A cycle track made from Accoya wood has become the setting for multiple new world records during the 2018 UCI Track Cycling World Championships at the Omnisport Apeldoorn multi-sport indoor arena.
The USA’s Chloé Dygert cycled to glory in the 3km individual chase whilst the Netherland’s Jeffrey Hoogland struck gold twice, in the 1,000-metre and 1km trials during the event presented by Tissot.
Historically, traditional indoor velodromes are made using Siberian larch wood but the architect for this project, Sander Douma of Sander Douma Architects, an avid cyclist himself, chose to work with Accoya due to its unique qualities and benefits.
Accoya’s superior dimensional stability means it won’t splinter, shrink or swell.
“The atmosphere in the stadium and the quality of the, fast wood track have definitely contributed to the fact that I’ve managed to sharpen my time to world record status,” said Hoogland. “I feel honoured to have been given the opportunity to wear the rainbow jersey.”
The team behind the design and build used specialist technology to calculate the structure of the circuit as well as the curvature and fall velocity of the track to create the most efficient structure.
“It is the modification process that makes Accoya perfect for this application,” said Douma. “The smooth texture makes for a very fast track; the finished track has fewer seams than a standard velodrome, meaning cyclists will benefit from less resistance and fewer fractional losses in speed as they attempt to record faster times.”
Justin Peckham, regional head of sales for Accsys Group, manufacturer of Accoya wood, added: “We are delighted that Accoya wood was chosen as the ideal material for the track at the Omnisport Apeldoorn multi-sport indoor arena.
“It has been great to see the world’s best track cyclists in action on the Accoya track with multiple world records made. Accoya is proven as a sustainable, durable, and stable material, making it perfect for demanding application such as this.
“We’re looking forward to seeing more world records broken in the future on this track.”
Manufactured using a proprietary acetylation process, Accoya wood withstands the most extreme external environments and is incredibly low maintenance.