some temporary 

Here is a pic of the velodrome.

vD4YWhB.jpg

Credit: Bendigo Velodrome at Tom Flood Sports Centre - Bendigo.vic.gov.au

Here is a video of the 2012 International Madison held at Bendigo. 

Seeng this for the first time myself.

This would be in line with these being the Regional Victoria Games, even though Melbourne has many venues.   

No it will be at the Showgrounds indoors using a pop up track and stands like Germany did for the European Championships this year

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5 hours ago, Victorian said:

No it will be at the Showgrounds indoors using a pop up track and stands like Germany did for the European Championships this year

 

4 hours ago, ulu said:

 

Short video about the installation

 

 

Excellent.   Wow, l didn’t know they could even do this on a temporary basis. I’d never heard of these temporary wooden cycling tracks until now. Quite amazing what they can do.

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6 hours ago, AustralianFan said:

 

Excellent.   Wow, l didn’t know they could even do this on a temporary basis. I’d never heard of these temporary wooden cycling tracks until now. Quite amazing what they can do.

I didn't know the basis on the cycling tracks either.

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8 hours ago, AustralianFan said:

 

Excellent.   Wow, l didn’t know they could even do this on a temporary basis. I’d never heard of these temporary wooden cycling tracks until now. Quite amazing what they can do.

I do wonder how much it costs but I've had no success Googling ...

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“Five sports will be staged in the region, with Shooting and Para Shooting bolstering the existing competition schedule of Women’s T20 Cricket, Badminton, Rugby Sevens and Road Cycling.”

“The Cycling Road Race will finish with a criterium in Gippsland with the Commonwealth’s best racing for gold within central Traralgon.”

“T20 Cricket is part of a strong women’s sports program and will see the reigning world champion Australian team look to defend the gold medal they won at this year’s Commonwealth Games.”

“Shooting promises to be an engaging competition, with competitors up against a strong Indian team that has taken home shooting gold at every Games since 1998.”

 

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“Golf is one of the three sports due to make its Commonwealth Games debut, alongside costal rowing and BMX racing.”

Golf returned to the Olympic programme at Rio 2016 after a gap of more than 100 years and was also part of the re-arranged Games in Tokyo last year.

“But its addition to the Commonwealth Games was unexpected.”

“The addition of golf has been driven by the International Golf Federation (IGF), which also runs the Olympic golf competition and the World Amateur Teams Championship, and the three peak bodies in Australian Golf - the PGA of Australia, the WPGA and Golf Australia.“

 

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