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Design unveiled by Dutch firm of architects also provides shade for cafe below

A firm of architects based in Amsterdam has incorporated a rooftop velodrome into the design of a 'Bike Club' it has been asked to design by its client on a major resort complex it is working on in China’s southernmost city, Sanya.

According to NL Architects, the bowl shaped roof is doubly functional – not only does it house the track itself, but it also provides shade for the café and cycle hire station underneath.

The design is said to be inspired by the shape of a pagoda – although we can’t help feeling that it must also owe something to the rooftop testing track in the former Fiat factory at Lingotto in Turin, as featured in classic British movie, The Italian Job.

Sanya, which enjoys a tropical climate and is one of China's biggest tourist resorts, lies some 600 kilometres southwest of Hong Kong.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Gkam84 [9097 posts] 5 years ago
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Now thats intelligent design, I'd like to see that on a football stadium, just to combine my favourite sports.

Why can't people think like that in this country?

Also, do they only ride flat bars in China  39

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Lance Bumstrong [21 posts] 5 years ago
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Yeah, That's intelligent- until you PUSH SOMEONE OVER THE EDGE!!! AAAHHHHHHH!!! Plop!

Maybe a safety net over that wee barrier?

I do like the idea (-;

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chinchli [23 posts] 5 years ago
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Looks cool, but,

small
no spectator space
stairs to get up

obviously not designed for racing just a bit of fun

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pwake [418 posts] 5 years ago
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Yeah, definitely a novelty item, but very cool.
Not sure about their track etiquette in China; looks like you can ride either way, stop and fix your chain on the banking, walk your bike, walk without your bike, run even! Call in the health & safety police now before someone gets hurt  1

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Decster [246 posts] 5 years ago
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i like the idea of it. A safe environment to ride a bike in a city

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hairyairey [302 posts] 5 years ago
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Never mind pushing someone over the edge, the gaps at the top look big enough to cycle through. As someone who finds the top of the bends at the Manchester velodrome scary to ride round, there's no way you'd get me riding round that!