In May 2018, just before the Giro d’Italia “Grande Partenza” (Big Start) in Israel, the first velodrome in Israel was inaugurated. It is the most advanced cycling facility in the Middle East, and is located near the Hadar Yosef Athletic Stadium in Tel Aviv. The velodrome is scheduled to be opened to the public on August 2019.
The unveiling ceremony was held at the Hadar Yosef Athletic Stadium in the presence of Jewish-Canadian philanthropist Sylvan Adams, co-owner of Israel Cycling Academy and backer of the velodrome and Giro 2018 Big Start, Tel Aviv-Yafo Mayor Ron Huldai, Chairman of the Israeli Cycling Federation Dr. Yoni Yarom, and others.
A velodrome is a training facility and site for Olympic track competitions. The ride is carried out on an elliptical wood path, which has a slope of up to 45 degrees. The velodrome in Tel Aviv has unique slope paths, and its 250 meter-long track was built to meet Olympic standards. 900 tons of steel, 620 seats, 17,000 connecting plates and 100,000 bolts make up the unique track that will serve the cycling community in Israel and will be used by cyclists from all over the world so that the facility will be one of the most important infrastructures for encouraging cycling in Israel.
The velodrome will serve as a professional arena for international track cycling competitions and track racers, as well as for the training of professional riders and for children activities.