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by Mark Zalewski
November 12, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Mareczko wins a third stage of Tour of Taihu Lake; Aerts, Cant win at Jaarmarktcross; Contador: ‘If I win the Tour I will retire’; Wiggle High5 adds five for 2017; Cancellara unveils autobiography, talks about future plans; Ireland’s first indoor velodrome in doubt; 24-hour world time trial championships; Marianne Vos visits Western Australia; Spinning goes to the big screen; Daniel Oss: Just Ride #3; The Book of Cross, chapter 4.
Ireland’s planned first indoor velodrome is in limbo, despite having funding in place for planning. The €8 million facility at the National Sports Campus near Dublin was approved by Fingal County Council nearly two years ago. However, funding for the construction phase of the project has not materialized.
Martyn Irvine won the 2013 World Championship scratch race.
“Unfortunately, in the budget that came out a few weeks ago, there wasn’t a specific capital allocation project for next year,” Geoff Liffey, Cycling Ireland’s CEO, told the Irish Times.
“The last we knew was that they were going to do a cost-benefit analysis of it. That is not unusual. I’ve been told that for all the major new capital finance projects, these are done and they are recent, as prices can change year by year.
“It is disappointing. We remain confident it can be done in the future, but next year there appears to be a degree of consolidation on the capital side for sports facilities. So there is no significant advancement.”
The project is part of a larger plan to build the national programme off Martyn Irvine’s gold and silver medals in the 2013 World Championships.
Click through to read more at the Irish Times.