Wales National Velodrome

The Geraint Thomas National Velodrome, previously known as the Wales National Velodrome, in Newport, South Wales, is an indoor arena located in the Newport International Sports Village, Lliswerry. The Velodrome's facilities including a covered 250-metre Siberian pine track, a function room/dance studio, free weights room, fitness suite, a drug-testing room and a multipurpose indoor sports arena.

It has seating for 500 spectators. The Newport Velodrome hosts the Head Office of Welsh Cycling and Newport Velo Youth Cycling Club is based at the centre.

An outdoor cycle speedway track is located at the Velodrome.

The Velodrome was used by the British track cycling team for its pre-event holding camps ahead of the 2008, 2012 Summer Olympics and 2016 Summer Olympics.[1]

It was announced in August 2018 that the velodrome would be renamed after the UK's third and Wales' first-ever Tour de France winner Geraint Thomas.[2]

Geraint Thomas National Velodrome
Wales National Velodrome
Entrance to Wales National Velodrome, Newport - - 2206031
LocationVelodrome Way, Newport NP19 4RB

External links


  1. ^ "Newport velodrome". Cycling Weekly. 14 August 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2015.
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Coordinates: 51°34′27″N 2°57′26″W / 51.57406°N 2.95724°W


Baneswell is an inner-city district in the city of Newport, South Wales. It is in the electoral ward of Stow Hill, and located next to the city centre and Newport railway station.


Barnardtown is a small area to the east of Newport Bridge in the city of Newport. It is roughly bounded by Duckpool Road, Church Road and Caerleon Road. It lies within the electoral ward of Saint Julian's and to the west is Riverside.

The original houses in the area were very slum-like tight rows with people living in appalling conditions. A local religious man Edward Barnard invested into building small new terraces. A condition of building the "new village" was that there were to be no pubs in the area and the names of the streets are that of church figures, e.g. Morden Road, Canon Street, Bishop Street, &c.Today the area features the Grade II listed Newport ODEON building and Rodney Parade stadium, home of Newport County A.F.C., Newport RFC, and the Dragons rugby franchise. Redevelopment of Clarence Place has been underway with a number of historic buildings either being renovated, such as the ODEON, or for sale, such as historic Newport music venue of the 1990s, TJ's.

Beechwood, Newport

Beechwood is an electoral district (ward) and coterminous community (parish) of the city of Newport.

The ward is bounded by the River Usk to the north, Renoir Road, Beechwood Road, Chepstow Road and Windsor Road to the east, the Great Western Main Line to the south, and Victoria Avenue, Norfolk Road, Avalon Drive, behind Reynolds Close, Badminton Road, and east of The Moorings to the west. The area is governed by the Newport City Council.

The ward contains, and is named after Beechwood Park.


Bishpool is a suburb within the electoral ward of Ringland, Newport. It lies to the western side of Ringland. Its facilities include Bishpool Methodist Church, Bishpool Dairy, and The Man of Gwent. With modern housing, it has a population of 400.


Bulmore or Bullmoor (Welsh: Y Pwll Mawr) is the name give to a hamlet or cluster of houses in the south-east of Caerleon ward of the city of Newport, South Wales.

In 1934 an area of land forming part of Bulmore Farm was purchased and an open-air swimming pool known as Bulmore Lido which was built and opened in July of that year. Situated alongside the River Usk, the 8½ acre complex comprising large adult pool and smaller children's pool with adjoining lawns, became Newport's favourite "out-of-town resort".

Cat's Ash

Cat's Ash (Welsh: Cathonnen) is a small hamlet to the east of the city centre of the city of Newport, South East Wales.

The placename in both English and Welsh refers to ash trees.

The Usk Valley Walk passes close by.

Dragon Park

Dragon Park (Welsh: Parc y Ddraig) is the Wales National Football Development Centre in the city of Newport, South Wales.

The centre is located at the Newport International Sports Village, Lliswerry in the east of Newport near Newport Stadium and the Wales National Velodrome. It was officially opened 20 April 2013 by Michel Platini, President of UEFA. The £5M complex was a joint venture between UEFA, the Football Association of Wales, Sport Wales and Newport City Council.The Centre is intended to develop the Wales under-21, Wales women's and younger age-group squads. The centre includes two grass pitches and one artificial turf pitch. The centre also provides headquarters for the Welsh Football Trust, the game's development body, with analysis suites, sports science laboratories and coach education facilities.

High Cross, Newport

High Cross is a suburb of the city of Newport, South Wales, and forms part of the community (parish) of Rogerstone.

The majority of the housing in the area was built in the 1930s on land formerly owned by the Tredegar Estate (the Morgans of Tredegar House) which at the time was outside the boundaries of the county borough of Newport.

A great deal of housing was added in the 1950s and 1960s—some of which is still local authority housing. A small amount of housing close to the Monmouthshire Canal predates the 20th century.


Hollybush is a residential area of Malpas within the city of Newport, South Wales, United Kingdom.

Katie Prankerd

Catherine Rachel "Katie" Prankerd (née Curtis; born 1 November 1988) is a Welsh road and track cyclist and a member of the Podium Ambition Pro Cycling squad.

Born in Cardiff, Prankerd began competing at a young age with the Maindy Flyers children's cycle club before joining Cardiff Ajax. Prankerd set the record for the 5 km Tandem Standing Start event on the track along with Alex Greenfield, with a time of 7 minutes 4.424 seconds. The record was set in Newport Velodrome on 10 June 2004. They also hold the 10 km Tandem Standing Start event on the track, with a time of 13 minutes 10.421 seconds. The record was set in Newport Velodrome on 16 May 2006. In 2008 Prankerd rode with Team Halfords Bikehut before moving to Vision1 Racing in 2009.

Prankerd suffered a setback to her cycling career when she was diagnosed with Crohn's disease. Subsequently, she took up a coaching role at the Wales National Velodrome in Newport and teamed up with partially sighted cyclist Nia Knight with a view to competing in the tandem event at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Prankerd subsequently rode solo, representing Wales at the Commonwealth Games in the scratch race, where she finished 7th.

List of schools in Newport

This is a list of schools in the city of Newport South Wales.

Newport International Sports Village

Newport International Sports Village is a multi-sport complex located at Lliswerry in the South East of the city of Newport, South Wales. It is known locally as Spytty Park, the name coming from the original Spytty Fields on which it is built.

The complex includes a football development centre, athletics/football stadium, velodrome and attached cycle speedway track, tennis centre, swimming pool and cricket pitches. The Tennis Centre is a multi sport facility.

The Velodrome was used by the Great Britain track cycling team as their exclusive base for their final preparations for the 2012 Summer Olympics. It had previously been used by the team for the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympics.

Newport Stadium

Newport Stadium, also known as Spytty Park, is an association football and athletics stadium in Newport, South Wales. It is the home of Newport City football club and Newport Harriers Athletic Club. It was previously also used for home matches by Newport County and Albion Rovers football clubs. Newport County continue to use the stadium as a base for youth teams and senior squad training.

Parc Seymour

Parc Seymour is a suburban hamlet on the northern edge of Penhow just off the A48 road.

Riverside, Newport

Riverside (also known as East Usk) is a mixed residential and commercial area close to Newport city centre, South Wales.

It lies within the electoral ward of Saint Julian's and to the east is Barnardtown. The area is bounded by the River Usk to the west (hence East Usk) and many houses have views of Newport Castle, Shaftesbury, Crindau and Malpas. Riverside is bounded by Caerleon Road to the west, the M4 motorway to the north and Newport Bridge to the south.

The area includes the Glebelands playing fields and Glan Usk Primary School, which replaced Durham Road Infant School and Durham Road Junior School.

Somerton, Newport

Somerton is an area in the south-east of Newport. The northern half of the area is located in the Alway ward with the southern half in the Lliswerry ward – The two halves being separated by the Great Western Main Line. Somerton has a local Primary School and Post Office and is the location of St Patricks RC Church.

Somerton is perhaps best known for Somerton Park – the former home of professional football and speedway in Newport with Newport County and the Newport Wasps.

The neighbourhood is also home to one of the last remaining 'TARDIS' police boxes in the city – the Somerton TARDIS on Chepstow Road.


Uskmouth (Welsh: Aberwysg) is an area to the south of the city of Newport, South Wales.

Welsh Cycling

Welsh Cycling (Welsh: Beicio Cymru. Formerly the Welsh Cycling Union) is the governing body of cycling in Wales. It is part of British Cycling, the national governing body of cycling in Britain. Over 140 cycling clubs in Wales are affiliated with Welsh Cycling.

Welsh Cycling administers all six cycling disciplines—BMX; cyclo-cross; mountain biking (downhill and cross-country); road racing; time trials; and track racing. The body overseas sports cycling within Wales, including regional competitions and racing licences, and organises the Welsh Commonwealth Games cycling team.Welsh Cycling is based at the Wales National Velodrome, at the Newport International Sports Village.


Wentlooge (Welsh: Gwynllŵg), sometimes known as Wentloog, is a community in the southwest of the city of Newport, South Wales, in the Marshfield ward.

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