South West to get 400 metre oval track and 1.5 kilometre road circuit, subject to funding and planning permission

Plans have been approved for a 400 metre outdoor velodrome and 1.5 kilometre closed road cycle circuit in Paignton, Devon, which will be the first such facility in southwest England, reports BBC News Devon.

It will be located at Clennon Valley and will cost £1.56 million - £900,000 of that going on the velodrome – with British Cycling set to provide part of the funding, subject to planning permission and other funding being secured.

A spokesman for the governing body said: These facilities will be of huge benefit to the people of Devon and the South West and we look forward to helping to bring the project to fruition as soon as possible."

The closest outdoor velodrome to Devon is 120 kilometres to the east in Bournemouth, and Ken Robertson, Vice-President of Mid Devon Cycling Club and South West regional secretary for British Cycling commented, "This would make the world of difference.

He added: “At the moment we have to travel to Birmingham, Newport or Bournemouth, would you want to travel to those places if you lived in Devon?"

Torbay Council’s lead member for sport, Councillor Robert Excell, said: "This is about bringing an iconic sport to the Bay and becoming the destination of choice for cycling in the South West."


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.