Forest City Velodrome
The Forest City Velodrome is an indoor cycling facility in London
London, Ontario
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, Ontario
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, Canada
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. The building was constructed in 1963 as the London Gardens, home to the London Knights
London Knights
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 ice hockey
Ice hockey
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 team. In 1994 it was renamed London Ice House
London Ice House
The London Ice House is an arena in London, Ontario, Canada. It was originally built in 1963 and was home to the London Knights ice hockey team from 1965-2002. The arena had a capacity of 5,075 and was originally known as Treasure Island Gardens, but most notably known as the London Gardens, from...

. In early 2005 it was remodeled into the Forest City Velodrome by local cycling enthusiast and track racer Rob Good and Albert Coulier's Apollo Velodrome Systems company.

It is the only indoor velodrome
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in Ontario and one of four indoor cycling facilities in all North America.

The Forest City Velodrome is the shortest permanent velodrome in the world, measuring 138 metres with 50-degree bankings and 17-degree straights.

The Forest City Velodrome runs several programs designed to encourage recreational cycling and develop competitive cyclists. Learn to ride programs introduce new riders to track cycling. Organized drills help cyclists hone their skills. Frequent recreational sessions give riders of various skill levels time to ride on the track for fun, fitness and training. Periodic race nights develop racing skills and give spectators the chance to learn about and enjoy track cycling events.

The building that is now called the Forest City Velodrome has gone through many alterations over the years. One of its more famous moments has to have taken place February 1968 when Johnny Cash proposed to June Carter on stage in a performance.

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