Highland Velodrome Trust
A Scottish Charitable Company Chair : John MacMillan
HiVelo is a registered Trademark
Welcome to the official website of the Highland Velodrome Trust. We are local cyclists in the process of delivering the vision of a safe ‘development hub’ for cyclists of all persuasions, ages and abilities in the Highlands of Scotland.
“The Trustees were very sad to hear of the sudden death at home of Ivor Reid in recent days. Ivor was a core member of Clachnacuddin CC, Moray Firth CC and more recently City of Edinburgh RT. Whilst road and time trials were the norm for him in his early years, the track became his preferred domain where he will be remembered for herculean ‘get it all out’ efforts. His riding exploits brought multiple national titles and the World Masters team sprint champions jersey, but he was also a supportive coach, mentor and larger than life friend to all who rode boards. Our profound condolences to Elaine and the wider family.”
KYLE GORDON UPDATE
Supporters will recall that HiVelo helped to sponsor Kyle in his successful bid to win qualification for the Commonwealth Games held recently in Australia.
Kyle placed eight fastest individual pursuit rider at the Games, clocking a new pb. of 4.19 in the process. He also went on to give great support to team mates in the 40km. massed start races on the track in which Mark Stewart won gold for Scotland.
Back to the day job for Kyle but his exploits on the road have continued. In early June riding for his club RT23 he took the Senior title in the Scottish National 25 Mile Time Trial Championships with another pb. of 48.38, one of the fastest rides ever recorded on a Scottish course.
HIGHLAND ARENA PROGRESS
At their meeting in March 2018 the Highland Council made the reluctant decision not to proceed with their proposed Regional Sports facility at the Bught, Inverness. Another victim of continuing austerity and enforced service cutbacks. The project would have made good the major shortfall in quality provision for five key sports and showcased an indoor 250m wooden velodrome, only the second in Scotland and seventh in the UK. HiVelo had been a strong supporter of this project since 2015, had commissioned various technical studies for its development, and helped organise potential external funding in recent months. A well-supported lobbying campaign from across cycling and the wider sports community sadly did not win the day such were the stark financial circumstances and key spending priorities such as essential roads and schools.
HiVelo’s contributions over recent years together with the strength of community support expressed for the exciting Highland Arena project made this ‘too good to fail’. Work is therefore continuing to assemble a new Regional scale sports and business/entertainment venue project to be located in the Inverness area. Although smaller and less comprehensive than its Bught predecessor, the trustees believe this remains a potential gamechanger for safe year-round cycling across the North of Scotland, for major business conferences and top quality shows/occasions which would otherwise bypass the Highlands for lack of a major indoor venue. Good progress is being made and we hope to provide more details once discussions with partners are further advanced.