Paralympic gold and double silver medallist, Mark Colbourne MBE, will launch Lee Valley VeloPark on Wednesday 12 March.
Lee Valley VeloPark on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park includes the iconic velodrome, remodelled Olympic BMX track, a new one mile (1.6km) flood-lit road circuit and five miles (8km) of mountain biking trails. It is the first venue in the world to bring these four cycling activities together in one place.
Mark, who is an Ambassador for the venue, along with Olympic double gold medalist Laura Trott, was selected as part of the cycling team for Paralympics GB at the London 2012 Games.
On Wednesday he will see the newly completed venue for the first time and meet some of the first cyclists to hit the circuits. He will talk to young people about his inspiring story and experiences of competing at the top level, and how this legacy venue can encourage future generations of cyclists.
Mark said: “I do feel honoured to have competed in the velodrome and very proud to have raced and won in front of my home crowd. This ambassadorial role will help me to inspire many more children in their quest to achieve great things in sport and in life.
“The world class Lee Valley VeloPark is a testament to what can be gained from a home Games. The facilities are state of the art for all kinds of cycling, and with the various kinds of sport within cycling today, these family and group conditions can and will benefit every kind of cycling athlete for many years to come.”
He took silver in the C1-3 1km time trial on 30 August 2012, becoming Great Britain’s first Paralympic medalist of the Games. On 31 August he won a gold medal in the C1 3km individual pursuit after breaking the world record in both the qualification round and the final. Mark rounded-off his Paralympic Games, with another silver in the C1 Time Trial on the road on Day 7.
Mark was appointed MBE in the 2013 New Year Honours for services to cycling. In August 2013 he announced his retirement from para-cycling and now works as a professional motivational speaker, is an advocate for natural health supplements and a patron of charities Disabled Sport Wales and disabled cycling charity Pedal Power.
Shaun Dawson, Chief Executive of Lee Valley Regional Park Authority said: “Mark will be an inspiration to the thousands of people who will visit Lee Valley VeloPark and their achievements and success at the Games will spur people who have never ridden before, to take up cycling for health and fitness reasons and as a leisure activity, as well as encourage and motivate those, who are looking to ride as a competitive sport.”
Public sessions begin on 31 March and are available for everyone – from grassroots level to elite, from toddlers to more mature riders, and everyone in between. There are specific women’s sessions, tasters for disability cycling and tandem rides for the visually impaired.
Lee Valley VeloPark’s address is: 51 Abercrombie Way, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 3AB
Lee Valley VeloPark, which opens for public use on 31 March 2014, will feature the London 2012 velodrome and a remodelled Olympic BMX track alongside challenging mountain bike trails and a one mile floodlit road circuit – the only venue in the world to offer these four cycling activities in one place.
For more information on Lee Valley VeloPark go to visitleevalley.org.uk/velopark