Narrabundah Velodrome will reopen on Monday. Photo: Jeffrey Chan
Commonwealth Games hopeful Nathan Hart says the revamped Narrabundah velodrome will ''improve training dramatically'' for Canberra's cyclists hoping to get a ticket to Glasgow 2014.
The "Bundahdrome" was closed last April because it was structurally unsound but it will be reopened on Monday following a $1.5 million upgrade.
Hart was one of six Canberrans named in the track cycling long team for Glasgow, which will be whittled down to the final Commonwealth Games team after trials in Adelaide at the end of May.
The 21-year-old wants to have the starting role in the team sprint and is up against fellow Canberran Daniel Ellis for that spot.
Since the velodrome closed, Hart has been travelling back and forth to Sydney to do track training and staying at his second cousin's house.
It's a similar fate for all the ACT Academy of Sport (ACTAS) track cyclists.
But it's more than just cutting down on travel, Hart said he would also be able to have better quality training as well.
He has had to do all of his on-track training on consecutive days. Now he will be able to space that out over the course of the week, meaning more intense sessions spaced out rather than having to back them up.
"The last year or so it's been under repair, to get on the track most of us from ACTAS have been heading up to Sydney most weekends and also leading into races I've been staying with a relative up in Sydney and getting some help from NSW Institute of Sport," Hart said.
"Now the track's finished it means that doesn't need to happen at all - a pretty big difference to training programs.
"It will improve my training dramatically, because I'm only doing a couple of track sessions a week and I'm forced to put them back-to-back on Friday and Saturday in Sydney, whereas having them spread out during the week would be an advantage."
Hart has already looked at the track and said it was "really good".
He said it would not only be great for training, but would also be up to competition standard.
Club meets, the ACT state championships and even country carnivals similar to what they have in Goulburn and Wollongong were all possibilities for the revamped Bundahdrome.
"It's looking really good, it looks like they've fixed it up a fair bit," Hart said.
"It should be ready for club racing, they could probably even run bigger carnivals there."
While Ellis is based in Canberra, Bec Wiasak, Brandie O'Connor, Paul Kennedy and Tom Clarke are the other Canberrans who will be boosted by the reopening.