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by Mark Zalewski
August 2, 2016
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After many months of construction problems and delays, including the firing of the main construction contractor, athletes have been wondering about the condition of the velodrome for the Rio Olympics. However, it seems the worrying might be over as the Australian track sprinters say that the track is in good condition.
The Rio Velodrome (Photo: Rio 2016/Alex Ferro)
“I think the general consensus is it is a pretty good track, it transitions well, really smooth to ride and they’ve done a good job building it,” said Patrick Constable, 21, racing in his first Olympics. “Every track is different to ride but this is definitely a nice one.”
Constable made the remarks after the team’s first training session on the newly constructed facility.
“The thinking going into this one was the dust may have been an issue as it’s just been constructed, but we’ve come off that session and had no issues That will get better still as we progress to the Olympics.
The team has spent the past weeks in Los Angeles training, as the track there has similar geometry to the Rio velodrome. “This track tends to have tighter bends and we’ve been training in LA for the past couple of weeks to get a taste for a track with similar geometry so we’re transitioning pretty well onto this track,” said Constable.
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