Forest City Velodrome Seeking Donations for Building Improvements

The Forest City Velodrome, London’s Cycling Centre is located in London, Ontario a short two-hour drive from either Toronto or Detroit. Built in a former OHL hockey arena, at 138 meters and with 50-degree banking, it is the shortest & most exciting permanent indoor velodrome in North America. Riding in excess of 60 kph + on the black line gives you the feeling of pure speed. For the riders who aren’t into the speed and exhilaration of going fast, the FCV is great for maintaining fitness over the winter months and honing your skills to make you a better rider in the spring.

The Forest City Velodrome first opened its doors in April of 2005 after a rapid four-month build.  FCV has always been managed by a team of dedicated, passionate volunteers that spend their time cleaning, maintaining and running sessions. We are also home to one of the largest and most successful youth development programs in Canada. VeloKids is an introduction to the track for children as young as 8. These young athletes receive wonderful coaching from a team of NCCP trained, volunteer coaches. Some continue a life-long love for the sport as recreational riders, while others have gone on to race with Provincial, National and professional teams. The FCV youth development program has produced some world class athletes such as Ryan Aitcheson, Bayley Simpson, Nick Wammes, Je’Land Sydney, Sarah Mason, Chris Ernst, Ali Van Yzendoorn, and Charlotte Creswicke who have all represented Canada on the world stage and Joe Veloce who competed in the 2012 Olympics and the 2015 Pan Am Games.

We are excited to be starting our 14th track season. However, it’s now time for a refresh, and for that refresh we need in need of substantial support. Currently the FCV is in need of a capital investment of $250,000.00.

The money is needed to invest in building improvement projects such as new energy efficient lighting, a new energy efficient heating system and better change room facilities. We love our home in ‘the old ice house’, but it is badly in need of updating.

While we have applied for some local, provincial and federal grants, most of this money will need to be raised. If every member of the OCA were to donate just $10 we would be well on our way. For the cost of a Saturday morning coffee stop you could help improve a facility that truly helps improve the sport.

If you would like to donate more, we will be recognizing donors with a plaque at the entrance of the velodrome.

Bronze Donation $500 – $999 Silver Donation $1000 – $2499 Gold Donation $2500 – $5000

Please visit the FCV website at www.forestcityvelodrome.ca

The website will provide you with contact details and a calendar of events. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us at info@forestcityvelodrome.ca

Yours truly,

Craig Saari, FCV President Janet Mason, FCV Treasurer