Welcome to the Velodrome

Manchester Velopark - Home of British Cycling

Manchester Velopark – Home of British Cycling

I’ve been busy messing with my blog theme by taking out the Random World images that used to be on the right and replacing it with a feed from my Flickr pages. Unlike the previous plugin, this one pulls random images from my entire collection, rather than the most recent page.

Manchester Velopark BMX Pipe

Manchester Velopark BMX Pipe

I’ve also added a feed to my latest Pinterest images in the right hand column. If you haven’t tried Pinterest yet, then you should. Apart from anything else, you can share my wonderful photos with the world!

That’s an option you get when you roll your cursor over my images which will also demonstrate that I’ve also changed the styling for photos, including a ‘handwritten’ typeface for the captions.

Given that I’ve had my hands full with this, I thought I’d just show you some photos I took last weekend as a reminder that we had at least a few days of summer sky this year.

National Cycling Centre Home of British Cycling

National Cycling Centre Home of British Cycling

I took them at the National Cycling Centre in Manchester, or Velopark as it prefers to call itself. It’s hard to credit that it has been open for eighteen years this month as it still feels like a ‘new’ addition to the skyline. It has certainly had an impact in that time with all the Olympic medallists who trained there.

At the top of the page is the footbridge that goes from the Velopark across the Ashton Canal to the neighbouring shopping centre and Ashton New Road with the almost completed tram line.

Walking towards the velodrome takes you past the huge concrete pipe (above left) used by kids on their BMXs, skateboards and micro skooters, while above right is the velodrome itself.

Nobody’s prefect. If you find any spelling mistakes or other errors in this post, please let me know by highlighting the text and pressing Ctrl+Enter.

5 comments… Add yours
  • Brailsford Pudding 14th September 2012

    With the establishment of the superior Olympic facilities in London I guess they’ll have to change the writing at the Manchester Velopark to “former home of British cycling”. Regarding your removal of the entertaining “Random World” images, may I say that I am deeply upset as this was the main reason I have been visiting your blog for so long.

    P.S. Your technical wizardry is genuinely impressive!

  • Mr Parrot 14th September 2012

    It will be interesting to see what happens now that there is velodrome in London. It was claimed that Manchester would remain the main centre, but would you trust Seb Coe or Boris?

    As for the technical wizardry, I can’t take the credit (well not all of it) as it is mostly the wonder of Wordpress.

  • john 14th September 2012

    how delightfully 1950s America

  • Mr Parrot 14th September 2012

    I suppose it would be John if it wasn’t for the fact that it was the French who christened them! Less likely than being named after the Victorian velocipede anyhow!

  • Elizabeth 18th September 2012

    Yet again I am in awe of your techno-cleverness, Ian.

    Pininterest, although I wouldn’t particularly want to participate in it, is a really clever way of getting inspiration for projects, but I noticed a really lovely picture of YP’s on there a while ago – of a chair that was quite magical. There are some incredibly creative individuals about. x


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