Herne Hill “Save The Velodrome” release new cycling kit to help raise funds.

Herne Hill “Save The Velodrome” release new cycling kit.

by VecchioJo   January 11, 2013  

As you’re probably aware a decrepit track surface threatened to close London's Herne Hill velodrome a few years ago but thankfully the efforts of local residents and cyclists from around the country via the Save The Velodrome campaign led to British Cycling investing in a new all-weather surface. Wonderful it is but the future of the actual site itself is still not secure which is why they've launched a range of Save the Herne Hill Velodrome cycling kit.

Famously the sole surviving venue from the 1948 Olympics the track has been around for much longer, being a cycling hub for over 120 years, and amongst others a young man called Bradley Wiggins honed his skills there. Thanks to that man’s successes over the last year combined with Team GB’s amazing Olympic and Paralympic performances there’s been a massive increase in cycling activity and Herne Hill now has more riders, more coaches, and more training sessions than ever before. 

But the infrastructure of the oval desperately needs renewing, not only to cope with the surge in interest but also to ensure that the site is financially sustainable for future years. The old pavilion has long been derelict, the toilets are in Portakabins, the cafe is a tent, and there are no changing rooms whatsoever, as anyone who has raced there and changed in the street will attest. To survive, let alone fulfil its enormous potential, it is vital that Herne Hill gets a new pavilion and plans are underway to build one, The Save the Velodrome campaign has created the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust registered charity, with the sole purpose of securing the site’s long term future. Thanks to Sport England and the London Marathon Trust 50 per centt of the finance is in the bag for the new pavilion, but the Trust still needs to find the other half. Which is where you can help.

As well as helping fund this project by becoming a Friend of Herne Hill Velodrome for just £10 a year you can now show your allegiance to the cause by looking smart in some new Herne Hill Velodrome cycling kit, and drinking from one of their bidons. The jerseys have been designed by contemporary apparel maestros Milltag and are available either through their website www.milltag.cc and from Condor, Brixton and DeVer Cycles in that there London, with all the profits going to the Herne Hill charity. The cycle caps are available only at Condor Cycles (well, they say 'Condor' on them), but the Friends of Herne Hill will have everything on their stand at the London Bike Show from January 17th -20th, including t-shirts, bottles and should your wrist be feeling naked without it’s recently discarded Livestrong one, wristbands.

www.savethevelodrome.com

www.hernehillvelodrome.com

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A great cause and a nice looking jersey.

'It's the closest you can get to flying'
Robin Williams response when asked why he enjoyed riding so much

posted by Simmo72 [395 posts]
11th January 2013 - 13:13

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Very nice and a worthy cause.

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posted by jimmythecuckoo [1299 posts]
11th January 2013 - 13:28

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Nice kit and a good venue that does need a refurb of the facilities.

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posted by OldRidgeback [2308 posts]
11th January 2013 - 14:35

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Nice kit, ordered a long sleeve Smile

posted by Stig [19 posts]
11th January 2013 - 14:58

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Quote:
Famously the sole surviving venue from the 1948 Olympics

Not true. Aldershot Lido was used for the modern pentathlon swimming event. Nerd

two wheels good; four wheels bad

posted by cat1commuter [1380 posts]
11th January 2013 - 15:40

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nICE!

posted by pmr [175 posts]
11th January 2013 - 19:17

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Been a long time since I looked at a jersey and thought wow, hats off to whoever did the design at Milltag.
Rapha should hire you.
In fact 99% of cycle clothing manufactures should hire you.

posted by belgravedave [223 posts]
11th January 2013 - 20:03

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This isn't very far from me (a half-hour ride) but I've never been (not into cycling round and round, although fair play to Wiggo et al). However, it's shocking, the report on the poor facilities. I'm broke, but will look into ways to support this (and spread the word) at least.

I don't use cycle jerseys nor caps, but what about producing some stickers, flyers and other ways to spread the word?

Forget whatever sexy gear you have: it's the man not the machine (unless you're a certain top-flight pro cyclist in which case it's the drugs). I cycle on performance-REDUCING drugs, if anything!

posted by Chainring-Annih... [7 posts]
12th January 2013 - 15:19

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Yup, nice kit and a great cause too. Herne Hill like the other UK tracks deserves to enjoy the increase in cycling interest

Ah, but that was then

posted by Pitstone Peddler [104 posts]
12th January 2013 - 17:32

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As someone who races there (cyclocross), I definitely agree that the place could do with some solid infrastructure - even just somewhere to change would mean the world to a lot of riders who use the velodrome!

posted by Linkinbassist [33 posts]
12th January 2013 - 17:34

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I want to like this. I really do. I have ties not to HHV itself, but certainly to the area. And it is a nice jersey, I have to say.

But... as a one-time Genoa season ticket holder, for me it could be way too much like wearing a Sampdoria away shirt... Crying

http://www.calcioshop.it/Kappa-Sampdoria-Maglia-Ufficiale-Bianca-2012-13...

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posted by Simon_MacMichael [8495 posts]
13th January 2013 - 19:44

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