Road to the Pan Am Games
Photos by Gerard Rich
Welcome to the first in our Road to the Pan Am Games 2015 series with Gerard Rich.
We’ll periodically provide a vignette of the 50+ facilities, new and old, that will be featured during our first multinational games in Toronto since 1930.
Remember Nov. 9, 2009, when the GTA won the bid and budgeted a meager $1.5 billon to host this prestigious competition?
This Pan Am/Parapan Am Games will spotlight 60 disciplines and 48 sports though out the GTA, from Welland in the west to Oshawa in the east and north to Minden Hills. Pan Am/Parapan Am will bring an estimated 11000 athletes and officials from the Caribbean, Latin and North America.
After 2014, with Toronto as a running joke of the international sports media, it will be good to get back on track and showcase the city’s ability to host a world-class athletic event.
The Cisco Milton Pan Am / Parapan Am Velodrome will have a 250-metre timber track, with two 42-degree banks, designed to meet the most stringent requirements set by the International Cycling Union (UCI).
The oval-shaped, three-storey, fully accessible velodrome is the sole facility of its kind in Canada and only the second that meets top international standards in the U.S. and Canada.
Designed to operate year-round, the facility will provide an important new Olympic- and Paralympic-calibre training facility for high-performance Canadian cyclists who, for the last two decades, have been forced to train outside the country for months at a time.
In addition, the Velodrome is built as a legacy community recreational centre.
Location: Cisco Milton Pan Am / Parapan Am Velodrome, 2015 Pan Am Blvd., (Tremaine Rd. / Louis St. Laurent Blvd.), Milton.
This week we feature one of the four cycling events that will be seen at the games, track cycling, the first official event at the new Milton Velodrome. This $54-million-dollar building will be the home of the Canadian Cycling Team.
Day 1: Canadian Track Championship: Men’s / Women’s Team Pursuit.
Winners, Men’s: Adian Caves, Sean Mackinnon, Ed Veal and Remi Pelletier-Roy / Team Moose 4:18.7.
Winners, Women’s: Stephanie Roorda, Jasmin Glaesser, Laura Brown, Brenna Pauly / Cycling BC 4:46.7.
This week and next we will preview Canada’s and Pan Am/Parapan Am best competitors in two track cycling events, the Canadian Track Championship this weekend past and the International Invitational next weekend.
The four-day event will preview the look and feel of the main event of the 2015 games 2015.
Enjoy some images from the Canadian Nationals this weekend past.