The Brunswick Cycling Club is ready to take on plenty of new members following transforming redevelopment works at the Brunswick Velodrome.
Delivered in two stages, the redevelopment involved demolishing the club’s ageing rooms and building a completely new pavilion. Then came the conversion of the former concrete cycling track to an acrylic surface and installing track lighting, fencing and shade sails.
Council fully funded the $1 million for stage one of the project and stage two was made possible through contributions from Council ($670,000), the Victorian State Government ($100,000) and the Brunswick Cycling Club ($50,000).
“$50,000 is quite a considerable sum from a volunteer-run club and acts as a strong example of the hard work and commitment of the club’s members to improve this much-loved and well-used facility,” said Moreland Mayor Cr Helen Davidson.
The Brunswick Cycling Club has been operating since 1916 and club vice president Paul Armarego says the club is about far more than just cycling.
“This is a place for the whole community and we often have people using the track for walking or enjoying an outdoor meal on the deck,” said Mr Armarego.
“We have more than 450 members and Brunswick is known as the club to come to for young kids interested in learning. It’s important that we encourage the kids who want to ride their bikes to have fun. It doesn’t have to be about competing.”
The club’s current member base is made up of riders as young as 8 to as old as 80
“We’re always open for new members and we’ll help anyone who wants to ride a bike, we’ll even teach them to ride a bike for the first time if that’s what they’re after,” said Mr Armarego, “age is no barrier as long as you’re willing to have a go.”
Brunswick Velodrome is located at Roberts Reserve in Brunswick East. Find out more about the Brunswick Cycling Club and upcoming club events and clinics at the Brunswick Cycling Club website.
10 April 2017