News: Velodrome

A race at the Velodrome

Wheels for Wellbeing

You don’t have to be sporty. There’s a bike for everyone to try at the Herne Hill Velodrome, 104 Burbage Road, London SE24 9HE.

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Keirin race

Herne Hill Velodrome’s new Pavilion under way

The new pavilion under construction

Herne Hill Velodrome (HHV) Trust Chair Hillary Peachey announced on 25 June 2015 that the Trust had been given the green light to build a new pavilion, to replace the Velodrome’s disused grandstand.

It was a sad May Day, this year, to see the original 1891 Herne Hill Velodrome Grandstand building half demolished. With a few disconsolate, homeless pigeons, sitting on its broken roof. But six of its 10 iconic cast-iron Victorian pillars will, like the Phoenix, rise again, to support the canopy of the new Pavilion, due for completion early in 2017.

And, thanks to contractor Conamar’s carefully placed blue-mesh fencing round the works areas, cycling will be continuing, almost uninterrupted, throughout the construction period.

There are cycle sessions for all ages and abilities, and the Friends of HHV’s very attractive range of cycle merchandise.

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You can lend support by becoming a Friend of HHV or making a donation.

The plans

Phase 1: renovation and resurfacing of the main track - was achieved in Aug 2011 by British Cycling, after the Dulwich Estate granted it a 15-year lease on the track and infill, and a temporary 3-year lease on the rest of the site. Extension of this short-term lease is conditional on Estate approval of building plans, funding and a business plan to run the whole site.

Phase 2: 250m track for juniors and less able cyclists, and a multi-use games area, within the main track, plus lighting around it, to get more kids and adults into cycling and a healthier lifestyle.

Phase 3: replacement of the derelict grandstand and other buildings, now under way. Without this, and a long lease, it will be impossible to provide the pavilion, changing facilities, cafe, gym, etc. which HHV desperately needs, and to generate the necessary income to run the site. 

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Background on the Velodrome and the campaign to save it

Reader Comments

Posted by James Taylor March 31, 2013

I have an old good photo of Tommy Simpson when he came and raced at the track if anyone would like a copy….

Posted by Colin Wight June 11, 2013

We would be delighted to see this photograph and have emailed Mr Taylor to that effect.

Posted by Sara Aspley July 02, 2013

I have a silver badge that was awarded to my grandfather for attaining “circus Skills” at the Herne Hill Velodrome circa 1927. My grandfather was from Milford Haven in South Wales but his sister lived in Camberwell Grove, so it must have been while he was visiting. If you are interested I would happily email a photo.



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