November 25, 2009 (Hamilton, ON) – The announcement by the Pan American Sport Organization on Nov. 7 awarding Toronto the 2015 Pan-Am Games is welcome news in Canadian track cycling circles. As part of the games, Hamilton will get a new 250m indoor velodrome built to meet international competition standards. It’s a much-needed facility according to Andrew Iler, president of the National Cycling Centre.
“It’s a gaping hole in our cycling infrastructure in this country that we can’t host a major event,” says Iler. “Our athletes have to go away to other countries to compete.” He points out that Canada lags behind other nations in building the necessary infrastructure to foster the development of its track riders.